Ghetto Palms 75: Flare Riddim / Giants / Ze Bula remix / Baobab

Photographer Debbie Bragg
October 15, 2009

A certain operatic feel connects these two new jump up riddims from ZJ Sparks and Ding Dong’s Ravers Clavers crew, respectively. To be specific, Giants is scored to the opening shots of a suspense thriller, the pulsing cello-and-synth foreshadowing the drama that’s about pop off. Flare on the other hand sounds like the climactic point when the violinists in the orchestra pit look they’re trying to saw the necks off their instruments. Maybe someday, when people from this soundsystem generation are old and rich, the New York Philharmonic will be actually be playing these parts while Ding Dong and Chi Ching yell on the mic and make them pull up every five seconds.

GP75 Giants / Flare riddim blend:
Beenie Man, “Giants” (Giants riddim / Ravers Clavers)
Vybz Kartel, “Mus Rich” (Giants riddim / Ravers Clavers)
Mr. Easy, “That’s How We Stay” (Giants riddim / Ravers Clavers)
Eclipse, “Money We Pre” (Giants riddim / Ravers Clavers)
Tony Matterhorn, “If It Wasn’t for the Music” (Giants riddim / Ravers Clavers)
Ding Dong, “Skip to Ma Lou” (Giants riddim / Ravers Clavers)
Chi Ching, “Wine & Go Down” (Flare riddim / ZJ Sparks)
Flippa Mafia, “Talk Bout We” (Flare riddim / ZJ Sparks)
New Kidz, “Got It” (Flare riddim / ZJ Sparks)
Stacious, “Real Ride” (Flare riddim / ZJ Sparks)
Trevor Off Key ft Small Voice, “Physically Fit” (Flare riddim/ ZJ Sparks)
Voicemail, “Way We Roll” (Flare riddim / ZJ Sparks)

Download: Ghetto Palms Giants/Flare Blend

In other Ghetto Palms news, Akwaaba music—everybody’s favorite fair trade digital Afrobeat label—just sent me a palmful of kuduro remixes harvested from their Ze Bula open mix contest. My personal fav is by west coast Coupe Decale ambassador and occasional FADER contributor Chief Boima. The timing couldn’t really be more serendipitous since I am flying out to the left coast this weekend to bring the Ghetto Palms experience to Boima’s residency at Baobab in San Francisco (details below). If you live in the bay, pass true, I’ll be joining Matt Africa (another FADER extended family member) at his Friday spot in Emeryville as well. Meanwhile freeload the Boima remix below and grab the rest at Mad Decent.

Download: Figura, "Ze Bula" (Chief Boima Remix)


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Ghetto Palms 75: Flare Riddim / Giants / Ze Bula remix / Baobab