On this, the international day of canibus, we bring to you a mixtape courtesy of the creators of Desert Daze, a psychedelically-minded festival held in the deserts east of California. Taking place in the aptly-named Mecca, Desert Daze is what you might traditionally come to...

September 22nd officially marks the end of summer 2013 in the Northern Hemisphere — and to celebrate the passing of time, we’ve decided to create a timeline to forever remember the songs currently trending on our site, as well as take a look back on...

The Budos Band is one of the foremost U.S.-based Afrobeat groups performing today. It is no surprise that their third album, simply titled III, takes the listener on a funky journey that will please not only long-time listeners but also those new to the genre. The record's initial Eyptian theme is deceiving; each of the song titles appears to reference the serpent that graces the cover, but this is just a superficial coincidence. The Budos Band lays it out in their humorous "making of the album" video: titles of the songs just come to them, spur-of-the-moment.

 

This thinking-on-your-feet momentum is elemental to both the band's live performances and their recordings. III was recorded live, and it is all of the polished chaos that you would expect from a band this funky. The Budos Band is from Staten Island, but you'd never know that their city of origin is better known for hip-hop and tasty Italian food than African funk music. They originally formed as an offshoot of Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, and sound rather similar, but not identical. The songs are shorter and more to the point, but they have that same fantastic bounce.