Jul 19, 2014
Brooklyn based afrobeat band Underground System to release 5 track remix album of their recent EP Bella Ciao (Ropeadope Records) on August 5, 2014. The album will feature remixes from hip hop duo Kool and Kass, electro disco trio Archie Pelago, global bass DJ Chief Boima, producer/bandleader Peter Matson (Underground System, Awkwafina), and a debut track from Big Everything the brainchild of Underground System’s own Elenna Canlas and Peter Matson.
Underground System's music finds its roots in Fela Kuti's West African pioneered Afrobeat aesthetic that is chopped and screwed with the disparate influences from dance halls around the world. The band's female frontline pushes them ahead with a unifying socially conscious voice, Underground System is a force: a freaky, dancey, multicultural party.
From the two track Bella Ciao EP a five track remix album has emerged, that truly displays the diversity of Underground System’s music. To create this album Underground System has called upon their extensive network of beat makers, electronic musicians, rappers and DJs to create five incredibly different remixes of the tracks D.O.N. and Bella Ciao. Underground System Remixed features reworked tracks from the Brooklyn-based trio Archie Pelago brings their electronics, trumpet, cello, sax in for a spaced-out disco remix of Bella Ciao. Globe-hopping DJ and educator Chief Boima twisted that same track into a dark percussive track ready for the international dancefloor. The Bella Ciao remixes are rounded out by none other than Peter Matson, Underground System's own bandleader and accomplished DJ and producer in his own right. The track D.O.N. was put into the hands of Das Racist alums Kool A.D. and Kassa Overall aka Kool and Kass, the result is an epic extended verse track that only these two hip hop magicians would produce. The final remix of D.O.N. is the premier of the newest Underground System offshoot project Big Everything (Elenna Canlas and Peter Matson) dance floors beware!
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