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This month I’m sharing my own remixed version of a Brazilian 70's classic : Claudia's "Deixa Eu Dizer”. This Brazilian song is one of the most catchy samba jazz hooks of history and it was already sampled by rapper Marcelo D2 and producer Nave​ on their classic 2008 hit "Desabafo”. I remember playing this tune in my sets very often when it was released and this chorus stayed stuck in my mind. Thanks again to Aimée for providing the artwork! Watch a short live improv’ on some of the samples of this song on my Instagram.

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Solange’s 2016 album has been on heavy rotation in the last couple of years and those songs will for ever remind me of the good and bad times of that period of my life. Solange’s words “Drink it away / Dance it away / Work it away / Sexed it away / Read it away” on that minimal groove still resonate deep in my chest. So when I heard some individual tracks of “Cranes in the Sky” being broadcast in an episode of the song exploder podcast, I sampled the acapella bits and the synth harp to play them in my live set. The result got such a positive crowd reaction that it finally convinced me to finish this remix and share it with the world. The remix was premiered on Gilles Peterson’s BBC radio show last week-end and got positive reviews from all around the world. It is now available as a free download. Enjoy and share!

Artwork by Aimée // Cello by Yu Linn Humm

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I lived in Dublin for a good few years and I used to run a night called Dublin Tropical in which guys like Mick T-Woc and Jeremy Murphy would bring their latest tropical crate-digging finds. One of the tunes that Jeremy Murphy would rinse at our party was this "Mistura de Carimbó Com Ciranda" by Pinduca. Once, Mick stayed at my place in Lisbon and he had found another copy of the record in the suburbs at an old lady's place. I thought I would try and extend it and add a bit of extra percussion. Technically I didn't "warp" it, meaning that I didn't try and make it fit on a beatgrid. I just played the extra kick and percussion along the record instead of forcing the record into a given bpm. It was released to promote my DJ set at Emile Omar's "Tropical Discoteq" party and has since been rinsed in many other parties!

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I was completely hooked on Michael Kiwanuka's debut EP (back in 2011) when I went to see him do a solo gig in a pub in Islington, in London (found some footage here). His songwriting and performing skills were already super tight and everyone in the room could feel he was going to make it big. His one song that got stuck in my head at the time was "I'll get along". I found a live recording of the song somewhere in which the acoustic guitar was quite low in the mix. I used bits of that recording to recreate my own version of the song. This remix got premiered on OkayAfrica.

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I was 19 when I first heard the fiery horns of Fela Kuti's "Lady" on my friend Nicolas' speakers in my neighbourhood of Paris. This was the exact time I realized some artists were making mind-blowing music in the Southern hemisphere. I went straight to one of the Virgin Megastore of Champs-Elysées (which doesn't exist anymore - and that's why I'm telling this story), took off a €3 price tag from a cheap item and stuck it on a Fela vinyl box set. This box set contained 6 albums including ITT. The guitar riff of this tune has been playing in my head since then. This ITT remix was my contribution to Fela's 75th birthday celebration. Long live Fela!

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I got the stems for this one through a remix competition José James was running. I tried to stick his vocals on a beat of mine but parts of the vocal melody weren't fitting harmonically with my instrumental. So I just removed the parts of his vocals where the notes wouldn't fit in. That's where this weird chopped effect comes from. I'm not sure José liked it, I never had any feedback from him but Gilles Peterson did and played it on his BBC radio show. Later I tried to record some other vocalist on this instrumental but it didn't really work so it's still up for grabs... Just drop me a line!

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