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KEXP is a behemoth. Both as an online radio station and as a terrestrial broadcaster in Seattle and New York, the station is a perennial tastemaker, and has moved many musicians from these bloggy nether regions into the central (and hopefully bills-paying) mainstream.

It’s a great role to play, which is why it’s nice to see a new show, “El Sonido,” on KEXP that is all all all about “Latin” music. A lot of the music we put up here can, theoretically, be grouped under that particular rubric, and it’s good to see one of the big dogs in this game give it some shine.

To celebrate the upcoming show (it kicks off on May 23rd, from 6-9pm PST), show boss DJ Chilly (pictured above with Los Rakas) put together a mix of the type of musics he’s going to be playing. It’s a good look for the show, featuring some of my favorite folks, from stalwarts like Los Rakas and Uproot Andy to some of the newer kids on the scene like Mexicans With Guns, Sonora, Zuzuka Poderosa, Chancha and Atropolis.

All in all, vurrry solid. Take a listen, and tune in to support.

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Download: DJ Chilly ¡Manos Arriba! mixtape (right click, save as)

Tracklist after the jump.

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Vegetables are for the weak, and barbecue is always a good decision. Iron Works BBQ is right around the corner from the Austin convention center, aka the center of the lanyard universe. The result is a line out the door, bands at every table, and a client list that includes every candidate or elected official to every come through Austin.

Most of the day was spent at Club 1808, which is in relatively deep East Austin, meaning well off the beaten SXSW path.  The occasion was the showcase put on by Pianos, the Ludlow Street purveyor of fine sounds. A couple of highlights included New Moods (a precise and raucous four-piece fronted by Billy Jones of Other Passengers and Gang Gang Dance engineer Sean Maffucci), a short but sweet set from Chicago beatsmen The Hood Internet, and your boys Das Racist.

New Moods getting loooow.

The highlight of the day, however, was Tormenta Tropical, an ongoing San Francisco-based party that for the purposes of SXSW took a sojourn to Austin and pulled double duty as a full on showcase. Leading off the night was the Ghetto Bassquake soundsystem, featuring some of the most ruthless DJs of the bubbling cumbia, tropicalia, and otherwise limitless bass movements. GBQ chief Vamanos and Dutty Artz affiliates Uproot Andy and Chief Boima led things off, and as the dancefloor packed up and out, they were followed by bass-heavy sets from NYC’s Matt Shadetek, Austin’s DJ Orion, and the party-wreckers themselves, Germany’s Schlacthofbronx. From front to back, non-stop bass and quality selections.


Chief Boima and Old Money Massive


Shadetek gets it in.


Schlacthofbronx officially wrecks the floor.

And finally, the night wrapped up with a one-two combination of the Hybrid himself, Detroit’s Danny Brown, and new Shady Aftermath Records signees Slaughterhouse, the coast to coast supergroup featuring Crooked I, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, and Royce da 5’9″. Quite the contrast between one of hip hop’s fastest rising and hard-to-define stars, and a group that carries the torch for a hip hop that is nearly one generation removed.


Danny Brown, rocking the Bowie shirt.


Slaughterhouse do it to it.

New York based DJ guy Uproot Andy made a  pretty cool mix (they call it a podcast) for XLR8R the other day.  You should check it out, especially if you’re into dancehall, UK funky, nu cumbia, ghettotech and/or anything with lots of bass.

For best results, listen loudly (good speakers, please) and dance.  Alternatively, listen with your headphones on and bob your head like nobody’s watching.  Really, though, do whatever you feel.  It’s all good.  No one’s judging. (jk, I’m judging.)

Stream, download and peep the tracklist here.

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Everyone’s favorite Bay Area/Panamanian duo has been busy. Abrazame, Los Rakas’ take on the world-dominating Hold Yuh riddim, originally dropped on that Free Music 2010 giveaway we told you about a while back, and recently they’ve been busy revisiting it.

In addition to collaborating on a delicate remix with Brooklyn mix maestro Uproot Andy, they’ve also just released a video to accompany the original version. The video’s a departure from their “Soy Raka” street party vibe, and while I still want the Turf Feinz to drop in at any minute, I suppose it’s not a bad thing that they mix up their approaches every now and then. Some thing about variety being the spice of life? Who knows? And for the record, yes, this is exactly how I dance on the beach. Just thought everyone should know.

Check the Uproot Andy flip below (and Abrazame acapella, Mr. Producer), and the video after the jump.

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