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Sunshine: A Kingston Matriarch

"I'm your Sunshine girl. Lock and come in. I'll be keeping things irie all afternoon." At 2 p.m. every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, DJ Sunshine's upbeat introduction rings out across the island and the internet on Irie FM, Jamaica's first 24/7 reggae-only radio station.


Sao Necessary: Brazil's Best

Every year, American music fans are hoodwinked into listening to the newest crop of over-hyped UK bands, slavishly championed by NME and rarely worth the time. Looking for some more deserving audio imports? Follow Diplo's lead to Brazil, where a rich heritage of tropicália, samba, and funk has mutated into myriad new styles and songs. A new generation of artists is kicking out more than just baile funk–take your eyes off the Carnaval dancers and focus on these six acts.

Cansei De Ser Sexy ("Tired of Being Sexy")

Tragedy: Real-Life Tragedy

While documenting the bloody Liberian civil war, guerrilla filmmaker Booker Sim found himself obsessed with Capone-N-Noreaga's The War Report, a hip-hop album that drew complex parallels between crime in New York City's housing projects and third-world geopolitics. "That album was a way to not just have other people look at the 'hood but to get people in the 'hood to look at the rest of the world, and start connecting it thematically," says the 32-year-old Ottawa, ON native.


Wendy Yao's Favorite Things

When I was 18, Wendy Yao was the shit. She was only 17, and she was the drummer in all-girl indie punk trio Emily's Sassy Lime, who had a record out (Desperate, Scared but Social) on Kill Rock Stars. Nearly 10 years later, Wendy is still the shit. After graduating from Stanford, she set up shop in L.A.'s Chinatown, where she can be found DJing at Mountain Bar, hanging out at China Art Objects (a gallery her older sister, clothing designer and former ESL bandmate Amy, helped found), or behind the counter at her boutique, Ooga Booga (943 N. Read more » 

Trackademicks: Bay Area Badass

It's tempting to pigeonhole Trackademicks (a.k.a. Jason Valerio) as just another one of the Bay Area's hyphy beatmakers. He produced a third of Mistah F.A.B.'s Son of a Pimp LP and his (re)mix tapes–Trackademicks: The Remixes and Spring Progress Report (the latter of which finds him rhyming on half the tracks)–feature his reinterpretations of songs by hyphy heavyweights E-40 and Keak Da Sneak.


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