DOWNLOAD: El Indio's World Hood Mixtape Vol. 5


DJ El Indio drops the latest instalment in the World Hood mixtape series: a booming blend of global bass, beats, dub, dancehall, and ragga sounds.   

World Hood, aka the dynamic duo of vocalist Estrella Hood and El Indio, having been making waves on the Indigenous music scene for the past few years and they continue to throw down dope live sets of original material, while finding time to curate infectious rhythmic selections from other artists.

For Volume 5 in their series of bass-heavy World Hood mixtapes, DJ/producer El Indio has assembled a trunk-rattling collection of beats to keep the party on blast in whatever continent you're listening from.

There's no published track list yet, so we'll leave it to you discerning rhythm scientists to identify the breaks and drops, but there are vibes and samples on this one blasting in from all over the place. So drop in, get familiar, and fire away.

DOWNLOAD: World Hood Mixtape Vol 5 by El Indio

PREMIERE: Blue King Brown's "Born Free" - Album Stream


In an already incredible week for Indigenous music, Blue King Brown drops Born Free, a strong contender for album of the year. RPM is very excited to bring you an exclusive first listen.

Calling on all nations to 'rize up' and be counted, Blue King Brown's new album Born Free is an uplifting and powerful soundtrack to global struggles for freedom and unity.

Riding the wave of their massive lead singles, "Rize Up" and "All Nations", the anticipation for their new album has been building for almost a year. And by all counts, it's been worth the wait. Born Free is easily BKB's most accomplished album to date.

Production on the new album is handled by Styalz Fuego, Notis, Mista Savona, James ‘Bonzai’ Caruso, and Chris Macro, and was recorded at the legendary Tuff Gong studios in Kingston, Jamaica and studios in Melbourne, Australia. As lead singer Natalie Pa'apa'a (newly dubbed Natalli Rize) says: "After spending most of the year in studio mode and off the road, we are proud to be bringing our new the world, and returning to the stage with the full force live show".

BKB already has a reputation as one of Australia's premiere live acts, and the songs on Born Free demand to be heard on a huge sound system—performed live to a massive mob of freedom fighting warriors.

From chanting down the evils of Babylon on "Rize Up" and "Renegade", to calling for love, unity and change in the deep grooves of "Fyah", "Like A Lion", and "Babylon A Fall", Born Free sounds out hope and possibility at every turn.

Righteous without being preachy, optimistic without being naïve, Blue King Brown's unique mix of urban roots, dancehall, reggae and rock flows effortlessly through an album with no missing pieces and no weak links.

Powered by the clarion call of Natalli Rize's voice, Born Free is a wake up call to sleeping masses lost in a world of manipulation and continuous distraction. Like Rize says, on the album's closing track: "If you have a conscience / you should know just how to use it".

Blue King Brown is leading by example. Born Free is fire.

Stream Blue King Brown's "Born Free" 

Check out the video for their latest single "All Nations", filmed in the jungle and streets of Vanuatu and Melbourne, in solidarity and support for the West Papuan struggle for self-determination and freedom.


Download "Born Free" from and follow them on Twitter, Instagram, and SoundCloud.

DOWNLOAD: Lil' Vicious - 'Glock' (A Tribe Called Red Remix)


Once again, A Tribe Called Red show you how it's done. Check their killer remix of the Lil' Vicious track "Glock".

Who knew that ATCR could flip an unassuming joint from "former child reggae rapper" (and Doug E. Fresh protégé) Lil' Vicious' 1994 debut album Destination Brooklyn, into a 2014 dancefloor-destroying exercise in booty-shakin' bass music?

The track appeared yesterday as part in conjunction with "Bouncin’ Bush Stew 4 Mixtape"—a new collab between ATCR, Blondtron and Prince Zimboo:

Bouncin’ Bush Stews are inedible bowls of sound from from America’s Top Iron Deficient Chef, Samantha Blondtron and Africa’s most famous lover, Prince Zimboo. They are a celebration of pan-global butt music, friendship and silliness, brought together by the brilliant art of Vincent Parker. This fourth installment features Canada’s most huggable deejays (as voted by Raver Weekly, a Canadian EDM magazine that does not exist.) A Tribe Called Red!

Quoth the crew:

A Tribe Called Red!

Where maple syrup drips they are bred now bob your head or to lions you shall be fed. Grab a bowl of stew with your clique practice your twerk technique Just relax your bumcheek HEH!

Blessings to you and the crew! from Blondtron, A Tribe Called Red and Prince Zimboo!


DOWNLOAD: Lil Vicious - "Glock" (ATCR Remix)

And for kicks, here's the "Bouncin' Bush Stew 4" Mixtape for your rump-shaking pleasure:

New Indigenous Music Releases - March 2012


There's new music being made every moment, and here are the three newest releases from Indigenous artists for the month of March!

The debut full-length album from A Tribe Called Red has been long awaited and much anticipated to say the least. Released this week as a free download, the purveyors of "pow wow step" flex their creativity through the diverse musical landscapes of hip-hop, dancehall, moombahton and electronic styles. If you don't have it already, get their self-titled album here:


This month saw another debut from newcomer Ali Baby - who RPM profiled last month in DJ DoezIt and Ali Baby: Native Rap in High School Hallways. As Mixed Breed, Ali Baby with Chino, Annalex and Lil Shugz, have released The Beginning a mix of rap, r&b, hip-hop, rock and country. It is also a free download! Go get it here:

Last but not least, a very exciting release from Delmore Recordings is a recently unearthed recording by Karen Dalton. 1966  features Karen solo on banjo and guitar, plus four duets with Richard Tucker. The recordings are intimate, unfiltered and stirring. You can get 1966 digitally, on CD or vinyl at

Listen to Reason to Believe, by Karen Dalton from 1966: