This Week's #FreeLabRadio Show - Experiments in Marrakech

Moroccan producer Abdellah M. Hassak presents a bespoke one hour mix for FreeLabRadio; DUBOSMIUM in Marrakech.

Using field recordings he has made in his country, samples and electronically produced sounds, Hassak's work, produced under the name DUBOSMIUM, is smoothly put together and unique.
Hassak is an active proponent of the Free Culture Movement and runs free workshops in Casablanca with a team of cultural activists. 

We first fell for his mix Carnival in Casbah which as soundscapes go (we've listened to so many over the years), is a great piece of work and naturally for Hassak, free to download.

This Week's Free Lab Radio Show - Remember Me

This week's show is a progression from last week's mix, for long summer car journeys. 

This week it's all about singing along to lyrics in the car. A mix of obscure and guilty pleasures, lyric-laden tracks for the discerning listener who sings in the shower, the car, in their head as they walk down the street...

The Overheated Motor mix is available for free download below, currently. Grab it!

Listen in at 11-midnight (BST) on 104.4FM in London or online otherwise. Repeats Wednesday 2am.

Formidable. Papoutai by Stromae.

One of our favourites tracks from this week's Free Lab Radio mix is a remix which features Belgian singer-songwriter Stromae. 
Papaoutai is a forceful track sung from the perspective of a child whose father was never home. The refrain "Ou ton Papa? Tell me where you father is?" is what people constantly asked the singer at school and as a child in Belgium, as Stromae's father died in the Rwandan Genocide where of course Belgium was the last colonial power.
We've found a translation of the lyrics below. "Everyone's knows how to make babies but they don't all know how to be fathers." The choreography is amazing, especially at 2' when the kid learns to adopt the dance and when the kids lead.

Although there are elements of Eurotrash in Stromae's musical production (well, Belgium), the minimalism and the elements of African influence, which are also echoed in the videos and costumes, more than make up for it. For elements of thism see his latest track Ta Fete (slang for 'your day') and for his satirical play on Belgian identity and attitude to sex, check out Moules Frites.

Are we sure he has a sense of hunour? Of course, look at his entrance to the NRJ Music Awards. His strongest work? Tous les mêmes without a doubt. It's moving into another realm of treatment of subject matter and drawing on traditions in music and performance that will eventually make his work classic. Oh yes, the English translation.

I Dream of Wires.

Songs that influence.

"We opened doors by thinking

We went to sleep by dialing o
We drove to work by proxy
I plugged my wife in, just for show."

This Week: #FreeLabRadio - Overheated Motor

Overheated Motor 

Free Lab Radio host Fari Bradley presents a mix for cars on long journeys in blazing summer heat. Broadcasts 11pm Saturday night BST (British Summer Time), repeats Wednesday 2am.

Featured are the La Chiva Gantiva, DJ Schmolli, Mr Oizo, Noir Désir, Beastie Boys, Persian (from Essex), Wildbirds and Peacedrums, Alek AK (Iran), Stromae and more.

"Ou es ton papa?" - "Where's your papa?" which is what Stromae is saying people always asked him at school. It's a very diligent match to the Prodigy track, which is about doing a thing intensely, to a more than harmful degree.

Listen on air across London 104.4FM, online otherwise.
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This Week's Free Lab Radio - Chico Correa Bespoke Mix

Sat July 5th 11-midnight, repeats Wed 2am

A bespoke mix from Chico Correa of his Nordeste Mix of old recordings from around Nordeste Brazil, records from 1938 to 70's. Chico Correa is a producer, DJ and musician from Northeastearn Paraiba state of Brazil.
His productions combine Brazilian folk melodies and rhythms like coco, baiao, samba, carimbó mixed with eletronica and audio processing. Correa performs live with electrosamba and also in The Chico Correa & Electronic Band.
List in on 104.4FM in London otherwise, or use this handy widget