Generation Bass’ forays into the world of Tarraxo Club Beats continues with this “Capo Verde” EP featuring 2 rising American producers Banginclude x DJ Express who demonstrate just how awesome Big Room Music can sound with 2 absolute killer tracks that breathe new life into this scene.
“The Largest Room” is an anthemic track with Big Room sensibilities. Without the boys actually knowing it, this track bears some resemblance to Electronic pioneers Yello’s big hit in the late 80’s “The Race”. Yello were Electronic Gods and in the same league as Kraftwerk and so the boys manage to aspire to something quite special on this track.
The spacey, futuristic sounds complimented with the marching riddim and “Munchi” sounding Latin moans creates an intoxicating soundscape that is a guaranteed to rock the party!
“ZBMF” aka Zouk Bass Mutha’ F***** maintains the spacey, futuristic vibe that conjures up images of one travelling through space and experiencing a malfunction aboard the BangExpress Voyager SpaceShip causing mayhem & chaos with robotic voices cursing and dogs barking. Yep, it’s MAD but brilliant!
2 emerging stars of the USA Bass scene that are on the verge of making it HUGE stateside!
This EP is out now in glorious Wav format in most digital stores worldwide. Transnational Bass DJ/Producer representing The Island of Borneo, introducing Jet Airess and her Borneo Bass! “Borneo bass is mainly “a twist of modern Electronic Bass & Borneo’s Tropical dance music virus” – Bassfriends.
The first track on this EP “Tangsi” is a collab with USA’s emerging Bass Don, Banginclude. This dude is gonna be blowing up all over the USA in 2014 and so we’re lucky to have him on this release. On this track both producers take the best elements of Rasterinha (that new thing from Brazil), Baile Funk Vox & Borneo Bass and take it to the Big Room in Big Style with a melody from the Borneo Rainforests that sounds like it’s Celtic and could have been lifted from the Giants Causeway, totally bizarre but it works a treat. The melody is played on an instrument called a “Sape”, a traditional lute of the Orang Ulu or “upriver people”, who live in the longhouses that line the rivers of Central Borneo. “Tangsi” is a humongous, anthemic track that is going to be heard everywhere this year in all the underground parties that mean anything in this scene.
On “Seraheng” Jet teams up with S&P aka Sundae & Pharmacist who hail from Borneo. They are the founders of the label Bassfriends Records and are also the creators of Borneo Bass. On this track they deliver the true spirit of Borneo Bass in a bouncy and atmospheric rampage in a noisy Rainforest that sounds like it is being plundered of all its natural resources. I just hope this track does not attract Greenpeace to protest outside GB Towers!
The final track, “Organic” is the one that brought Jet to our attention. Its bouncing, lilting riddims of Borneo Bass develop a hypnotic almost Tom Waitsian “Bone Machine” feel. The track then breaks down to reveal an apocalyptic scene where you can visualize a Colonel Kurtz type figure summoning the tribes to dance…. or to be beheaded!…..the horror…the horror….!
This is Rather’s first Zouk Bass EP and it consists of 3 blistering tracks of Stadium sound and it represents his personal take on Zouk Bass and the Trans Bass sound.
The first track, “Semilla,” is heavily influenced by Arabian sounds but still maintains the hard hitting elements that Rathero likes to use in his songs.
The second track “Revienta” is a bit abrasive yet carries a slow rhythm that truly makes his sounds stand out upon others.
The final track “Money & Cars,” delves more into the percussion side of Zouk and is the song that brought him to the attention of Generation Bass.
Carlos Valle, AKA Rathero, is a music producer living in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was born and raised in Peru and is very much influence by its culture and other ethnic sounds from around the globe. He was surrounded by electronic music from an early age and started djing in his early teens but with time realized he wanted to learn more. Rathero began playing guitar in high school and joined a punk band called “Terror Squad.” Around 2012 he started teaching himself music production and while he is still defining his sound, you can hear influences in his music ranging from Dancehall, Punk, and Reggae to Hip Hop, Salsa, and more.
Generation Bass Presents The Portuguese Bass Underground.
To paraphrase one of the greatest authors ever, “something is rotten in the state of Portugal”. Still one of the poorest countries inside the European Union, the country has seen an enormous rise in creativity. Is it the proximity to North Africa? Is it the smooth Mediterranean climate? Is it the poverty forcing creativity? We don’t know. We’re not economists, historians or politicians. We do know music though and we recognise talent when we see it. And boy do we have it coming in strides from Portugal right now!
The unique sounds that are growing and mutating in Portugal have had our attention for some time and this is a project we’ve been working on for the past 12 months. We’ve bundled some of these producers and artists together in an EP that showcases their sound. This really is something fresh that’s going on right now. Blending elements of House, Kuduro, Afro, Zouk, Fodencia, Tarraxinha and Tribal music these tracks have an awesome energy in common and also a unique outlook on the new sound that is being created at present.
This EP consists of 8 official tracks that will be available in all the digital stores worldwide and 4 Bonus tracks that we’ll be giving away for free. It takes in some older, more experienced producers with some newer, younger talent. We are pretty sure everyone will agree that this is one of the liveliest Bass scenes in Europe right now.
Something big is happening in Portugal and it has nothing to do with the Fado. Buraka Som Sistema started a small revolution a few years back with their take on Kuduro and then once again last year when they gave their blessing to Zouk Bass. This led to a new surge of exploration and interest in forgotten/overlooked genres like Tarraxinha, Tarraxo and Fodencia.
At our modest little blog & label, Generation Bass, we are proud to be able to show these new developments to you and hope we can also move the scene forward by helping Portugal showcase their own, ridiculously talented producers. Support these guys and spread the word: The Portuguese Bass Underground is coming for us all!
The official EP has everything. From the slowed-down-to-a-super-funky-crawl Zouk Bass of Bison & Squareffekt’s “TGYP” with its epic string arrangement, reminiscent of the Scarface synth driven soundtrack, to the up-tempo tribal drum computer sounds of DJ NK. All these songs are about driving percussion that make you want to cut it loose on a dance floor. Paparazzi’s “African Roots” has that raw African vibe that we know and love from the grimy Kuduro mp3’s we’ve been playing the last 5 years, while the polished sounds of “Suave” by SR Mala Noche & Roulet take the sound to another level with slick girly samples and a new take on a trap beat with Afrobeat percussion and sounds. Add to that the raw Fodencia and Tarraxo vybz found in the crazy riddims in the tracks by Deejay Anderson aka Anderson Teixeira and Dj BeBeDeRa and you have another layer to the yet unexplored Portuguese Bass Underground. In the past year rising from that same unexplored bass underground are DZC Deejays whose track Tropical displays the deepest and darkest corners of Future Tarraxo aka Zouk Bass. The most established Artist here is Diamond Bass who we, Generation Bass, skyrocketed to International recognition on our blog which lead to him being picked up by Branko’s label Enchufada and here he delivers a funky Tribal cut that is as much addictive as it is hypnotic.
The 4 bonus tracks don’t let up either with King Kong’s edit of Ying Yang twins once again sending a warning sign that he means business this year. Beat Laden who has worked with the likes of Batida comes up trumps with a dub driven dancehall edit, whilst another of the previous wave, Toxic Bungula aka Infestus slows down a Buraka Som Sistema classic. Finally, the bonus tracks end with a track by one of Portugal’s leading commercial lights, DJ Ride, whose hazy psychedelic electro dub wraps up this release in astonishing style.
1. BISON & SQUAREFFEKT – TGYP
2. SR MALA NOCHE X ROULET – SUAVE
3. DJ BEBEDERA – E KILAPE
4. DJ ANDERSON & NINO – ASIA 200
5. DJ N.K. – BATACUDA HOT
6. DIAMOND BASS – CADAVER
7. DJ PAPARAZZI – AFRICAN ROOTS
8. DZC DEEJAYS – TROPICAL ***BONUS FREE TRACKS***
1. YING YANG TWINS, BUN B – GIT IT (KING KONG EDIT)
2. BEAT LADEN VS ASSASSIN – DEM NUH KNO
3. BURAKA SOM SISTEMA – YAH! (TOXIC BUNGULA EDIT)
4. DJ RIDE – ALWAYS REMEMBER
Described by Branko from Buraka Som Sistema as the producer who best epitomizes what Zouk Bass is suppose to sound like, Dance Kill Move brings that definitive Zouk Bass sound to Generation Bass with this killa 4 track “Numbers” EP.
It was free for a while but not anymore, now you must grab it from one of the Digital Stores and you can also now grab it in Wav quality too.
The tracks titles are based around Numbers:
ZoukETTe in swedish
deDOS spanish FOUk english FEMetta swedish
The EP contains 2 tracks that were previously available and 2 never before heard tracks. “Zoukette” was one of the first tracks that dropped straight after that infamous Boiler Room and we were onto it fast. For us it perfectly captured the essence of “Zouk Flute” as foretold by Buraka Som Sistema and even sounded like its little sister companion. “Dedos” has that eerie vibe that sounds like you’re going slowly up a gigantic hill and you reach the summit and down you tumble again. “Fouk” is not meant to be rude as the title suggests, it actually was meant to represent the number 4 in English but DKM thought “Fouk” sounded better than “Four”and it is a manic lil’ number! “Fermetta” is like Zoukette’s lil’ baby sister, the youngest of the siblings.
Dance Kill Move is a Swedish/Colombian dj/producer based in Uppsala Sweden. Consisting of Ricardo Ocampo Daza. DKM started out as an Electro act back in 2007 but shifted focus more and more towards tropical bass. In 2010 after a trip to Colombia DKM won a remix competition for Akwaaba Music making him a part of the Tropical Bass world. After that there have been numerous productions both in Moombahton and other genres staying true to the Latino influence coming from his roots as a Colombian. When Buraka Som Sistema made their huge Boiler Room set presenting Zouk Bass to the world, Ricardo instantly fell in love with the rhythm and started producing Zouk bass. Soon after Branko from B.S.S. among others picked up DKM’s track ‘Zoukette’ and thus positioning him as one of the big names in Zouk Bass. As a Dj in he has driven several clubs (Club New Kid, Smålands Live, Tabberas, GLHF) in Uppsala as well as having residencies at up to 5 different venues. He’s played with and warmed up to artists such as Marcus Price & Carli, Style of Eye, Copyflex, The Very Best, Nääk & Nimo, Adam Tensta, Linda Pira, Mashup International among others. The kind of music he plays depends on the occasion but at the moment the genres that mainly build up his sets are Zouk Bass, Hip Hop, Dancehall and other Tropical Bass genres.
This great EP is now available in Wav format and also MP3 across digital stores worldwide.
Six cuts of the deepest jungle vybz that we’ve ever heard in Zouk Bass. It really is like being on some sonic journey in the heart of Africa and this EP is the perfect soundtrack to accompany that journey.
This act is a great new addition to the scene and they are doing things in their own individual way, which epitomizes what Zouk Bass is all about!
Time Tarracho is a project by DJ Kabra and DJ Discarga, coming from Biel/Bienne Switzerland. In 2006 they started to build their own bass-heavy PA, the Tribute Sound System. Infected by the Kuduro virus, in 2009, the system already featuring a lot of kilowatts, they invited DJ NK and DJ Pausas from Lisbon. They also discovered Tarrachinha and specially DJ Terrivel, which inspired them to produce their own rendition of this super sexy slow motion Kuduro version which led to the foundation of Time Tarracho.
DJ Kabra is also into heavyweight roots Dub as Jah Kabra and has released a footwork 7″ EP featuring the tracks “Industry” and “Backyard” on Duck N’ Cover Records, a footwork vinyl label run by DJ Discarga, releasing now 12″ records by famous Chicago producers. A vinyl EP by Traxman will be released on 27th of February by Duck N’ Cover Records. DJ Discarga has released records in the past under the pseudonyms “Iota” and “Freezaburn”.
Great Big Room Bass EP we’ve released that should rock festivals and clubs alike all spring/summer.
Now available in Wav format and mp3 across all digital stores after the brief free period.
The Big Room Bass of “nympho” is a mixture of old school Hip-Hop sounds, a short but remarkable hook line as well as an Electro-ish drop that can work in clubs and festivals alike. “Nympho” is an amalgamation that consists of everything that has influenced Dizzy in the past and present. “Nympho” is classic dizzy bell so to speak!
“Trouble Child” is a track by Al Koleon, a Hip-Hop tune that he stumbled across a few months back. Dizzy was pretty surprised when a friend showed him a vocal sample cd with the parts of the rap of this track on it. On his version, Dizzy had originally intended to use the vocals as a placeholder for the tune for another artist but the more he worked on the tune the more he wanted to keep them on it because he thought they fitted perfectly, even though the tune had already existed. So you could say that “Encounter” is kind of his interpretation of Al Koleon. Dizzy rarely uses sounds from sample cd’s because he thinks that it prevents producers from being unique and original and far from finding their own sound. However, in this case he’s quite happy to make an exception for this tune.
Happy Colors hit the Generation Bass radar a while back and we’ve been watching his progress with great interest. Not only does he have big hair like our Munchi but he is also from the Dominican Republic like our Munchi. He is also fast amassing a dedicated fan base from the roots of the Trans Bass scene, just like Munchi. A fan base that is genuine and sincere in their love for him. But he’s not Munchi and neither is he a copy, Happy Colors is his own man and it shows in his unique sound and style. We feel honoured to have this future Trans Bass legend on our label for this release.
You can grab this beauty in Wav format and MP3 format in digital stores worldwide.
On his first EP for Generation Bass he explores 90BPM and delivers 2 Zoukesque tracks that had us grinning from ear to ear when we first heard them.
”Zuki Zuki”, the title track of the EP takes you into a different world, a bass-filled one. This track embodies the Happy Colors sound but kicks it up another notch. The track commences with Happy Colors’ trademark synth sound and delves into sexy and groovy rhythms, urban beats and all round bassy goodness. Once every few bars, something new comes in that surprises you and keeps you locked in to the track anticpating what will come next. Zuki Zuki is a great example of how a track can be interesting and fresh throughout without deviating from it’s main theme and concept.
The second track, ”Matanza”, starts with a snare loop, similar to the vibes you get from a Tecnobrega tune, and it is acompanied with some interesting vocal cuts that Happy Colors has been giving us in his music since he started out. The bass starts pumping, leaving you in wild anticipation of what’s coming. Then it comes and it’s total mayhem. Throughout the track, everything changes. Happy Colors stands out from many producers in his ability to mix and fuse genres and concepts with seemingly effortless ease. This track is a great example of that. Percussion heavy, bass heavy, sexy and hypnotic.
Don’t sleep on this artist, well you won’t be able to because his sound will awaken you from your slumber!
Artwork: Steve Ohh
Happy Colors aka Hector Mendoza is 20 years old and originally from the Dominican Republic. He started making music after moving to Miami, Florida when he was 13 years old.
“I used to rap when I was in High school but stopped after I heard “Sandungeo” by Munchi, that’s when I started to produce music and make Moombahton”. His first ever official release was on Mad Decent, a remix he did for GTA “Booty Bounce”. His music has been supported by some of his heroes like Munchi and others like DJ Blass, Branko, Crookers, Diplo, Major Lazer, Nadastrom, and DJ Craze amongst many others.
Mp3’s now available for free for 48 hours on that lil’ kick-ass label called Generation Bass whose revolving door comprises of future stars that sends others scrambling to sign up to various things after we introduce them.
If you wanna know who are some of the future stars of our scene then just keep your eye on our digital label.
If you’re into WAV files then you can proceed to buy the EP in Wav from BEATPORT.
Please go to Soundcloud to download it:
The Black Soul EP is Zhe Pechorin’s second great release for Generation Bass. This Serbian producer’s first EP was the amazing “Smiling Tribes” that sent pulses racing and had producers clamouring for collaborations with her. It is a must have and so go and check it and grab it if you have not done so already.
This second EP is an absolute must have too, it captivates you with its driving percussion, hypnotic synths, and compelling drums. Every track is a sonic journey of its own.
The first track is the title track of the EP, “Black Soul”. It starts with a compelling vocal sample that simply states “Oh Yeah” and that guides you throughout the song with a spot on 808 drum. Then suddenly the sound takes a different turn, the rhythm gets more complex whilst continuing to retain the grooviness. Meanwhile, the synth interchanges with the vocal as your guide and keeps you locked into the deep hypnotic vibe of the track.
Next up is the brilliant “Delírio”. The Portuguese word for delusion. An apt title that ought to keep you guessing as to what to expect from the track. It starts with a drone-ish sound that gradually builds into a fuller sound followed by another great vocal sample with a more Blues based tone. When that Bluesy vocal kicks in, that’s when the fun starts. A mesmerising track that would not be out of place as the soundtrack to some strange David Lynch film noir.
“Outro Mundo” closes the EP and it’s a track that clearly shows the fine detail that Zhe Pechorin puts in her productions, especially with the percussion. If you know your Portuguese, you probably know “Outro Mundo” means “Another World”. In Portugal this word is very often used as to describe something that’s out of this world. (Isto é algo de outro mundo). And it’s actually the best way to describe this track; it’s something “otherworldly”.
All in all, Zhe Pechorin once again delivers with style, grace and poise, sounds and riddims that many could only dream of creating. She is a name to watch out for in 2014 and beyond. Be prepared to hear a lot more from this brilliant new artist.
This gorgeous EP enjoyed its worldwide Premiere on The Fadera few weeks ago.
Now it is available for purchase at all Digital stores worldwide.
Generation Bass presents: Bison & Squareffekt – Odyssey of the Mind EP
After the massive Tarraxinha EP we dropped just a short while ago by Bison, this awesome producer returns. And he’s bringing a friend! Squareffekt (aka Miguel Afonso) is another Lisbon born producer, adding some lush melody lines to Bison’s rhythmic approach. Squareffekt is also a visual artist and really gets Bison to open more to an almost pop side. On his first EP the percussion rattled the cages and the kick drums almost reluctantly gave way to bass lines and melodies but this is some serious emotional vibes. Love songs for Central Africa. Or Love Songs for The Blade Runner Percussion Ensemble would also be fitting names for this new strand fusing Tarraxinha & Zouk Bass!
There are only three cuts on here, but you can feel the concentration and power of all three of them directly. The EP kicks off with the title track “Odyssey of the Mind” which has a long, lush, sensitive melody oozing out its pores. It almost sounds like some of that good trance, before all those Dutch DJ’s ruined it with their arms in the air, slowed down to a 90 bpm crawl. Synth arpeggio’s fly all around and synth strings cover you like a warm blanket. Tremendous stuff! The second one “Solaris” is slightly colder, like the original Russian film of the same title. Confusing, yet accessible music. I love how that bass line counters and accents the synth melody. The rhythmic elements are completely in service to the song here and make a perfect blend of synth driven pop and the typical Tarraxinha rhythms and percussion. The final track “Night Crawlers” continues along that line, with slightly more congas to the front of the mix and accents in the synths that support the beat.
Dreamy, cool stuff from these two guys that are bringing something new to Tarraxinha and Zouk Bass and something that fuses the 2 effortlessly. A new, mutant strand of African Diaspora has emerged from Lisbon and these two are stretching it out as far as possible! This is Future Zouk!