BANGANAGANGBANGERS – Resurrection [GENERATION BASS PREMIERE]

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BANGANAGANGBANGERS is a Dutch bass-collective, whose Loyalty Lane EP we really enjoyed before. The Tilburg-based group is currently releasing new tracks for their King Abbott EP, which will be released may 26th. The first single, Execute, was featured on Nest HQ and the second track, Ashes, was premiered at Booms and Claps.

Today they’re releasing the third track, Resurrection, and we got the premiere for you!
Resurrection starts with a marching clap, that gets followed by a menacing synth and floating hihats, which will suck you right into the track. When the buildup joins this melody, it will give a juke-like feeling, but when the complete drums kick in, it shows the real energy of this banger. It’s the heavy hitting bass, the sawing synth and the fast drums that make this a typical BANGANA-track.

June 11th the group will host their releaseparty for the complete EP in 013, Tilburg. They invited Ivy Lab, Rachel Green, Subp Yao, Lifecycle and Know V.A. to join them in this bass-madness.

Be the first to listen to Resurrection here:

Essential EP’s #10

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So far 2016 has continued the powerful, lively music spirit of the second half of 2015, delivering just as much if not more fantastic releases in a short time. The avant-garde club movement is still leading the transformation of the music landscape, which now seems to be slowly moving out of its chaotic singularity and slowly solidifying into a new configuration. Some shift can be witnessed already:

1.) the increasing rise to high fame of the avant-garde club movements and its most orominent artists, not in a ‘commercial dance’ way but rather as a form of high art and culture, joining, like the jazz movement, the canon of classical music (Sonic Acts Academy more or less takes this approach)

2.) an ever closer approach of the old global bass approach towards the avant-garde club sound (ATODAMADRE‘s remix pack testifies of this and there are many more examples)

3.) the club underground is not only fusing with global bass, but also increasingly with the (excuse my problematic term use) “post-internet” underground, particularly its recent wave of nightcore, kawaii retro-rave and fascination with non-ironic kitchy angelic aesthetics, thereby moving away from the more dark neo-cyberpunk flavoured flavours (these three directions are then yet joined all together most prominently by visionary duo Ideal Corpus who have pioneered this unique combination of styles ever since they started back in the days)

Does this essential selection reflect all of these shifts adequately? No. Yet they are so fundamental that I had to spread out a clearer picture of the developments of the beginning of this year over two episodes. Wait for the next one, it’s coming up soon!

1. Moro SAN BENITO (NON)

The Argentinian conservatory musician Moro’s masterpiece San Benito is by far the most essential release to have come out in the first months of the year for many reasons, but foremostly because he is the first (as far as I know) Latin American artist to have released on the NON label. This is a milestone not that many people might realise. NON’s mission is to unearth the treasures of pan-African identity and heritage from centuries of colonial oppression and erasure. Nowhere is this erasure and mental colonalism more refinedly vicious and hidden than in Latin America. Argentina in particular. Some Latin American countries, Brazil in particular, have a clear longstanding and long celebrated African heritage, which even there is still ridden with anti-blackness shame and internalised white supremacy. Yet in Argentina however, the once considerable afro-descendant population it once had, along with its cultural heritage, has been systematically dilluted and obscured upon the 20th century waves of European immigration, a largely forgotten history even inside Argentina.

SAN BENITO is exemplary of the awakening of the African heritage and black identity in Latin America, which has never gotten the deserved recognition as an essential pillar of Latin culture as indigenous heritage has. The productions forcefully rub away the thick layers of Europeanisation that have rendered the African origins of Argentinian folk music, tango in particular, unrecognisable. The skeletal, industrial rhythms, powerful water sounds, screams and ambient pads create an atmosphere of cosmic tension. The legacy of generations of oppression and injustice, gathered into an oceanic reservoir of resistance, beating against the fortified coast of the dominant, colonial privileges in cultural consciousness, not only in Argentina but everywhere.

>> PURCHASE <<

2. Endgame Savage EP (Purple Tape Pedigree)

London underground OG Endgame is one of my most personally underrated favourites in terms of blog support. His style, holding the perfectly balanced middle between dembow or tarraxo rhythms and melodic grime as well as between dancable club or rave music with music and music to be consumed as a conceptual artistic experience. Savage EP is his newest EP, released last month by the influential avant-garde club label & platform Purple Tape Pedigree, which has also released work by other important club producers such as Joey la Beija, Eaves or MM.

Most tracks on the EP are ‘riddims’, whether that is a symbolic reference the shared Jamaican heritage of both reggaeton and grime or an invitation to bridge the culture of track-centred club culture with the MC-based culture of dancehall is left to guess. But music wise it certainly does both at the same time. Endgame captures the energy of both afro-Latin urban styles and London’s basement futurism with a delicate sound that is equally capable of standing on its own as it could would be perfect beats for dancehall, reggaeton or rap artists to complete with vocals.

>> BUY HERE <<

3. uv ac unverified ep

I’ve known uv ac, short for unverified account, only since Ideal Corpus‘ online streaming event ‘c a r e‘ which I visited recently. It was a fascinating experience, especially because it was held not in a youtube-sharing platform like the URL FUTUREFEST, but in a Tinychat video chatroom, where the artists performed live on webcam, varying between DJ’ing, livesets, live MC’ing and live dance performances. uv ac is a perfect example of a whole new upcoming movement of artists – of which Kamixlo’s brother Uli-K is one of the most prominent – who not only combine and reinterpret a wide number of genres, but use these sounds to create whole new vocal songs. This pushing the disappearance of the divide between track based electronic/club music and vocal music beyond the realm of hiphop and grime, which is a very exciting development. Next to that, this movement differs from the main trend in the avant-garde club scene of using dystopian, ethereal cyber-futuristic imagery, going instead for a sound and aesthetics reflecting non-ironic ‘kitschy’ angelic cuteness and emo-romanticism, fused with the nostalgic smoothness of mid 00’s RnB and zouk. This style will definitely grow bigger this year and we at Generation Bass are already feeling it.

I must confess that I wasn’t able to watch the entire event all the time and I missed uv ac’s performance so to my shame I have no idea yet who is behind this account. I will get more information soon!

>> FREE DOWNLOAD <<

4. #INTERNETISFAMILY (GoldenHall Records)

This compilation has been out for a while already but unfortunately, I haven’t had the occasion yet to blog it so far. GoldenHall Records is a relatively new label & collective focusing on juke, future bass and avant-garde club music in Europe. After releasing a number of individual singles over the last year, #INTERNETISFAMILY is their first compilation pack, with 11 diverse tracks in different flavours including juke, grime, baltimore club, jersey club, post-trap and anything in between. As Generation Bass we’ve always been enthousiastic about bringing different underground flavours and genres together and collectives like this are a good example of how scenes joining forces together like a family will likely reach ever wider audiences in the near future, URL as well as IRL.

>> FREE DOWNLOAD <<

5. #weirdkids 003 (#weirdkids)

#weirdkids is another cross-scene underground initiative but rather focusing on accessibility, they go for the most boundary crossing extravangance and creativity. Last week, they released their third compilation with 19 wildly experimental, futuristic club tracks that range between hardcore-juke, ambient trap, post-vaporwave, kawaii club, witch-grime, deconstructed dream-trance and more. It wouldn’t do justice to specifically spotligth specific artists or tracks because they’re all equally groundbreaking. Keep expecting more from #weirdkids.. we at Generation Bass are a fan!

>> BUY HERE <<

6. Mermaid Comp Vol.2 (HTS)

HTS, acronym for Handle The Sound, is a Lille based label curated by Classical Trax family member Juliette Boos. The label has been active for over three years now, but after a short series of sporadic single releases, came to full force with the first volume of Mermaid Compilation. In continuation of the first edition, Vol.2 brings 10 diverse, expressive club tracks again, with influences from juke, ambient grime, baltimore club, dembow, future tarraxo and more. Less future-beats flavoured melodic maximalism this time and more stomping drums and conceptual ambient filling. What makes this compilation especially essential, next to the music in itself, is that it shows the extent to which all kinds of flavours and sounds have firmly become part of the repertoire of club music as a new umbrella.

>> FREE DOWNLOAD <<

7. D-DOTs FAYA EP

Then now a major shoutout to two producers who are pioneering the middle ground between the sound of the avant-garde club movement and old ‘global bass’. D-DOTs from London, whom we featured frequently before, is the first I want to spotlight. His soundcloud and previous releases record shows his musical background in genres like moombahton, kuduro, zouk bass and jungle terror. With Faya EP, he takes a new direction, focusing less on EDM-esque buildups, drops and ‘crazy laser synths’, and more on the rhythms themselves. These are not as skeletal and mechanical as with most club producers yet but they definitely have a much more grungy club vibe about them than most of global bass’ persistent tendency to wrap the beats into fruity, pseudo-Caribbean always-summer-fantasy flavours. This is definitely an exciting development if any movement of bridging the two worlds might emerge, we’d be stoked to assist. As for ‘Faya’, I don’t know if there’s a relation with the Surinamese word ‘faya’, which can mean ‘fire’ as well as ‘fucked up’, in any possible interpretation for each, or if it means something else. I’d be curious to know…

>> DOWNLOAD <<

8. Kid Cala TECHBOW

The other, even clearer example is Kid Cala from Madrid. We first found out about his music via a Caballito project already three years ago, featuring a very early zouk-bass/lento track, which was even before my time as a blogger. Ever since, he has pushed a diverse, never conforming spectrum of sounds, some more or less following trends in global bass, while others staying closer to the roots in dominican dembow, reggaeton or the hiphop side of trap. Even more interestingly, he also never persistently conformed to popular formulaic aesthetics going around in the wider global bass world as, ‘cartoonesque exotisation & objectification of ass’, ‘colourful fruits & jungle animals’, ‘hipster babes’, ‘aztec astronauts’ and so on. Instead, by varying different things and developing a unique style he comes very close to the Dutch ‘urban-eclectic’ approach to sounds like moombahton. I realise only now that he never got the recognition for that here on the blog.

Already with his previous EP, ‘Damnbow‘ (which we slept on..), he decided to push his passion for doing something unique into new territory by drawing in flavours from grime, dark trap, chicago drill, King Doudou-esque future reggaeton and avant-garde club music. This line is continued in his freshest release, a bootleg pack of classic tunes from the early heydays of techno and trance, recontextualised with energetic rhythmical flavours of dominican dembow, bubbling, jersey club and trap.

>> FREE DOWNLOAD << (>> DAMNBOW <<)

9. Halp Polar (Golden Mist Records)

I recently found out that I happen to have plenty of IRL common friends with Halp, an upcoming experimental ambient producer from Amsterdam whom I still haven’t had the occasion yet to meet in person. I found out about him both via the Classical Trax community and especially via his exciting ‘Untitled Piano Tune‘ contribution to Oracles’ Divination II compilation, supported in our 8th Essential EP’s edition. While his previous album ‘~~~‘ – released by the American label NOREMIXES under his other artist project Dow Jones Brotherhood – already incorporated lots of grime and club influences blended into a largely a-rhythmical ambient-noise environment, with Polar, he fully dedicated himself to the characteristic fusion of dystopian-futuristic grime melodies and stomping mechanical, decontructed club beats. Especially from a producer point of view, Halp is certainly one of the few lead representatives of the current wave of avant-garde club music and now this world is opening up in this country right now as we speak, we will certainly hear more from him this year.

>> BUY HERE << (also >> GRAB HIS FREE EP << produced together with Brooklyn producer Copout)

https://soundcloud.com/goldenmist/sets/halp-polar-gmr002

10. SATURATED VOL. 5 (Saturaterecords)

For a long time, the common expectations were that futurebeats, the maximalistic, melodic & crispy next generation of bass music, would be the uncontested successor umbrella of EDM. But, as with many predictions, it didn’t happen that way. Yet, futurebeats nevertheless managed to become and stay a stong, interconnected semi-underground scene of artists with diverse approaches and sounds. It is therefore even the more interesting how futurebeats is developing now, as the avant-garde club scene is gaining influence and the notion of ‘club music’ is now taking on the designated role of the new umbrella for electronic music. One of the most prominent similarities is the influence of grime on both movements. Grime occupies a peculiar place in the family tree of ‘UK-bass’ music, not entirely hiphop, not ‘dance music’ such as the way in which dubstep evolved when becoming ‘incorporated’ into the umbrella of EDM. It might be grime’s background as an MC-centred genre which has created a certain minimalism, which is one of the main refreshing style-breaks in sound of today, compared to ‘bass music’s American interpretation focused on loud and crazy low-frequency textures. Maximalism vs. minimalism is still an important difference between the sound of future beats and avant-garde club, but the difference is becoming smaller.

The experimental futurebeats label Saturaterecords is always the best indicator of how things will develop in the near future. Grime is one of the main flavours on the enormous compilation and among its 31 tracks, there are already several who would fit equally well on more club-oriented fusion labels such as GoldenHall, #weirdkids or HTS. Also interesting is the compilation’s step towards the psychedelic side of bass music, especially in the visual design, paving the way for two new directions at the same time, while staying accessible for a broad audience.

BANGANAGANGBANGERS‘ mixtape dedicated to the release

>> FREE DOWNLOAD <<

Three Amsterdam Dance Event parties you have to check out! – Part 1: ‘BANGANA INVITES’

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While I am at Afrofuturism Now! in Rotterdam for the rest of the week, there are three events at the Amsterdam Dance Event we really want to spotlight: BANGANA INVITES, RIMBOE RIDDIM and LIQUORISH RECORDS. If you’re around Amsterdam this week you definitely have to check them out!

BANGANAGANGBANGERS are an upcoming innovative bass crew whose filthy, energetic style we’ve been digging for a while now. The exciting thing is that they can translate new flavours to a more mainstream audience while maintaining the essence of the underground.

This year is the second time they host an night at the Amsterdam Dance Event and will put on a show that bridges different corners of the bass spectrum. Notable in the lineup is the Grimeyard crew, hosted by Zwart Licht who are the most influential embassadors of the grime in Amsterdam. The Belgian dj Murdock will bring drum ‘n bass, while Eskei83 from Germany takes care of the turntablism. And with Guerilla Speakerz and Brocco, moshpit bangers are guaranteed.

Check out the aftermovie of last year

The party has started just now! Hurry to the North Sea Jazz Club and join the madness!

 

 

Essential EP’s #4

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Exciting releases are coming in a much faster tempo than we can keep up with. That’s why you’ll find some older stuff in here too. We’ve got a diverse selection of styles again. With quite a lot of future bass this time, for Generation Bass standards, but also a couple of impressive classic-tropical releases. Add these treasures to your sets and playlists this summer and get a taste of the directions in which music is heading!

Previous essential EP’s >> #1 ; #2 ; #3

1. Shinji Myst LP

Shinji from Paris is one of the most multi-faceted upcoming young producers today, whose deconstructionist style covers everything between kawaii vibes, classical music, witch house and breakcore. I interviewed him earlier this year and there he announced that his track Vers Les Etoiles was going to be part of a bigger release to be called Myst. This extensive 12-tracks long album is finally out now, released by our friends over at internet-underground label URL Future!

If you liked the emotional delicacy of Vers Les Etoiles, the album is a straight eye opener. Listening to it feels like accompanying the producer’s on an ayahuasca trip into the deepest crypts of his inner being. In an interview with Cvltstars blog Shinji explains: “Myst […] has to be read as a contraction of ‘My Mist’. […] The artwork is a modified picture of me holding a coral, surrounded by an opaque fog […] an insight into the tortured mind behind this…” Myst is the musical crystallisation of Shinji’s philosophy: representing the voice of what he calls the ‘singularities’ of this world. The growing number of rejected young people in our society who fail to find their identity in any existing group, wandering through life like a gasseous molecule in empty space.

Press play and be tossed around the entire emotional spectrum on the waves of ethereal ambient noise, retro-gothic synthpop, neo-classical harmonies, melancholic vaporwave and more.

Download the album for free!

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2. F L ♥ R E S フラワ  ズ 3 EP

URL Future also released another marvelous EP I’ve been sleeping on last month, but which would have been one of my favourites if I had known about it. Flxres (‘flores’ or ‘flares’, not sure..) フラワーズ is a promising new-generation electropop project based in Menifee, USA. At the beginning of this year we announced a comeback of 80s electronica and it is very fascinating to see it happen in front of your eyes. The most exciting thing is that this exploration of 80s and early 90s sounds is led by a generation who hasn’t lived those days, being entirely free from the purist urge to preserve a genre’s ‘heyday sound’ behind sterilised glass walls.

In many ways, ズ 3 EP is in fact much more a fresh eruption out of the depths of the internet than it is a traditional retro-project. The bubbling, subterranean magma goo, gushing out microgenres like witch house, vaporwave and bubblegum bass now seems to bring out a sound that resembles the spirit of 80s, gothic flavoured cyberpunk, reinventing it as if it has never existed before. Long, black trenchcoats, cybernetic implants, rainy neon cityscapes and dim blue lit underground clubs where sweaty industrial bands perform for a small, drugged crowd swaying back and forth to the ethereal, dystopian grooves. Flxres shows a future which is still ahead of us.

Free download here!

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3. Monotronique Afrika EP

Stumbling across this pearl of a release, it’s almost unbelievable to find out how underrated this promising avant-garde grime producer from Ukraine is. His style brings in mind highly respected front-runners like Fatima Al Qadiri.

It may be bold to draw such comparison for a beginning producer but the similarities with Fatima Al Qadiri go even deeper. Afrika EP in essence does with Africa what Fatima’s ‘Asiatisch‘ did with the Far East: it takes you on a virtual trip into an imagined, rather than the actual Africa. By evoking a similarly hollow, plastified experience, it makes you wonder what is left if after all the layers of meaning Western society attaches to the most diverse continent on the planet, have evaporated into the air. What’s left is minimalistic, polyrhythmic percussion, accompanying distant fragmented snippets of imagery that isn’t there and gets destroyed in the experience. This makes Afrika EP therefore vastly different from traditional ‘tribal ambient music’ or artists like Clap Clap, who create a thick, prescribed ambiance that should contrast with our own, unable to free themselves from presenting Africa through ongoing Western cliches of primitive tribalism and savage beauty.

Brilliant avant-garde kuduro from a producer who is there to stay!

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4. Mareaboba Bioamorfo

The Mexican acid-cumbia experimentalist Maraboba is a producer whom we haven’t blogged as much in the past as I expected. Shame on us, because Mareaboba is one of the more interesting names from the still vibrant digital cumbia underground, which is temporarily off my radar but has an important place in my heart.

Bioamorfo is a unique release, coming from the direction of psychedelic cumbia experimentalism of artists like Tu Guaina or 420 Music Flavor, but at the same time becoming so dystopian that it can be seen as an example of the growing fusion of global, non-Western rhythms with the dark-hard side of electronic music.

Caballito is also an interesting label which, like us at Generation Bass, forms in many ways a bridge between and the global avant-garde and the now marginal turn-of-the-decade ‘tropical’ scene which have become completely different worlds.

Grab it for free!

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5. Alfonso Luna Alfonso Luna EP

If there is anyone who stays faithful to the original movement of tribal prehispanico and at the same time keeps innovating it, it is the Monterrey based techno-folklorist Alfonso Luna. He releases exciting new stuff on a monthly basis and, unique for most 3ball producers after the earliest oldskool perdiod, experiments with different rhythms and tempos that deviate from the standard 140 BPM syncopated-cumbia groove.

In Alfonso Luna EP, released by our friends from Kumbale in Germany, he shows the best of the entire spectrum of his diverse style. With tracks like ‘El Dios Luna’ and ‘Mexica’, he deviates even more from the conventional paths than usual, getting into experimental techno and deep-dub territory. 3ball prehispanico and techno go very well together and I hope this EP will inspire producers to release more of such experiments in the near future!

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6. Sonido Berzerk Unworthy EP

On the cover art I made some weeks back I forgot to put a reference to the London based label Etoro Records that released it, so here still a major shoutout. The bass alrounder from Veracruz, Mexico, must be a familiar name for dedicated readers. His eclectic style combines grime, juke, jungle, hiphop, dub and dembow blended together with a melodic chill flavour. This makes him fit seamlessly into the post-EDM global avant-garde, global bass fused with future beats and the internet-underground.

Unworthy EP is such an EP which is as much future beats as it is traditional global bass. Deep dub techno, afrohouse, baile funk, salsa, bachata, juke, kuduro, kizomba, merengue and deephouse.. everything is fused together organically into a thoughtful, slightly melancholic trip which is best listened to alone at a late summer night.

Get it on Bandcamp!

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7. La Fama Blanca Baile Tropicante

Baile tropicalte is a compilation and La Fama Blanca is not technically the author but he is the host of the recurring Baile Tropicante tropical club nights in Lisbon. Even though the tropical movement as we have known it in the past is no longer at the forefront of the global music avant-garde as it was back in 2010, it has retracted into a thriving and vibrant underground which keeps on generating treasures.

This grand compilation features many Generation Bass household names as well as some lesser known artists, all more than worth checking out: the Dutch organic tropical duo UMOJA, the Chilean digital cumbiambero Señor Chancho, the Peruvian rising tropical indie duo Animal Chuki, the Argentinian Latin-dub producer El Barba Dub, the Argentinian tropical bass duo FAAUNA, Caballito Netlabel nestor and tropical vanguardist BIGOTE, the French soulful tropicalist iZem, the Brazilian alternative tropical project Sistema Criolina, the Spanish cumbia fusionist DJ Caution, the Madrid based Colombian organic cumbia duo Guacamayo Tropical, the Mexican extraterrestrial cumbia futurist Asagi Saund, Caballito affiliated ‘graveton’ bangerista Grita, and Kzike Guacamayero Cumbiero who I believe is one half of Guacamayo Tropical.

Baile Tropicante are 15 tracks full of organic dub influenced Afro-Latin grooves. A warm-memory infused sound which, for our generation, can perhaps already be called ‘classic’.

Download track by track on soundcloud!

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8. Moniker Thousand Bit

Bangeristas attention!! The American bass duo Moniker are an upcoming name in the future bass world and his style is absolutely RAD! This is forward-looking bass music at its full potential, involving complex rhythms, diverse percussion sounds and a storehouse of influences when it comes to synth sounds. Much future bass today seems to go down the same road towards destruction as EDM, falling in the pitfall of replicating the same formulas over and over, even before the genre has fully replaced EDM as the new commercial grab bag of everything electronic. But Moniker shows how it can be done and the result is brilliant, intense and uplifting!

Guest appearances are made by the Generation Bass affiliated crew BANGANAGANGBANGERS, the Dutch bass bangerista Subp Yao, the Utrecht based future beats alchemist Frenquency, the enigmatic prodigy Rustybird, and the psychedelic bass alchemist from Cincinnati, Spankalicious.

Free download!

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9.
GROVESTREET
World Series Vol.7

Trax Couture is a London Based avant-garde label, club-night and clothing store created by the forward looking cultural alrounder Rushmore, one of the influential voices of the London club underground. Their monthly ‘World Series’ LP series has been running since about a year now, showcasing the promising underground artists, mainly in the vibrant area where flavours like ghetto-house, vogue grime and juke are constantly being blended into new exciting sounds.

This time (actually I realised the next edition is out already..) it is the internet-underground inspired futurist GROVESTREET, an absolute must-follow for Generation Bass readers, who delivers 5 magnificent tracks which combine the most unlikely genres such as industrial techno, experimental ambient, vaporwave and grime!

Get the EP here!

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10.
 Lege 伝説 
The Colours EP

Lege Kale is a skilled producer whose style reminds in more than one aspect of Mr. Carmack’s uncategorisable eclecticism. It’s not future beats (in the narrow sense), not trap, not instrumental hiphop but truly something in between. “Who cares?” you may ask, but it does matter in a time where most new musicians copy fixed formats all the time and genres, even umbrella terms like EDM and future beats, lose creativity and diversity almost as soon as they become ‘a thing’.

In a sense, ‘The Colours EP’ is the chill answer to Moniker’s ‘Thousand Bit’, also combining catchy beats, delicious polyrhythmic percussion and subtle well-produced synth work in a brilliant way. I’d love to see him collab with Moniker in the future!

Download on Bandcamp!

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11.
Lascivio Bohemia
Le Rumbé Saboralia

It’s been a while since I have had the time and opportunity to pay attention to one of the most promising newcoming labels of last year: Regional from Chile. They’ve released quite some great stuff in the meantime so I picked the release that I found most exciting of all: an experimental 11 track electro-folklore album from the Ecuadorian alrounder Lascivio Bohemia. Cumbia is blended with other prehispanic Andean and Afro-caribbean rthythms such as mambo, dembow and downtempo 3ball, accompanied by extensive sampling and dreamy as well as rough, experimentally flavoured synths.

Le Rumbé Saboralia connects the haydays of Sexxy Saturday Cumbia to the fast changing global music landscape of today!

Grab it now!

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12.
SIMPIG
Strangers LP

SIMPIG, formerly known as the duo Shake it Maschine & Mr.Pigman, from Switzerland are probably a new name for many Generation Bass followers but not if you’re familiar with the vibrant underground of juke, footwork & alternative trap which is constantly feeding new sounds into the future-bass/futurebeats movement. A name to keep an eye on definitely!

Strangers LP is a breathtakingly perfect artwork of complex rhythm and melody. Traces of juke, footwork, jersey club, grime and trap can be recognised but the whole of every track transcends genres completely. The melodic work is a true composition that goes beyond club music, dragging you into an almost cinematic grippingly melancholic, future-noir scenery!

Buy on Junodownload!

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BANGANAGANGBANGERS – Loyalty Lane EP

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The bass-collective BANGANAGANGBANGERS released their new EP on Saturate Records yesterday. The Loyalty Lane EP contains 4 original tracks from these Dutch guys; Elevated and MMTH are straight up bangers with heavy 8bit sounds and Animus and The Cycle are more melodic tunes with some killer drums.

Loyalty Lane also contains some very strong remixes; Moniker, King, Drill Drill, Melle Jutte, Conrank, Synch Preach and Quagga sprinkled their magic on the tracks. You can listen to the whole EP and remixes on the BANGANAGANGBANGERS’ soundcloud or download it for free at the Saturate bandcamp.

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Cyber Ghetto is the Most Exciting Thing on the Internet and Ruth Explains What it is [Interview]

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Good chance you’ve seen it around on Generation Bass (here and here) and for a reason: Cyber Ghetto will be the trend to watch in 2015. We teamed up with Ruth, the forward-looking, upcoming style-icon from Antwerp, Belgium who created the influential tumblr blog Cyber Ghetto, to bring a fresh combination of fashion and music on the dancefloor.

The first edition will be SATURDAY 31 JANUARY, in Zappa, August Leyweg 6 Antwerpen (Belgium). Expect a wild mix of live hip-hop, trap, drill and future bass that will turn you up to the max!!

GET YOUR TICKET HERE!

Headliner GAMEFACE made a promo-mixtape for us with exclusives from his upcoming EP!

https://soundcloud.com/officialgameface/little-set/s-Vexk7

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LINE-UP:

22.00 – 22.30 > KRULE SADAH (live)

22.30 – 23.45 > BIBISECK

23.45 – 01.00 > RNDM ✯ KDNE

01.00 – 02.15 > DiVi$UAL

02.15 – 03.30 > GAMEFACE

03.30 – 04.45 > JAMAL

04.45 – 06.00 > BANGANAGANGBANGERS

Hosted by: MC FELONIOUS FRO

In the coming weeks, building up towards the event, we will put these artists in the spotlights on Generation Bass!

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For who only reads music blogs: Tumblr is by far most creative melting-pot on the internet and the cradle, or main growing soil, of almost every style innovation over the last five years. It is the place where online micro-genres and aesthetics emerge, acquire a name and a cult-following and spread until they are picked up by the mainstream media or go viral via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. The viral waves from kawaii and seapunk to soft-grunge and now health goth, would have been impossible without Tumblr. Cyber ghetto is a promising, upcoming name to be added to this list.

Tumblr is the internet in a nutshell. The fluidness of posting and reposting single images, GIFs, mp3s or short pieces of text, without context creates a chaotic deconstructionism where every combination becomes possible. The uniqueness of Tumblr is in the specific combinations that are made between different pictures, devoid of a fixed, logical coherence. Powerful Tumblr trends have something that resonates on a subconscious level with how many teens today experience their lives.

Cyber ghetto is such a combination, which fuses elements of seapunk, kawaii, grunge, and late 90s early 00s urban fashion, oldskool as well as late hip-hop and electronic music. As Ruth explains on the site: “I took different aspects from different styles I’ve put them together and that makes cyber ghetto.  You’re not necessarily cyber ghetto if you wear a tattoo choker. Sometimes I reblog harajuku or Japanese fashion and Japanese fashion isn’t cyber ghetto even tho they wear platforms.”

The recent rise of platform shoes, tattoo chokers, thick 90s-style cornrows, and tennis skirts, on the web, in music video’s and, slowly, on the streets, is for a major part due to cyber ghetto, in combination with super innovative clothing stores like The Public Image.

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I asked Ruth to tell me what it takes to ‘be cyber ghetto’..

R: There’s no fixed rule, like a specific ethnicity, background, music or clothing style, which decides whether or not you can call yourself cyber ghetto. It is a combination of the many different things that influence my life. On the blog you see stuff related to trap, hardcore, black culture, tekno or scene, to mention a few. Most important are self-confidence and an obsession with the internet!

Cyber ghetto is all about the turnup life that I’m living. I love going to many different parties, chilling and having a good time. People should have something they can look forward to and free themselves from stress.

GB: How did you come up with the idea?

R: In real life, I am a girl who mainly goes to hardcore, tekno and acid parties but also enjoys listening to hip-hop music. During my teenage years, I’ve always been that girl in class standing out when it comes to clothes. Expressing myself through how I look is my second nature. In daily life, I always combine little elements of all the different music scenes I am involved in.

Cyber ghetto started when I began to make my tumblr more personal, looking for things that represented me and also started to post a lot. I never intended cyber ghetto to become a net-trend, but since it began to attract much attention, it eventually became one. Unfortunately, my original idea also watered down as many people on Tumblr started to copy it, narrowing it down to what they think it is.

It’s not that cyber ghetto IS pink stuff, big booty bitches, weed and trap imagery. Not at all. It may have those things, but at the end of the day, what counts is that they are part of my personal expression, coming straight from my mind. I won’t limit myself.

GB: How, in your experience, does the internet influence the way in which people choose and express their identity?

R: Being on the internet taught me so much over the last years. There are a lot of things you’re not prepared for if you aren’t used to a certain level of attention. In real life, I am a very open person and online to, but I soon found out that many people will criticise and judge things about you that are none of their business. But that didn’t stop me from being the girl who I am and always was. Getting so much positive as well as negative attention on the internet made me a strong person, also in real life. There are lot of people on the internet who change their behaviour in order to pease their followers or fans. I can understand very well why they do it but it’s just not who I am.

GB: What kinds of people have been interested in cyber ghetto so far?

R: Many different kinds of people, which makes me really happy. I get messages from people who are into hardcore, insecure black girls who look up to me because they see that I am comfortable with myself, transgenders, depressed teens with blogs full of black-and-white pictures. But, also brands, artists and online stores. I remember my first cyber ghetto related e-mail and I was really in a shock, suddenly realising that I had created something that people seriously liked.

GB: People sometimes complain that online micro-subcultures can be very alive on the internet but never reach the real world. How is cyber ghetto doing outside on the streets in Antwerp and beyond?

R: Good question. Cyber ghetto is more of an internet-thing than a real-life trend and I like it that way. It’s like you have something that nobody knows about and you don’t really understand if you aren’t part of the Tumblr community. What I did notice is that elements of cyber ghetto are becoming very widespread on Tumblr and that people in real life base their style on Tumblr as a whole rather than just one blog or trend. So you indeed do see tennis skirts, tattoo chokers and platforms finding their way to the streets these days, but that isn’t necessarily part of the cyber ghetto life style.

GB: What can Generation Bass readers expect from you in 2015?

R: A lot, really a lot! People should know that I am enormously determined and never let a chabce go by. I can’t give any details yet but I advise you to keep an eye on me. As a matter of fact, I am e-mailing with some people right now and it’s super exciting. I truly feel like a kid in a candy store who can grab candies for free.

One thing that I can say is: come to Zappa, Antwerp, Saturday the 31st of January.. The turn up is gonna be reaaalllll !!!

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Check out the promo shoot for the party, with clothes from The Public Image >>

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BANGANAGANGBANGERS goes ADE

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Once in a while you discover these kind of acts that literally blow your mind. The Dutch BANGANAGANGBANGERS collective was one of those acts for me, about a year ago. The guys keep growing and growing and not only make quirky productions like ‘LPHNT‘ and their latest release, a refix of Odesza’s ‘Say My Name‘, but they also know how to make this work during their live performances. Inspired by the likes of Joker, G Jones, Boeboe and Eprom they bring their bass with 3 DJ’s, 1 energetic MC and producer Steady Mobbin’. This brought them to Dutch festivals like Paaspop, Solar and Decibel already.

On wednesday the 15th of October their bringing their absolute A-game; they join forces with the Eindhoven based Biki90 to organize their own night at the mighty Amsterdam Dance Event, called BIKIBANGERS. Therefor they’ve invited their friends Lola, Cesqeaux, Losco, Guerilla Speakerz and Karimooo in the North Sea Jazz Club.

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Make sure to follow their soundcloud and check their facebook regularly, because they are also skilled in photoshop and got a good sense of humor (in Dutch though).

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