Following the relaunch last month, we continue full force with a highly energetic mix from Generation Bass crew member Neutrom X, based in the western region of Spain. When he joined the team a year ago, he already built a massive following base with his tastemaking Soundcloud repost channel. Neutrom X is involved in the Spanish juke & footwork scene, hosts radio shows on the independent underground broadcasters LIE RADIO and BELOW and is also a member of the Classical Trax community. His signature style is contagious: raw, uptempo beats drawn from different undergrounds like club, global bass, future bass, post-internet and vogue, blended effortlessly with the more breakbeat and techno vibes.
No genre is absolute any more. Was 2015 the year where genres definitively died, 2016 is the year in which even overarching categories of music such as ‘club’, ‘dance’, ‘bass’, ‘avant-garde’ or ‘band music’ are gradually becoming meaningless. Even the rusty bastion of classical music is no longer able to isolate itself from the creative promiscuity of the forward-looking underground. We’ve seen this in the avant-garde club movement but there is more out there. Likeßęđŧīmĕ Šŧōŗĩėş, who not just uses or ‘seasons’ classical music, but actually IS classical music in its own right.
The remarkably unique music project is the new creation of the Paris-based musical misfit prodigy whom we supported before under his previous moniker Shinji. Where Shinji was energetic experimental dance and bass music for gothic minded clubbers, ßęđŧīmĕ Šŧōŗĩėş is most accurately described as lullabies for young adults with wounded souls. This sounds as dark as it is tender, emotional and strangely comforting.
The heartbreaking emotional soundscapes, built up from cinematic orchestral strings, introspective French romantic piano music, occasional drums, ethereal sound effects and noise, are, above everything else, impressively honest. Confrontational instead of escapist, but confrontational in a deeply compassionate way. ßęđŧīmĕ Šŧōŗĩėş doesn’t present the world as any better than it is, but beholds it in silence, standing powerless on the shore of an ocean of horrific magnificence. This intense, desolate intimacy pierces through into our deepest fear of cosmic insignificance, and that makes this music so cathartic and universal.
But just as unique as the sound is the way sound art is combined with vocals from the producer himself, singing in quasi-classical style, often using falsetto. His voice sounds ethereal and eerily angelic, like the wandering ghost of a dead church choir boy singing mournful, lyricless laments.
‘Āłmįģħŧŷ Đęįŧįęŝ Kįŝŝįŋģ’ was released a month ago as a single track, accompanied by poem about the inevitable perishableness of sparks of joy.
Quand les anges s’évanouissent Que les enfers se réjouissent Les dieux dans l’amour s’épanouissent Et de leurs baisers des lumières jaillissent Et soudain en un instant s’évanouissent Les fastes d’un bonheur, d’un délice Lorsque s’enfuit l’infini
When angels vanish
And the hells rejoice
Gods, in love, bloom
And from their kisses lights do spring
And suddenly vanish, in an instant
The splendors of a joyful flare, of a delight
When infinity flees
After a couple of reviews and blogposts, ‘Āłmįģħŧŷ Đęįŧįęŝ Kįŝŝįŋģ’ became ßęđŧīmĕ Šŧōŗĩėş‘ best listened track so far. This spontaneously resulted in a remix EP, with six remixes from various producers, especially from the witch house scene, where the producer is most involved. Where the original leans very much to the classical side, economical with drums and synths, the remixers bring in heavier and more rhythmic sounds. Most standing out are the subtle cinematic noise remix by witch-horror-noise experimentalist W H I † E, SEMICOLOŊ‘s two deliciously percussive psychedelic chill remixes and the avant-garde club flavoured “witch-grime” vibes from M-UGGR333.
This is a nice release by Cholazo Sound system (we covered their debut a couple of editions ago), duo from the north of Chile. These are some sexy cumbias, with a mix of proper stompers and more relaxed, more ambiental beats. Check out Pachakuti for that deep Andean, Natural, hypnotic feeling, while Inti Taita is a real hip shaker with nice sampling and a heaaaavy bassline 🙂
CUMBIATON REMIX ! TOTY STYLEE – LA EVOLUCION DEL DJ!
DJ Toty Stylee is back with a tastefully put together electro cumbia that is sure to get the dancefloor vibing. Great use is made of sampling, starting with accordeon and progressing to some crazy vocal chops, while layers of trappy cumbia beats complete the tune.
Territorio Comanche ft Puloy- Cumbia Resistencia Remixes
A couple of editions ago, we covered the original by Territorio Comanche featuring Puloy; here are the remixes, out now on KONN recordings. The EP boasts versions by El Buga & Zambo (groovy tropical bass with an nice, soft cumbiaton touch), Andrés Digital (his usual high octane cumbiaton, this is a tune!), Pigmalião (sick psychedelic cumbia here, this will drive you crazy!), and, last but not least, Mr Toé (with a awesome electro-cumbia remix that induces deep trance!). Check it out!
TropiKhongo – Mueve Ese Culo (Tribilin Sound Refix)
This remix by Tribilin Sound will get most batties literally moving. The main vocal sample is nicely mangled and chopped, and accompanied by a very groovy cumbiaton rhythm. One for the dancefloor!
Tekila Mariachis – No tengo Dinero (Killmanjarto remix)
Out on the 31st of May as another of the Amazing Cassete blog exclusives, Killmanjarto´s version of this great Balkanic cumbia has a very original feel, converting it into a more bass heavy, more electronic and more dubbed-out tune, all while retaining the ambience and guiros of the original. Be sure to check out the other, awesome non-cumbia versions by DJ Caution and Tangy bear 808.
Agrupación Illegal los Imparciales – Ni Chicha ni Limonada
This is a two hit wonder release by an amazing band from Buenos Aires, Argentina, featuring original chicha inspired, awe inspiring psychodelia on the first tune, ni chicha ni limonada. The second track, Cumbia con sabor, is a defty cumbia dub number with sprinkling of a trippy instruments including an awesome organ!
This month is very special to me as it is the proper start of summer, good parties and amazing festivals. This time of the year often for us musicians, djs and music lovers is a real bubble but sometimes we come across some big hangovers! Well here is the cure J Big up to Sonidos Enraizados from Colombia and the master Emilsen Pacheco. Superb work of art on the music and the video clip.
ATODAMADRE – Monday Cumbia
What to say the man is an idol in his barrio! A mad man in the parties and a wicked producer when it comes to cumbia beats! Once again he comes through with a heavy twisted roller! I really love the drum work on ATodaMadre´s tunes you can really feel the Junglist still at it 😉
Dengue Dengue Dengue – The Enemy (Enchufada)
It is summer and it seems like Dengue Dengue Dengue have been very busy this winter. Very obscure but splendid track from the duo! This is like another taster for their album which is coming out in no time on the all mighty Enchufada label. Some like it, some don’t, I LOVE IT! Proper set bashing sounds!
Radio Rebajado Mayo 2016 / Invitado: La Selva (Madrid)
I think this is the third time I include a show from Radio Rebajado mix but, this time, surprise! We are so thankful to have been hosted on this cultural monthly show by the Monterrey Gang! Always such a vibe during these shows and personally I love the proper northern Mexican accent these guys have! Thanks again and here you have a few unreleased tunes from myself and the main man Coconutah without of course forgetting the zoom zoom zen Kaygee man dem.
AsagiSaundo – Una Marinera
What do we have here then! Here is a lovely summer time original cumbia called Una Marinera. I love this type of cumbia which is not trying too hard to be digital but keeps an original vintage sound to it. On this particular one I think the guitars sound really well put together. Big ups !
Carmelo Torres y Los Toscos – El Chacho
Now this! It has been ages since I really had to sit down and listen over and over to a tune before I could properly figure out what is going on and carry on loving it more and more. I call them growers! Carmelo Torres here delivers a traditional cumbia sounding a little like “Los Gaiteros” but the post recording production is sooooooo tight. You can hear lots of added effects and dubby elements to this which blends perfectly with the original Cumbia sound. Absolutely love this work and recommend everyone to grab one or ten copies.
Carmelo Torres y Los Toscos – La Negra Tulia (Galletas Bailables)
And talking off the master here he comes again with this title La Negra Tulia. On one of my favorite labels in the world “Galletas Calientes records” I also recommend you go run get yourself a copy of this original piece of history. Big up el señor Mathias and all the crew for their works.
Mina – Kabala (Enchufada)
To finish of this month´s selection from myself, I wanted to bring something original and out of this world. A very tropical orientated Ep out on Enchufada from an artist called Mina. Lovely production and a true underground Uk sound through both tunes. I personally really dig a lot the steel pan drums on Pineapples & Qumquat real Caribbean feeling for us to enjoy during this warm summer!
Nicola Cruz – Cocha Runa (Chancha Via Circuito Remix) (ZZK Records)
What a great surprise when I found a link for this wonderful Remix album of Nicola Cruz’s ‘Prender el Alma’ in my mailbox. Thanks ZZK Records !!! With so many great artists involved in the project (History of Colour, Montoya, Umoja, Chancha Via Circuito , Captain Planet, Siete Catorce, ….and the list goes on), this was looking tasty; so if you still haven’t listened to it, get on it because it’s wonderful. All the remixes bring a new vibe to each tune, but I have to say that Chancha’s remix of ‘Cocha Runa’ just hits the spot; enjoy !
New sounds from Eduardo Zambrano (also known as Lascivio Bohemia in his other project) to be released on the great Chilean ‘Regional Label’ next week. The texture of his sounds are amazing, and really original; I really enjoy the kind of broken beats he uses; and these crunchy basslines are just lovely !!! I really look forward to hear the whole thing.
Señor Chancho – Danzajala (Cassette Blog)
Talking about Regional Label above, here’s one of their master minds’ latest EPs: Señor Chancho ‘Ensalada de Fruta’, released on Cassette Blog a week or so ago. The opening track, ‘Danzajala’ is a banger ! That potent synth and beat just hit the dancefloor, with more organic sounds coming in and out to create a great fruity atmosphere. I’m lovin’ that salad ! Make sure you check out the 3 other tracks of the EP, with one of them featuring our good friend DJ Nirso.
Derrok – Tribal (AKUMANDRA)
So I hadn’t heard anything from Derrok in a few months, and recently had the pleasure of seeing new tunes & mixes pop up everywhere ! Here he is with a brand new EP: ‘Tribal’. It’s exactly what it says on the box: proper tribal business ! Slow building atmospheres, creating mystical environments in which the chants and the instruments he uses bring you to close your eyes and travel. I’m a big fan of these long tunes, which have time to develop slowly but surely, and catch you on the way. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the journey !
John Montoya – Cumbia De Piedra (Derrok Remix)
I told you Derrok was everywhere at the moment ! And it’s great to see. Here’s a wicked remix he did of John Montoya’s big big tune ‘Cumbia de Piedra’. He kept the whole vibe of the tune, and nicely added his own ‘housey’ touch and drums to it, enhacing the progression of the journey ! Sounds wicked !
SidiRum & Barda – Los Sueños (Frente Bolivarista)
I had read somewhere that Barda was preparing something sweeeet with SidiRum a few weeks back, and here it is, another wicked joint EP: ‘Los Sueños’, released on Frente Bolivarista. I personally love both of these producers, and really enjoy hearing their sounds meet into projects like this one. Here’s their description of the the album: “ ‘Los Sueños’ presents at first an experimental narrative and slowly you feel the residual spaces being heated by the rhythms until the climax where the listener is invited to a more primitive and tribal electronic.” You can enjoy both Pt 1 & Pt 2 which are beautiful, and 3 other added delights with remixes by Dandara, Barrio Lindo & Pigmalião.
And while we’re talking about these guys, make sure you check out this new compilation which includes great tunes, amongst others, by SidiRum and Barrio Lindo (with a Don Plok bonus track at the end)
Volume 6 of the ArabTronix series takes in a heavy dose of R’N’B slow jamz from Arabia, North Africa, Turkey and includes some vintage American cutz from Aaliyah who sampled a many Middle Eastern classic.
Another dark broody and haunting Tribal track from Zhe, an artist with heaps of substance and credibility and her sounds 100% match up to that. Here’s what she says about it, this is deeep man in more ways than one:
“In a temporal nature, where everything is frozen, first you’ll see is that connection between things that do not exist. . .
But if you start to feel that desperate situation of distance, loneliness and absurd, like for real, than you will start to feel that deep inside you exists Delhi Dance. Because Delhi Dance is a contact, connection, sense, meaning and beauty, it’s in your heart and you’ll be able to dance it only if you are doing it with the whole world around you, in that unique, first and in the same time last moment. You need to be present. The most important thing is to be here and now, connected.
This track is my dance
P.S. “Delhi Dance” is my favorite play of Ivan Vyrypaev, russian playwright, screenwriter, film director and actor. You can watch it in film, too.”