TOTD // 29/04 // Bradley Zero

Published: April 29, 2016, words by Watch The Hype

Bradley Zero is one of the most broad selectors in our scene. It’s hard to find many others with knowledge as wide as his when it comes to world music. Having become a Boiler Room host in his early years, he’s been exposed to a huge range of underground talent. In 2014 he founded Rhythm Section International, a label born out of the cultural prominence of Peckham. Since, Rhythm Section has built a commendable catalogue of mellifluous and complex rhythmic dance music from the likes of Al Dobson Jr, Local Artist, Henry Wu, Chaos In The CBD and Contours. Their regular party at Canavan’s Pool Club in Peckham Rye has fast become one of the best small parties in London, inviting guests from across the globe to each event.

Known for his eclectic taste, we invited Bradley in to pick four of his favourite tracks from four different continents. Spanning Western Asia (Israel), Central Africa (Congo), Australasia (Aboriginal) and Europe/South East Asia (Holland/Indonesia), he selects four incredibly unique but all equally as beautiful tracks. Listen below, and read about his selections.

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George Burarrwanga & Birdwave

Dhimurru (Eastern Wind)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“An Aboriginal Funk Gem from the Northern Territory. (Referred to by his post humous surname as a mark of respect to Australian Aboriginal cultures, in which the dead are not referred to by their name directly).”
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Zohar Argov

עת דודים כלה

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“The title of this track isn’t directly translatable to English, however it is an allusion to a Biblical story described in the song. My eyes where opened to Hebrew music through my now good friends at fortuna records, in Tel Aviv a few years ago. Far from the klezmer you might expect at your average Bar-mitzvah, there’s a rich history of experimental,  psychedelic, post-punk and hauntingly beautiful traditional songs from the eastern traditions of the Mizrahim – whose roots are in the arabic world and around the Mediterranean. This song from the Yemenite-Israeli singer the ‘ King of the mizrahi music’, Zohar Argov neatly fits in between the more traditional vocal styles with a decidedly psych, guitar led approach. Get’s me every time.”
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Franco & Le TPOK Jazz

Tozonga Na Nganga Wana

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Franco was a towering, singular figure in Congolese music and the musician who opened the doors to this wonderful sound for me. My discovery of African music started in the Congo, more specifically in Kinshasa with the rumba, then the soukous, then everything else. This song is most dear to me, so tender, so gentle and so heartfelt , with or without an understanding of the words. RIP Papa Wemba”
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MASSADA

Beautiful Berimbau / Sleep My Love

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Indonesian- Dutch Fusion outfit who released the album Astaganaga in 1978 to critical and commercial success. A sort of Indo answer to Azymuth, this album ( and these two songs) are hidden gems here in the UK – but a lot more available in the Netherlands – where I found this one (thanks red light records!) Always a good selection reset the dance at peak time.”

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