A man from Hungary has just opened MySpace account and uploaded his new remix EP there!!!
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Here we go with March´s Sexy Saturday Cumbia selection. Summer is coming and there are millions of tropical cumbialistic goodies about. Here is this month´s finest – we hope you enjoy:
The Silly Tang selected:
Baja Frequencia – Que Calor
So this month I had to start my selection with this 100% HIT! From start to finish, this piece of music is pure dancefloor attitude and warmth!!! QUE CALOR!!!???
I have to say my good friends Baja Frequencia sent me this on a preview and I had the pleasure of rinsing it out on many dancefloors and oh my god, when that juke madness kicks in people go nutsoid! No joke! This production is getting Baja Frequencia onto bigger platforms and this hit is coming out on a double sided 7inch press on the all mighty Chinese man records.
SUPERSAN ft. Princesa – Musica Del Barrio
One of the best Djs I have ever seen out (in Goulash disko festival) and a truely nice person have come in combination between Panama Cardoon (Carnibal) and Mister Kentro (Balkan Riddims). The whole album is called “Half man, Half Clap” and is full of wonder, all recorded across various parts of the world. This particular track is probably the most cumbia orientated one hence why I chose it. A wicked featuring with a singer called Princesa this is for me THE summer hit J
Massive Attack – Teardrop (Tribilin Sound Remix)
Hit after hit I´m telling ya! We can definitely see that spring has arrived as all the major and minor cumbia producers are bringing the big guns they have been cooking for us all summer. I think every single post I have made in this blog has contained a track by the teacher aka the Tribilin Sound! This particular remix of his went straight to my heart, being from Bristol this anthem has had a lot of impact within the music panorama in our home city. Also I really love the way this is a pure cumbia but still as so much texture, put the volume up listen to this thin crackle, the heavy bass mid that comes in at the beginning, LISTEN TO IT J enjoy guys!
Sonora Machaca – Señora Mamacha (Regional Label)
Now for the first Ep of this month, I present to you the trio Sonora Machaca, the name itself it a hit J This Ep out on the world famous Regional label was cooked by Lufo (Bass), Qechuaboi (Rythm) y Rolo (melodies). I totally recommend, at first listen in the morning for pure energetic effect, the track titled “Ayahuasker”. Pure acid madness rince out. Really really love this Ep big ups J
A M A M B A Y 100 000 – El Leones
This producer has been very very consistent in bringing clean, quality and interesting cumbia rythms. On this particular track he has brought a lot of people to work together, here is the list of participants: Worked in the Studios Lauzanette, In France, music written by : AMAMBAY 100 000, lyrics: El Fino / Eskina Qom. Many of a time a I do not get to meet the people I publish on this blog, but this time Amambay 100 000 will be in Europe from May and hopefully we will be able to hear those lovely horns live in our radios how J
Ambivalent – R U OK (Kraut’s Minimal Cumbia Version)
Still carrying on with the big guns I have chosen to publish this track because I think the simplicity but the curves on this stems are amazing. I had never come across a Kraut track that had these cumbia fills but I have to say I love it. The very slowed down vocal also adds a lil “rebajado effect” which always hits my inside J Very nice track for a opening tune or maybe a dark after party 😉
Thornato – El Oro De La Tolita feat. Grupo Taribo (Wonderwheel Recordings)
One of the biggest players in the game has brought out his musical genius to us once again. I have been a fan of Thornato for years and always loved his work. When I heard he was bringing new material I got very excited and now I cannot stop playing it out or in my home all the time. I think he has really grasped the struggle sound that makes this music so beautiful. In Madrid here we sometimes say that my hermano el Coconutah is the Marimba king, but here he is getting some challenges by the Thornato. Very very big track indeed for everyone to enjoy J
Sunka – Colombian Party (Galletas Calientes Rec.)
So Who Knows about the big mighty producer SUNKA now? Who knows about Galletas Calientes? Well I do and you all should to by now! I have posted a preview last month so I wont say to much on this apart from, run go tell your friends.
Kazike en Estado de trance – cumbia de la buena para Conspiraciones tropicales en la 88.6 fm.
This is an honour, a privilege and of course a pleasure to present this mixtape to you guys. I have a lot to say about this mixtape as it has a lot of angles to be covered. First of all the man behind it is my cumbia teacher. Yes you heard right, before meeting Kazike en Estado de Trance about 6 years ago now I had no idea what cumbia was. So imagine my excitement when he recorded this mix to present different types of cumbias to us. Now then to talk about our posse, crew called Conspiraciones Tropicales. We have started to run a weekly show on every Friday from 21h till 22h. You can get logged in at 88.6 FM. You will hear a lot of quality music and projects from all of us down here in the wild Madrid city.
Dj Guaguis (Ali Gua Gua) – FOREVER ALONE
Now now now J A Mexican female producer I have never come across but that I really like. The beat production is amazing and I thought I would post a little something of her works. It seems like she is very female orientated which I believe is a must in the cumbia and all musical world. You can hear a very deep cumbia production with hints of electro resonating in your ears. The vocal is pure protest and romance which I believe is a pure cumbia combo 😉 Big ups Dj Guaguis!
El Cifickzer- Kumbia Impresionante (Rebajado Mx)
Mr El Cifickzer and Rebajado mix did you say? Well it seems this way! So here it is this cumbia producer -who I love the simplicity of – is bringing us a very very dark cumbia with hints of murder, blood and satan J A very basic selection for all your sunny summer sets J No honestly this track has a lot of dark vibes and me like it.
Cerrero feat. Lucía Pulido – Pedacito de esperanza (Nicola Cruz remix) (llorona records)
WAOW ! Nicola Cruz strikes again. This is an absolute tuuuune ! It has a catchy deep & dense bassline with a relatively minimal but potent beat all brought together with Lucía Pulido’s chant !!! And that flute/gaita just hits the spot ! This tune has been on repeat for the past 8 days, and will stay as so for a good while.
(P.S: check out his soundcloud, where he’s dropped some very sweeeeet previews of forthcoming releases)
Mr Toé Feat Bima Inuma. – NOSOTROS
We move on straight into another journey, but this time in the hands of Mr Toé. I always love his work, and he has once more shown his skills. He has a very ritualistic and repetitive approach, which brings in a slow trance feeling, bringing you right into the middle of the jungle with all these lovely atmospheres.
AUMA – A Thing Called Cumbia (Edmoon Records)
We’ll stay into the deep vibes and travel with Edmoon Record’s forthcoming new release: AUMA.
“AUMA is mestizaje, is water and oil, is traditional ecuadorian music and strange sounds of the future.” This track is a preview single of his upcoming debut album, to be released in april, leaving us eager to hear the rest.
ElPeche – Rosas Bandidas (Pigmalião Remix) (Tropical Twista Records)
We’re moving towards a slightly more electronic and dancefloor approach to today’s scene, and this is a great example of how well it can work. It’s part of an ElPeche remix EP that has just been released on Tropical Twista Records, and Pigmalião has really managed to fuse his imprint into an already incredible tune.
Álvaro Llerena Martínez – Vaca Paria (Rafael Aragón Remix) [Premiere THUMP]
And while we’re on the dancefloor, let’s keep on skanking with this great remix by our beloved friend: Rafael Aragon ! We’ve all heard him rinse out dancefloors with this massive build up for a good while now, and I never get bored of it. You can finally enjoy it at home, with an exclusive première on THUMP.
Lagartijeando – Antofagasta de la Sierra (El Búho’s Diurnal Remix) (WONDERWHEEL Recordings)
Another great release on Wonderwheel Recs.; this label has been dropping some great material recently and it looks like there’s loads more to come. This one is a remix of one of Lagartijeando’s tracks from his forthcoming album by the one and only El Búho and as always, he ‘s nailed it. It’s a really atmospheric yet rhythmical tune, with really pure and crispy sounds; I love it !!!
Felipe Granda – Janaxpacha (Canal Dub)
The journeys don’t stop this month ! This track is part of an incredible 2 part compilation, which you can download and enjoy for free thanks to Canal Dub !!! Absolute big ups for these compilations, which always bring out new and different rhythms & sounds from all over the place, and have brought to me many new artists who I didn’t know (thank you!). For example: Felipe Granda, with this track. We enter a darker side of things, with a crunchy and profound vibe, echoed & synthed out to psych-up the whole thing beautifully.
Barrio Lindo Feat. Lulacruza (Shika Shika)
Make sure you click on the above link and enjoy this premiere of Barrio Lindo’s forthcoming album on the all mighty label Shika Shika, featuring the wonderful Lulacruza for this track. Keep your ears out for the whole thing, it will be dropping in digital format on April 6th, followed by a limited Vinyl edition.
Quantic & Nidia Gongora – Que me duele ? (Tru Thoughts Records)
Aie aie aie ! Pero que me duele ? When my sister sent the link of this tune after it just showed up on the web, my day started with a full buzz of sunshine and positive energy, and I’m sure a lot of you here with enjoy this bit of curulao! The vocal is stunning, the rhythm is insane, the marimba is next level: It has it all !!! This is our first taste of what’s to come on Quantic’s forthcoming album, and it’s looking great.
Pata De Perro – Live @ TBF2016
For those who like a bit of live business, here’s an extract of Pata de Perro’s performance last year. A wonderful mixture of afro-caribbean sounds with a lovely dose of dubbed out effects, synths and guitars.
La Dame Blanche – Dos Caras (feat. Celso Piña & Serko Fu)
So this one was a great surprise for me. It’s not usually the type of rhythm and vocals that do it for me, but I don’t know if it’s Celso Piña’s dubbed out accordion that did it or what, but it’s FAT !
Polymiller- Cumbia Vocoder
And while you’re on youtube, you must check this spaced out disco cumbia business; just enjoy the experience.
Yo soy la Cumbia – Teaser – Documental
Here’s another great insight into Cumbia for us to look forward to, with an hour long documentary, which will be brought to us by YO SOY LA CUMBIA.
Nicola Cruz – Danza De Vision (Multi Culti )
Another tune from Nicola in this month´s edition, I know. However this one is a tasty flute based groovy cumbia – Im sure it sounds banging on the dancefloor! The lovely flute riffs are complemented by a pulsing cumbia rhythm that makes great use of percussion to get the flow going. Check it out!
Jin Yerei – Vos Solo (El Remolon Remix) (Fertil Discos)
Part of Jin Yerei´s “Foráneo, Cálido, Pasmoso” remixes (part 1) that features versions from Barda, San Ignacio, dj DJ Karen, and Camanchaca (amongst others), this version of vos solo by El Remolon is a great electro cumbia re-dub of the original that will really get you travelling. Light and airy highs and pounding percussion accompany the arpeggiated synth beautifully, while added synths add to the psychedelic atmospheres. This tune, as well as the rest of the album, is amazing!
Jin Yerei – Introspection (Cha.Cho Remix) (Fertil Discos)
So here we go with part two, with killer tunes by another selection of awesome artists from around the globe. Here is Cha.Cho´s of Yin Jerei´s “Introspection”, a deep tribal affair better enjoyed at high volumes and in an inebriated state. Trippy, squelchy synths and syncopated percussion ride rolling high hats; this is fat! Big up to all artists involved.
Baru – The white elephant
Travel to a very deep, dark place where the sun is just about to rise with Baru´s white elephant. Didjeridoo, Balafons, and organic percussion create a lovely melodic layer that contrasts with an awesome “underwater” feel. Sexy cumbia beats pulsing underneath round it all off nicely to create a great atmospheric track.
Tropikore – Pa bailala en kimono (Feat. Rocko Akordeon & CBass) (Le Ronca Records)
Here is a killer dancefloor cumbia by Tropikore featuring Rocko Akordeon & CBass. This will rock any party with a fat cumbia techno vibe, some distorted, cut up vocals, some dirty mid range growls and wobbles, and a huge sub bassline! Check it out!
Pico Gallo – We Cum In Piss Drownnwu -ściągać, pobierać !!!
Dark and disturbing vibes here by Polish producer Pico Gallo. “We cum in piss” is a take on the famous sample from Mars attack, complete with an original, rolling cumbia beat, and some extraterrestrial synths and basslines. It certainly sounds like Alien abduction – come and ride the spaceship!
Saludos a todos, and see you next month for more delicious sounds !!!
More than 2 full months into 2k17 now and there are still tons of essential releases that cannot be left unblogged on Generation Bass. The stuff that has come out in the last months of 2k16 belong to the year’s best releases and give most insight in where stuff will move towards from now. See this much belated post as a springboard into the music landscape that is taking shape right now.
Abyss X is my favourite artist at the moment and opening the Pantropical night in Rotterdam with her on the lineup has been the best experience of the year so far. Her intense, confrontational and consciously disorienting approach to music has resulted in two equally groundbreaking releases in 2016. The first, ‘Mouthed‘ was released by last year’s tone setter, Rabit‘s Halcyon Veil, followed about a month later by ‘Nüshu’, on the forward looking Mexican-Canadian label Infinite Machine. In a way only parallelled by Elysia Crampton and very few others, Abyss X evokes a very unique spectrum of emotions and experiences. By fusing elements from ambient, techno, traditional folk, industrial, noise, metal and opera as well as pop references and afro-Latin bass rhythms, she shows a peek into a future after the wave of cybernetic and deconstructed club music as we know it. In this respect, she is definitely one of the most important artists to watch this year.
Involved in the Dutch vogue scene as well as in Shanghai’s budding club underground around pioneer tastemaker Tavi Lee (who also made the design) and Berlin Community Radio’s Incubator programme, the Berlin based Chinese producer RUI HO is a known name in many cornerst of the music world. Ru Meng Ling is their first release on the Shanghai based Genome 6.66 Mbp label. ‘Ru Meng Ling’, based on a poem by the influential female Chinese poet Li Qingzhao, articulates non-binary identity in the context of the internet, virtual identity building and Chinese cultural heritage with an energetic blend of distorted polyrhythmic beats, bell percussion and a cyberpunk flavoured high octane drive. Tho complete the EP, Why Be delivers an even rougher remix that zooms in on all the individual elements of the original like a magnifying glass and twists them into a psychedelic, intensified experience.
3. TRENDY PACK 1 (TRENDY DECAY)
When this compilation first appeared on my Soundcloud feed, I’d never heard of TRENDY DECAY, a collective created by LUNARIOS, RULES & BOY. Unfortunately, because they’ve been active for a while now, bringing a unique blend of dark, emotional RnB melodies and vocals, deconstructed afro-Latin club rhythms and powerful black metal & gothic aesthetics. Closely involved with the Bala Club crew, where LUNARIOS released the mighty ‘ENTRA EP‘ (another essential release we slept on), this compilation brings together some of the most on point producers of this moment, including Merca Bae, Kamixlo, WWWINGS, Swan Meat, Coucou Chloe and Santa Muerte. Even though they are involved in the new wave club movement and are making deconstructed hybrids of some sort, the sound explored here 1 is notably distinct from the cybernetic club formula. TRENDY PACK 1 sounds like the first in a row of compilations, which I’m convinced will guide the way into the sound of 2k17.
One of the most intriguing developments that have occurred in the avant-garde of the new wave club movement is that not just the boundaries between individual genres have become fluid, or the boundaries between umbrella categories such as ‘electronic’, ‘club’ or ‘experimental’ music, but even the boundaries between the ultimate decried conservatory binary of ‘light music’ and ‘modern classical music’. This scene has been bringing together sounds from worldwide local club undergrounds or from bedroom rappers and producers, to be experienced in clubs or via cellphone speakers, with conceptual, experimental audio art, suitable for classical concert halls. This materialisation of Adam Harper’s vision outlined in his fundamental work ‘Infinite Music: Imagining the Next Milennium of Human Music Making‘ has confronted us as a blog with a number of fundamental questions. What are the criteria we use to select music? What is the meaning of terms such as ‘club’, ‘bass’, ‘dance’, ‘global’ etc.? Isn’t finding our way through our existence in the context of accelerating technology and the corresponding social, political and cultural circumstances not what binds music together across all the different areas where music is being pushed forward?
Strikingly, Eaves’ background reflection to his album, or in fact, full blown classical concert piece – “if reality mimics our ominous, fictional projections of the future, it’s clear that our current systems aren’t resisting as much as they should be” – comes strikingly close to the description of my own mixtape, published almost two years ago now. Apparently, the line from underground dance music expressions from different corners of the world, cybernetic club deconstruction and conceptual sound compositions destined to shake up the modern-classical world is a very obvious one. This is strikingly visible in Eaves’ own work. While conceptual and experimental from the start, it leaned towards clubbier vibes on the EP ‘HUE‘, moving a more into more abstract territory on ‘GORILLA‘ while reaching full abstract epiphany with ‘Verloren’. ‘Verloren’ (German/Dutch for ‘Lost’) is an overwhelming, emotionally exhausting journey that moves through desolate, ruined worlds, painted with layers of wide ambient scapes, fragile melodies, menacing bass sounds, explosive abstract beats, haunting vocal samples and transcendental choir chants. Together with the work of musicians like Chino Amobi or Elysia Crampton, I am convinced that ‘Verloren’ will be looked back at as the most essential music created in our times.
Like Eaves, many more producers are on the same road of experimental club abstraction and cyber deconstruction towards conceptual sound art, each in their own way. Swan Meat is one of the most promising examples. It is remarkable how quickly, and seemingly out of the blue, new talents can appear into view. When I heard her set at c a r e #4 I was completely overwhelmed. Her relentless, complex blend of menacing atmospheres, warped pop references, poetic vocals straight out of the uncanny valley, abstract hardcore inspired beats, and the raging energy of metal, keeps intriguing, constantly switching between minimalism and maximalism, abstraction and rhythmical groove.
After a number of promising mixtapes and tracks on compilations for platforms including Classical Trax‘ side-label JEROME, Shanghai’s Genome 6.66 Mbp and the activist initiative Co-Op, Bounty is her official debut, released via the Paris based avant-garde multimedia platform Permalink and premiered via Thump. She told Thump, about the background leading up to the EP. ‘Bounty’, which deals with issues of embodyment, is the condensation of the alternate forms of embodyment in poetry and sound that helped the producer climb out of her struggle with bulimia nervosa. Her characteristic sound, created with self-build plugins and game samples, is accompanied by a gripping design from the Hungarian forward looking art genius Gergö Kovacs.
The Uruguayan SALVIATEK label, started by Lechuga Zafiro & Pobvio, keeps occupying a peculiar space on the map of interconnected music scenes. They are operating mostly in the corner of the new wave club avant-garde, yet their sound is refreshingly different than most of what’s going around in that scene. The rhythmical structures are percussive, less abstract polyrhythms and seem much more focused on reinterpreting indigenous and Afro-Uruguayan heritage than on deconstruction and abstraction. Yet, where the South American part of the old global bass movement, think about labels as ZZK or Frente Bolivarista, is commonly characterised by a romantic representation of nature and ancestrality, reflected in organically flavoured (pseudo)acoustic sounds, SALVIATEK is the exact opposite. Somewhat resembling the philosophies of Eco Futurism Corp or Xenopunk, SALVIATEK’s vision is about breaking down the binary between nature and technology. In their own words:
“What happens when an AI learns from nature and decides to imitate it in order to survive? In a probable future, the limit between nature and technology is no longer definable. CPU’s control the jungle, birds are cameras and roots are circuits. The world has been taken by the technologic jungle and this system dominate all other species, including humans. By night, when the Salviatek flows in the techno-organisms and metallic chlorophyl does the audio-synthesis, the survivors dance to this biorhythms from their underground hiding.”
‘Hélices’ is the debut of SALVIATEK’s freshest addition, the Brazilian avant-garde producer Superfície, whose minimalistic, percussive ambient style is created from abstracted rhythmical structures of genres like baile funk, vogue and dembow. With these elements, ‘Hélices’ paints conceptual, sci-fi ambiances that bring to mind images of complex, artificial lifeforms, digitised indigenous knowledge and the diffusion of high-tech beyond the asphalted road network. The EP is completed by two more energetic, club-ready remixes by foozool and umurmurum.
Last month, the ‘future tarraxo‘ microgenre tured 3 years of age. Evolving mainly out of Bison‘s mellow, melodic approach to the tarraxinha genre, it took off full force with ‘Odyssey of the Mind‘, in my view the best thing ever released on our own Generation Bass label, where Bison teamed up with Miguel Afonso a.k.a. Squareffekt. It would be the beginning of a successful formula, pushed by influential platforms like Enchufada, Thump and Boiler Room.
Coming out of a period of silence and reorientation, they are working on a substantial comeback this year, finding themselves in a thoroughly post-global bass world, where both sci-fi sounds and afrodiasporic rhythms reign supreme in both avant-garde and mainstream, but where most pre-2015-style microgenres have evaporated into the digital air. ‘Distant Planets’, casually referring to the frequent popular excitement about NASA’s discovery of new exoplanets, is their first release that is entirely uptempo. The 2-track mini-EP still carries the characteristic 80s space-age melancholy that made them unique, yet with a more energetic, even heavy undertone. ‘Cosmic Fellings’ is a destructive afrohouse track, keeping ambiguous whether ‘fellings’ refers to natural processes or to the ruination by humans or other intelligent civilisations. ‘Distant Planets’ is a Mexican-style 3ball tune that brings out the desolate dramatism and gripping coldness of outer space worlds. With astroid mining and a new space era gradually unfolding in the course of this century, I view the EP as a commentary on the issues of exploration and colonial destruction translated to the context of space travel. Political space music for the 21st century.
8. Club Chai Vol. 1 (CLUB CHAI)
Club Chai is an Oakland based initiative by foozool and 8ULENTINA, with a recurring party and a show on London’s influential Radar Radio, focused on diasporic narratives, women and trans artists, DJs and producers. Their blend of mainly RnB, dancehall, club sounds in the broadest sense and non-Western pop and traditional music, pushed on the club nights and in the shows has now resulted into the first, exciting compilation that brings together artists from many different corners of the music scene, including Generation Bass’ cumbia favourite Turbo Sonidero, SALVIATEK’s Lechuga Zafiro, Manchester’s DJ Florentino and Bala Club affiliate Organ Tapes, alongside many other artists worth checking out, never before blogged on Generation Bass such as The Creatrix. Musically too, the spectrum covered on this compilation goes way beyond what’s usually seen in the club avant-garde, extending into salsa, techno and acoustic guitar songs. This refreshing diversity combined with cultural and political substance makes Club Chai a very important frontrunner for 2017.
I’ve been a fan of both GIL’s energetic dancehall, kizomba & dembow inflused club tracks and Aisha Devi‘s Danse Noire label, where I heard eye-opening dark flavoured experimental blends of abstract industrial, hardcore, grime & ambient for the first time. Coming from a sound that could come surprisingly close to global bass, GIL has notably moved towards darker experimental sound in his more recent productions. This exploration is now crowned with a release on Danse Noire. ‘Orchids and Wasps’ combines relentless distorted drums, noisy dystopian soundscapes and haunting vocal samples, with GIL’s passion for afro-latin club flavours and polyrhythms.
I’ve been following Eco Futurism Corp for quite a while already, and even thoughI never came so far to blog any of it here on Generation Bass, I’m really stoked about ever more artists emerging from this movement such as Tropical Interface, SHYQA, HERBARIUM and now ZRDZM (ZRD) who debuted via Eco Futurism Corp subsidiary Bio Future Laboratory. Especially with the rise of cosmic horror aesthetics, this EP is fundamental. ‘XX’ touches upon many crucial aspects of today’s exponential age, from immortality and artificial life to high-energy experimental physics as well as the Lovecraftian horroresque awe that surround these matters. ZRDZM’s style is best placed in the conceptual sci-fi ambient corner, with long stretched soundscapes, thoroughly abstracted, suggestive rhythmical elements and lots of cinematic samples that construct a lively, almost interactive videogame-like experience. And the worlds painted are as dark, alienating and overwhelming as the future we may have ahead.
11. OO-B – ÁFRICA, ENCANTADA
Together with Abyss X, the Montpellier based producer OO-B is one of the most unique artists I’ve got to know lately. A producer and rapper with a background in grime, he stands out, both sound-wise and aesthetically, from most of what’s going on in the scenes working with forward-looking club and bass music. Where most of his older work is clearly grime, with ‘África, encantada’ (Spanish for: “Africa, nice to meet you” as well as “enchanted Africa”), he moves into experimental club & music, which seems to draw from genres including grime, vogue, afrohouse, kizomba, deep ambient, new wave club and hiphop, yet it doesn’t sound at all like the sounds going around in either the new wave club or the global bass related scenes. The sound is melodic, melancholic, percussive and somewhat mysterious, yet fascinatingly uncategorisable on any possible level. With this self-released EP, OO-B shows that it is still possible to make music independently of dominant movements, approaches and formulas.
12. Katasonix – ()
From the depths of the internet, where meme charming chaos magicians and occult cyber clairvoyants are initiated in the secret principles behind the forces that govern our information based reality, hails the enigmatic soundcloud channel Katasonix, named after Kode9‘s first label name. The Kode9 reference goes further, especially his involvement with the with Nick Land’s mysterious Cybernetic Culture Research Unit, as the title names are all drawn from ccru’s Pandemonium.
The tracks themselves are complex patterns, constructed from analog synth recordings, that sound like a language. They leave the gut feeling that they carry a hidden message to decipher. I leave the interpretation to the listener. Yet I am convinced that this whole new way of treating patterns in sound, free from intuitively human ways of processing music, while intriguing enough to listen and enjoy, will open many new oportunities for music making in the near future.
Artwork by Ze Archnouf
So how are we all doing in this cold month of February? Probably freezing for some of you, but don’t worry, we have a nice & varied cumbia selection to warm you up !
SILLY TANG Selected:
To start this month I couldn’t have published anything else than this unbelievable acoustic video of Kumbia Boruka. I love the energy and vibes coming of this, I do feel like we miss some original cumbia bands such as this one and it seems like France has been the country many have based themselves in. Lovely, freezing bit of cumbia here, which honestly will make you melt! That trumpet! Come on! Pure love for this!
Now this is another real heart warmer but this one is a little hotter on the chillies! Once again Galletas Calientes comes back with an amazing release. This is the first single from Sunka album “Colombian Party”, released March 27 2017 on Galletas Calientes Records, featuriing Mc Jhon Pri (Systema Solar) & Marlen Obregón (Afrotumbao / La Mojarra Eléctrica). I have to say the production is so so tight! These heavy kicks followed by an unreal bassline and then the modern finish with those real subtle mid bass added in! I cannot wait for the whole project to come together because this is going to be off the roof! I´m sure they will be pre-releases appearing soon!
Just very quickly, but it had to be mentioned, this amazing live video where you can see the whole power of one of our favourite bands! Sidi Wacho coming to take over the world !
Hello to some quality tripped out world, with this track from El Peche. Honestly, this is some pure deep down production here. I have to say I have played this track on and on and I still find lots of new added surprises in the mix down. The fusion between these really electronic sounding beats and the Amazonian vocals is just so on point. And then this big fat bassline comes in and all you can do is brok-out hard! Very big tune, which you can grab from his bandcamp.
Here´s a nice mashup now! I was basically wondering through the internet, when I found myself cruising my whole lounge, dancing at one point and looked down and here it was, the mashup that you are hearing now. It’s from a producer from Mexico called Enrikisimo; it’s a great refix of a Campirana cumbia and the rapper called Comprendes Mendez and a little bit from a Uk band at the end which I cannot remember the name !
Sumohair always surprises me and I think that’s why I love his music so much. The ideas coming out of this producer´s brain are excellent and always brings me summer before its time ! So once again, Sumo Hair has smashed the granny out of this track, very subtle bassline on a subtle beat, with amazing vocals and this very addictive liquid mid which makes the whole sound very aquatic.
Ok ok, so I have to admit normally the slower part of this genre is excellent but not my priority to represent on here as my partners do an amazing job at it already. On this particular track I just got hooked at the beginning by its very continuous bassline and guitar groove. Only these two things! I promise to god! I have hooked my brain on it, so you can imagine, that when the flutes kicked in and the bassline doubled I just went mental. Very clean and dark track, coming from JAJA as a remix for the great Nicola Cruz.
Now onto the big boys with this one killer album from the all mighty Oscilador Bass directly outta Mexico! What can I say this album titled “Native” is a proper piece of artwork. The production is very very tight as always from him, the vocals and textures make you think you are actually within the Amazon forest and the artwork concludes this album by being a great piece of Cumbia history!
And when I said now with the big boys I didn’t mean only Oscilador! Here’s one of my all-time favourite producers for many reasons! First of all I think his sound are very futuristic and groovy for the cumbia genre, secondly because he is a truly real nice dude and finally because he lives in Britanny where I´m sure it is not the most tropical weather !
This track came out to help a great project, of which I will now talk about:
So this is something I do not really do, publishing my own work but this time it is to present this amazing idea by Fertil discos records and Folcore records. Please listen to the track but pay more attention to this:
Here is a sample of what we can make. Help us make history by reversioning the work of the Argentine musicologist, Leda Valladares, in a double-vinyl phonographic edition that will take you across the sound universe of ‘canto con caja’ from the Andean highlands to the electronic music perspective, through covers and remixes by featured producers and singers of the Iberoamerican scene such as Chancha Via Circuito, El Remolon, Tremor, Tonolec, Intiche, King Coya, Soema Montenegro, Miriam Garcia, Qechuaboi, Cherman, Nixtamal, Doma Tornados, among others.
Oh hello! Did you say cumbia? Did you say Dub? Well here I am then ! This mix is from the well-known Bombombum, and is true pleasure to the ears; trust me daddy! I do not know what this artist uses for his mixtapes but honestly they just flow out of his hands and into my ears. He has now released a couple of them in the last month so I present to you this one but go check his soundcloud for more delights!
Here´s another player in the game I would love to meet up as he seems to be a proper legend! Here’s a mixtape from Secta Selectah for our great friends from Radio Rebajado. I have been rinsing this mix for the last couple of weeks and I can truly say it’s a grower! At the beginning it sounded nice but nothing special but then after many listens now I can testify it is pure fayah!
And to finish this month I wanted to ask our readers: Who knows about Acid techno? Well I can tell you that Lascivio Bohemia has definitely heard something about it. This track has been staying in my mind for weeks now and I cannot wait to play it out to a mad crowd. I have to say that I truly believe he has magic in his hands and this is just the beginning of his musical career and life. I cannot wait for more works from him, for me one of the greatest cumbieros to come out in the last couple of years.
What a pleasure to start my selection with a new edit by El Búho. When you think you’ve already heard his best edits, he strikes again and comes up with this type of soothing progressive cumbia version. It evolves very slowly and subtlely, catching you on the way, and bringing in these beautiful touches and atmosphere he has.
Here’s a little taste of what Festival Nomade must have been like, in shape of a lovely compilation. This tune in particular is by M.RUX, a producer who I first heard of on Frente Bolivarista & Voodoohop, as well as in several wicked mixes he’s been uploading, and I must say I’m a big fan! This is another great example of how effective and powerful a repetitive and progressive approach can be. It feels like a slow tribal ritual of some kind, in a thick, humid and smoky environment: I love it!! Make sure you check out the whole compilation; it’s full of absolute gems, moving towards a slightly more electronic & deep side of the tropical jungle! Get the whole comp. on: https://nomaderecords.bandcamp.com/
I didn’t know the original tune but I absolute adore what Barrio Lindo did to it. It feels like he’s added some kind of deep underwater bassline to this moving voice, with a hint of shakers and flutes to top it up. It’s always a real pleasure to hear his new productions.
Another beauty has just landed on Shika Shika, and this time it’s by Guazu. His new Ep is amazing, but I must say that this tune got me in a different way. The percussions really create a powerful atmosphere with a set of emotive synths & melodies, and a beautiful marimba to top it off! It’s got the whole package: the vibes, the groove and the emotion!!
This is proper tropical African vibes straight from Toulouse with the all mighty Yeahman back with another banger! His productions are so tight and groovy; he just nails it every time! Keep an eye out for the badman, and check out the rest of this beautiful EP out on Carnibal Records with tunes from Nirso, Timboletti & Hammond Classics. You can purchase the full EP on: https://carnibalrecords.bandcamp.com/album/carnibal-016
Here’s a wicked preview of Lagartijeando’s forthcoming album – El Gran Poder – out soon on Wonderwheel Recordings. They describe his works as “psychedelic dance tracks (which) latch onto everything from traditional folk sounds from the Bolivian altiplano to the jungle beats of Brazil.” The charango loops give the tune a great vibe, accompanied by a beautiful sounding flute and chant, combining this traditional root with a wicked light & sunny dancefloor orientated beat. This album will be released on vinyl; you can pre-order you LP on: https://wonderwheelrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/el-gran-poder
There’s been a whole set of remixes of this tune floating about for a while now, but this one brings in a new and different flavour: it gets even deeper!! This is exactly the type of tune that deserves to be heard on a big sound system, to appreciate the full experience of how deep Eduardo Zambrano has just gone, with a feeling of old school Deep Medi vibe.
Yes yes ! I hadn’t heard anything from these guys in a while and I was glad to hear this wicked dubbed out new release. I love Dub in general, and have had the pleasure of hearing many different approaches to it, but these guys really nail it! They manage to mix all of these dubbed out little details, skanks and synths to a different beat & atmosphere than the one usually found in dub; these sounds take you deep into the tropical jungle rather than towards the usual Jamaican vibe, and it’s a really nice change!
Big ups to Rolando every time! For those of you who like us have had the pleasure of seeing his shows, guitar moves and beautiful shirts live, here’s a reminder of what it sounded like! And for the others: enjoy Rolando Bruno & his guitar, accompanied this time by ‘El Grupo Arevalo’.
We’re clearly moving away from the traditional cumbia here, and going towards the more electronic & housy part of this scene (which I am absolutely loving at the moment), with this new release on Tropical Twista Records by Kraut, which definitely deserves to be listened to; and here’s what Kraut has to say about his own work: “It doesn’t matter where you come from, music is the universal language to move, to feel, to dance without cultural boundaries. Universo sin Fronteras is a story about blending rhythms, melodies and cultures.”
Big ups to all the producers out there who bring out so many new sounds every month for all of us to enjoy, travel, dance or relax, and big ups to all you readers with whom we really enjoy sharing this post with every month.
March is just around the corner, and we’re already looking forward to hear what it has in mind for us.
Saludos from La Selva,
Art by Tropi Delia
As we enter 2017 to the uplifting sounds of the cumbias of the future, we have been accumulating new tropical beats with more hunger than ever before. Below is a selection of this month´s cumbia orientated releases. We hope you enjoy:
Silly tang selected:
Dj Elwood – Live Set
To start this month is cold winter I wanted to introduce a Dj which I have never had the pleasure of seeing or meeting but always heard great feedback from his sessions! Actually a home bred Dj from France, Rennes. A city I have plenty of time for as I lived there for 2 years! This mix is a subtle blend between cumbia – Tropical bass and more modern beats such as global footwork. Really smooth from start to finish you can enjoy it whilst sipping on your hot wine!
Sauvage FM –Tropical Thug
Staying in the same region of the world here is an absolute killer mixtape by Sauvage FM called Tropical Thug. As I said this mixtape is badboy proper going in on the tropical bass and global madness, always with a hint of South America? I really dig his tunes and his production it’s always bass orientated to make you groove it hard!
Henry Cruz – Ta encendio el beeper
Now then I know this track is not totally cumbia, and I do apologise for the purists before they kill me J but all in all, this entire track has made my month a brighter and warmer place. Henry Cruz is his name and make you dance is his aim! This semi acid, footwork and salsa track has come out with perfect timing for us to get the aguardiente out, and forget about the winter.
Universal Sound – Dinamita
Universal Sound out of Buenos Aires is a new producer which I have come across and I have to say what a good pleasing surprise! This cumbia is simply based and very humbly put together but has so many little details that it comes together as a hit. Those vocals and breakdowns and real smooth and the 2nd drop is bass heavy trust me! Very groovy tune indeed big up yourself!
Club de Baile CD’M – Cumbia in Lab (Latin Bass Mexico Records)
I´m not sure if you have come across this huge Latin Bass Mexico records compilation? Every time they appear you know you will have a shower of amazing tunes for the rest of the year J On this note big up señor Oscilator Bass every time for his works within our cumbia world. Coming back on this track, first word is spacey, bubbly and fresh. The notes and works on the mids are wicked, like a wah-wah pedal for guitars if you know what I mean. Then a nicely garnished bassline and some sweet, discrete drums to help put this piece of art together.
Amambay 100000 – Chumbimba
Let’s get twisted shall we? I have always been a fan of Amambay 100000 ´s work but this time I had to share it with you guys. This broken down cumbia is a killer for any satanic rituals trust me J personally I love the accordion and this twisted like sounds coming from everywhere. Very square production, as always with this great maestro. It is barely legal to minors (under 18) I believe so go run grab it whilst you can!
Novalima – Como yo Captain Planet remix (Wonderwheel Recordings)
So having the album on vinyl in my collection when I saw the remix Ep coming out I was stung! Hooked, addicted! This remix is the one and only Captain Planet which always comes with very fresh instrumental and a mix down full of air and clarity. On here very classic Novalima track which he has blended into a sublime afro-latin dancefloor starter.
Chakana – Cumbia arper
This track is rave! From start to finish a proper cumbia rave anthem if you ask me. Everything in it has its euphoric tones and shades. Really nice classic guitar notes added on a super heavy linear cumbia beat with added raving effects. Really digging this and will be playing out a lot!
Pixi trace – Monte Bajo (Club Social Tropical)
Whilst we are raving well let’s stay in there and act cool ! A very acid track, this has blown me away properly. It is a heavily built riddim with these nail on board type noises which really blend in perfectly with the cumbia element. Such kicks and build up this tune for me has done it. Proper January rince out!
Jhon Montoya – Goulash Disko live set
Now quickly presenting this mix recorded at Goulash Disko festival which we have a had the pleasure of witnessing the whole Selva posse. Great mix all together and really fitting with the festival vibes. Sun, chill and well-being. Big ups Mr Montoya!
DJ Neber – Cumbia of the spirit
Bit of Cumbia and a bit of Hip-hop, “who ya gonna calla?”
Well we all know who we have to call the all mighty Dj Neber is always on the frontline with his fine style of cumbia turntablist! Really nice beat on this one especially the wobbly guitar and the high hat toned drum break. This is the far west within Dj Neber´s musical world.
Moto Kiatu – Malaria
No Mr Tang it’s not cumbia! It’s NOT CUMBIA!!!
Well sorry I know but this project is so exiting that I had to post something about it. Out mates from Madrid aka Sonidero Mandril y Manglar have come together to present to us Moto kiatu ¡ Very fresh very new so full of surprises this is the first mix they are presenting from the one and only jungle brother: MALARIA. If you don’t know of this killer Dj get to know, proper underground legend my tell ya!
Tropikhongo & Pablo Pachacutik – Guerrero Andino (Lascivio Bohemia remix)
Lascivio Bohemia remixes Tropikhongo & Pablo Pachacutik electro cumbia style. A slow atmospheric burner, it creates an electronic andean vibe that make for a smooth, pleasant journey. Layers of synths blend with flutes and mallets blend seamlessly with guiros and percussion, making for a hypnotic, relaxing listen.
Animal Chuki remix “Beto Kele” – NOVALIMA (Wonderwheel Recordings 2017)
Another Novalima remix, this is a real rebajada stomper. The Peruvian band´s vocals mix amazingly with the slow pounding rhythm whilst the low and dirty bass is perfect for slow head shaking on the dancefloor. Animal Chuki have been bringing big, dubby tracks recently, and this is no exception. Big tune.
Dj Padrinomixsonidero – Cumbia Picosita 2017 Limpia Los Pipopes
Straight from New York, Dj Padrino delivers a lovely grooving, old school Mexican cumbia, with layers of synths and crazy guitar riffs all over! Great sound, great production, this is definitely a catchy riddim. Check it out!
El Extravagante – Altiplanica (Tribilin Sound Remix) (Regional Label)
Out on Sello Regional, el extravagante´s Patiperro EP is a must listen. Between banging Cumbia tunes like La cumbia de Chile, resides tribilin sound´s interpretation of Altiplanica. In his recognizable style this is an evolving, continuous journey that will make you want to listen again, and again. There are also remixes from a handful of other amazing artists to listen to, making for a nicely round, full EP.
Panther Panther! – Dunobizeh (Hawaii Bonsai Records)
Swiss label Hawaii bonsai records presents Dunobizeh by Pink Panther, along with a whole series of tasty remixes by the crème de la crème tropical artists around. It has a definite cumbia orientation with lots of catchy synth and guitar riffs, intricate psychedelic progression, and a good variety of punchy tropical beats. Amongst other little gems, check out the Yeahman or Sonido profundo remixes!
Turbo Sonidero – La Kumbia Del Trompas (Feat. Talacha) #fucktrump
In typical turbo sonidero style, this tune is a pretty relentless, synth driven, sonidero trip with heavy guiros and haunting vocals. The warping synths and samples contribute to making a trippy experience! Fuck trump.
Pol Nada – Canto a la paz (Jin Yerei remix) (Fertil Discos)
Big ups Jin Yerei on this one ! I’ve been rinsing his music lately and he never stops to surprise me. Here, he has kept the vocal from the original tune and added a relatively minimalist yet powerful beat, creating this deep, crunchy and progressive atmosphere that he usually has. Keep an eye out for Jin Yerei as he’ll be releasing more beauties like this one very soon! You can check out the original tune, as well as a brilliant remix by Dandara on the full release: https://soundcloud.com/fertildiscos/sets/pol-nada-canto-a-la-paz
Sidirum – Costa Sureña (ft. Barrio Lindo)
I think I missed that one in time for last month’s post so here it incase you hadn’t heard it! It’s always a ‘full experience’ to listen to Sidirum’s music. He always takes the subs one step deeper and I love it! He just dropped a new EP, ‘LUNA EP’, in which he teamed up with the all mighty Barrio Lindo for this tune and created this beautiful trip, with a very repetitive and hypnotizing approach for our delight. Make sure you check out the whole EP.
V.A. – Mare Insularum (Shika Shika)
So this one is a very special release for myself & Coconutah, in which we were very happy and honored to be included in, alongside so many great artists that we love and often mention on this blog ! This compilation, released on Shika Shika, is a journey itself; it covers many different rhythms and atmospheres, taking you through different electronic worlds and settings, whilst enhancing the whole effect with more traditional instrumental moments! I could go on about it, or I could simply recommend you to sit back, hit play, and enjoy !!
Nicola Cruz – Cantos de Vision (Multi Culti)
So while we’re on the deep vibes, think I can mention this big release on Multi Culti, which will also be released in 12” format ! The all mighty Nicola Cruz strikes again showing us just how he does it ! Absolute vibes and instrumental emotion in this ep, in which Nicola Cruz once more manages to bring the roots to the dancefloor, in what they describe as “a psychedelic replanting of folkloric roots”.
It’s great to see this genre of music finally seeing the light on vinyl format!
El Extravagante – Ancestral (Patiperro EP – Regional Label)
As mentioned above by Coconutah, shout out to Regional for this release, which also includes this beauty by El Extravagante and 5 wicked remixes by Tribilin Sound, Señor Chancho, Derrok, Franco Franco and El Buga. I had never heard of El Extravagante but was very happy to discover his works and especially this tune, which takes us straight across a few oceans and land straight on Oriental grounds, with repetitive sitars, chants and percussions to take you into a total trance. Make sure you check out the whole EP, and enjoy the free download, as always on Regional Label!
El Remolón – Energy Control
El Remolon is another one of these producers who knows how to push the subs a little further and release this type of bass driven minimal digital cumbia beat, full of space synths to build up on the final effect. Rinse out !
San Ignacio & Ubunto – Dois Mil Cinco (Quiero Recordings)
What an epic tune! It’s part of Quiero Recording’s wonderful fifth compilation, and brings in a special psychedelic funky and almost ritualistic atmosphere, which really works! The rest of the compilation is full of great sounds, approaching different areas than this one, so make sure you have a listen!
TREMENDA JAURÍA – Nos deseo // feat KUMBIA QUEERS
We’ve mentioned this new band from Madrid on here a few times already and they are back with a new set of tunes based around loads of great featurings. This one is a collaboration with the tropical punk band Kumbia Queers. They bring in the ‘villera’ side of things, and take Tremenda Jauria on a more ‘cumbia tip’, than the straight ‘reggaeton reivindicativo’ they usually go for. Keep an eye out for these guys, they are up for it and rinsing dacenfloors !
Ondatrópica – Lazalypso
It’s always a pleasure to hear a new tune from Ondatropica, and see how they bring so many elements, band members, sounds, rhythms, etc… together with perfection! I look forward to hear their new album to be released soon!!!
Sidi Wacho – Buena Onda (Videoclip)
Big ups to Sidi Wacho; I absolutely love this band and everything they do, and here is a brand new video clip of their great tune ‘Buena Onda’ for our pleasure, including the usual good vibes and musical delight.
KUMBIA BORUKA Live Au Transbordeur – “LA VIDA SE VIVE”
Here’s a little extract of what goes on when Kumbia Boruka come and play live; this was taken from one of their shows in their current hometown @ Le Transbordeur (Lyon, FR).
We hope you enjoyed the selection! See you next month.
“Oriental Bass” is a subgenre, an idea born thanks to the musical experiments started in China by Howie Lee and his crew. A mixture of modern electronic music such as EDM, Future Bass, classic Hip-hop beats and Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese traditional music instruments, samples, sounds and atmosphere.
Chuck Upbeat started experimenting with this sound by releasing an “Oriental Bass” EP where he showed Asian inspired music transformed into dance bass beats. The EP was a surprising thing for Global Bass scene traditionally ruled by Tropical rhythms and sounds but luckily it was greeted by many underground producers in USA, Europe and what is more important by musicians from China, Korea and Vietnam.
The new EP is another step in this direction. Chuck Upbeat made two original Bass tracks mixing samples of traditional Chinese opera and orchestras. Practically no electronic synths were involved. Instead samples of Chinese sounds were transformed into synths. This approach makes the sound to be really unique.
“Lao Kick” is a mixture of EDM and TRAP genres with massive bassline kick and epic Chinese orchestral samples, while “Sheng It” is a deeper thing to play on dancefloors full of Chinese drums and cymbals with classical Chinese sheng instrument.
Global Bass genre shows that there are no genre limits in fact and a true fusion of cultures, rhythms and sounds take this music to another level!
Produced, mixed, mastered and released by Chuck Upbeat in 2016.
2017 will see a rise of Lovecraftian, cosmic horroresque aesthetics
2016 slipped away without a spotlight for a development in music that has come into full force over the course of this year, completely out of view of most blogs and music magazines, even independently of the internet avant-garde’s metal fetish. It is one of the most successful stories of how a music movement can be assembled from different genres and musical backgrounds. Meet the new dark generation.
I’m calling it a generation rather than a movement or a scene because not all of the artists are necessarily connected or would recognise each other as part of the same thing. Rather there are smaller groups and scenes, probably more than there are on my radar right now, that are making forward looking, multi-genre music with a dark twist. With the facebook group Dark Electronic Music, I’ve tried to tie all of these small movements together and to some extent this was successful, but still far from where I’d hope it will move. But all of these movements and scenes have grown and diversified this year and that is something which can never deserve enough support.
Some household names and some new names to support. Also I lost a bit sight on the techno, hardcore and industrial side of things, so that’ll be saved for next time.
1. Hexx 9 records (label)
Of all the labels and collectives out there, few embody what I call the ‘new dark generation’ as on point as the New York based trailblazers of Hexx 9. Born out of the post-witchouse movement, they have released next generation gothic music on the interface of witch house, industrial, ritual ambient, drone, noise rave, dub, trap and more. Even Abu Ama‘s Arabic ambient dub tarraxo has found a warm home at the label.
2. 209 SINS
With separate projects known under different pseudonyms, 209 SINS is one of the most consistently active Soundclouders, combining repost selections with own productions and mixtapes: れモモ刀下∨ㄥ 匕卄丹れム乙 for vocal hiphop, ᴆ ᴀ ᵛ ᴵ ᴆ † ᴌᴬ ᴮ 0 ᵙ ℜ for hard-hitting industrial DnB rave crossovers, Philip K. Decker for cinematic ambient influenced instrumental tracks and ｙｕｎΠｇ≠ｗｅｌｌｂｕｔｒｉΠ for mixtapes.
209 SINS recent selector’s choice of industrial bass rave mixtapes
We’ve supported the Paris based prodigy ßęđŧīmĕ Šŧōŗĩėş and his alter-project Shinji (now [lyn]) several times before on the blog, but 2016 was the year where he put himself on the map, both with his two artistic projects and with his avant-witchhouse Facebook channel U+06e9. An autodidact classical singer, electronic producer and improvisationalist, bedtime stories’ has developed an impressively unique style, individually, without following any trend. Although he calls it ‘classical witch’, the sound transcends the witch house genre in every possible aspect, while its relation to classical music is even more intriguing. ßęđŧīmĕ Šŧōŗĩėş is a neoromantic, early-classical punk, reclaiming the sound and aesthetics of thoroughly elite, institutionalised entities as a tool for improvisational self-expression.
I’m looking forward to what 2017 will bring. Yet for now, ‘Gaia’ (Hexx 9, September 2016) is ßęđŧīmĕ Šŧōŗĩėş’ defining release.
Ģăīă was a project created by an unknown entity, a creature able to bend the nature of things and able to change reality by interacting with dreaming people. Ģăīă was able to save lives, but playing with human psyche is not without consequences, and most of the dreamers died. Only a few stayed alive, connecting with nature to transfer the energy of the entity into the lands. Now, Ģăīă is all around us and influence our reality, but maybe this reality is just a lng dream orchestrated by Ģăīă itself.
One of the exiting aspects of ßęđŧīmĕ Šŧōŗĩėş is that he knows how to deconstruct his own sound, combining elements of it such as the gothic opera singing, with vastly different vibes such as this industrial, rhythmic ambient track collab with Achromatic Residue.
Another very active producer and scene pusher involved in blending witch house elements with industrial ritual ambient music is Volkanos from Denver, U.S. Involved with the Hexx 9 label as well as the dark experimental techno label Tenebrous Music. Grown up in a family involved with Wicca and Shamanism, Volkanos always had a vision of fusing music with symbolism, mythology and ritual choreography. Expect a more in-depth interview soon on the blog!
Volkanos’ style: suggestive horroresque soundscapes, blended with organic percussion and witch house flavoured rave synths
The All Souls mixtape which came out around halloween is one of my favourite mixes of 2k16, particularly because Volkanos, next to myself, is one of the only artists in the world fusing witch house, dark techno and 209 sins style industrial bass music with the dark flavoured side of ‘avant garde club’
5. Young Yogi
Supported several times before, Young Yogi, alter-project of GAMEFACE, is paving the way ahead of the dark trap microgenre which GAMEFACE has been building for about two years now, steering away from sounds of EDM trap as well as from post-internet cloud trap into a more unique and conceptual direction. Young Yogi’s sound combines the explosive tension and monstruous 808 bass of the new dark wave of cloud trap and with psychedelic uplifting melodies and cyber-utopian mystical thematics.
Mad genius of the witch house scene, playing with thematics and imagery sometimes too gruesome for even me to share. When he disappeared from all his social media platforms at some point last year I, and probably more with me, was honestly worried he’d put an end to his life. But he came back and has been uploading so much fire lately, venturing from his already rough and eclectic twist on witch house further into noise, breakcore, hardcore, dark trap and black metal.
8. RARE AKUMA
Especially Sadwrist’s more trap leaning work would probably fit the new #RAGECORE genre, created by the Antwerp based beatmaker Rare Akuma. Pushing a blend that is sitting somewhere in between drill, deathstep and metal, Rare Akuma bridges the worlds of hiphop, loud bass music and the rise of metal in the electronic avant-garde.
The witch house scene in the Netherlands is small and fragmented. The people that make it are not really connected into one scene. In fact, there isn’t really a scene at all. The genre is just getting a bit more known over here only recently (then I’m not talking about Crystal Castles) among the new generation of dark-alternative leaning fans who can nowadays listen to anything from vaporwave or sad rap to anime music or whatever edgy genre the internet has spit out over the last years. Producers are a different story. With Atilla The Hvn and Noire Antidote there are two great forward looking examples, one coming (as far as I can tell) from industrial techno, the other (alter-project of Benjamin’s Plague) coming from the cybergoth-industrial scene.
From Tilburg, home base of Generation Bass, Atilla the Hvn seemed to come out of the blue when I first discovered him last year, but apparently he has not only been experimenting with witch house for more than two years, has a solid following and is well connected in different forward looking corners of music. If I may bet on any producer from the Netherlands to rise to greater heights in 2017, Atilla The Hvn is the one.
Dark melancholic trance & hardcore beautifully blended and distorted into a powerful emotional rave flavoured soundscape.
I’ve known the guy behind Noire Antidote for a while (never met him in person tho) because of my occasional adventures in the industrial scene and how much I like dark electro, I was even happier to find out that within the remnants of the gothic scene at large, there is interest in witch house as a direction to go into. Not that I have anything particular against industrial hardcore or psytrance, but with self-proclaimed scene destroyer DJ Krat (industrial hardcore/rhythmic noise), the psy/goa scene or wallowing in German festival nostalgia as the only three options, witch house was never embraced by the gothic scene in the Netherlands so far. In 2017, things have changed. Whether it makes sense or not to still talk about a gothic scene is irrelevant. Noire Antidote is making great music and actively reaches out to crowds with livesets on industrial minded festivals, without the need for a witch house scene.
10. The Enigma TNG
Back in the days I’ve suppored The Enigma TNG, still one of my all-time favourite producers, as an example of what an eclectic, multi-genre cyberpunk flavoured dark music future could look like. Almost two years later, he is still going strong, consistent pushing and developing his unique style. And where back then, he was a solitary pioneer with a solid following mainly in the world of cybergoth-electro and alternative electrostep, today his sound, involving elements of metal and cinematic epic orchestral music, is being mentioned as an inspiration for the direction in which the club avant-garde will be moving in 2017.
His newest album, ‘Midnight’, came out in October last year.
11. Toxic Embryo
Upcoming live electronic formation and enfant terrible of the dark-alternative scene in the Netherlands. Drawing inspiration from sources like Babymetal, BOTDF, anime music and nightcore, Toxic Embryo’s twist on dark electropop possesses the same post-ironic DIY edge as PC Music’s bubblegum rave or Elysia Crampton’s conscious use of cartoonish horror elements and recontextualised pop sentimentality. The nostalgic, trancy neo-rave melodies and anime-esque adventure lyrics combined with campy cyberpunk aesthetics will leave the traditional electropop fan in utter confusion whether this is a joke or truly garbage. Yet at the same time, this androgynous blend of hyperpop and angelwave, fused with metal, hardcore, trance, rap and live performance is exactly where the avant-garde of internet culture will be moving in 2017.
Artwork by Tropi Delia
So this is the last post from us for 2016 ! We believe 2016 was a very hard year for some but in general Cumbia has helped us through it and gave us that big smile we hope you are all having whilst reading this. Thank you so much for keeping this blog alive and generally giving us the love to carry on writing about this magical music.
THE SILLY TANG SELECTED
Kazike en Estado de Trance Mixtape 032 – Festival Nomade Colombia
To start my selection I have the pleasure and honour to present this absolute badman mix from a person that is very important to me! Yes: Kazike en Estado de Trance is his name and he is the person who taught me everything I know about classical vintage cumbia. A great person and also a great maestro. Here he presents to us a really well put together mix for the Colombian festival that is “Nomade” organised by Mr Toe. Enjoy!
La Orrorosa Feat. El Hijo De La Cumbia – Infeccion Tropikal
So now let’s get started with the cumbia punk, one of my favourite fusions within this musical scene. New track from La Orrorosa of the disc “infección tropical” with the participation of Emiliano Gomez (El Hijo de la Cumbia). The rhythm and vocals couldn’t go better together to be honest. Really powerful track which I recommend to any Cumbia-Punk lover.
Jota Karloza – Ugate Sooraj (SolSelectas)
So as I might have said before since I saw Barrio Lindo this summer I truly discovered a love for this downtempo minimal stuff and I have to say it is growing J On this particular track Jota Karloza brings us some deep ethnic vocals on a really rounded bassline. The label “Sol Selectas” always brings us the cream of the crop and on this one they have really upped the game once more. Recommended for any time spent on the beach or as my partner in crime would say in any hammock 😉
VIVOTROPICAL – Cumbia De Los Pajaritos (cover De Los Mirlos)
Who has seen “Stranger Things “? Well if you have, this is the Cumbia version of the synthesised soundtrack. Well not really as El Búho brought a version a while back. But you will see what I mean when you press play on this track. VIVOTROPICAL is a producer I have just discovered who seems very fluid and locked on his synth game! The beat is nice but very simple and lineal with this main guiro line, but the main work is in the composition and deepness of the effects. Brilliant vibes and I believe this has already reached our alien friends in outer space!
Metralleta De Oro – Doing Time (Sumohair Remix)
YES! It seems like Sumohair lives in a constant summer state, more productions he brings out, the more I need sun, cocktail and chilling L.A style. This refix of the classical “Sublime” track is all to love. Nicely made bassline rounding up some light drum breaks followed by some ragamuffin arrangements. What is there not to like about this eh? So go on if it is rainy or grey where you are close the curtains, get a cocktail and put volume on full blast!
Fokus – Amazonico
When Eastern Europe meets Colombian cumbia what does it give you, you might ask? Well I will reply with great joy: this is what it gives you. An absolute belter of a tune J a truly inspirational and nice friend has brought me this killer track a few weeks back and wow. He has also asked me to work on a colab with him so watch out in 2017 for the Fokus vs Silly tang stuff to appear. Coming back on this track with an amazing effort from a Jungle producer background and as always a superb construction with deep subs to get us jumping.
SCBdB – Jeden
So while we are in Eastern Europe I got sent this mix via soundcloud by this upcoming artist called “SCBdB” (be careful about the spelling he is meticulous) 😉 So this amazing journey within the deeper vibes of cumbia has totally rocked my world. On a different tip than the previous mix by KAzike, this takes us on a deeper more electro side of the spectrum. The great news is that you will be able to stream his first performance live on our first show of the radio via our: la Selva Radio J
Los Wemblers de Iquitos – Lamento del Yacuruna (Tribilin Sound Remix)
Back to basics children, back to basics. Every time I see a Tribilin Sound track come up I´m like a kid at Christmas, believe me. So when this appeared and I saw “Los Wemblers” and “Tribilin Sound” on this remix, every day is the 25th of December for me now. Really subtle as always but truly refined tune with this amazing guitar, that backs up the Wemblers. Some psychedelic notes in here and some really echoed out instruments: a perfect combination from the mighty Tribilin Sound aka Alvaro Ernesto.
Julio Inti – Cumbia Dub La Venenosa vol7
Here we have another fusion which I love within this Cumbia world, Dub and Cumbia mixed together in a superb mix brought to us by “Julio Inti”. As you may know this is an area of expertise for me and I have to say hats down to one of the best compiled mix of these two genres meeting each other. Run go tell your friends!
LolaManola – Psicosis Fem & Sziget Fest (presentación)
Here she is, our famous local from Madrid, “ Lola Manola”!! Very young on the capital´s scene, she has really made a great effort and impression on us. We have had the pleasure of hearing her a couple of times now and believe me she knows what she is doing. Here is a mixtape she brought us as promotion for the two nights she rocked in Madrid, “Psicosis tropical” and “Conspiraciones Tropicales”. Get your ears around it and it will make you digest a big New Year lunch or brock out to a pre-new year party J
Aslán Dub System feat. Jef Stott – Soñar (Global Barrio)
The label Global Barrio which is new to me has had an amazing impact bringing some quality music to our ears, thank you Aslan Dub. Trust me this compilation is pure gold! I have chosen this particular track to present it to you because as I said earlier Dub and Cumbia I just love it. But this is not any Dub, the production and slickness of these sounds are real soft and marvellous. Really great, great work thank you so much.
RCA & Tropikhongo – Delicia (Bleepolar Remix) (Regional Label)
Our friends from Regional never sleep, FACT. No, only kidding, but they are really active all the time which is a blessing for our scene. Here is a remixed Ep by RCA & Tropikhongo called Delicia. I chose this version because of its dancefloor potential. I can promise you that this track by the Colombian “Bleepolar” well mixed is a killer for the hips!!!
Turbo Sonidero Presenta: Kumbias Macabras en Acetato (Records)
To end my part of the selection for this year and this month who else than Turbo Sonidero! If you know how to get hold of these guys please contact me via “Silly Tang” as I have some projects but never managed to get in touch J To get back to this mix, it is as always very true and generous on the cumbia level. From the first tune you can hear the purity of the music that these boys bring. I´m a real big fan of this collective.
Rio Mira – Adios Morena (AYA Records)
This was released just after our post last month and has been on repeat since then ! The original tune is simply fantastic, and is followed by 4 great remixes by Nicola Cruz, Kaleema & Chancha Via Cicuito, M.RUX, and Midnight Ravers. Adios Morena is the first single of Rio Mira’s forthcoming first album ‘Marimba del pacifico’ so make sure you keep en eye out!
Barrio Lindo & Wende Wen – El Humo del Fasito (Damas Gratis cover)
Barrio Lindo teamed up with Wende Wen for a new ep, which includes this beautiful chilled out cover of Dama Gratis’ tune “El Humo del Fasito”.
Matanza & Oceanvs Orientalis – La Luna Y El Lobo (Jhon Montoya Expedition) (Shika Shika)
Waow waow & waow ! What a great journey !! I love the slow & minimal aspect of the original tune, but I must say Jhon Montoya absolutely nailed it with this remix. The progressiveness and atmospheric violin he adds is just perfect ! That’s another one that has been on repeat for the past month.
El Búho – Mañana En Tepoztlán (Pata De Perro Remix) (Global Barrio)
I’m a big fan of the band Pata de Perro and a huge El Búho fan, so this could only be a winner for me! They have added a proper live dubbed out groove to the original tune and it sounds great! As mentioned above by the Silly Tang, this tune is part of an amazing compilation, Global Barrio’s Vol. 1, so make sure you check out the whole thing.
Mercedes Nasta – Paricutín (El Búho Edit)
The man never stops and it’s becoming a monthly tradition to post about his new tunes and edits, with this one going out to Mercedes Nasta. He’s done it again and manages to take us on a wonderful journey into his world accompanied by Mercedes Nasta’s lovely soothing voice.
LEDA Edits Vol.1 (Fertil Discos & Folcore)
We mentioned their campaign last month and here are the first two versions of this incredible forthcoming double-vynil, which will also include great artists like Chancha Via Circuito, Tremor, Tonolec, Intiche, King Coya, Soema Montenegro, Miriam Garcia and Doma Tornados, among others. For now, here is El Remolon’s deep bass driven remix, and a wicked progressive edit by Barda. You can still support the campaign on: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/el-camino-de-leda-compiling-leda-valladares-music#/
Bomba Estéreo – Raíz (Nicola Cruz Remix)
This is an absolute beauty of a tune! Nicola Cruz just landed! He brings so much texture and depth to the remix, incorporating Liliana Saumet’s voice perfectly ! It’s part of Bomba Estereo’s brand new ‘Amanecer Remixed’ album so get on it while it’s hot !
Señor Chancho Meets El Buga – Conga Dub (Shango Records)
Fresh sounds straight out of Shango Record’s oven with this banger by Señor Chancho & El Buga. Pure dubby tropical sounds with wicked flutes and synths to groove up the whole thing, without forgetting a fat beat and a fat bassline: I love it ! This tune is part of the ‘Bora Bora’s Mist’ Compilation, which is full of other great tunes so make sure you check it out: http://www.junodownload.com/products/bora-boras-mist/3303520-02/
La Walichera – Sendero (King Coya Remix)
Out on La Walichera Remix Vol. 1, here’s King Coya’s cumbia bass remix of the tune Sendero. He brings an original intake to the tune, with very few drums and nearly no kicks but it works really well.
Eduardo Zambrano – Llamacornio (Edmoon Records)
Let’s travel to the Andes with Eduardo Zambrano’s new album. I had been waiting for this one, and it was definitely worth the wait. His music is hard to describe as it covers many genres whilst incorporating different influences, and that’s part of why I love it! He brings a potent electronic touch to the more traditional and emotional side of his tunes, switching from one rhythm to another so smoothly, and always progressing along the tune.
Lascivio Bohemia – La Cumbia Quitapenas
Yes yes and more yes ! Another great project by the above mentioned Eduardo Zambrano is Lascibio Bohemia, and it’s hot ! He goes back to the more traditional side of things on this one and brings to us this beauty, with heavy guiros and powerful flutes! It’s part of a new 3 track EP so hit play and enjoy the whole thing. “This is a tribute to Sixto Silgado, Paito & Los Gaiteros de Punta Brava, life was better after having seen them live”
VA Hystereofônica Vol. 1 (Tropical Twista Records – 2016)
Very happy to hear Tropical Twista’s first compilation entirely dedicated to female artists: “Here we have artists that come from different branches that ensnare the electronic Latin-American scene in the most variable sonic textures and beats per minute. There are twenty-two women involved in this project – and only women – , some already established and some new potencialities among them, gathered by Ágatha Barbosa (Cigarra) in a big net on the Hystereofônica project.”
The Nu LatAm Sound – Ecuador Episode 3 – The Andes Sounds (ZZK Films)
Here’s the third episode of ZZK’s series on new Latin American sounds, focusing this time on Ecuador and the Andes Sound. It’s always a pleasure to watch these episodes. Enjoy ! The fundraiser they had put in place to continue these audiovisual projects was reached so we can expect more to come 🙂
Paloma del Cerro en Tomate la tarde
Nice interview with Paloma del Cerro + live performance on Argentinian TV.
Don Plok – Mercedes Sosa – La Carta (remix) (La Bicha Producciones)
Don Plok in the place straight from Argentina with a live remix of Mercedes Sosa’s ‘La Carta’.
Chancha Via Circuito ft. Miriam García – Como Noide (en vivo en La Trastienda)
Chancha Via Circuito’s live performances are becoming more and more impressive, and including more & more people to the show; here’s an extract of what went on in La Trastienda
Sonido Gallo Negro – Mambo Egipcio
Brand new bangin’ psychedelic cumbia by Sonido Gallo Negro, announcing their forthcoming album ‘Mambo Egipcio’
Son Palenque – A PILA EL ARROZ
Son Palenque have just brought out a brand new video clip straight from the beach for us to enjoy.
Festival Nomade 2017
For those of us who couldn’t go to this lovely festival in Colombia, here’s a little glimpse of what went on ! Festival Nomade has another editon coming up in Chile so keep an eye out !
Fania Presents: MANANA Cuba Festival
Great insight into the legendary Fania Records label and the recent Manana Festival which took place in Cuba not so long ago, bringing together both traditional and electronic worlds by including a fabulous list of bands and djs.
As always, here are some of the mixes which I have had the pleasure of hearing over the past month:
Cal Jader’s Tropicalista Mix 2016 – Sounds and Colours
Dr Gato – after temazcal
IST 062\Rafael Aragon – Casa Caos
Shika Shika Showcase en Xaman
Barda Mixtape 036 – Festival Nomade
We hope you have enjoyed the read and we look forward to more cumbia-tropical action in 2017 !
It’s looking hot and tasty so get ready for it!
Happy New year to all of you from La Selva
Little more than a year ago, I wrote what is possibly my most personal and emotional piece ever written on Generation Bass: the in depth interview with Dead Stare’s Gergö (Hungary) and Edgar (Mexico/US) about health, injustice, passion and music. The post struck a chord with many people and was shared widely, reaching for example boombahchero pioneer DJ Orion, who invited them to revive the Subguey series in September this year.
Dead Stare continues to occupy a remarkably unique position, outsiders in both the Hungarian and the North American ‘global bass’ scene, where the sounds of the BABYLON label and La Clinica on the one hand and NAAFI on the other, are setting the tone. Dead Stare’s blend of sounds is squeezed in between the EDM branch of global bass and the darker experimental club sounds that don’t really fit in ‘avant-garde club’, dark trap or witch house either. And now their enthusiasm for the boombahchero genre has given a whole new spin to their direction.
I recapped with Gergö for a look back at the turbulent 2016 and the future of boombahchero.
GB: Have there been any hopeful developments in the treatment of the brain tumor?
G: Unfortunately, absolutely nothing. Only for the worse. If its getting bigger, it can fuck up my eyesight. In the last few days a lot of things were too obscure, way too obscure, so we need another tumor test ASAP.
On a side note, I love how you guys wants to send me money like you, Orion and First Gift and Edgar, but I hate money. And as I said, we can’t buy an operation. In this situation Money can’t help. I could buy some clothes and food which would be really cool, but today I realized I don’t need money. The only thing I need is HUGS!
GB: But at some point you will need an operation I suppose, right?
G: I don’t know, but pretty sure yeah. I need to do another test. Probably in January.
Also, doctors announced now rhat , in this situation, the epilepsy is more dangerous than the tumor. It would be better without the Tumor, but still dangerous. They can’t operate epilepsy. I have medication, but I don’t really know what to say. I need to take it for a lifetime, but I’m always positive you know.
GB: Is the epilepsy a reason not to operate on your brain?
G: Nope… Luckily they can still operate me, but then I’ll still have the epilepsy which is more intense.
GB: But that’s no reason for the doctors to say, lets keep a tumor in your head that threatens your eyesight, that’d be bizarre…
G: I know man.. I’m just saying. I always went with high hopes to all of the appointments. I want to get rid of it ASAP. But I had enough time to learn to live with it.
Dead Stare x Wost – Brinquen
GB: You were supposed to fly to the US for the promotion of the Subguey release, but that didn’t hapen in the end right? How do you feel about being so far separated from Edgar, especially now Dead Stare is growing?
G: The US trip is still possible, I just need a bit more time, hopefully I can tell more news about it. Edgar understands that I can’t travel to the US yet. He always encourages me to do gigs alone in Europe. Hopefully it will change soon. We really get along.We can always fix all of the “problems”, this hasn’t a big one to be honest.
Even by playing separate gigs on two sides of the ocean we influences each other. The video from my gig at Cross Club inspired Edgar to play boombahchero at a popular deephouse night, and people told him it was the craziest set ever.
GB: Cross Club?
G: Cross Club is a club in Prague. Chong-X booked me because he liked our Subguey mix. It was literally unreal. It was supposed to be a boombahchero set but for some reasons I played 30-40 mins of Moombahton… then Chong came to me and said “WE WANT BOOMBAHCHERO!!!” I switched to it immediately, and like woah. Man, it was clearly one of the best moments of my life.
I mean, for me personally boombahchero is very special, a magic experience that takes me to a perfect world without pain, and where everybody just smiling and dancing with crazy moves. But that night this actually came true.
GB: Can you tell more about your experiences with boombahchero?
G: It’s the most underrated microgenre now. I always knew the potential, but when I saw people’s reaction in Prague, I realised its even stronger than I expected. I’m just obsessed. I never thought people can feel boombahchero this way.
Another time is when I sent this Miami bass demo to Astronomar’s label Main Course. He said the track is really cool, but… SEND ME SOME BOOMBAHCHERO PLEASE. Like, I can’t believe this. A month ago I told Edgar “Everybody wants Boombahchero” but I was just joking. It seems it’s not a joke anymore..
I want to inspire people to create more edits as well as originals. I started a new project, organising a boombahchero compilation with all original tracks. First Gift from Sweden, who already made a lot of sick boombah tracks, is helping me, along with Orion. Maybe its a bit too early to announce it since we don’t really have anything so far yet, but I’m excited so I wanted to talk about it.
Dead Stare’s ‘slow boombahchero’ remix of Gingee‘s track Escape
GB: Coming back to the Main Course label, do you have mainstream ambitions?
G: I want to grow, and want to spread our message all around the world. I want shows and meet new people. I want to talk to all of my followers and help out others with food, clothes and inspiration. Big labels are the key. If I can take over some big labels that means more shows and more attention. It would be our biggest goal to have a release on a label where a global bass artist never really released anything.
Its hard because I want to keep the Dead Stare sounds but sometimes the success requests things like that. I think an oldschool miami bass track with some acid vibes would be enough deadstare. I’ll try to make a very unique track with rare sounds and of course acid vibes. Maybe its still EDM, but Im pretty sure we can make a good EDM track with a pure oldschool vibe and a unique beat.
Dead Stare’s intense, dark-epic boombahchero remix of Monsters On The Horizon
GB: What’s up with the baby sounds that come back in several of your tracks?
G: We never talked about this so far, but nothing can make me more angry when I see somebody hurting a baby. I seen a fucking intense video of a mom kicking, hitting, hurting her daughter with things and I was literally in tears. Maybe that’s the deepest reason why I want to grow. I want to show people that kids deserve way more attention and love. Some parents prefer to give them easy distraction instead of talking to them. These things make me angry. We are using baby sounds to give a voice to them in this way.
Maybe some of our fans still think we are just a random project, making stupid ironic shit, but we have some serious messages. I’m not saying I can change the world but maybe I can inspire a few people that understand what we’re about.
GB: Any last thing you want to say to Generation Bass readers for 2017?
G: If you got an unreleased boombahchero track, we would like to hear: [email protected]
Dead Stare – Másnapos (“hangover”), Original Mix
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In this energetic mix, Wu shows the potential of the growing interest in grime, UK club and vogue/balroom sounds as a starting point for a vivid, multi-genre club underground.