Music We Love: “Bongo Bongo” – Manu Chao (JPOD Remix)

Canada’s reigning king of glitch-funk, JPOD the Beat Chef, comes both smooth and dirty on his remix of legend Manu Chao’s unflinching classic “Bongo Bong.”

Remixing a true classic, of any genre, is a tricky task – it requires respect and deference to the source material but a willingness to add new ideas – and your boy JPOD is evidently a perfect match for the powerful reggae gem. There’s a heaviness to the track that will give it time and space on any dancefloor, as well as a gentleness that makes it perfect for a private headphone session. The down-low, earthy glitch and swelling bass lines are a perfect compliment to Chao’s strong, celebratory lyrics and performance.

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