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How do you get ready for Friday night’s raw Afro-Beat Party? Blast DJ Underdog’s Africa Plays On Mixtape of course! Blast it in your office, in the gym, at the grocery store, even play it for your grandma… you get the idea. DJ Underdog has blessed us yet again with another one of his Free Mixtapes.
In spirit of our End of Summer Afrobeat party, DJ Underdog humbly and aggressively fuses of Nigerian, Cubanismo, Juju, Fete, Latin Jazz and many other genres of music together, to form his third mixtape, “Africa Plays On 3″. Underdog stresses the importance of records in every production. You can even hear the crackle at points. Even though records are hard to come by, DJ Underdog makes it a point to use strictly records on every mixtape and during live sets. Certainly there is a wealth of rhythms, drums, congas, bongos – but the mark of African music is not just fire but smoke. Guitars, voices and drums echo tones and pulse so as to become indistinguishable; rather than sweltering abandon, a controlled, spacious intensity defines these grooves. Special drops from Questlove and DJ Rich Medina accompany this mix.
As is usually the case with African rhythms, the keening, reverberant mix of oddly tuned instruments gives Africa Plays On 3 an affecting charm. Through it all, DJ Underdogs mixes waft gently and purposefully, never allowing the kettle to boil over, all the while connecting modern Africa to its ancient tribal roots. Africa Plays On 3 is like some hazy, distant dream of communal ritual and peace. See you at the party”
Enjoy and see you Friday!