Sofrito – Tropical Discotheque Compilation + MP3

First known for their legendary tropical warehouse parties in East London, Sofrito quickly exploded and began rocking festivals and beaches across the world. Now, 5 years after their inception, Sofrito (Strut) is gearing up to release their first compilation, Tropical Discotheque, on January 18th. Comprised of DJs Hugo Mendez and Frankie Francis alongside The Mighty Crime Minister, Sofrito has consistently combined the serious vinyl hunter’s ear for amazing records with the know-how to throw a great party, rocking dance floors worldwide since their inception in 2005 with a mixture of vintage tropical grooves and exclusive dubplate edits.

Tropical Discotheque is a collection of 15 unmixed tropical grooves, both old and new, ranging from raw cumbia, heavy Congolese soukous, bassline calypso and cosmic highlife. Highlights include an exclusive cumbia by Quantic, “Cumbia Mochilla”, a new edit of a rare Victor Uwaifo disco cut and firing Carnival jams from old-timers Roaring Lion and Mighty Shadow.

Enjoy this wonderful and rare track off the compilation titled “Arrete Mal Parlé” by Fair Nick Stars, a band that rose to fame in the 1970s throughout the French Caribbean, originating in Guadeloupe. Also if you are interested in the artwork please check out the video interview with the club’s graphic designer Lewis Heriz after the jump.

“Arrete Mal Parlé” – MP3

Fair Nick Stars- Arrete Mal Parlé by Strut

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Jessie J Voted #1 for ‘Sound of 2011′

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Jessie J, the UK singer-songwriter who recently broke out in the US with her outrageous music video for “Do It Like A Dude,” has topped the BBC’s Sound of 2011 chart. The list highlights the very best up-and-coming artists of the new year, and is compiled from key music critics, broadcasters and bloggers. Until recently, Jessie has developed her art both on stage and behind the scenes, writing hits for megastars like Kylie Minogue and Miley Cyrus. But the music she writes for herself has more edge: ‘attitude-filled urban pop and big soulful ballads.’ Along with all that, she has an insane Aguilera-esque voice and a magnetic personality. Congratulations Jessie, we can’t wait to hear more! Check out the rest of the ‘Sound of 2011′ list here.

Artists in the top five in previous years have included Florence and the Machine and La Roux (Sound of 2009), Adele and Duffy (Sound of 2008), Mika and Klaxons (Sound of 2007), Bloc Party and Kaiser Chiefs (Sound of 2005), Keane and Franz Ferdinand (Sound of 2004) and 50 Cent and Dizzee Rascal (Sound of 2003).

Jessie’s debut album Who You Are will be released this Spring on Universal Republic. She is currently running a contest with Vevo, which will fly a lucky winner to NYC to see Jessie J perform live in the city – youtube.com/vevo.

GPWW 12/29/10: John Legend, The Roots In Conversation & Worldwide Family Mixtape by Lone, UK

GPWW this week is a double bill with two featured guest artists: an interview with The Roots and John Legend and a Worldwide Family Mixtape out of Nottingham, UK, from an artist called Lone.

More picks include the latest single from Brooklyn’s own heart throb Jesse Boykins III, “Before the Night is Through,” along with Bilal, Jay Electronica, and of course, some lesser-known acts like Takeyo Moriyama and a South African vocalist by the name of Kheti.

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Marsha Ambrosius Video: “Far Away”

Marsha Ambrosius (of Floetry fame) has released this video for “Far Away,” a single off her upcoming album on J Records. Soak in this message from the artist:

Dear Friends,

Every year over 1 million people commit suicide. Some were bullied because of their sexuality. I lost a friend to suicide, and I’m asking all of you to support alternative lifestyles. Don’t put up with or join in with bullying. It’s time we become more aware in this world. Take responsibility to make a difference. So if my music can save one life, I’ve done my job.

I love you all so much!

Marsha

New Raphael Saadiq Video: “Radio”

New video from the amazing Raphael Saadiq, whose upcoming album Stone Rollin takes him in a new direction. The single “Radio” features a similar style of retro-update to his last album, The Way I See It, but he went back further this time – past funk and soul, to rock n roll and swing dancing era.  Look out for Stone Rollin, due to be released on March 22nd.