The Brooklyn Gypsies are a group of NYC based musicians/ producers whose creative influences draw from the constant shifting of an ever changing urban sociopolitical landscape while retaining their unique cultural backgrounds through what has come to be recognized as “Gypsy” music.
Sin Fronteras is the groups debut album which translates to “Without Borders”. This theme can be heard in the seamless fusion of genres taking the listener on a sci-fi desert journey through the Middle East and North African Sahara with The Spy From Cairo’s Oud stylings navigating the caravan. Lyrics in Spanish, English and even Russian are featured from the group’s two vocalists Carmen Estevez, who showcases her flamenco freestyle textures on “Supercore”, & Tina Kristina’s , whose reggae blues & Russian folk inspired melodies in “Desert Moon” create a unique BK Gypsy sound. Rhythmic trances are induced via drummer Brandon Lewis & Estevez’s Arabic percussion breakbeats as heard on “Marfa”, while producer Takuya Nakamura’s seductive trumpet lines & deep bass synth pads along with co producer Troy “Mobius” Simms summon Gypsy Dub sax riffs & solos reminiscent of street musicians on Istanbul’s Istikal thoroughfare and dancehalls in Kingston Jamaica. The roots reach as far east as Japan on “BK Gypsy Dancehall” Feat. Bajah of Dry Eye Crew, fusing a Japanese Koto melody with the Sierra Leonean MC’s signature reggae dancehall cadence. “Sin Fronteras” is a tribute to the nomadic Gypsy spirit worldwide.
Originating from Spain, Japan, Russia, Italy & U.S.A. BK Gypsies truly represents Brooklyn’s diverse ethnic heritage and style. The gypsies came to be in 2012 within Williamsburg Brooklyn’s Studio BPM music scene. Members include: Carmen Estevez, Takuya Nakamura, Tina Kristina, Brandon Lewis, Troy “Mobius” Simms & Zeb “The Spy From Cairo”. After a number of collaborative projects between the artist were explored the opportunity to form a band that incorporated elements from each project arose. The groups sound is an infusion of Mediterranean, North African, Arabic Themes with Electronic, Dancehall and Dub Reggae. The term “Gypsy” was incorporated into the band name representing the nomadic spirit & way of life within this musical journey.
NOVALIMA ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM AND INTERNATIONAL TOUR
The pioneering Afro-Peruvian sound system Novalima returns with Planetario, a new release on Brooklyn’s Wonderwheel Recordings, and international touring launching in June.
April 2015 – From their humble start, file-sharing musical ideas and producing their first album in separate countries during the dawn of the internet, Novalima is now a live musical force revered worldwide for breaking boundaries and uniting seemingly irreconcilable genres, communities, and generations. They have created an inspiring movement and revolutionized the music scene in their native Peru by bridging a longstanding divide between the mainstream and the minority Afro-Peruvian community, who have struggled against discrimination and cultural dissolution for generations.
Over the last two years, Novalima created their newest offering, Planetario to be released June 16th on Wonderwheel Recordings. The album’s name signals Novalima’s musical growth and international connections – much of the album was recorded on tour when they collaborated with top local and international musicians. There is a strong connection to Colombia created through a remarkable recording session in Bogota organized by members of La-33 including Sidestepper vocalist Eka Muñoz, Pernett and La Mamba Negra. The album also has offerings from global artists such as Marc de Clive Lowe (UK/NZ), Panko from Ojos de Brujo (Spain), and Kumar (Cuban rapper based in Barcelona).
The album’s debut single, “Como Yo” (to be released May 19th on digital single and 7” vinyl) honors the legendary Peruvian percussionist and longtime band member Mangue Vasquez who passed away in 2014. Not one for sentimentality, Mangue implored his friends to celebrate his life with song and dance when he passed rather than shed any tears. The life affirming lyrics are underscored by rolling percussion, twinkling synths, and a celebratory sing-song chant chorus: Gozen la vida como yo – Enjoy life, like I do.
Novalima has garnered worldwide critical acclaim from mainstream (NPR, UK Guardian, Wall Street Journal, La Presse, Metro, Billboard) and underground media (Giant Step, Remezcla, Nat Geo) alike, delivered legendary performances around the world at festivals such as Roskilde, WOMAD, Pirineos Sur, NYC Central Park, Montreal Jazz Festival and Chicago’s Millennium Park, earned a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Album, and were featured in cult filmmaker Robert Rodriguez’s hit Mexploitation movie Machete.
For their upcoming year of international touring Novalima has designed a brand new live show that will debut in Lima as part of the country’s celebration of 100 years of Afro-Peruvian culture.
Novalima’s international tour begins in North America this June. Confirmed dates are listed below:
19 – Chattanooga, TN – Nightfall Concert Series
20 – Chicago, IL – Taste of Randolph
21 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center
25 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
26 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
27 – 2015 Londonderry, VT – Frendly Gathering
28 – 2015 Schenectady, NY – Music Haven Concert Series
02 – Portsmouth, NH – 3S Artspace
03 – Bethlehem, NH – Colonial Theatre
17 – Hamilton, ON – Hamilton World Music Festival
18 – Toronto, ON – Harbourfront Center
06 – Seattle, WA – Nectar Lounge
08 – Tidewater, OR – Beloved
09 – Ashland, OR – Ashland Armory
14 – Oakland, CA – Leo’s
15 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
From his early days as a resident at the legendary Giant Step parties in NYC, to his groundbreaking Turntables on the Hudson parties held on a dock on the westside, to his current status as a globe-trotting ambassador of all things Funky, Deep and Global – Nickodemus has been a long-running force in nightlife and international DJ culture, amassing 4 highly regarded albums of original music with accompanying remix records on Thievery Corporation’s ESL imprint and his own Wonderwheel Recordings.
To celebrate 10 years since the release of his debut album Endangered Species, Nickodemus has done a special mix CD entitled WONDERWORLD: 10 Years of Painting Outside The Lines, chronicling his musical evolution over the last decade. The CD is a masterful, seamless mix of 23 career highlights – original productions and remixes from a vast array of producers all over the world. This special mix CD comes with a card inserted for free download of all the individual tracks, and is also available on cassette form.
“There is only one Nickodemus, and only he could transition from 1990′s-era Long Island house parties to becoming one of the most respected global dance music producers of our day.” – Huffington Post
“This Turntables on the Hudson co-founder has proven abilities when it comes to mixing polyglot grooves into something inviting and original that doesn’t trip itself up with too many clichés.” – XLR8R
“From Balkan Reggae to Latin Mantras, Nickodemus holds a mirror up to the World, reminding us of our inherent beauty while inviting us to a dance we’ll never forget.” - National Geographic World
“Riding high on a whirlwind energy of world beats…Nickodemus sounds like a steamy summer of bright nights and breaking dawns. “ - Wax Poetics
Argentinian neo-folkloric / electronic band Tremor returns to Wonderwheel Recordings after their latest album “Proa” with a collection of remixes of said album. Featuring such names as Filastine, Dengue Dengue Dengue, El Buho and many more – this is a collection of deep and thoughtful takes on Tremor’s signature sound.
Peruvian neo-cumbia bass assassins Dengue Dengue Dengue deliver this deep and edgy remix of Tremor’s “Proa”, to be released on the upcoming Tremor remix album dropping on December 9th. Pre-Order here.
“…a stunning, paradise-clad visual for that dance-floor freaker, shining a light on a couple’s island-getaway follies in a serene, and at times even breathtaking visual. And rightfully so, a vibe-heavy groove that pulls you in this deep deserves an aesthetic soaked in wanderlust and romance. The Kiwi five-piece FKA as Funkomunity dropped their debut under the new moniker Dose back in May and it’s been getting plenty of rotation since. Go ahead and get the weekend started on the good-foot by immersing yourself in the simply gorgeous Moonrise Kingdom -meets- Where The Wild Things Are video for “Treat The Feel”” - OkayPlayer
After the major success of their debut “Silt” album, Wonderwheel Recordings have enlisted the help of some of our favorite producers from across the electronic spectrum to take a crack at the unique East African Retro Pop of Sudanese American chanteuse Alsarah and her band the Nubatones.
Argentinian laptop mystic Chancha Via Circuito brings “Fugu” into the rainforest with his deep and folkloric take on the tune, while Captain Planet brings “Wad Alnuba” into deep, late night slo-mo Disco Dabke territory. Africa is represented on “Silt Remixed” by both Central African Republic’s Boddhi Satva and Cape Verdean/Angolan producer DJeff, who both properly represent the wildly popular Deep House scene in the motherland with their refixes. Sorceress producer Issac Aesilli takes “Bilal Al Dahab” into melancholy, abstract electronic territory while KCRW DJ and LA fixture Jeremy Sole gives a tasteful, classy beat driven remix of “Habibi Taal” with help from Clap! Clap! and Beats Antique. Lastly, Wonderwheel label boss Nickodemus turns “Rennat” into a hypnotic, driving four to the floor filler, while labelmate The Spy From Cairo goes straight for the jugular with his dubby dancehall version of “Nouba Noutou”
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We are happy to announce that Chancha Via Circuito’s sophmore album “Amansara” is out today!
Originally coming out of Buenos Aires’s famed digital cumbia scene, Chancha has notoriously broken way outside those boundaries to forge unprecedented mergers between Brazilian rhythms, Paraguayan harp, Andean mysticism and the solitude of Argentinian folklore – all processed through his own futuristic style of post-dubstep. Chancha’s sound is without question truly unique and instantly recognizable to the point he has become a key reference point for an entire crop of artists that have begun to carry his genes.
Order the Digital, LP, or Deluxe vinyl pack now on our Bandcamp.
Out July 1st, 2014 – Purchase on our Bandcamp
The on going musical relationship between Nickodemus & Brian J (The Pimps of Joytime) continues with this new collaboration aimed at the dance-floor this Summer 2014!
“Wanted Man” original version is a tech-house floor burner giving space to Brian J’s vocals within the backdrop of a heavy filtered synth. The second version of the song is an organic galloping Ska Reggae version at 125 BPM’s full of brass & verb.
Stay tuned for the full Nickodemus & Brian J EP this September/ October!