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In Serbia, there is a custom of firing manual weapons in the air as a gesture of extreme happiness – like birth of a child or marriage.
These weapaons can be guns, pistols or machine guns – AK-47 is quite common in Serbia because one version of that weapon is actually made in Serbia.
So Neki took that machine gun sample and played it at every gig either as Neki or ShazaLaKazoo – in his moments of extreme happiness. After he had used the sample a billion of times live – he decided to pay tribute to that sample and made a track around it – with synths and snares resembling it and this is it.
Featuring remixes by America’s Bad Ass Bass Guru Banginclude and a South African Post-Apocalyptic banger by Maramza.
“The AK-47 (also known as the Kalashnikov, AK, or in Russian slang, Kalash) is a selective-fire (semi-automatic and automatic), gas-operated 7.62×39mm assault rifle, developed in the Soviet Union by Mikhail Kalashnikov.
In the U.S. and Western Europe the AK-47 is stereotypically regarded as the weapon of choice of insurgents, gangsters and terrorists. Conversely, throughout the developing world, the AK-47 can be positively attributed with revolutionaries against foreign occupation, imperialism, or colonialism.
It is believed that AK-47s have caused more deaths than artillery fire, airstrikes and rocket attacks combined. An estimated quarter of a million people are gunned down by bullets from Kalashnikovs every year.”
Neki is no stranger to Generation Bass, as well as being one of our frequent bloggers on all things Balkan Bass; he has had a personal link to UMB for coming up to 10 years now from their association with Balkan Bass giants Shazalakazoo.
Apart from Shazalakazoo, Neki has made quite a name for himself as a producer in the bass scene following his forays into Moombahton, Zouk and many other bass genres, now finding himself sitting pretty and high above the pack for his innovative and unique takes on these genres.
The world needs more Neki!
We’ve been digging South African beat merchant Maramza for quite a while too. Coming to our attention back in 2010 with his “Richard the Third” dubstep material which stood up in terms of high quality. Latterly he has been making a huge name for himself in the Gqom scene.
Maramza is the tapeworm inside your head, straight out of South Africa, a producer of global future bass music.
Beginning his life as Richard the Third over a decade ago producing hip-hop for the likes of Hymphatic Thabs, the late Mischif, Tumi Molekane and plenty more, then going on to be an indie-electro and dubstep DJ playing around SA at clubs like Tokyo Star in Melville and Discoteque at the Assembly, his view of music was drastically changed when he began working with Spoek Mathambo, producing his debut album and touring with him around the world.
Maramza is Richard’s Tyler Durden, pushing him away from his serious underground roots to f*$k with the more hype kwaai sounds of Mzansi bass, gqom and hip-hop.
The results are a mashup of the two worlds, and has seen him release music through Bombaada and Naas, collaborate with artists such as the lovely Moonchild and remix the likes of PHfat, Sibot, Riky Rick and Okmulumkoolkat. His sets mirror his production ethos, a throw-down of bass, hip-hop and house, with a distinctly kwaai sound.
In terms of the remix he did for this release, Maramza says:
“….the deep voice and machine gun samples just got me in an apocalyptic mood. Also I’ve been playing Fallout 4 and thinking a lot about the crumbling of civilisation and how the sooner it happens, the better, even though it will be violent. Musically I’ve been listening to a lot of the darker Gqom, the less melodic stuff, as well as old 90’s industrial music and it all just ended up meshed into one.”
Banginclude is America’s Bad Ass Bass Guru!
He has had a long Generation Bass connection too stretching back to our New Wave of Moombahton compilation back in 2011 when he contributed a track that stood out amongst the sea of mediocre material around at that time. He has gone on from strength to strength and really found his footing with his experimentations into the Tarraxo genre and all its various offspring’s.
He creates Big Room Bad Ass Bass and soon he’ll be taking over America first and then the rest of the world!