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In rotation: Nguzunguzu, 'The Perfect Lullabye' mixtape

May 25, 2011 | 12:40 pm

Nguzunguzu-the-perfect-lullaby-artwork-550x550 Nguzunguzu first made its mark in mid-’00s Los Angeles as co-hosts of the legendary Wildness parties near MacArthur Park. Around that time the duo started making tracks and mixes and dropping them online — frantic, tribal sounds that drew on the convergence of Brazilian baile rhythms, Chicago house and London dance music to create primal, infectious grooves. Gradually over the last three years the production team has moved up the ladder, remixing Ciara, Lazer Sword and Ratatat, among others, releasing a few solid EPs, touring as M.I.A.’s DJ and producing much of her most recent mixtape, “Vicki Leekx.”

On their most recent mixtape, though, Nguzunguzu has slowed it down and crawled into a warm pocket that draws on contemporary R&B and slow jams, crafting weird, engaging beats to support remixes of, among others, Ja Rule, The-Dream, Ciara, Amerie, Nicki Minaj. The result straddles the line between smooth and hard, making it a perfect mixtape for driving around L.A. with the sunroof open or messing around in bed with your clothes off.

You can download the full "Perfect Lullabye" mixtape here.


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