Washington D.C. based Rhythm and Culture recordings releases Thomas Blondet and Brooklyn Shanti’s collaboration, You Want More, exclusively via Spotify. You can use the embedded player below to hear the track as well as the rest of Blondet’s Future World album.
Be on the look out for the official download as well as the video – both coming soon.
Carol C and I flew out to Old San Juan for our second video collaboration together. This time, I used Furry Vowels as my Director of Photography. The end result is a throwback feeling piece that is my attempt at making Thomas’s production feel timeless. Filmed / cut / edited / corrected / blasted all within 4 days.
Shout outs to Pablo at La Factoria for hooking up the locations.
Video premiere at Remezcla.
Purchase “Un Amor” on iTunes.
My Someplace Called Brooklyn visual collaborator, Rod Morata, sent me a birthday surprise this morning. Here’s the video for a piece entitled “33 1/3″ – the rotations per minute on standard record players. More soon on the meaning behind the song. For now, here’s the video. It’s kinda heavy, but I guess this year: It’s my birthday song…!
Brooklyn Shanti, TinaKristina and Nublu present a birthday bash not to be missed in New York City. Featured guests include Dani Mari, ElekTro4 and a number of surprise special performances.
Facebook event here.
On 11/11, the Drop it Steady crew will be returning to Bembe in Williamsburg Brooklyn for a night of tropical bass and dancing. Join the FB event here.
What Edward Said, part of the 6 year anniversary celebration for Dutty Artz: 6 Years Deep!
What Edward Said, the first installment in the Dutty Artz 6 Years Deep anniversary series, connects the dots between Middle Eastern, African, and Asian cultures, concepts much written about by the late scholar Edward Sa’id. Mixed by Ushka and Brooklyn Shanti, it begins with Thai sarama music, weaves in Bollywood and bhangra then migrates west to Palestinian hip hop and Egypt’s underground youth electro-shaabi and mahraganat scene. Ushka, a deejay of Sri Lankan origin raised in Thailand, alongside Brooklyn Shanti, a Bengali-American music producer, pulled from the soundscapes of their own backgrounds to formulate a mix which creates context around the apex of their playlist – the original production and adaptation of “Hanuma Vanama” (recital of the monkey). The result is a Lankan and Bengali fusion take on folkloric dance music.
Intro – Wai Khru Ram Muay ไหว้ครูรำมวย
Dard E Disco Moombahton Bootleg
Been Around the World- DAM
Chole Ke Peeche interlude
احا الشبشب ضاع – Amr Haha
Chole Ke Peeche (DJ Alarm Edit) – Alka Yagnik
9th wonder (Ushka x Brooklyn Shanti blend) – Digable Planets
Hanuma Vannama – Ushka x Brooklyn Shanti
Al Wesda Al Khlya (feat. Ortega) – OKA
Mashalah – Sajid-Wajid
Peeniya (feat. Anjuman Hussainpuri) – DJs Inc
It’s my honor to announce that this Saturday morning at 10 AM I will be speaking on a panel for WFMU’s Radiovision 2013 conference. Moderated by Elena Roslogova, we will be having a nice discussion about digital media, music, publishing and the overall implications involved in new model music distribution and dissemination. The event will take place at the Scholastic Theater in SoHo and the day will be packed with talks and discussions which any/all digital media futurists are bound to be extremely excited by. Yay! Hope to see you there!
On October 15th, my friend Jeff and I will be releasing our next EP as Drop it Steady. We have been recording together for a few years and have evolved in a really strange and interestingly wonderful way. We hope you enjoy The Fall, and please do stop by our Facebook page and like us.
I tracked my good friend, V:Shal Kanwar, for Subatomica’s new release entitled Cloud Shadows. Watch the video above, hear the song below.
There’s a lot of new music inspiring me at the moment. Here’s a mood board of sounds I’ve been putting together, specifically with frequent trips between New Delhi and New York in mind. Free download. Enjoy!