Beats of All-Nations Radio Episode 012: El Dopa

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El Dopa was born and raised in the LA area to an international family. DJing since ’98, he got his degree in Sociology and studied Ethnomusicology in college, which included classes on Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Afro-Latin Music and more.  In 2012, El Dopa took his sound internationally when he toured Brasil making strong connections while picking up gigs along the way. Here in the states he’s been featured at some of the most sought out parties including Low End Theory, Afro Funke, our own Re:Fresh, Motown on Mondays, FEx (Chicago), Austin Reggae Festival, and Brazilian Day Arizona, to name more than just a few.  As a producer he’s assisted on records with Aloe Blacc, GZA, Raekwon, El Michels Affair, Guru and Dakah Hip-Hop Orchestra.  He was a very early influencer of Beats of All-Nations, before its inception, from the time we met him back in 2001. We’re glad to call him a friend, mentor and all around great mind!  We are glad you can finally explore the world of music through the scope of El Dopa on this two part mix for Beats of All-Nations Radio Episode 012.

“[This mix is] a tribute to Oliver Sacks that exemplifies the idea that music was the original language of humans and is now a powerful unifying and therapeutic force.  Part 2 focuses on music from Africa, Brazil and the Caribbean, both new and classics.  I used a combination of turntables & CDJs and sampled spoken words using my iPhone.”

-DJ EL DOPA

INTERVIEW AND TRACKLIST:

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Beats of All-Nations Radio Episode 009: Mixed by Co.fee

BOAN 009 CoFee Cover Art On episode nine of Beats of All-Nations Radio we are excited to bring to you a brand new mix from Los Angeles producer Co.fee. He’s been producing beats since 2005 and in 2011 he released his first EP on My Hollow Drum, titled Easy Listening, followed by the Bermuda EP released in 2012.  Co.fee brings a uniquely refreshing feel to the show with this drum heavy eccentric mix of music from the international community.

“This mix is basically a playlist of my favorite songs and artists that I am feeling at the moment.  I tried to keep it as diverse as possible.” -Co.fee

CONTINUE ON FOR TRACKLIST + INTERVIEW WITH CO.FEE

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Beats of All-Nations Radio Episode 008: wave Groove

Words by: Mike Styles

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“As I keep progressing further into sound I find myself diverging out of the normal and really searching within myself to hear what I like.”

Beats of All-Nations Radio Episode 008:
wave Groove (Los Angeles)

2014 was a big year for Los Angeles bassed producer wave Groove.  The Critical Beatdown member, joined up with Beat Cinema, and created his own ‘hub’ for music with DJ Erok called Voidshift Radio, names that all ring loud in Southern California.  He was put on heavy line ups and generated a nice buzz, stealing shine from headliners on every bill he played.  His new album DATA / FORMAT / BEAT / PROJECT was beautifully constructed and is available now (links below).  On this mix wave Groove plays a few of his new tunes side by side with some handpicked others.

In the interview below wave Groove tells us about his evolution from dj to production, his take on turntables and controllers, opening for SBTRKT and what to expect at Re:Fresh Valentine’s Day 2015:  wave Groove Album Release Party.

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NEW MUSIC: J. Rocc & MED are AXEL F. – “THEME MUSIC”

Word by Mike Styles

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After the buzzing Sofa Set Ep dropped last year, we were super stoked to learn of a full length by Axel F., not quite the synthy Beverly Hills Cop theme.  Rather a collaboration joint from, J. Rocc (Beat Junkies) behind the boards and MED up front on the mic.  Theme Music, released earlier this week on Bang Ya Head, is another chapter in hip hop’s street gospel, a modern blaxploitation flick on wax.  MED has been a recognized hit man with classic verses on some of your favorite Stones Throw related joints (cue up Madvillainy, Shades of Blue, “Blind Man (Cut Chemist Remix)”, Push Comes to Shove)…J.Rocc, is well, arguably the greatest dj, party rocker, sample puller on the planet and this is his first solo produced hip hop album.  The combo here is a no brainer and the album reflects exactly as it should.

From the jump you can already feel your leg sweat sticking to the sofa plastic on “Searchin’.”  “The Set” is what hooked us from the start, the stand out 808 boom bap track from the Sofa Set ep and one of MED finest moments.

“Omega ft. Blu” is the latest single dropped from the duo, where Blu and MED exchange punchy hood versus over a monster of a beat by ‘The Funky President’.

How about them bells?  We won’t spill all the beans but you’re going to get the full spectrum here.  MED discusses the nature of economics (“Sofa Coins”).

197669_414811018557932_730889289_nThere’s a love joint featuring our girl Jimetta Rose (“SCWF”), an awesome ode to Mary Jane with fellow Stones Throw artist Oh No (“All Day”) and what underground West Coast album is complete without an appearance by Phil the Agony & Krondon (“Superman”)?  Oh can’t forget about the international and soul bonus beats provided by J. Rocc.  All in all a great set of music for the streets, dropped with perfect timing.  Support the independent effort and much respect to J. Rocc & MED for this one.

CA….ALLL DAAAAY!

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#BeatsOfAllDILLA: 28 Days of James “Jay Dee” Yancey

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DAY 28: The J Dilla x Brasil Connection

The DILLA x BRASIL Connection

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?


Bonus Nuggets:

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.

-Mike Styles

Be Sure to follow us for updates in on our #28daysofDILLA and #beatsofallDILLA series!

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Enjoy!

-Beats of All-Nations

This is a month long tribute, be sure to check past videos we’ve posted below!

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