This song is the soundtrack an elephant walking through the forest, getting a little agitated and then calming back down. It uses some spacey synths, tabla samples, and a big elephant bass line.
Spooky Halloween mixtape! Boooo! Cuuuuumbia!
First Yurt Beats DJ mix in a while with a mix of modern African and Latin American influenced House music. Enjoy!
Another mini-mix of off-kilter, percussion heavy, house tracks
An “energy level 5”, sort of chill, mix floating around 118 BPM, lots of global sounds and beats. Enjoy!
I had the amazing opportunity to DJ at the first Miami University Global Initiatives Global Dance Party. The event was the kick-off for their International Education Week. There was a great turnout of Miami students from around the world and included a fun dance routine by the Hillel student organization.(more…)
Skitters is a song with jittery drums, an acid bassline, and ethereal vocal samples.
Enjoy the Yurt Beats rotating playlist of global beats and favorites.
This is a playlist of West African music discussed in Frank Tenaille’s book Music Is the Weapon of the Future: Fifty Years of African Popular Music.
This mix is the first in the Digital Folklore series exploring the collision of traditional and electronic music from around the world. It focuses largely on sounds from South America.
Super chilled out ambient track joined by a plinky hip hop beat after about a minute and a half.
An off-kilter, sample-heavy track full of birds, bass, percussion, haunting abstract vocals, and flutes that takes a departure toward the end for an totally different mood.
Bouncy track full of spacey synth arpeggios, jazz percussion samples, and some highly modified samples of me playing banjo.
This is a half hour of chilled out beats with heavy doses of South American artists who are influenced by traditional music.
This song is uh… bouncy and uses samples from Thailand with a mandolin and reed instruments.
This track uses a bunch of South Asian and hiphop drums and flutes with a robot voice coming along for the ride. “Wayah Wayah” doesn’t actually mean anything, except maybe in robot language.
This is a three hour mix I put together for the World Music Fest after party. It starts with some electro cumbia but goes all over the place with a wide variety of modern, electronic influenced international music.
This is the playlist I made for Little Planet Supper Club #8 – BBQ Around the World at Braxton Brewing in Covington, Kentucky on June 9th, 2016. The menu included great food from Korea, Cuba, Morocco, and the American south. The playlist includes lively BBQ music all those places and more.
These are some of my favorite recent, African-inspired, retro-futuristic disco songs.
Kuduro is a type of high energy, electronic dance music that originated in Angola in the 1980s and has recently been popularized internationally by artisits like M.I.A and Buraka Som Sistema. This is continuous d.j. mix I made of about 20 tracks. Enjoy!
This is a continuous DJ mix I made of contemporary Albanian night club music. The majority of the artists are from Super Sonic, one of the first record labels started in post-Communist Albania. I tried to pick the most over-the-top songs I could find.
This is a continuous d.j. mix I made of music that is (or was) popular in Afghanistan. The focus is on upbeat film music from the last few decades and includes music from neighboring Pakistan.
This is a short dj mix of disco and funk from Ghana, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone with two ringers thrown in from Chicago and Belgium.
This is a mix of some of my favorite dub and reggae tracks that I mixed back in 2006.