Captain Planet – “Dame Agua”
Captain Planet – The Ningané EP Minimix
Full disclosure, I’ve never met Captain Planet, but I’ve worn through plenty of his records since the Gumbo Funk EP dropped on Bastard Jazz records way back in 2005. The way he mixes up polyrthymic drums with scorching organ and horn riffs and contagious vocal chants is tried and true for the discerning dancefloor. Need to find a track to segue from hip-hop to Latin, call the Captain; is the room hot but the people aren’t loose yet? Call the Captain. Trying to bring in something a little more organic in your four on the flour set, you know what to do, Call the Captain! I was very excited to hear that the Captain has a new ep out now, followed by a full length coming out in Fall. Check the free download and minimix above, and if you want to know more, Oliver Wang at Soul-Sides.com has a great interview up with Captain Planet now. More info after the Jump
After the success of 2009’s Speakin’ Nuyorican EP (which saw licenses for both CBS’s CSI: NY and HBO’s Entourage), successful remixes for Alice Russell and Vieux Farke Toure, top-ranking in Giles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Remix contest, as well as a move from Brooklyn to Los Angeles – the man who goes by Captain Planet returns back to form on Bastard Jazz Recordings with a dancefloor-destroying 12” steeped in the tough international breakbeat sound that he’s become known for, leading up to his first full length album dropping in the fall.
On the title track of the EP, “Ningane” – the Captain enlists the vocal talents of Congolese singer Fredy Massamba (known for his vocals on a couple of big African house tracks – Boddhi Satva’s “Warriors of Africa” and Ezel’s “His Presence”) – over a rugged, horn driven slice of broken Afrobeat. Fredy’s words (sung in his native Kikongo language) perfectly ride the riddim before moving into a deeper, late night house vibe with soaring vocals. Up next, Boston’s Whiskey Barons give “Ningane” a signature reflip, moving the track into classic Afro-disco territory with a four on the floor beat, live keys + guitar, chopped horns and vocals, and a bassline that’s funky as all hell. Watch out for those killer percussion breaks!
Moving to the flip, “Dame Agua” is a fire-breathing Latin scorcher with massive percussion and drums, stabbing salsa horns, bubbling organs, and vintage-sounding vocals put on the chopping block! Up next, we’re headed to Brazil with “Macumba” – a down and dirty Samba influenced 108BPM breakbeat joint with all the elements firmly intact, including beautiful Portuguese vocals sliced and diced properly…. the Captain proves time and time again that he can deftly flip an array of global sounds into a sound that is undeniably his own. Also included on the B-Side is an instrumental of “Ningane”.
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