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I just got back from a two week long European vacation yesterday, and the jet lag is real.  After pulling an all-nighter, I left Amsterdam at 11AM, flew for ten hours in a giant metal tube, and arrived in Seattle at noon (the same day).  How’s that for a mindfuck?

After unpacking, starting a load of laundry, and getting a steaming bowl of duck noodle soup from my favorite noodle shop, I fired up the Macbook and started clicking through my favorites to catch up on some blog action.  I didn’t make it too far, as I started to pass out about five minutes into it, but I did find this incredibly appropriately titled mix featured on’s Mixtape Mondays from last week.

Montreal’s finest, Ghislain Poirier, comes through with some serious heaters on this mix(tape), which features LxNxM favorites Bonjay, Emvee, Boogat, Spoek Mathambo, Dubbel Dutch, and mucho mas.  I’m not sure how this worked out or what the connection is, but  the mix was made for Aritizia, a boutique specializing in women’s clothing.  Check em out, I guess.

I’d write more about how awesome this mix is, but my brain is still a little melty from traveling through space and time. I think I’m just gonna let this one play on repeat until I start feeling normal again.

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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.