The Melting Pot playlist for 04/07/2009
|Stereo Mc's||Fever||Karma Collection|
|Thievery Corporation||Mandala||Radio Retaliation|
|Sub Swara||Infiltrate||Coup De Yah|
|masters at work||Work||Fuzzy Breaks|
|David Starfire||dust||bombay beats|
|Filastine||Hungry Ghosts||Dirty Bomb|
|Dzihan & Kamien||Sliding||Gran Riserva|
THE MELTING POT's FEATURED ARTIST OF THE WEEK - FILASTINE
Grey Filastine is a producer/musician based in Barcelona but rarely
found there. Among his 60+ gigs last year you might have caught him at
a club in London, on a junk raft floating down the Mississippi, at
Shambhala festival in British Columbia, at a tiny breakcore party in
Osaka, or in front of forty thousand at the Boulevards festival in
Casablanca. In any context it gets riotous- Filastine bangs out his music,
jumping between a tangle of electronics, acoustic percussion, and an
amplified shopping cart, firing off riddims and synchronized live video.
In 2006 Filastine dropped his debut release, Burn It, to much critical
acclaim. Vibrant and original, Burn It made inroads among music fans
from the hiphop, world, electronic, and experimental scenes; it was
snatched up and re-released by French label Jarring Effects, Japanese
label Romz, and US anarcho-collective Crimethinc. Tracks from the
album received airplay on the radio shows of Mary Anne Hobbes & John
Peel, and in France peaked at #15 in national independent radio charts.
Less visible are the spins on pirate stations across Latin America, or the
more than fifty thousand downloads of his dj mix commissioned by
Other releases include pirate mixtapes and a selection of sold-out vinyl.
Look for his latest 12" on Tigerbeat6's Shockout with partner Maga Bo
in their duo project Sonar Calibrado.
With his sophmore album, Dirty Bomb, Filastine returns with a gritty
transnational soundclash of urban rhythm. Freely splicing dubstep with
balkan brass or hiphop with bollywood, Dirty Bomb parties in the mud
puddle of our increasingly polluted world. Kick drums beat out rapid
patterns for dances yet to be invented. Rich acoustic strings merge with
programmed synths. Bits of field recordings and radio static degrade the
signal. Each featured voice is sourced from an on-site collaboration.
Over the contorted crunk of "Hungry Ghosts" rap aboriginal Australian
Wire mc and Japan's ECD, underground icons of their respective
countries. Closing the album is teen gypsy La Perla, recorded in a
squatted cave in Andalusia.
If it's otherworldly melodies with female vocals you want, try tracks 5
and 17. for low-end bangers enhanced by MCs, try tracks 7, 8, and 11.
For beautiful instrumentals, tracks 14 and 16.
Before focusing on solo work Filastine founded the Infernal Noise
Brigade, a 20-piece marching band that was the soundtrack of the
globalization protests that opened this century, starting with the
blockade of the Seattle WTO summit. The Infernal Noise Brigade was
purpose-built to bring music to political movements in the street.
Filastine is a project to do the reverse, pumping the immediacy of the
street through sound systems.
Filastine will spend 2009 touring the world along his DIY trade routes.
Expect to find him everywhere.
To see how this album was made go to: