Audio: Gulls x Sahel Sounds 'Super Balani' Mix

Gulls compiled this mix of Malian tunes dug up by Sahel Sounds (Chris Kirkley) in Bamako's MP3 market for Boomarm Nation. They said it best:

This mix features the wicked sounds of Malian street system throwdowns, BALANI SHOW. Super fast Super hard, DIY Drum machine, fruity loop mash, Coupe Decale pop, overdriven / traditional, autotune

Stream and download Super Balani mix below. Limited edition cassettes are available at Mississippi Records in Portland. And check out a previous collabo between the three parties.


Fari Fari - Balani - (slow / edit)


Unknown- Balani Kaneleba - (slow)

DJ Bamanan - Gnoukoubala - (Gulls Remix)

Kaba Blon - Dekou - (slow / edit)

DJ Bamanan - Decale - (slow)

DJ Bamanan - Hommange A Cheche - (slow)

(via Boomarm Nation)


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