Rehes Gets Down With Beats Antique

On the heals of their SXSW showcase, Seher sits down with Beats Antique. Hailing from Oakland, CA, Beats Antique is a force to be reckoned with.  Seriously.  Ask them to describe their music and you will get about sixteen genres, descriptors, and world regions.  Wanna bet?  Try this:

“live electronica and world roots music”

“electro-acoustic gypsy break beat”

“…music of the Middle East, eastern Europe, north Africa and traditional jazz with big bass music”

“orchestral gypsy music with the styles of hip-hop, brass band, downtempo, glitch and dubstep”

They do not play.

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Kelis “Acapella” Video & DJ Replay Mix

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“Acapella” is the Free Video of the Week over at iTunes so grab it now before it’s gone. You can also stream loads of remixes here. Besides those remixes by the likes of Benny Benassi and David Guetta, a lesser-known DJ Replay also made a dope mix to get you hyped up for the new album, Flesh Tone.

Queen of Hearts: Off With Their Heads: Kelis Fleshtone Mixtape
by DJ Replay [download]
 


Nikki & Rich Video for “Next Best Thing”

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Nikki & Rich premiered this new video for “Next Best Thing” on Ellen’s website, and performed the single live on her show this morning. Go to Ellen’s site for more video of Nikki & Rich! And check out the Nikki & Rich Documentary Trailer we posted in January.

Mulatu Astatke: The Man & His Influence

Mulatu Astatke is a musical titan, in the same league as the likes of Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade, yet he was first recognized to most people when The Paris-based world music record label, Buda Musique devoted the entire 4th installment of their respected series, Ethiopiques, to his compositions in 1998.

Astatke was born in 1943 in a town called Jimma in Ethiopia. His family sent him abroad to Wales to study chemical engineering, and instead, he came home with a degree in Music and a whole new sound brewing in his head. After Wales, he proceeded to the prestigious Berklee College of Music becoming the first African student to attend, studying the Vibraphone and percussion.

Mulatu Astatke – “Asosa” (from Mulatu Steps Ahead on Strut Records)
 

Read more, grab a few downloads, samples and more Ethiopian-influenced hip-hop after the jump.

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