Archive for the ‘Geko Jones’ tag
Guyana and Suriname (formerly known as Dutch Guyana), along with French Guiana, are usually completely neglected when people are discussing anything to do with South America, let alone it’s music. I’m not gonna lie. I tend to forget that there are places on the continent that the English, Dutch and French colonized too. Thankfully, Afropop Worldwide has released this top notch mix of Guyanese and Surinamese music, produced by Marlon Bishop and mixed by Geko Jones, to cure our collective musical ignorance of this awesome corner of South America.
So what exactly does the music of the Guyanas sound like? Well, imagine a place that’s situated on the Northeast South American coast, between the Caribbean and the Atlantic, that is mostly Amazon rainforest. Add four hundred years of European colonization, African Slavery, Chinese and South Asian (they say East Indian) indentured servitude, and a whole lot of subsequent immigration from all over the globe, and bam – it sounds like this:
Montreal. What the hell? Where did you come from? From which frozen north did you spring? And is it your streets lined with baguette, and a poutine in every home that creates such a high quality crop of musicians?
Whatever. I don’t get it. But I’m glad you are the way you are.
One duder that I’m just getting up to speed on is Boogat, trilingual rapper, producer, and (self-described) vocalist.
About a month ago, Boogat teamed up with the chamleonlike Poirier (he’s been everywhere, right? Even bumped into him at that one bbq joint in Austin, but whatever) to release the Esperanto Sound System mixtape.
The premise is simple: work a combo of original beats and instrumental jacking through a cohesive vocal wringer, mix it smoothly, and unleash it upon the world.
The results are pretty rad – it’s pretty fun to see Chromeo, Geko Jones, Mexican Institute of Sound, and Ej Hijo de la Cumbia (among many others) all in one place. Boogat does his own damn thing well, jumping from producer to producer without missing a beat. In the end it’s a nice package of varied sounds that fits neatly under the so-broad-as-to-be-pointless “Tropical Bass” umbrella. Plus, it’s free.