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Passinho: Footwork in Rio

Apr 01, 2013

Superb article from former Straight No Chaser and Shook Magazine editor Jez Smadja, originally posted over at Red Bull Passinho is a street dance that has conquered the hills and suburbs of Rio de Janeiro. And while it translates as “small step,” it’s more like a giant leap for the way the city perceives itself on both sides of the...

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Brazilian Beatz Podcast

Apr 01, 2013

  We are very pleased to announce that we have teamed up with the founder of the Brazilian Beatz podcast DJ Vivo for a monthly all-Brazilian show. Listen and subscribe to the first installment - a Brazilian Hip Hop special DJ Vivo aka Kuimars Coates first travelled to Brazil in 2001 and was, like many others, captured by the atmosphere of...

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The Story of The Runaway Orchestra

Mar 26, 2013

Taking a slight turn from our regular output we present Runaway Orchestra and their self-titled debut album; a collection of ten cover songs that feature the beautiful vocals of Sophie Madeleine and the folk arrangements of Runaway Orchestra. Opening with The Turtles 1967 hit, ‘Happy Together’, re-worked as a delicate love song, the track flows with lush string arrangements and Madeleine’s warm and...

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Dave Bongo's Top 10 Latin Bangers

Mar 26, 2013

Dave Bongo's Top 10 Latin Bangers. No messing. Sabu Martinez - Afrotemple The crashing cymbal that launched a 1000 bootlegs Nico Gomez - La Lupita  Nico Gomez is finding a new audience, and this track is considered by many, including myself, to be a classic.  Watch out for the next Mr Bongo re-issue cut from Nico Gomez 'Rio' b/w 'Aquarela'....

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Amoeba LA present "What's In My Bag?" with Paul Weller

Mar 22, 2013

Great video courtesy of Amoeba Records in LA The legendary British rocker Paul Weller (The Jam, The Style Council) dropped by Amoeba Hollywood for some record diggin'. Weller has been crafting classic songs since he was a teen back in the '70s and he's still at it. His most recent album, Sonik Kicks (2012), debuted at #1 in the UK.  At age 54, The Modfather...

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Crate Diggers Delves Inside J Dilla's Record Collection

Mar 20, 2013

  Fuse presents a special edition of Crate Diggers, a series that delves into the record collections of artists they love. In this edition, Talib Kweli, J. Rocc, DJ Spinna and others discuss the influence, work and legacy of revered producer J Dilla, whose productions have appeared on tracks by Busta Rhymes, Common, Erykah Badu, Janet Jackson and A Tribe Called Quest, among his influental solo work. The episode, which also featured Dilla's...

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Wild Style Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Mar 20, 2013

The film Wild Style was theatrically released in cinemas 30 years ago today. Directed by Charlie Ahearn, Wild Style tells the story of a young graffiti artist Zorro (played by real life tagger Lee Quiñones) looking to establish himself as the top graffiti artist in New York while balancing his relationship with his girlfriend. The film captures much of the early hip-hop culture at...

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Hollie Cook in the studio for album two

Mar 18, 2013

We are very pleased to announce that Hollie Cook has been in the studio with Prince Fatty, Winston Francis, Dennis Bovel and George Dekker over the last few weeks putting what we hope to be, the finishing touches on her second album for Mr Bongo. More news on this one soon. Photos by Steve Glashier.

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20% to Comic Relief

Mar 14, 2013

We're donating 20% of all sales from the website between now and midnight tomorrow to Comic Relief. That is all!

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Neglected gems of French Cinema - Part Two

Mar 13, 2013

Another fantastic post from our resident film buff Arjun Chauhan, following up his first selection of neglected gems of French Cinema.  Le Deuxième Souffle (1966) (Second Breath) - Jean-Pierre Melville   A decade after 'Bob le Flambeur' Melville takes a 'Second Breath'. France is not the same and nor is its criminal underworld. This is about Gustave 'Gu' Minda (Lino...

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