#NowPlaying - Karol Conka Vô La ( Batuk Freak ) LONDON GIG!

Due soon at Concrete, Shoreditch, Thursday April 3rd 2014, as part of La Linea, The London Latin Music Festival. You might remember Karol from her Buraka Son Sistema collab, below.
What's she like live and solo? Check the last video for the full force of her slow funk carioca lyrics of electronic funk.

This Week's Free Lab Radio - Arabic, Turkish and Iranian Pop Cassettes on Resonance104.4FM

DJ K Sets compiles tape cassettes from 80s Middle East and North Africa, arranged here in 3 genres:
"taxi tapes, electro tunes and hippie age". He calls his mixes "selected working class cultures". We've had a long interest in DJ K Sets as his other incarnation DJ Cinnamoon, possibly since 5 years ago. He's superbly underground, you have to chase him!

Turkey, Iran, Iraq and beyond. Long live cassette culture!

Saturday night 11-midnight on 104.4FM Listen live also on Radioplayer:

This Week's Free Lab Radio - Casiokids Mixxx

Tonight 11-midnight on Resonance104.4FM, Casiokids throw out a bespoke mix for #FreeLabRadio this week! It's a combi of tracks old and new, featuring a special, special lost Casiokids track suitably called "Levninger" (remnants).

Band member and mix-meister Ketil told us "There's my new fav Todd Terje track on there ("Q"), and some other songs you are sure to hear in any recent Casiokids DJ set".

If by some chance you missed their work so far, think 80s toy keyboards, vocals so soft and intriguing it hardly matters that you've no idea of the meaning of the words they are singing and a whole of African influences.

1. Ebrahim & Royal Orchestra - Bidād
2. Casiokids - Levninger
3. Todd Terje - Q
4. Mbiri Young Stars - Ndiri Ndanogio Niwe (Batida 1977 Remix)
5. Cheick Hamala Diabate - Fatou Kounkoun Sissoko (Sol Power All Stars Mix) [feat. Sol Power All Stars]
6. Chico Mann - Luz
7. D. O. Misiani - Kiseru
8. William Onyeabor - Fantastic Man
9. John Wizards - Muizenberg
10. Gender Infinity - Highlife Time
11. Casiokids - Elefantenes hemmelige gravplass (Untz Untz remix)
12. The Volcano Brothers - Neocolonialism Is Strong Tea

Women's Day Special #FreeLabRadio - Saturday 8th 11pm

For our weekly show, we're handing over to a mixture of female producers and singers and those who do both. We're playing St. Vincent (pictured) Habibi, Las Perlas Negras and more. Co-produced with Ali Fortescue.

tUnE-yArDs - Nikki Nack out May 6th.

Here's a cut up preview from one of our favourite bands of this century. Faithful to their original sounds of African influence, looping and strong vocals, this sounds supremely promising. Plus they're on tour and coming to London!

Tonight's Free Lab Radio - Bobby Azarbayejani as "Sighup"

11-midnight March 1st on 104.4FM in London, online elsewhere

Tapdup Logo, dropping vowels is in
A bespoke mix for Free Lab Radio from the half-Azeri producer 'sighup' aka Bobby Azarbayejani, co-founder of Tapdup Records in Seattle, WA.

'sighup''s music is deeply inspired by religious and spiritual thought, especially of radical Islam, and tonight's mix explores these elements. 'sighup’ just released a cassette single titled “OBE(T)/ARMY” on Tapdup Records. ‘sighup’ is an electronic musician based in Seattle, WA. As co-founder of Tapdup Records, an outlet for digitally produced electronic music, his sound is influenced by Chicago Footwork, ambient music, and non-Western music.

1. Ya Makkah - Traditional Arab Naat (‘sighup’ edit)
This piece is also known as Ya Taiba. I don’t know who the singer in this sample is, but I’ve gotten the tune stuck in my head pretty much every day since I first heard it, so I figured it would be fun to play with.

2. Hengameh Paykareh (“Time of War”) by Sadiq Ahangaran (‘sighup’ edit)
This is a song from around the time of the Iran/Iraq war, and I can only assume the crowd singing along are a bunch of young soldiers off to go to war. Sadiq has a ton of other music, and it’s mostly about Husayn, martyrdom or Karbala.

3. UNKNOWN. (‘sighup’ edit)
Unfortunately I lost the original name of this song. I think it’s a Hezbollah propaganda song I found on YouTube.

4. Darāmad (Homāyun) by Akbar Seyyed Hoseyn Tāherzādeh
This is a piece appearing on the 2014 Honest Jon Records compilation titled “Let No One Judge You”. My dad was so excited about this release when I told him about it.

This is a “mash up” of sorts by my Tapdup label mate SSPORTS. As its title suggests it is a mix between Three Six Mafia’s “Late Night Tip” and Grouper’s “Wind and Snow”. Personally, I think it’s away better than the original Three Six Mafia song.

6. C_L_E_A_N_E_R_S - “Real Raga Shit Pt. 1” (Excerpt)
This band is great. They’re from Brooklyn and have been putting out amazing stuff. Loads of beautiful found sounds. Check out this release on Bootleg Tapes.

7. A phone call from Aghayeh Karbalaii
Bahram Moshiri runs a radio show called “Sarzamineh Javid”. Aghayeh Karbalaii called in to recite an excerpt from Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh.

7. Cedaa - Tiffany
Cedaa is a producer from the San Francisco Bay Area. This track came out in 2010, which is like a decade ago in juke terms, but it has really stood out to me since I first heard it three and a half years ago.

8. Millie & Andrea - Stage 2
Millie & Andrea are Andy Stott and Miles Whittaker. This track has been described by my roommate as “what SSPORTS would sound like if any of his songs were longer than a minute”.