Hours before the year departs us and a new one begins, I browsed through dozens of tracks that I received during the 2010. Many of these tracks came from my favorite music blogs and I want to take this opportunity to give a massive shoutout to all our friends spreading the good vibes around the world. You continue to inspire and enrich my life….daily if not hourly 🙂 !!!
You are (in no specific order):
ISM / DUBBHISM
Hat & Hoodie
Noiz In Zion
And now, ladies, gentlemen and bassheads, I am proud to present you with a 2 part mixtape featuring some of my favorite tracks from 2010. This might do fine for a mix to play in your new years party. Normally we write about each and every song, and there is enough to say about the gems in this collection to fill this post with words, so I am just going to let the music speak for itself. Thanks for all the artists, labels, promotors and of course fans for making this all thing happen. Big respect to my Generation Bass family.
Both Vince & I are HUGE Dj Cremoso fans. He is my favourite DJ on Planet Earth! No joke cause no-one puts a smile on my face quite like Dj Cremoso! So what better way to end 2010 than with a Dj Cremoso mixtape!
Apparently, Dj Cremoso is not a real Live DJ but a studio music producer! Of course his real identitiy is unknown, not only to to preserve his anonymity, but also to safeguard his real recording artist persona!
Here’s what he says about dj’ing:
I never would DJ because I am unable to do anything but press the play button and wait for the music stops. And, although many people say that you ought to DJ, I can’t because I do not understand that being a DJ is something much more complex. I would say my attitude is inclusive and respectful of the real DJs.
So, as you would never get DJ Cremoso laying down a mixxtape of his GENIUS remixes, I took it upon myself to remedy that situation and so here you have PART 1 of my tribute to the world’s greatest living DJ (who is not a real DJ)!
And for those of you who don’t know TecnoBrega:
Tecno brega or technobrega (Cheesy Techno) is a form of music from northern Brazil, particularly Belém. Music of the genre is created primarily through remixing and reworking songs from popular music and music from the eighties. (wiki)
Here’s what DJ Cremoso says about it:
I think tecnobrega a musical style very crazy. I often say that it was forged by the lack of musical training of some people who had access to the tools of production. Sometimes a musician will prevent you from doing things that a lay person would. The culture of tecnobrega is the culture in which everyone can write / sing / produce / play. This is interesting from the point of view of the emergence of new ideas and new ways of making music. But it can be tiring when certain themes are recurrent or very much out of tune singers. In the latter case, it can be funny on first listen, but does not result in a further step forward, musically speaking.
It’s all a big joke. There is to “spoil” an original music remix because I will not become more popular than the original versions. And I really believe that the original artists prefer to hear a funny remix of someone translating their music to any content of double meaning and vulgar sing completely out of tune.
I hope you enjoy the mixxtape and all the best for your final 2010 parties tonight.
I think we’re gonna see this genre grow and grow. Of course the West Coast in the States is over-run with it already.
So let’s start with an artist who will be one of the leading new revolutionaries in this scene, Generation Bass’ very own homeboy GOLDRUSH!
I am sooo excited about this release, it really is one of the most beautiful, gorgeous and original EPs I’ve heard for yonks. I’ve been living with the tracks now for over 6 months but their power never diminishes and that is a really great sign.
All I can say is that it’s coming and for now here’s another freebie from him, which really does not give away that much about the forthcoming release.
As with Munchi, Liquid Stranger, Datsik, Borgore and a few others, I’ve been very lucky to catch NastyNasty at his infancy and witness his rise and rise.
Man, I remember around last September, I kept on telling peeps about this guy and he had about 4-5 tracks on his soundcloud but nobody was talking about him. He had very little feedback on his soundcloud and I saw very little coverage about him and the little I did eventually see, after I had posted about him, did not say anything special about him.
I could not understand it because as soon as I heard his stuff, I was hypnotized! One track, “No Names” was just killing me. I thought to myself, if this guy can do something as beautiful, unique and as moving as this, then he’s gotta be huge but nobody was giving 2 shiits about him.
I thought it was just another case of me really being into something in a big way but not many others understanding it, as that has happened before.
Regardless, I believed in him and so I raved on about him on Gen Bass, on my facebook, stuck him on my mixxtapes!!!
Then about 6 -8 months ago he just exploded.
Man, I don’t know but it just happened and my instinct was proven right once again and it makes me happy for him, not for me!
Mochipet remixes Oakland’s Hottub into heavy bass and twerky synths in the name of the now deceased Energy Death drink Four Loko!
WASHINGTON- The manufacturer of popular caffeinated alcohol drink Four Loko said it will remove the caffeine from its products, pulling the blend off the market just as the Food and Drug Administration is poised to ban it.
Phusion Projects said in a statement posted on its website that the company will remove caffeine and two other ingredients from its products going forward. The announcement cameas the FDA is expected to find as early as Wednesday that caffeine is an unsafe food additive to alcoholic drinks.
That finding essentially would ban Four Loko and other drinks like it.
Another artist who will release on GB Digital in 2011, here’s our good mate Coco and here’s what he says!
My solo debut ep is out now on Lowriders Recordings. As a special treat we’re giving away a free dilly of KRSUR’s remix of Metropolis, downloadable from the Soundcloud link below. I also did a tape to accompany the release, which you can download over at the Lowriders blog (or below).
We’re proud to present the third release on our free Phuturelabs label from Glasgow producer S-Type. It’s kinda hard to describe but has a hint of Hudson Mohawke in the mix alongside some classic P-Funk stylings and lovely melodies a-go-go. 2010 electronica with huge hip hop, funk and grime influences.
ROBOT DANCE RECORDS
Robot Dance Records is pleased as punch to announce their newest release. This one coming from OKC/Fayetteville, Arkansas group, Diamond Life! This housey jam will have no trouble getting the ladies on the dance floor. WANT SOME MORE also finds itself getting the remix treatment from Beatpunks & Computer Blue. This mighty fine package is being served to you at no price! Get to the downloading!lzer
Bonzzaj present their first digital only release with the “Star Tracks EP” including tracks from Cougar, Meienberg, NDV and Filewile. This EP is an international cooperation featuring music from Switzerland, Germany and Israel. A selection to sit back in the couch but also to bang the head and move your feet on the dance floor.
Cougar alias Max Stockberg is a blank sheet in the music market out there. Thankfully we received a demo copy of his wonderful music from Baaz, who asked us to release something from him. Yes we do. And the result is a wonderful song called “lights down low” with rhodes, minimal hip hop beats and the fine voice of Stockenburg’s own.
Track “Look at the stars” comes straight outta Tel Aviv, Israel. We reached multi-talented DJ and producer NDV aka Ravid Nadav via Soundcloud and his proper productions with his own release on Botanika . “Look at the stars” is a head banger and shows that Hip Hop can still be creative in 2010.Definitely for those that like the nu disco sound flavored with funk!
Dub music is back on Bonzzaj Recordings. After live experience playing with multiple bands, Meienberg decided to experience digital world of electronic music and shows up with “Epicant Chutney”, which is an excursion in art dubstep made in Switzerland.
But there is also Filewile with “My Rocco”, which is a album outtake of their last successfull album called “Blueskywell” released on Mouthwatering Recordings. Filewile integrated the raw power of their live performances into their production methods and plays his own way of dubmusic with the lovely voice of Zürich based singer Joy Frempong.
You know what it means..
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Everything you missed while i was doing Donum Dei is here!!! so get ready for these bangers..
It’s been a while since i dropped rebellious stuff on Generationbass, mainly because now tons of artists can blend perfectly both, lyrics and great music.
Many artists have a strong sense of reality, supporting and representing the whole artist community for a specific reason!!
Today i am going to show you six releases that are really good musically speaking, but their message is perhaps what stands up to !!! This is a WORLD VIDEO PREMIERE!!
Cumbia rockers all stars get together some of the best singers in neo cumbia including “la gaitana” and Al Roc!!
(if you have read GB’s posts before, you know what i am talking about, if you haven’t.. u may want to take a look HERE)
THEY DO A BANGER CUMBIA ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT IS TO FIGHT FOR WATER!!!
Our real Gold is WATER!!!!! Let it FLOW!!! Dejala Correr!!
Next!! Dub, Dancehall and Politics!!
Quoting my man Emch “This feels like the most important musical work SubAtomic Sound System have done in terms of political and cultural significance…
Epic Release, in where you can see the recording session and then after 3 mins, YOU’LL SEE THAT WICKED VIDEO!!
The politics, culture, and environmental awareness fundamental to this musical history are represented vocally by three artists crucial to the diaspora, each delivering what people are calling some of their all time best performances: Jamaican culture dancehall superstar Anthony B; NYC’s reggae/electronic/hip hop firebrand Jahdan Blakkamoore, of Smif ‘n Wesson “Soundbwoy Burial” fame & winner of iTunes 2009 reggae album of the year; and Sierra Leone, Africa’s #1 rapper and bonafide musical hero, Bajah of the Dry Eye Crew.
The combination of this music and history is explosive and for sure one of the biggest releases of late 2010..so sick that MTV made a Q&A about it.
Fourth! Boogat drops a SUPER SICK TUNE!!!!
if you dont understand spanish.. well..basically it is what the lyrics are about.. Perfection by Boogat by Remezcla
fourth!! A FREE DOWNLOAD ALBUM!!!
Daniel Klauser drops something so Unique, Original and Special that it should deserve a whole post!!! Andean contemporaneous!!!
Bolivian, Chilean, Peruvian Dancefloor madness, but what really stands up is the fact that not many young producers are doing andean music, and Klauser has a huge vision in taking all these hidden and barely known riddims and exploring them!!
Highly recommended!! Get it for free!!
Finally.. Another FREE DOWNLOAD!!
Funk, with attitude!!
Hobotech drops this ill free EP!!
Feels like George Clinton has met datsik!!
Well, in case you hasn’t noticed it’s the end of a year, so it’s a time for ‘best of’ type posts… well UMB has already posted his best 2010 mixes, and posting a bunch of ‘best of 2010’ mixes seems a bit boring, so I thought I’d post some mixes which are a little further reaching in their retrospectives… so we’ve got three soulful mixes here with afro, latin and, well just straight up soul flavours, from ill.selection, DJ Needles and ID.
Wicked mix here from ill.selection full of gems… at about 24 minutes in there’s some amazing spooky steel drums courtesy of Amral’s Trinidad Cavaliers Steel Orchestra, followed by Conjunto Tipico Vallenato’s Cumbia Cienaguera which got reconstituted into Samim’s ‘Heater’. Then in the last tune there’s what sounds like distorted steel drums which are quite reminiscent of the synth sound in Township Funk which is kinda interesting… anyway this is what ill.selection has to say about it:
An hour and a half mix of organic, old-school 60s and 70s Roots music that spans genre, nationality, race, and language. They are all hybrids and manifestations of Afro musical influences that pay tribute to our African roots and transnational movements across land, sea, and social borders. Inside the mix you’ll find: Cumbia, Salsa, Funk, Afrobeat, Rara, Carnival music, Congotronics, Merengue, Calypso, Batucada, and Reggae from Africa, the Caribbean, and America.
Gade Yon Rara – Roots Of Haiti
La Agarradera – Johnny Ventura
Who’re You? – Fela Ransome Kuti & The Africa 70
Esto No Lleva Bata – Los Papines
Real Rock – Sound Dimension
Hankuri – Madman Jaga
Old Buzzard – Los Silvertones
90% Of Me Is You – Amral’s Trinidad Cavaliers Steel Orchestra
Cumbia Cienaguera – Conjunto Tipico Vallenato
Dom Sou Nare Bakh (feat. Youssou N’Dour) – Etoile De Dakar
Cherry Oh Baby – Eric Donaldson
Tito On Timbales – Tito Puente
Nana Nina – Bush Y Sus Magnificos
Together – Ray Barretto
Truths and Rights – Johnny Osbourne
La Piojosa – La Sonora Cienaguera
Give It Up and Turn It Loose – James Brown
Carnival Brass Band – Afro-Cuban musicians
Bam Bam – Byron Lee And The Dragonaires
Ba-Tu-Ca-Da – Par Ney De Castro
Cantos De Yuka – Afro-Cuban musicians
Unknown – Domincan Merengue
Salsa Na Ma – Fruko Y Sus Tesos
Rara in Haiti – Bizoton Unspecified
Mama Liza – Konono No.1
via Ghetto Blastic, “Rare Groove & Breaks from Soul, Funk & Jazz”… This mix is a joy for any hip hop heads, some serious crate digging going on here, source material for beats by De La Soul, Mos Def, Wu Tang, and loads of others that will be on the tip of your tongue..!
A while back while looking for balkan beats I came across Village Kollektiv’s nazad EP. To my surprise, the EP, which offered some amazing sounds, was free for download. The VK Sidestepper remix of Nazad even got some play here on GB and by talent such as Beam Up & DJ Delay. I also gave it some serious play on the dancefloor and got great response.
Today I discovered that the polish Kollektiv has been busy creating a full length album which sounds absolutely mad! Take Polish, Indian, Romanian, Bulgarian and Gypsy songs, mix them with worldly sounds of reggae and give it a modern touch of glitch, dubstep and ethnoctronica, and you get, Subvillage Sound, one of the more innovative albums of 2010 across any of these genres. The Kollektiv has beautiful vocalists and instrumentalists and beatmakers, and they are on fire! A Truly a transnational band that is up-to-date on the latest electronic sounds while keeping true to their roots.
They are kind enough to share with us the tune ktoby (totally rocking, very shazalakazoo) from their new album, grab it here:
In Poland there is a very little representation of so called world beat music – fusion of electronics with traditional live music, the vision where the past meets tomorrow. Village Kollektiv from Warsaw appears as a pioneer live band of this genre and obviously they take fruits of their own national tradition.Village Kollektiv was formed in 2002 by members of a few Polish folk/fusion groups: Warsaw Village Band, Masala and others.
Music generated by Village Kollektiv is the first Polish fusion of electronics with live sound of original instruments and singing. The musicians use traditional melodies originating from Polish Kurpie region and those collected from the people of the Bulgarian Shop region. They incorporate traditional singing techniques: throat singing from Tuva and yoik of the Sami people. Original melodies also serve as an inspiration for their own creation and instrumental improvisation. Electronic music is a merger of breakbeat, electro, dub and drum&bass as well as punk rock vitality.
After four years the band released their debut album “Motion Rootz Experimental 2006”. The album was nominated to Fryderyki – the most crucial Polish music business award. It also won a prize at “New Tradition” Festival organized by the Polish National radio.
Shows and tours that followed were a natural consequence of the success of the debut album, bringing the band as far as Ollin Kan festival in Mexico City, where they performed in 2008. Now the band is working on the new material. Some new members arrived (including horn section) and some left for maternity leave. 2009 saw them already performing at the festivals in Poland, including world stage at major European event Heineken Open’Er as well as abroad – at the Polish Festival in Edinburgh, Eurocultured in Manchester or Thames Festival in London.
Moombahton, Moombahcore, BoombahChero, Moombia, now add MOOMBAY to that score!
Bollywood inflected Moombahton!!!
The Heartbreak kid has taken it Transnational, so this is Transnational Moombahton!!!
But he did it some time ago and so here’s the Remixes EP and here’s what he says:
Remixes, by Rampage and Nader, Ckrono, A-Mac, Boyfriend, Paul Marmota, and more. Plus the video. the love for the track has been global and people really loved it, so i asked who wanted to remix it and it was a long list and these were the best versionsthis is the first original moombahton track to be remixed, and they did a real good job.
I’d say there’s some good remixes here, most notably by one of my faves, Paul Marmota, who I’ve been bigging up for a while and I’m glad to see him to start making his mark on the scene.
Watch out for the Heartbreak Kid cause he, alongside, Monsieur Munchi, are gonnna blow your minds with a GB EP release soooon amongst some MAD DECENT MADNESS!
As some of you might know already skream released a new Freeizm album on Christmas Day, so grab yourself a copy. There are some huge unrealesed tunes from this year included (see ‘Left The Room’ ft. P Money), and some tracks where Skream shows off his versatility as a Dubstep producer, from the dirtiest beats to awesome jazzy numbers like ‘Cold Outside’ and the mesmerizing ambient ‘Back From the Zoo’.
Skream – Cold Outside
You can download the full length album for free here.
SBTRKT – The Unspoken
To be honest I could do a whole post about this producer, everything he does is great. After creating what is probably my favourite track of the year in his remix of Modeselektor’s ‘Art & Cash’ he released ‘The Unspoken’, which I also love at the moment.
James Blake (Along with Jamie Woon) is my hot tip for big crossover artists in 2011, and this one has been getting plenty of Radio 1 airplay in the UK. His album is out early next year and after hearing a promo i can say for sure it is very impressive, especially “Whilem’s Scream”, which unfortunately isn’t on any of the streaming sites yet. Anyway here is the beautiful ‘Limit to Your Love’, and make sure you listen to this one on some proper speakers else you won’t hear the 18hz sub bass that makes this song what it is, I saw Joy Orbison a few weeks ago and when he played this the vibrations were intense.
Dom Hz – Blue
Taken from the first compilation album released by Subdepth records which includes this tune from Dom Hz, a real beauty.
The full LP is highly recommended and available here.
And now for a couple of dubplates:
Joker – The Vision
Joker has some of the sickest dubs at the moment, this one has been around a little while but the top DJs are just starting playing it on radio and in clubs now so if you’re out and about you might just get hear it on a proper system.
L-Wiz – GK
Swedish duo at it again, this is a really haunting one that needs to be loud to be appriciated.
Mahler had his 5th Symphony, well, for what it’s worth, this is mine..lol..
My 5th Popstep Dub Symphony!
Yeah, Vol. 5 in the series! That’s 5 in 1 year 😉
I’d accumulated so much new stuff that I’m gonna do No. 6 very, very soon and it’s gonna be a special chilled type of Pop ViBe.
But for now you can paaarty haard with this volume No.5, which takes in atmospheric pieces alongside dancefloor bombs!
As usual Lil’ rough round the edges…1cut & First Take LIVE..Pioneer CDJ 1000 MKII & DJM 600 & UNMASTERED 🙁
Soundcloud would not let me upload it and have blocked it because of Universal and the Claire Maguire track!!!
1. Ain’t Nobody (Breakage Remix) – Clare Maguire
2. Just Get Up – M-Theory
3. Motorcycle – As The Rush Comes (High Rankin Remix)
4. Werewolf (Omega Remix) – Coco Rosie
5. Heartstrings (Forthcoming on GB Digital) – Unsub
6. One (BAR9 Remix) – Sky Ferreira
7. Death (Chase & Status Remix) – White Lies
8. Watch the Sun Come up – Joker & Ginz
9. Animale (Datsik Dubstep Remix) – Don Diablo ft. Dragonette
10. Hypnotize U (Nero Remix) – N.E.R.D. & Daft Punk
11. U Don’t Know (Broke-N Dubstep Remix) – Jay-Z
12. Sine Language feat LMFAO (Datsik Remix) – The Crystal Method
13. Be (Balls of Steel Dubstep Bootleg) – Steve Angello & Laidback Luke
14. Just Coz – Subscape
15. iLOVE (Hatcha & Lost Remix) [EightFX] – MRK1
16. All Day – Subscape
17. Loving you (dubstep revisit) – FLeCK
18. Show Me – Von D Feat Phephe
19. Soldier on (Rusko Remix) – The Temper Trap