Born Free: The Hip Hop Scene In South Africa

shockwebpic_bornfree_africanhiphopIn recent years a new generation of hip hop artists has emerged in South Africa, who are taking it back to the roots and celebrating the many cultures that surrounded them growing up in the townships. They are reshaping the sense of identity of South Africa’s youth and expressing what it means to be born free.

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► MSTRKRFT – Party Line

shockwebpic_mstrkrft_partylineAnalog chaos ensues in Party Line, the latest track from Canadian duo MSTRKRFT’s forthcoming album Operator out July 22 via Last Gang Records.

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Daptone Announces New Rock Subsidiary Wick Records

shockwebpic_newwickrecordsDaptone Records the home of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Antibalas and Charles Bradley, have announced their new Rock & Roll subsidiary, Wick Records.

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[NYC] Saturday May 28th – Reconstrvct XXV

shockwebpic_reconstrvct_5_2016The storm is coming this Saturday in Brooklyn. Reconstrvct is back this Memorial Day weekend for their 25th installment. Don’t sleep and get your pre-sale tix now while they are still available.

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These Smart Earbuds Will Translate Different Languages For You

shockwebpic_theseheadphonestranslateA startup called Waverly Labs is developing Pilot, a set of smart earbuds that translate between users speaking different languages. This translator wearable works in conjunction with a custom app that utilizes speech recognition and machine translation to help you communicate. These are a potential travel winner.

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► Amirali – Chromatic Dreams

shockwebpic_amirali_chromaticdreamsCheck out the title track of London-based house artist Amirali’s upcoming EP out in June on Dark Matters. Video directed by David Terranova.

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► Moderat – Running

shockwebpic_moderat_runningModerat, the trio consisting of Modeselektor’s Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary and Sascha Ring of Apparat have a new single out off their latest album III which is out now on Monkeytown Records.

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► Japanese Vinyl Chillout Mix From Revelation Time

shockwebpic_japanesechilloutmixHere’s something for the weekend – a solid section of Japanese vinyl, a selection of chill vibes put together by Eiji of the Revelation Time record shop in Osaka, Japan. Thanks to the The Vinyl Factory for sharing this rare mix.

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► Black Coffee – Come With Me Feat. M.Que

shockwebpic_blackcoffee_comewithmeSouth African House DJ, Black Coffee, enlists Johannesburg vocalist M.Que and a couple of New York City dance collectives for his latest single ‘Come With Me’.

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NYC’s Other Music Closes Shop & Share Their Top 10 Essential Records

shockwebpic_othermusics10essentialAfter 20 years in New York City, NoHo record shop Other Music will be closing it’s doors on June 25th. As one of the best shops in the city, they gained a reputation for their great curation of product and supporting the NYC community.

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