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AKW030 | 2011-05-02  
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In 2010 Ruff-N-Smooth took Ghana by storm with a string of hits, the last of which was Azingele in late 2010. The song talks about… don’t hold your breath: girls. Although the duo boasts a decidedly modern, fairly consumerist style, they lament over the materialistic turn that relationships seem to be taking in Ghana. Joined on the track by Ghana’s number one Francophone flavor dispenser, SK Blinks, we’ve been fortunate to give the acapella a spin with an army of producers from all over the world. More importantly, this time, we are truly amazed with the musical diversity of these remixes. About the remixers:

1 – Chuck Wild (US): New-York based Charlie B Wilder has been spreading his take on music in the city’s clubs (Bembe, Cielo) and airwaves (WNYU), but also via his great blog mixtaperiot.com. A few months spent in West Africa back in 2002 got him hooked onto African music, since then he’s remixed Vieux Farka Touré and is about to release a song with Congolese singer Fredy Massamba.

2 – Pushking Noize & Tillup (Switzerland): we discovered them through their work with artists in Mozambique such as Dama do Bling, then learned about their Tropical Disco parties in Zurich. When we heard this simple moombahton banger, we had to add it…!

3 – Granada! & Madmoa (Portugal): remember Diamond Bass? Luckily he hooked his friend Granada! onto this. A natural fit with Angolan-descendant Madmoa, who’s sound is clearly close to kuduro and the like. These boys really switched the song around. We like!

4 – Daniel Klauser (Chile): this kid’s been blowing up online in the past few months, dropping remixes all over the place, and most recently releasing an EP for DBTY. Daniel feels a special connection to African rhythms, which he thinks are part of South American culture. We’re so glad he feels that way, his sound is simply addictive.

5 – Chicus (US): this Brooklynite’s been spinnng records for years now, but we know him as head honcho of vinyl imprint Redbud Recordings, neck deep into dub and roots reggae. His other label Dither Down has put out great 12” and tropical remixes, and now Chicus hits us again, proving his love of hybrid sounds from yet another angle, inspired by the crossover appeal of Azingele’s vocals.

6 – LATA (Chile): probably the most abstract cut on this EP, this remix showcases LATA’s experimental sound, at the junction of dub, electronica and latin music, which, more broadly, reflects LATA’s quest to help define cultural identity in modern Chile.
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