Happy Barefoot New Year!
These kinds of images above and these kinds of sounds below remind me of the great early days of this blog and it is those early days that I’m yearning more and more for. You can thank the “EDM” explosion in America for this yearning for something more credible, more real again 😉
2013 is gonna be a big year fro Znobia indeed!
A myriad of Afro-Dance genres in the melting pot here:
Art by Tu Guiana
Another year has passed where I haven’t felt like I let anyone down in the nu cumbia world, I even feel positive about my efforts with all other transnational bass genres. Honestly I leave this year feeling pretty positive about how I stayed on top of things and didn’t fail to deliver. Sure there were a few slow weeks but I didn’t stop. This means something to me and only fuels me for the next year.
We are going to make some big changes here on Generation Bass. Also we are going to release some very awesome compilations with exclusive tracks through Generation Bass. 2013 will be a year of making big impacts. I know I’m ready, I know Umb is more than ready and I know the rest of the gang is up for it as well.
Next summer we will be releasing a couple nu cumbia compilations that are going to be HUGE. So get ready for more information about that.
I’m excited and grateful to be a part of the Generation Bass family. I have a lot of respect for both Vincent Koreman and Deejay Umb for all their support and good vibes. I honestly can say it has been a great run so far and I feel confident of a greater future.
We end this year with the latest and greatest from the nu cumbia scene.
Dengue Dengue Dengue! has had an exciting 2012 with their release of La Alianza Profana along with other singles. It brings me much pleasure to share their latest. A refix done in the Dengue Dengue Dengue! unique style.
Enrikisimo is always active. He has been putting out bangers all year long much to our pleasure. I have his latest ‘sonidero beats.’
Damo Naimad burst onto the scene this past year with his original work. He has a few different projects happening for him. This is one of them. Released through my friends at Boom One Records, ‘De Cumbia’ is a beautiful digital cumbia gem. (I think I might have shared this one before but I don’t mind bringing it back on if I had).
Mr. Kanti W. is one of or perhaps my favorite producer of 3ball. This year he has released a couple of other awesome EP’s. He ends this year with a new EP, which he also uses to usher in a new exciting year.
Randy Salazar Jr. dug really deep to choose the songs for his nu cumbia mixtape. He features some seriously dope tracks in his mix. It also makes for a perfect salute for the wonderful nu cumbia year of 2012.
Oscar La Saveur came on my radar for the first time in the year of 2012. I am fortunate to have gotten aquatinted with his productions. He put together his mixtape for the New Year as a special gift.
Some funky psychedelic cumbia appeared on my virtual doorstep earlier this week. Produced by Seizo Lozano, ‘Ucayali Maestro’ is the name of this brilliant album. I might use some of this on future soundtracks with permission of course. Much thanks to my friends at KONN Recordings for turning me on to this.
Turn your speakers or headphones up for this next one. Though it is a bit low in volume for mixing smoothly, once I turned up the volume I saw the beauty in this little gem by Club De Baile C’DM.
Good thing the end of the world stuff is behind us because now Polymiller can share ‘Tropicalipsis Now’ with more people as life goes on. It’s a pretty sick track.
Nu cumbia has good representation now in Brazil thanks to the efforts of El Freaky Selector. The future of Brazilian cumbia still has to be written and I’m sure he’ll be on top of it. El Freaky Selector put his mix together to show his love and support of the scene.
Tu Guaina has been featured here many times throughout the past year. Not only his music but his art has been the cover of several of my Sexxy Saturday Cumbia posts including his exclusive cover art for the Halloween edition. Just in time for the New Year, Tu Guaina released his newest innovative cumbia-step track.
I end this week and this year with a fun little mashup by 4:20 Music Flavor. I think it perfectly fits the vibe of New Years for me. It’s a mashup of Mexican Institute of Sound Vs. Panteros 666.
2012 was a very scary year as well as fruitful. It was good for the underground music scene but world economic systems came apart and we all feel the effects. If we can continue without violence and only the goal of reaching a place for the welfare for all mankind then we have a chance of our species existing eternally, I hope we can see past our many differences by at least acknowledging our common goal of peace.
We can do a lot with the new media. I know there have been many jokes about blogging being phony journalism but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Blogging, vlogging, Twitter and Facebook reporting is the more honest media. Look at what happened with Mexico this past year. They had the largest protest in world history yet no journalist or mainstream media covered it. It wasn’t on any of our television sets anywhere in the world. The reporting and the journalism happened online. This is the truth and the new way that we can connect outside of our various political propaganda machines. American’s are evil, Palestinians aren’t evil, Pakistanis aren’t evil, and Israeli’s aren’t evil… Just their governments are.
Have a fun and safe New Year.
To choose my top 10 album releases of 2012 was not easy to do, so I decided on 12, which turned out to be the perfect number.
Upon choosing my favorite albums I considered a few important things. These albums are true albums. What I mean by that is that they were produced either before the artist knew what label was going to release them or they already belonged to a label and happily released it under them. The difference between these albums and the majority of digital albums lays with the artist not first being approached by a label to release something new of their as well as not being picked up by a label long after the release and have the label take credit for it.
These albums were put together with love and passion from the artists involved. These artists are not fake, they are talented and allowed us into the workings of their minds where their visions came to life. With digital labels popping up every day online it’s hard to take many of them seriously and I don’t. These artists chosen really worked long and hard on their albums. The passion speaks loudly through their music. Even though most labels are phony there are several that are the real deal. Now the one’s I’m about to list are not the only labels I see as true. So please don’t assume that all the other labels I don’t have here are labels that I view as phony. They just didn’t make the cut because I they simply didn’t produce something good enough for my top 12. Of course this is all based on my opinion and taste.
My hope here is to have new readers discover albums that they happened to miss this year as well as have the other readers rediscover these delicious albums.
Also these are not in order of my preference. They are all good and equal in different ways. You will notice this because of their diversity.
1. Calavera Calavera – The Fearless Vampire Killers
Earlier this year I stumbled upon the duo Calavera Calavera from Spain. They released a melodically incredible album called ‘The Fearless Vampire Killers.’ What stood out to me most was how incredible the melodies were while still at times having the tracks be dubstep infused bangers. They are not soft, they are dark however, and I really honestly loved this album immediately. I can also honestly say that I listened to it many times.
2. La MiniTK – Muerte Y Sabrosura
Later in the year La MiniTK finally after a long wait where I was teased constantly, they released their debut album ‘Muerte Y Sabrosura.’ La MiniTK’s mission is to shed light on the darkness that is the true nature of the tropics. Taking the lead started by the groups like Skinny Puppy and Sisters of Mercy, La MiniTK honestly released something that should be MUCH larger than it is. I will help as much as I can to expose them to the world.
3. Dengue Dengue Dengue! – La Alianza Profana
The even longer awaited debut from everyone’s favorite Dengue Dengue Dengue! was released this year much to everyone’s pleasure. These guys deserve everything they have, all the support and love and much more. ‘La Alianza Profana’ is an excellently produced album. They worked very hard on creating their image and sound. They are a brand now that can’t be mistaken for anyone else. They also designed excellent hard copies of La Alianza Profana on CD, which if compared to any big mainstream design company Dengue Dengue Dengue’s would most likely be the favorite choice.
4. DJ Broken Record – Cumbiahtonical Vol. 2
I have had the pleasure of getting to know DJ Broken Record more this past year. After his release of ‘Cumbiahtonical Vol. 1’ he captured my attention. Not only with that album but his moombahton remixes simply can’t be beat according to my book. Well he returned in 2012 with his release of ‘Cumbiahtonical Vol. 2,’ featuring many excellent influences of his and some of mine. DJ Broken Record is on a mission to reinvent and change how we view music.
5. Capitol K – Andean Dub
Another album I was waiting a very long time for also came out this year. Capitol K captured both my attention and imagination with his beautiful style of remixing and gorgeous originals. ‘Andead Dub’ is the name of his brilliant album. It took a long time to cook in the oven but when it finally came out Andean Dub delivered successfully to my expectations. Also I received a very nice professional hard copy of the CD.
6. Mati Zundel – Amazonico Gravitante
When I first heard Mati Zundel I was immediately enamored. ‘Amazonico Gravitante’ was released by a joint effort of Waxploitation and ZZK Records. Amazonico Gravitante is a celebration of the diverse tropical genres that influence Mati Zundel. It has huayno, cumbia, digital cumbia and other electronic sounds. Here is the excellent video that came with the release.
7. Filastine – LOOT
Filastine has had a busy year in 2012 touring the world promoting his also long awaited album ‘LOOT.’ First we were teased with a couple videos, which really helped gain a lot of interest from fans. This prophetic album also came out just in time as the world’s financially sacred institutions and practices are amidst their imminent demise.
8. Bondi Blaster – Lo Juimo
I knew from the very moment I first watched Bondi Blaster’s video for ‘Alta Farra’ that his album would definitely be on my end of the year list. The name of the EP is ‘Lo Juimo.’ This album is always in my arsenal when I perform live. The tracks flow so nicely and even the non-underground friendly music goers seem to be drawn to it which goes to show that it can easily cross over to main stream audiences for them to enjoy just as much as the rest of us.
Check out the full set here https://soundcloud.com/djjuandata/sets/bondi-blaster-lo-juimo. For some reason due to the brilliant new Soundcloud layout I can’t share the album streaming here. But please please please take one second more and go to the link to listen there.
9. Dialect Trio – Desert Blues
Dialect Trio has been incredibly busy this year. Each of their albums is excellently and professionally produced. They have some of the highest production quality and musicianship for live instrumentation to be found online, especially these – Internet anyone and everyone produces – days. It might come as a surprise to them that I chose ‘Desert Blues’ to be my favorite of theirs this year. It’s just so lovely and wonderfully original. Perhaps it also has to do with the rawness and looseness of the instrument playing. This shows me how well the sound is produced if they can capture that rawness so cleanly.
10. Matthew Shell and Trey Eley – Freedom
Speaking of excellent production quality and brilliant talented musicianship, Matthew Shell and Trey Eley are simply and profoundly incredible. ‘Freedom’ is perhaps the best album I’ve heard in years. I know if Miles Davis were still alive and was shown this album, he would be obsessed with it. I wish I had the ability to send it Prince’s way because I can safely bet that he would absolutely love it too. The musicianship I must reiterate is of the highest caliber. I can only dream of playing as well as any one of the musicians on this album. Not only is the music very powerful and beautiful, the people behind it are also wonderful, intelligent and very kind. I can and do honestly wish Matthew Shell and Trey Eley along with all their creative friends involved with ‘Freedom’ the best of luck and much future fortune.
Let the music take you over with ‘Freedom,’ by Matthew Shell and Trey Eley.
The last two on my list of the top 12 albums of 2012 are two friends with much happening for them in Lima, Peru. Terror Negro Records is one of my favorite labels because the guys behind it are a tight knit group with much passion for their music. The music is at the forefront of what they’re about. Money and fame is of no concern though I do wish them much of both.
11. Deltatron – El Que Abandon No Tiene Premio y Mas
Deltatron is the first of the two I will present here. Over the years he has delivered awesome work after awesome work consistently. With ‘El Que Abandona No Tiene Premio y Mas,’ Deltatron shows his masterful production and DJ skills as he takes his futuristic unique staple dumbia style to the global music community. And we receive his music with much pleasure.
12. Sonidos Profundos – 24 Horas
You can easily blame me of over-playing Sonidos Profundos tracks live. I would agree with the accusation because I know very well that I do play a lot of Sonidos Profundos. But it’s not my fault. His music is among my favorites in the nu cumbia scene. If I were to choose one person to represent nu cumbia it would be Sonidos Profundos. If I were to choose one duo it would be Dengue Dengue Dengue! I’m serious about my love of Sonidos Profundos music and when Terror Negro Records released ’24 Horas’ I received it as a blessing from the music gods.
(I Lied) 13. DJ Chakruna – El Sonido Brutal
I lied about there being 12 on this list. I went one further and made it a lucky 13. There are two reasons I couldn’t justify leaving this next one out. One reason is that he is the third part of Terror Negro Records and I love the label a lot. The second reason is because DJ Chakruna’s ‘El Sonido Brutal’ is an excellent EP that truly is one of my favorites of this year.
These are my
12 I mean 13 favorite albums of 2012. I thought this through as I was taking notes all year long just for this specific post. So trust me when I say these are my favorite. I left out some really good ones too but they just didn’t beat these 13 albums. It wasn’t easy but there are some really good ones that barely are not in the top 13. I guess I feel a bit guilty but I’d much rather end the year honestly.
2013 is going to be perhaps the busiest year of my life. Big projects are already in the works here at Generation Bass. I can’t wait to begin but I don’t mind a few days to sit back and re-visit all 13 of these brilliant albums.
We first highlighted Javier on the scene in or about 2010 and we believe 2013 is the year when he makes massive strides to show what a mega-unique producer he is.
He is one of my names to watch in 2013 and if you’re familiar with his work already, you will understand this already, if you are not familiar with his work, by Feb 2013, you will be.
He is gonna unlock some absolute gems in 2013!!!
I am relatively new to this whole blogosphere, this is my first “end of year” post, so while everyone else out there is busy compiling their best of 2012 lists I figured I would go a slightly different route and share a few older mixes that I feel are dope enough to stand up as my favorite mixes of ALL TIME!!!
The first one here is from a true legend in the world of Tropical Bass, Uproot Andy. The Guarcharaca Migration Mix was released in 2008 and for me personally it was the first time I encountered such a fantastic, cohesive blending of Latin, Caribbean and African sounds with elements of electronic production. For me, even before I was familiar with the term Tropical Bass, this was truly my first encounter with this genre that I would come to love so much. It is an amazing mix and moves fluidly from Soca to Kuduro, Cumbia, Crunk, Dancehall and everywhere in between. BIG UPS to Uproot Andy, thanks for making this mix homie, I can honestly say that it changed my life!
The next one here is from my homie DJ Chicus. This Rootstep mix released in 2010 kind of created a sub-genre of its own that I never heard too much from before and not too much after. That would be “Rootstep” something like dubstep but on the very dubby, roots-y, soulistic tip. It came at a time when Dubstep was really taking off here in the USA. However, I felt that this mix was a perfect soulful counterbalance to the aggro-intense ‘Brostep’ scene that was emerging. Whats even more astounding is the fact that this whole mix is made from vinyl, reeeeespect! Spark up the essence and count your blessings!!
The last mix here is maybe my absolute favorite and the single mix that I reach for most often when I am playing chill DJ gigs and need to take a break. The Colorful Sweater mix was released in 2008, made by New York native DJ Elwood. It’s basically soul and disco and pimped out stuff from the 70s and 80s, it’s the type of undeniably groovy tunes that work for almost any crowd anywhere. What makes this mix even better is that it’s all sorts of dope grooves from that era but none of the joints on here are really big well known songs. I remember when Elwood was making this mix and I know for a fact that a large portion of this mix can be traced directly back to Louie’s vinyl collection from the Bronx. Vintage cuts, straight from the source!!!
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So we hope you’re all having a great day.
You already had one BIG freebie from us earlier today, The Shazalakazoo Remixed EP and now it’s time for something that we’ve been supporting since it first emerged on the scene, Moombahton.
In the early days whenever people spoke about Moombahton, Generation Bass would be mentioned in the same breath, and we are proud of that because we are part and parcel of its history and we still continue to support it almost 4 years later.
We were talking about and supporting Moombahton when nobody gave it much attention at all and it helped that some of our close friends and fellow bloggers were involved in the scene from its instigation.
Munchi, who has been blogging for us since early 2010, breathed life into it by the creation of the first original tracks which demonstrated the sheer scope and diversity that could be discovered in the genre as time went on and also he proved that it was beyond more than an edits gimmick. Heartbreak & Munchi went on to showcase new sub-genres such as Moombahsoul and Moombahcore and both of them, between them, created some of the classics that live on to this very day, still retaining their freshness and excitement.
If it wasn’t for these 2 producers, we’re not sure if Moombahton would have survived and excelled as far as it has. Were it not for them, we are not even sure we’d be talking about it and delivering to you this exciting new compilation that has been curated by one of the dudes who has been a supporter of the scene from the very start, Steve Ohh!
Most of you will know Steve via his artwork that has graced many Moombahton releases including our recent free series. Steve has done a sterling job in rounding up some heavyweight tracks for this compilation from a range of new and exciting producers, some of whom you will already be familiar with and some of whom you don’t know but will want to be familiar with, by the time you have finished listening to the compilation.
Many are saying, this is perhaps one of the best Moombahton compilations of the year!!! So if you want to know where Moombahton is in 2013 then you can’t go wrong if you take time to download and check out this compilation, which will bring you bang up to date with this explosive new scene.
Seasonal fellatio 🙂 from the whole Generation Bass Team!