For this month’s Mosaic Mix, I decided to do less talking and just let you LISTEN.
It’s the holiday season, and birthday month for us here at BanTOR Radio, so we wanted to make this edition one you play at a party without any interruption or anecdotes.
So, I’ve decided to give you some insight for you to READ while you LISTEN!
We started off this month’s mix with Bad Gyal, a Catalan rapper that samples elements of dancehall and trap. I enjoyed the synth intro to this track. Real name Alba Farelo, and hailing from Vilasar de Mar, Catalonia (Spain), I discovered her music via an article on Remezcla. You’ll notice a lot of Afro and Latin vibes on this mix, but there’s no shortage of variety.
TYGW (hailing from Chile) and Johan Demonio’s “Si No Soy Yo” is up next…damn. What can I say about this track? I don’t know how I found this one. Possibly from the Fiebre41 collective page? Nonetheless it’s super trappy, very dope and paints the picture of neon-lit, hazy party scene. Fiebre 41 is a collective from Mexico City. Their lo-fi videos (peep “Cookiness”) are hard to judge. The Michael Kors watch-wearing, spectacle-adorned teens in the streets are tough as nails. The production is what first caught my ear on this track, and it provides great transition from Bad Gyal.
Throw in a dark tune by UK producer Klimeks on “Sine,” before getting into the disco vibes of New York drag duo, Sateen. I found this track on a wicked i-D doc from London designer, Charles Jeffrey, highlighting New York’s underground queer club scene. You can watch it here.
Keeping the club vibes flowing, I had to throw in the Godmode remix of The xx’s new track, “On Hold.” I love the video for this one, too. Really happy that this group is back with new work, but grateful for Jamie XX keeping time with In Colour last year.
I can’t leave out Afrobeat, so I chose Korede Bello’s hot track, “Do Like That.” This Lagos-born newcomer on the Nigerian scene is making waves at 20 years old, and comes from a journalism background, holding a diploma from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism. He’s also an Associate Member of the Institute of Information Management.
We keep things west African with Lizzo’s “Deep,” which is one of my favourite tracks from her Coconut Oil EP (one of my favourite albums of the year). It happens to be co-written by Nigerian producers, and twin brothers, Taiwo Hassan and Kehinde Hassan. In a Nylon interview feature, Lizzo called this a “challenge,” citing that the couldn’t initially wrap her mind around finding the rhythm. “I was up for the challenge. They said: “we have a trap beat; we can do another trap song,” but something told me to try this one. Ricky Reed always told me that one of the few joys in life was getting a Jean Baptiste topline. He was like, “let me go in and try something real quick,” and he did this amazing one-take melody over the whole track and I was like, “this is perfect, I want nothing to change!” I went in, and the lyrics came to me so quickly. Now, they’re some of my favorites!”
Lizzo will be at Toronto’s Velvet Underground on Tuesday, December 6th – be sure to check out this fierce Houston-born, Minneapolis-based feminist gem, if you can.
Following, “Make Me Go,” the new Carnival 2017 hit by Trinidad & Tobago’s Angela Hunte, I included some great tracks by Jarina De Marco. The Dominican Republic-born, Brooklyn based artist featured select, “Tigre,” on television show, Broad City. With her feature on GTA’s “True Romance,” and a voice both unique and applicable to various genres, and versatile for many sounds, I look forward to a full-length release in the (hopefully near) future.
There’s a bit of a junglist/drum and bass/ dub reggae mashup with a few Machinedrum tracks in there, with a Montreal connection on Poirier's feature on the Moresounds remix of "Kypoli," before getting into some really dope new grime releases. Then, we have “Cos Cos Cos” by Neapolitan (southern Italian) rapper, Clementino – one of my absolute faves. He actually raps in the Napolitano dialect, so keep an ear open, and play this for your Nonna. Maybe she’ll understand.
Closing out, I featured a few fresh tracks from local artists. I am absolutely loving this new Falcons edit of River Tiber’s track, “Gravity.” I’m a big fan of Falcons as a producer since the release of his Terra EP, and love the vibe on this track. Caught River Tiber at his Red Bull Sound Select release party last summer for his Indigo EP, and he is definitely one of Toronto’s latest greatest exports.
The Brazilian-tinged, Brooklyn-Toronto connection on “Favela Slap,” could not be omitted from this edition. This one is a collaboration by Brooklyn’s Flamingosis (who consistently releases amazing remixes) and Toronto’s own, The Kount. Its elements of baile funk and subtle bossa nova electro add a touch of summer as the weather gets colder. And hey, you can’t beat that City of God still for the track art. One of my favourite films of all time…
Amaal Nuux – genuine talent, true beauty and honest music from Toronto. This Somali-Canadian artist has been rocking Spotify charts and playlists worldwide with “Last Ones.” We had the opportunity to meet her at a recent event, and hope to have her on the show soon.
Finally, had to close out with Zaki Ibrahim’s “Do The Thing Right.” An infectious groove that moves through your ear drums, to your veins and all the spaces in between. Born in South Africa, based in Toronto, and receiving endless praise from around the world, Ibrahim just released her Orbit: A Postcoital Prequal EP – please be sure to have a listen and explore further.
Keep dancing, stay curious and be inclusive of all cultures. Hope you all have an amazing December and holiday season.
ABOUT THE PHOTO: I didn't take this anywhere particularly exotic, but it fits in with the season. That's a Christmas tree ornament selfie in Scottsdale, Arizona. I was there on a press trip in November 2013, and loved the contrast of a huge douglas fir in the middle of the desert, surrounded by palm trees.
1. “Slow Wine” (prod. King DoDou) – Bad Gyal
2. “Si No Soy Yo” - TYGW (hailing from Chile) and Johan Demonio
3. “Sine” – Klimeks
4. “Una Oportunidad (Phynx Remix)” – Indigo Jams
5. “Give A Look” – Sateen
6. “On Hold (Godmode Remix)” – The XX
7. “Do Like That” – Korede Bello
8. “Deep” – Lizzo
9. “Make Me Go” – Angela Hunte
10. “Tigre” – Jarina De Marco
11. “True Romance” – GTA feat. Jarine De Marco
12. “Kypoli (Moresounds remix)” – Poirier feat. Machinedrum & Aleisha Lee
13. “Perdominant (Machinedrum Remix)” – Papa San
14. “Waters Run Deep” – Coco feat. Shola Ama and Deep Green
15. “My G” – Loefah feat. Fudz
16. “Cos Cos Cos” – Clementino
17. “Di Way You Wine (Shaka Lion Remix)” – SHVKV
18. “Gravity (Falcons Remix)” – River Tiber
19. “Favela Slap” – Flamingosis and The Kount
20. “Last Ones” – Amaal Nuux
21. “Wagadugu” – EyeAmi feat. Danny Sax & Sydne Barnes (prod. RymezBeatz)
22. “Do The Thing Right” – Zaki Ibrahim