Selector Bobby Strange

January 15, 2010

Shabazz Palaces – “Belhaven Meridian”

Filed under: Trends,Video — bobbystrange @ 6:57 pm

Narrative video from Shabazz Palaces, the latest project from Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler of Digable Planets.  My bro peeped me to this from a live set they did in Seattle featuring a Zimbabwean mbira and some other African instruments.  About to dig up the record now, which you can download on La La.

December 23, 2009

The Very Best Gets Love

Filed under: Music,Trends — bobbystrange @ 3:03 pm

Musician and journalist Banning Eyre interviews the guys from The Very Best (DJ Duo Radioclit and Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya for Afropop, and NPR has a “Music We Missed” end-of-year feature where you can sample some tracks.

They do some great Kwaito, remixes of MIA and have a catchy track with Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend. You can download their free mixtape on Dutty Artz, or buy the album, Warm Heart of Africa, on  Lal

You can catch a couple of the above mentioned songs on:

The Bobcast Vol. 10: African Summer Part I
http://media.libsyn.com/media/bobbystrange/bobcast10.1.mp3

The Bobcast Vol. 11: African Summer Part II
http://media.libsyn.com/media/bobbystrange/bobcast11.0.mp3

October 31, 2009

The Fate of Hip Hop

Filed under: Tracks,Trends — bobbystrange @ 3:37 pm

Much ink has been spilled over the fate of hip-hop in recent weeks.  I just finished an excellent dissertation by a friend in Chicago on the topic, and Sasha Frere-Jones contrasts Jay Z’s new record with the up and comer from the Midwest Freddie Gibbs – check a track off his mix tape below.   This  track is waaaaay laid back.  Another interesting piece in the Village Voice by Amy Linden uses Def Jam’s 25th anniversary as a jumping off point.

Freddie Gibbs – How I feel
http://media.libsyn.com/media/bobbystrange/08_How_I_Feel_w__D-Edge.mp3

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