The cogs have been in motion over at the kraar headquarters and finally today the fruits of the labour can be unveiled in the form of kraar #001. A mix series is something I had wanted to do since starting to write the blog and now it’s my pleasure to be able to introduce Lyon based LeTo to the decks for an hour long “footwork” session. You can read the in-depth interview about his our journey through footwork and a few words about the mix itself on the blog, enjoy!
Africa Hitech ‒ Light The Way [ Warp ] Salva ‒ Komodo [ Friends Of Friends ] Nikitch ‒ Don’t Know Why [ Soundcloud.com ] Uncon Sci ‒ Let Me Hit It (Austin Speed and Calculon Remix) [ Liquid Geometry ] MoonDoctoR ‒ Bodywork (I’ll make a Body Rock!) [ unreleased ] Shake It Maschine ‒ Ghost Cantina [ LiveMixtapes.com ] DJ Earl ‒ Up Up N Away (Remix) [ Moveltraxx ] Chrissy Murderbot ‒ Get Wet Baby [ Murder Channel Records ] Kode9 ‒ Kan [ Hyperdub ] Moresounds ‒ Hour Of Doom [ Pseudogeddon ] DJ Manny ‒ Dance With Me [ Teklife ] MoonDoctoR ‒ Poetic Juke [ unreleased ] Nikitch ‒ Juke On This [ Soundcloud.com ] LeTo ‒ Make It Feel [ unreleased ] 123Mrk ‒ Invisible Colors (Deft Remix) [ Infinite Machine ] Lewis James ‒ Powerchild (EAN Remix) [ Original Culture ] Tielsie ‒ Firlgriends [ unreleased ] Desto ‒ Bonus Cave [ Soundcloud.com ] Nikitch ‒ Spring Bounce [ unreleased ] Likhan ‒ Bad boy [ Kiosk ] Broodlings ‒ Two, Three [ Embassy ] Pawn ‒ Die For You [ 119 Sound ] MoonDoctoR ‒ FOOTRON VIP [ Walmer Convenience ] Fybe:one ‒ Harmonic Curve (Deft Footwork Remix) [ Shades of Grey] LeTo ‒ Loosely Deep [ unreleased ] Shake it Maschine & Mr.Pigman ‒ Let Me See [ unreleased ] Juke Ellington & Heavee Dee ‒ Tek & Trill Life [ Bootycall ] DJ Footmerc ‒ We In Da Mood [ Philthtrax ] Nickotine ‒ I Run This [ Clownsville ] Suddendeaf ‒ Go Insane (Luisterwaar remix) [ Clownsville ] Kode9 ‒ Time Patrol (Shake it Maschine Remix) [ unreleased ] Moresounds ‒ No Botha Dis [ unreleased ] Xavier León, Broke One & Kackmusikk ‒ Bedrooms [ Red Bull ] Aasco ‒ Craps [ unreleased ]
This great little documentary was made in 2008 by Adriana Caitano and Galton Sé, journalism graduates from the University of Brasília. The film shows the pé-de-serra movement, composed principally of young people from southcentral Brazil who idolize the more traditional forró, disseminated by Luiz Gonzaga in the 50s, and based on the accordian-triangle-bass drum formation. These forró lovers research the musical style, listen to vinyls and get together several times a year in festivals where forró is played 24 hours per day. In the film, three such festivals are shown: Rootstock (SP), RioRoots (RJ) and Festival Nacional de Forró de Itaúnas (ES).
(There are English subtitles but you may have to activate them by clicking the video’s ‘caption’ button on the Youtube site.)
In Săpânţa, Romania, there lies a very different kind of cemetery. Rather than the usual dark and ominous crypts and tombstones reminding us of our eventual demise, the Merry Cemetery chooses to remember the past lives of its residents with brightly painted tombstones and even more colorful stories about the people themselves.
The idea for the unusual crosses was started by 14 year old town resident Stan Ioan Pătraşe. By 1935, Pătraş began carving clever verse and ironic poems about the deceased, as well as painting the crosses with the deceased’s image, often depicting their manner of death.
Over 600 beautifully carved wooden crosses display the life stories, personal descriptions and final moments of almost everyone who has died in the town of Săpânţa. The illustrations show everything from soldiers being shot and beheaded to a poor soul being struck by a car.
The epitaphs reveal surprising truths and a fair amount of good humor. For example one cross reads, “Underneath this heavy cross. Lies my mother in law… Try not to wake her up. For if she comes back home. She’ll bite my head off.”