It’s been less than a year since that infamous Boiler Room session last February 2013 when Mc Kalaf of Buraka Som Sistema uttered those now almost legendary words “Zouk Bass”.
It’s now one of the strongest and fastest-growing scenes of the ever expanding global bass Diaspora. Tarraxinha is also remaining intact within the sound as Zouk Bass moves forward with Western producers treading with respect and also very carefully with their interpretations. Some are also digging deep into the history of the roots versed in this Angolan creation.
Generation Bass, Zouk Bass TV & Latino Resiste once again join their forces to gather some of the most impressive ZB producers and the freshest tracks for the end of 2013, showcasing what is likely to be in store for 2014.
The compilation covers a wide spectrum of the Kizomba/Tarraxo influenced genre with pioneers like DZC Crew and Riot of Buraka Som Sistema. We have also discovered new found and exciting talents like Bison and Mala Noche who we feel are likely to play a key role in future developments.
We have the best of the new lot who have migrated to Zouk Bass from genres like Moombahton, Trap, Twerk or Dubstep. There’s the UK trio KJs who are fast becoming masters in a deep, sensual sound. The Middle East’s vastly underrated but always impressive SaBBo who released the first official Zouk Bass EP and Russia’s most exciting new producer Insane Fennel whose cinematic sound paints some of the finest film noire moments for the scene.
The compilation also showcases the point where Zouk Bass has started to create a hybrid sound with Twerk & Trap with the likes of rising star – JSTJR, another of America’s finest Zouk Bass trailblazers – Banginclude, Munchi’s prodigy – Morrison, another of Russia’s finest – Chuck Upbeat remixing DR’s young buck – Happy Colors, Argentina’s -Reptilian Commander and the newly formed MikeLuma (aka Banginclude) x TomPhonic representing.
There’s also a bunch of new names joining the ranks like Gingee, Rhythmstar, Chong X, Sauvage FM, Oktored, Squareffekt and Jameston Thieves who have all surprised us with their take on the scene.
This new volume, the 3rd in the series is a testament to how exciting and unique this new movement is and also shows how it is likely to continue to grow and evolve as time goes on.
Download it for FREE courtesy of each one of the producers & Crew who kindly submitted their songs; as well as the great work of artists & bloggers who belong to the Zouk Bass TV, Generation Bass & LR catalogue.
1. DZC Deejays – Suspense
2. Chong X – Phalawatas
3. Bison & Squareffekt – Ghetto Tarraxo
4. SaBBo – Slow Hello
5. OktoRed – Brains and Crystals
6. Gingee – Jangala
7. Happy Colors & Chuck Upbeat – Maldita Puta
8. Sauvage FM – Gnawaxinha
9. JSTJR – Monadnock
10. Missy Elliot – Get Your Zouk On (Riot Bootleg)
11. Banginclude – Apeshit
12. Reptilian Commander – Kiritimati
13. Jameston Thieves – Dagga
14. Morrison – Kaliber
15.MikeLuma X TomPhonic – Landlord
16. Mala Noche – Maconha
17. William Araujo – Ta Male (Dj Express Remix)
18. KJs – Tempest
19. Rhythmstar – Dark Artz
20. Insane Fennel – Carol of the Bells
Mastering by the awesome JSTJR
Art was inspired and grabbed from MGITE
Here’s what the compilers and some of the artists who feature on the compilation have to say about Zouk Bass:
DJ UMB – Generation Bass:
For me, without Zouk Bass, 2013 would have been dead in the water.
I’ve always loved Angolan club music and Zouk Bass or new clubbed up Tarraxinha/Tarraxo (whatever you want to call it) really kept me grooving amongst all the awful and comedic, cheesy, cliché ridden and stale sounding Endless Duplication of Music. Hats off to Buraka Som Sistema for helping to catapult new light on an almost forgotten scene.
Generation Bass was truly focused on it throughout 2013 and we intend to continue to do that throughout 2014 too because it’s such a damn exciting and amazing sound. We believe the best is yet to come!
Filipe Ribeiro – Zouk Bass TV
For Zouk Bass Tv it all started as a necessity to create different references to search for music and also put lights on new producers. The genre is the continuation of a work that was being made some years ago by the vision of the Angolan producer Dj Znobia and later in Portugal by DJs Do Guetto and Príncipe Discos releases. Names like Nguzunguzu, Dubbel Dutch, Massacooramaan, Chief Boima were pointing explicitly in this directions too and some Afro-Portuguese producers were also exploring new fusions with Kizomba and Tarraxa so it was a question of time till this sounds explode on a bigger scale and gladly Buraka Som Sistema legitimately did it with the class that characterizes the group.
Caballo – Latino Resiste
To me, zoukbass was at first one of the best re-brandings (if the word can be applied) to the craziest form of tarraxo. The good thing is just months later thanks to the impressive work of people from all over the planet, whether USA, Argentina, Peru, Russia, Portugal, UK, Netherlands and obviously Angola & pretty much all Africa Zouk Bass defined itself with a very specific pattern, and even though it is Kizomba inspired, it does not need to be Kizomba related anymore, which allows it to flirt with any genre without losing its sexiness.
Zouk Bass is an artform that pulls musical creation back to its traditional roots, flow and culture, breaking the stereotypes of popular dance music apart and reforming it into a revamped movement for today. It borrows the tarraxinha beat and swing but can groove in any direction, often unpredictably, lending itself to unique interpretations with each fresh production.
Zouk Bass is sensual and spiritual, its rhythms invite hips to move and bounce. The slow tempo gives producers a chance to layer more intricate patterns of sound.
Zouk Bass brought me back to life and made to create more interesting and more various. Not sure that I’m doing Zouk Bass in its classical sense. But I try to surprise!
Sauvage FM :
Zouk Bass sounds like the revenge of Music against quantized-bass drops of every kind. Kicks & snares are almost dead, and the producers on this compilation bury it whilst drinking a smooth cocktail. Cheers!
Jameston Thieves :
What really intrigues me about Zouk bass, is all the innovation I’ve seen so far in such a young genre, it proves durability. Maybe it’s just the group of producers making it, but I haven’t heard a movement as creatively original as this zoukbass one in quite a while. So the future holds amazing things..
Zouk Bass cured my alcoholism … Ah, sorry, alcoholism is died. 5 minutes ago. Where’s my rum? Found it … Happy.
I was talking to someone about zoukbass and i said that one o my favorite things about it is that errrrone who makes it makes it different…like each producers style can basically be looked at as a subgenre of zouk bass…where as most other genres these days everyone sounds very similar
Zouk Bass is the most exciting and challenge music to produce,it got is own secrets to make it ,its like you have to dig it so much to have in your possession the biggest diamond found in the music industry, But like anything with so much potential cant be hide for so long, the secret was revealed and an amazing adventure had start from producers all around the globe to give you that diamond in any kind of musical form.
Bison & Squareffekt
Happy Colors & Chuck Upbeat
Banginclude X TomPhonic