If you're looking for the soundtrack to your Mardi Gras 2010, and are interested not in New Orleans' past but the future in all its melting pot glory, you should head to Gypsyphonicdisko pronto to download a great mixtape that touches on the sound of the city without resorting to nostalgia or cookie-cutter cajun and zydeco (not that there's anything inherently wrong with either).
Compiled by Galactic's Ben Ellman (aka DJ Natto), mixed by New Orleans expat living in LA DJ Quickie Mart (who's the Knux's DJ) and hosted by Jurassic 5's Chali2na, the mix draws from very little that you'd recognize as Crescent City music. There's no brass band breakdowns, nary a Meters breakbeat, and Dr. John ain't represented even once. Rather, Gypsyphonic's first mix in a series goes back to the origins of the sound -- or, rather, submits for discussion swinging Balkan accents, meandering klezmer accordion hustles, New Orleans' bouncy rhythms (the big bass of No Limit and Cash Money hip hop) -- and overlays it with a capella tracks from Juvenile, Big Freedia, Sissy Nobby, Kelis ("Milkshake"), Katey Red and Lateef the Truthspeaker, among others.
It's a strange mix, one that sounds absolutely fresh but simultaneously Old World, that suggests a new stew simmering in New Orleans.
Download it, and check out what Gyspyphonic did at Bonnaroo last year, after the jump ...
from Gypsyphonic Disko's myspace page:
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"... a raucous, multi-culti dance party for the ages. Mashing up the horn blasts and relentless rhythms of Eastern Europe with the laid back beats of hip-hop and funk (along with some live sax squonking), Natto takes the Old World into a future where there are no borders. A founding member of the New Orleans Klezmer Allstars, Natto, a long time fan of the pan-Romani music canon, shares the frenzied sounds of Bulgarian wedding music, Hungarian dances and Turkish brass scorchers with masses of New World party people.
(You should also know that Big Freedia, who we sent a love letter to last week, is performing at A Club Called Rhonda on Wednesday, March 3, at El Cid. Our New Orleans friends tell us that her show is a wonder to behold, with lots of BOOTY and lots of bounce.)
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