August 28, 2010

mixtape mania

Currently  the Lock It Down Pose is enjoying some nice mixes made by friends from all over Europe. We love mixtapes and consider this a logical way of sharing our musical obsession. Enjoy!

First up is a Drum & Bass mix by DJ Salor Bassclap (Spain)  called ACID GROOVE. He just moved from Brussels back to Cordoba and surely will rip up some dancefloors over there...

Next up is Jungle Moon (France), who morphs reggae into drum & bass, but always rootical. Born in the French mountains, he now resides in Utrecht. Check his SUMMER 2010 mix .......

And finally and fortunately ...... another mix by our very own Cold Sweat (Netherlands). We know he has got trailerloads of original Jamaican 7 inches you all have been dreaming of, so check his latest Joe Gibbs mix PRESSURE BEAT VOL 1, straight outta U-town.

August 18, 2010


Strut link up with one of the true greats of Ghanaian music, Ebo Taylor, for his first internationally released new studio album in over 20 years.

Following the wartime big band highlife pioneers like E.T. Mensah, Taylor became a major figure in Ghanaian highlife during the 1950s and ’60s as highlife exploded. Cutting his teeth with leading big bands like Stargazers and Broadway Dance Band, Ebo Taylor quickly rose through the ranks and became a prolific composer and frontman. Taylor moved to London in 1962 to study. “I had the Black Star Highlife Band sponsored by the Ghanaian High Commission, mainly comprising music students. We tried to incorporate jazz into highlife and progressed through talking and through jam sessions, trying to develop our skills and ideas.”

Back in Ghana, Taylor became an in-house arranger and producer for labels like Essiebons, working with other leading Ghanaian stars including C.K. Mann and Pat Thomas. “I was paid to write for them and we made some great records. People were trying new things – I always loved C.K. Mann’s Funky Highlife. It was fresh.“ Through the mid-‘70s and into the ‘80s, Taylor then recorded a number of solo projects, exploring unique fusions and borrowing elements from traditional Ghanaian sounds, Fela’s Afrobeat, jazz, soul and funk. Tracks like "Heaven" now stand as among the best Ghanaian Afrobeat of the era.

Interest in Ebo Taylor’s music has grown in recent years with a series of Ghanaian compilations on Soundway Records and Analog Africa and an unexpected sample as Usher lifted a riff from "Heaven" for his hit with Ludacris, "She Don’t Know." A new Ebo Taylor album was a natural progression. “For new album, I wanted to advance the cause of Afrobeat music. Fela started it and we shouldn’t just abandon it. We should push it so it is a standard form of music.“ The result is a firing new set backed by Dutch band Afrobeat Academy and involves members of German analog funk combo Poets Of Rhythm. Tracks include new versions of Taylor classics "Victory" and "Love And Death" and a selection of new compositions including "Kwame," celebrating Ghana’s late, lamented leader Kwame Nkrumah.

Ebo Taylor's Love And Death will be released in CD / 2LP / digital formats. He will be touring with Afrobeat Academy beginning in December 2010.

4. VICTORY (Instrumental)
6. KWAME (Instrumental)

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