Rocky Marsiano Samples Rare Cape Verdean, Angolan & Mozambican Records On 'Meu Kamba Vol. Dois'

DJ, MC and producer D-Mars shares Meu Kamba Vol. Dois, under his beat project Rocky Marsiano, the follow-up to his 2014 album Meu Kamba.

Back in 2014, Lisbon-based MC, DJ and producer D-Mars dropped Meu Kamba under his newly created beat project Rocky Marsiano. The semba-infused album, which mixed obscure vinyl from Angola, Cape Verde and Mozambique was one of our top 10 albums of the year.

Now, the beatmaker returns with a follow-up project, once again reworking string-filled Afro-Lusophone records into multilayered MPC tracks on Meu Kamba Vol. Dois.

The second installment shares many of the same eclectic elements as the first, but this time around, the musician took his mixing process a step further. "Meu Kamba was made very impulsively. If I felt a track worked, if there was a good balance to it, I didn't go much further with the production because I wanted it to sound raw,” says the artist. β€œOn this new volume I did exactly the opposite: every single track was experimented on, its possibilities tested. So this time around there's a lot more production on every track: bass lines, retro synths, guitar licks, extra vocals, different drum patterns and textures.”

Listen to the album in its entirety below. Meu Kamba Vol. Dois is available now on iTunes/ Spotify/ Amazon and on vinyl via Bandcamp.


Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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