If you are camping at Coachella or looking for something to do after-hours , be sure to check out the designated areas on the campgrounds where a handful of amazing independent DJs and producers, will be supplying the sound. The line up is heavy with a bunch of Inland Empire / (909/951) natives, including Beats of All-Nations’ own Mike Styles as well as members from Re:Fresh, Beat Cinema, More Fire Mondays, My Hollow Drum and more. We are extremely proud of all the artists playing the campgrounds and hope you get a chance to check them out from The Dome to The Turn Down!
Here’s the line up:
* Week 1
(No ‘*’) both weeks
Arti (My Hollow Drum, Beat Cinema) **
Co.Fee (My Hollow Drum) *
DJ Fallen *
Erok (More Fire, Critical Beatdown) **
Gabba Gabba Heys
Gabe Real (More Fire, Re:Fresh, Beats of All-Nations)
I ask this question up front, how is De La Soul not the greatest Hip Hop group of all time?
Continuously creating from the jump with consistency, De La joins the ranks of the very few who have perfected a 25 years to life long career in hip hop, and we’re still listening. Given their deep and rich catalogue its hard to believe the group was without a label when Tommy Boy flopped. That only ignited their independent crusade releasing one of their most notable albums to date, The Grind Date (2004).
These Native Tongues remain amongst hip-hop’s top ranking, yet humbled and steady paying homage to the culture, as well as their respected colleagues. In case you missed it, peep how they paid tribute to the Spirit of the Wu less then a year ago.
On Valentine’s Day (2014), the trio waved their middle finger in the face of the industry once again and gave fans free downloads of their entire discography with remixes and instrumentals in celebration of 25 years of De La Soul. In addition they added a folder of photos from the archives (some shown above). And now they have delivered another free download this week, De La Soul & J Dilla – Smell the Da.I.S.Y (Da Inner Soul of Yancey). Pos, Dave and Maseo pay tribute revisiting classics with a new perspective and rocking strictly over mostly unreleased J Dilla beats. With these good tidings the group brings news of an upcoming ep produced by DJ Premier and Pete Rock as well as a future full length titled “You’re Welcome,” and for that we say Thank You De La Soul.
One of our favorite vibe-out artist, Mo Kolours, is at again with his latest self titled album. The 18-track offering ranges from hip hop, to dub, to percussion heavy rhythms, all produced and presented in such a way that is one of a kind and seemingly effortless. In other words, this man is on some other! Oh yeah, and he’s giving this album to you for free, so go grab the album and show him some love.
On March 8th 2014, we hosted our 4th annual Brazilian Carnaval at Re:Fresh. We we’re joined by Tropicaleiza, Capoeira Angola Inland Empire, DJ Ethos, the Re:Fresh/Beats of All-Nations crew, drummers, dancers, musicians and the cultured community in Pomona. Farah Sosa was present to document the event from start to end, her photos will tell the rest of the story.
Re:Fresh takes place at 256 S. Main St. Pomona (@dba256) every 2nd and 4th Saturday
- F O R M A T -
1st round: 4 rounds of 5 beatmakers, top 10 advance
2nd Round: 2 rounds 5 beatmakers, top 5 advance
Final Round: 1 round, top 3 are picked
- P R I Z E S -
1st place: $100, beat battle trophy, and guest spotlight at future show
2nd place: gift bag with assorted goodies
3rd place: beer, food, or nug your choice
- R U L E S -
2 minutes per contestant, 1 beat or compilation of beats, but no longer than 2 minutes
Beats must be original production
21 and over event, bring ID or you will be disqualified
Due to time constraints we may not be able to sound check so make sure your levels are correct ahead of time
Alas! There has been much anticipation for this episode since our maiden voyage of Beats of All-Nations Radio: Episode 001 featuring Cell Uno. Thanks to everyone who showed us some love…This one took a little time to organize and arrange but we do have something real special for you.
Episode 002 features the brilliant production from the Inland Empire’s very own Bombay. This guys isn’t your average producer, Bombay has been building heavy steam over the years. His production credits include Aloe Blacc, Blu, Alchemist, The KO Corporation, and Home Grown Organix. 2013 was a busy year for Bombay, he managed to tour with Blu, and Tiron & Ayomari, DJ’ed for Elzhi at Paid Dues, and released his critically acclaimed Last 3 Days album, and 2014 looks even more promising. It’s no wonder he’s been referred over and over as the ‘IE’s best kept secret,’ from those in the know.
In this episode Bombay’s beats, mostly unreleased instrumentals and exclusives, are mixed by Beats of All-Nations very own Porchlite. Who is no stranger to the game either, Porchlite is one of our in-house producer/DJs dabbling in a range of sounds from electronic, house to downtempo and hip hop. In the past he has toured the nation with the likes of The Roots, NERD, Talib Kweli, Mayer Hawthorne and Skillz. His production and performance schedule is a busy one in 2014 so we’re sure you’ll be seeing and hearing him all over the place.
Bombay and Porchlite’s collaboration on this mix is something special as the two are well acquainted with each others styles and you probably won’t hear their music as well represented as in this mix. Without further ado here is Beats of All-Nations Radio Episode 002 featuring Bombay & Porchlite. Enjoy!
Of course we sat down with the two to discuss influences, the mix, and favorite food spots. Interview and exclusive 3-track download from Bombay after the jump.
Beats Of All-Nations focuses on paying homage to world music and diverse cultures across the globe, and there is a very special country that has influenced this movement from the start, Brazil. The country is a melting pot of a variety of cultures perfectly seasoned that produces a recipe of its own, and its a recipe that cannot be duplicated. Once you get a taste of Brazil’s Samba, Bossa Nova, Batucada, or just experiencing its tropical climate and laid back people you will better understand the country’s richness.
Brazil is also known for celebrating the biggest party in the world, Carnival. The annual festival hosts huge organized parades that are often led by samba schools or local drum corps. The public at large has an open invitation to watch the parades and are highly encouraged to participate in the festivities themselves. Now, imagine celebrating 6 days of music, dance, and culture…who wouldn’t want to be a part of that!
Today is the last day of our month long series #BeatsofAllDilla. We are about to go full circle…As we transition out of J Dilla Month and into our next venture, Brazilian Carnaval, which begins today and ends with our 4th Annual Brazilian Carnaval in Pomona at Re:Fresh, we leave you with “Obrigado Dilla,” which translates from Brazilian Portuguese to “Thank You Dilla.”
“Obrigado Dilla” was produced and documented by our friends at Mochilla following the Brasilintime premiere show at SESC Pompeii in São Paulo, 2006. It features Brazil’s championed DJs Nuts and Primo (RIP) on the cuts and punching buttons on the SP-303 while drummer Pupillo keeps the time on the beat. Together the three did a tribute featuring Dilla’s Brazilian influenced production for the Pharcyde, “Runnin.” Again shout out to B+ and Coleman of Mochilla who captured some of the most iconic photos of Dilla in existence, including several we used throughout the month.
Here’s a fun note, we had an opportunity to host B+, Eric Coleman and DJ Nuts on several occasions at an event in Downtown Upland, CA called The Lapa Lounge. On one of those nights in 2007, the Mochilla crew blessed us with the first public viewing of “Obrigado Dilla” with our small and intimate crowd.
Here is the original sample, Stan Getz “Saudade Vem Correndo” which translates to the theme and title of the Pharcyde track. Coincidence?
Jay Dee Samples Brazilian guitarist Baden Powell:
and here’s an unreleased track where he samples Sergio Mendes drums and another record covering the Bossa Nova standard “Agua de Beber.”
The Dilla x Brazil connection goes even deeper, when asked about the short, prolific “Rico Suave Bossa Nova” track on Welcome 2 Detroit, he said “I fell in love with Brazilian music the day I listened to a Sergio Mendes album. We used to have jam sessions in the studio after work was done, one day my mans Karriem Riggins came through. I asked him for ‘bossa nova.’ He gave me exactly what I needed.”
We bet Dilla would’ve bugged out if he heard his bossa nova groove covered by the legendary Azymuth!
and that’s what we call going full circle on the J Dilla x Brasil connection.