It’s not a stretch in the least to hear The Clash covered by a dance band – even an art-minded one such as Philly’s El Malito and the 33rd Century. 1982’s Combat Rock was, after all, the record that saw Joe, Mick and the gang grooving onto the dancefloor and the Billboard charts with “Rock the Casbah.” But El Malito has a way of putting a singular spin on everything they touch, and their rendition of the classic “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” is rooted in sha’abi, a beat-centric sound popular at the dance parties of Egypt. Continue reading →
Spanish reggae and dancehall never sounded better. Philly rapper El Malito brings the island sound to South Philly in his newest EP Buscando just in time for summer.
“The EP was inspired by my travels to Egypt, Puerto Rico, getting ready to be a new father and a deep desire to keep all the dumb shit that’s been going on in the world from bringing me down” he tells us. The track “Terremoto” is the first song off the EP and perhaps the most infectious, as saxophones delightfully blare and the upbeat tempo whisks listeners to a place with palm trees and sandy beaches. Continue reading →
Philadelphia-based heavy psych five-piece Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells headlines Boot and Saddle tonight in celebration of its self-titled new LP. It’s the third release from the band – whose brooding, distortion heavy sonic tapestries recall PJ Harvey as easily as Black Sabbath – and it will be available at the show on limited edition pink vinyl. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Listen to the single “Willow Willow” below. Continue reading →
Okay, so we all know the holidays are stressful. Tensions are high, regularly-calm people can easily snap at family, friends and strangers. That’s normal. But then there are people who take it to a whole other level of bigotry. Philly rapper El Malito had a bad experience along those lines last December, and turned it into an empowering anthem this holiday. Continue reading →
Back in 2003, P. Diddy, Nelly, and Murphy Lee urged you to “Shake Ya Tailfeather” and now local rapper El Malito is conveying the same message in his new video “Llego La Hora de Mover La Cola” which translates to “the time has come to shake your butt.” In the black-and-white clip, we see an exact reflection of the this as women (and men) prance around to the song’s cheeky lyrics. At times there is a shimmering effect when El Malito appears and in one scene he dons a super shiny suit. He asked ordinary people to send in videos of themselves dancing to the song and it turned into a kind of fun flashback to early ’90s dance videos in terms of the dancing and camera work. Check it out below and get tickets to El Malito’s show at Milkboy on May 24th here.
This week on Unlocked, The Key got the scoop on Modern Baseball‘s new LP You’re Gonna Miss It All. Check out Mark Snitzer’s review here, watch the local pop / punk band perform deep cut “It’s Cold Out Here” and then hang out with the boys in an in-depth profile while listening to “Broken Cash Machine,” which you can download for free below.
World Cafe and host David Dye are making February a little more exciting by releasing twenty free downloads, availble only until the 28th. This week, get ten tracks from Dr. Dog, Little Comets, Pet Shop Boys, Jason Isbell, Neko Case and more, recorded exclusively for the World Cafe.
Philly rapper El Malito released three new remixes of his latest single “Cougars”. Two draw from Latin influences, highlighting a Brazilian groove and a slow-pouncing Cumbia bass, while the other is a bit more gritty and urban club-oriented. All three new takes add a feisty flare to what you could consider the rap equivalent/extension of Fountains of Wayne’s “Stacy’s Mom”. COUGARS by el malito & the 33rd Century
Local rapper El Malito released a new single called “Cougars” today. The South Philly artist raps reminiscently about his lifelong love of older women, from his kindergarden teacher to a Mrs. Robinson-esque figure when he was 19, mixing in Spanish phrases as he shares his appreciation for “mature women” of all kinds. Check out the lyric video below and get ready to sing along when El Malito opens for Brazilian Girls at Underground Arts on January 31st. Tickets and information for the XPN Welcomes event can be found here.
Doylestown heavy rock outfit Daylight came in for this week’s Key Studio Session. The young band recorded tracks from their 2013 debut Jar, which we learned about in a feature back in April. Stream and download “In On It” below and get the full set here.
To celebrate this week’s holiday, South Philly hip hop artist El Malito shared a free download of his “Pour Some Gravy On Me (Thanksgiving Ditty) single. The track is a reworking of Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” replacing the lyrics with a rundown of his favorite Turkey Day dishes.
This download isn’t exactly free, but it’s a great way to give back. Local rockers Wild Rompit have compiled a three-track EP titled For the Philippines in an effort to raise money for the Red Cross and victims of the recent Typhoon Haiyan. Stream “We’ll Be Okay” below and get the full EP for a donation of any amount here. All proceeds will go to the Red Cross.
Folkadelphia brought in prolific singer-songwriter Jonah Matranga for a session this week. Matranga specializes in shaking things up at his live shows, sharing an energy that is felt through the five tracks he recorded for this session. Check out the live tracks below, taken from his upcoming album (I Really Love Your) Company.
South Philly hip hop artist El Malito pays homage to feasting, family and friends with the help of some finely-tuned sampling from Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me.”
Puerto Rican-born El Malito’s track “Pour Some Gravy on Me (Thanksgiving Ditty)” is a hysterical, ridiculous, beat-induced celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday, asking us to “gain a few pounds, get that booty nice and round.” If that doesn’t sell it, the Def Leppard ripped chorus ringing “pour some gravy on me” certainly should. Check out the wonderfully strange track yourself via SoundCloud below.