URL Future’s ⒺⓂⓄⒿⒾ ⒸⓄⓂⓅⒾⓁⒶⓉⒾⓄⓃ is Rad !!

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I was too late to announce the plug.dj virtual live showcase which was held last week Sunday, but the 10-track Soundcloud compilation came online this week and the tracklist is gold!

The theme was ’emotional electronic music’, which was translated in a multitude of different styles and flavours from retro-gothic synthpop and Jersey club to breaktbeat, moombahdeep and ‘vapor-noir’ flavoured hiphop, delivered by familiar names and newcomers to the URL Future family!

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Tracklist:

1. Audioviscerate Suction Cup Scum

2. J.Holiday Bed (ZZZ Remix)

3. CND9 Foehn in The Jungle

4. Cora Violet Moon Sad Snowman Emoji

5. Danky Stompin’

6. MiscellaneousT Messy (High Score VIP)

7. Shinji Empathy (Crystal Castles Cover)

8. Squirrely Bass  ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) (Biggie X Tyga Lil Wayne)

9. TCP – IP さん Cantforget

10. WΔGNΞR ¥ΔRDS✞ΞP  GLVG IV

CELT ISLAM – FREEZE EP [ELECTRO B-BOY DUB]

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We love to support the unique talent that is Celt Islam. Here he is for the second time today and with his new EP he momentarily veers away from the Sufi Dub to play around with 80’s B-Boy Electro and he injects some dub into that too. Check it, really good stuff.

An exclusive collection of unreleased tracks going back over a decade with an Electro B Boy Dub driven world dub twist by Celt Islam.

Muhammad Abdullah Hamzah , Mian Rahman , David Vause and Abdashakur Higgins .

Maga Bo & Process Rebel : Lanekasi EP Feat. Teba Shumba

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Great meeting of men here, USA via Netherland’s Process Rebel and Brazil’s Transnational Bass original Maga Bo and also a great meeting of minds and musical ideas. They also recruit Capetown’s Teba Shumba on vox for a mesmerizing foray into dark Kwaito, Dub-Tribal, Industrial and Tropical riddims for a truly Transnational affair.

The EP opens with the dark, brooding Kwaito of the title track with Teba singing in his native slang that combines the languages of Zulu and Xhosa but sounding like he could have come from the son of a Ragga God.

“Like A Punk” is my fave with its Post-Apocalyptic Dub-Tribal stylings making the track a perfect fit as soundtrack material for any Boyle/Coppola flick. Real killa track and that bassline is raw!

“Tropical Operator Riddim” continues the Tropical Rainforest theme that underpins the whole EP. With shakers and a typically Amazon type melody this track is the soundtrack to your journey into the deepest heart of the Brazilian Rainforest.

The final track, “For The Grace” re-works the previous track with the addition of Shumba’s African influence that makes the track come alive and ready for the underground dancefloors of the world.

A great Transnational offering to the Gods! Cop it from Bandcamp.

Transnational bass ambassador Maga Bo (Rio) meets the genre-slippery but industrially heavy Process Rebel (Amsterdam) to create an EP that explodes fresh amalgams of urban electronic music. The producers enlisted Teba Shumba (Cape Town) for lyrics and vocals when the three had a chance meeting in Amsterdam during overlapping European tours. All of the vocal recording and final mixes were done at Process Rebel’s studio in Amsterdam.

Here’s a couple of cool promo vids too:

Coco Bryce – Rave The City

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After spending a few days with this dude in Hungary a few years ago, we’ll love this guy forever. We don’t just love him for that though as he’s a real music head and a great producer and DJ to boot.

He just dropped this lazy end of summer liquidy mix of awesome Breakbeat, Rave, Jungle and Hardcore tunage packed to the brim with interesting stuff.

KINKY ELECTRIC NOISE : AfroLatinBeatz – Sunset Mix

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Feeling the moodz, cutz & transitions on this mixtape and a great funky vibe from one of Miami’s Digital Cumbia Dons.

“AfroLatinBeatz mixes new and classic African and Latin influenced remixes from around the globe with an emphasis on hard funk and swinging breakbeats. Some of the musical styles covered in this mix include latin funk, afrobeat, salsa, boogaloo, rhumba and more. Just like the title suggests this mix is best enjoyed with a sunset to compliment the music found within.”

1. Brownout – Slinky (Caz Remix)
2. Danny Massure – Nows Da Time (Danny Massure Afro Instrumental)
3. Bombastic Jam – Revolucion Valiente (Los Chicos Altos Remix)
4. Noema – Iko Iko (Dub)
5. Afrolicious – Do What You Got To Do (Lucio K Remix)
6. Brownout – Olvidalo (Jeremy Sole Remix)
7. Funky Bijou Breaks Aka Stereophonk – Bonus Jump Up Break
8. Jungle Fire – Comencemos (Renegades Of Jazz Remix)
9. Tito Puente – Ran Kan Kan (Thunderball Vs. Fort Knox Five Remix)
10. Voodoocuts – Mi Boogaloop
11. Fania All Stars vs Empresarios – Ponte Duro (Empresarios Dubplate Especial)

Momo Project UK [Music of Moroccan Origin]

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In 2001 the original Momo released a ground breaking album called “The Birth of Dar”DAR (Digital And Roots).

Dar Music is bloody foreigner music.

The album was a milestone in the fusion of Trancey Moroccan music with House, Techno & Breakbeat and was one of the most credible fusion releases at the time, which still stands the test of time today.

There was a remix on the album by Steve Hillage called “Digital Garab-Ministry of Bullshit (The Steve Hillage Remix)” and it’s still one of the best North African Club numbers in the history of this kind of music. I can tell you it always had a constant presence in my DJ crates and at all of my gigs at the time and many years thereafter and each and every time, it always killed it!

This is that track:

Sadly the group did not last for longer than that one now classic album.

But there’s good news one of the members Tahar Elidrissi has now reformed the project under this new name and here’s what he is up to. I hope there’s a lot more to come because this band were pretty innovative for their time and that classic album is still nestled in my DJ crates some 13 years after its release.

Hayej هايج [Tunisian Bass]

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Experimental, dark, broody & industrial Noize/Dubstep/Breakbeat courtesy of Tunisian Electronic/Bass producer Hayej drawing parallels to the work of Muslimgauze & Mutamassik.

Great to hear these kinds of sounds coming from places like Tunisia.  Pretty MAD!

Sexxy *Friday* Cumbia – Quick Weekend Roundup

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This weekend I’ll be on a family trip without time to blog.. so it’s going to be an early weekend roundup tonight. Enough time to select the newest tracks for your sets this weekend!

Usually, the mixtapes start piling up towards the end of the week. This week started with a delicious mixtape from the Haarlem based duo UMOJA for the transnational music platform Groovalizacion. Plenty of groovy, organic vintage tunes from all over the tropics in this one.. Get more info on Umoja and on this great mix here!

Usually the tracks from Tu Guaina have a dark and barren vibe about them, which I always dig a lot. In this light-deep cumbia experiment, we’ll get to see another side of his emotional spectrum, but of course equally awesome and mind-altering!

Dj Caution connects smoothly to this dreamy cumbia trip. In ‘Cholula’, meditative, deep electronic sounds, Andes flutes and accordion samples flow together in a deliciously slow cumbia groove!

Grupo Jejeje is an exponent of what seems to be a wholly new style of cumbia. Electronic, mysterious but different from any of the other nu-cumbia styles we’ve seen so far. This fantastic track is my personal favourite this weekend: cumbia with dark, melodic synth sounds that give it an almost gothic/witch house kindof atmosphere!

Not long ago, I posted a mixtape from the Zürich based producer-dj El Gayo Negro. This week he released two great tracks!

One melodic tune, ‘El Camino Claro’,  with a fair dose of dance-drive!

And ‘Chambeando’, a deliciously minimalistic cumbia track which spices up organic percussion with subtle hihats!

On my quick exploration tour for new artists, I stumbled upon the great Chilean band Anarkia Tropikal, which fuses the vintage psychedelic sound of chicha with reggae, dub and punk.. they’ve uploaded lots of tracks over the last days which you should definitely check out ! Here I to excellent examples:

Zombie-themed cumbia with a surprise at the end..

..and an anti-fascistic dub-rock-cumbia fusion whith another kind of surprise at the end that is maybe even crazier than the in the zombie track!

The same goes for the hyper-productive digitropical fanatic 4:20 Music Flavor.. But of the three tunes he released this week, the only cumbia tune was this cumbia-breakbeat-bass fusion.. ‘De la chingada’!

https://soundcloud.com/4-20-music-flavor/de-la-chingada

Here in The Netherlands, festival season is just around the corner and I think everywhere Dj’s are preparing for the bigger stages.. so I’ll close this week with the tunes from this week that should not be missing in your sets this summer!

The mashups from the channel Mashup Mexico are always the most unique, creative blends of styles imaginable. This week they’ve subjected Amy Whinehouse to a thorough cumbia-makeover!

https://soundcloud.com/mashup-latinoamerica/mashup-mexico-rehab-al-limite

On Facebook, Erick Jaimez suggested that Tiësto should play this at Ultra Festival this weekend. I assured this up and coming producer from Dallas that this day will come! And of course, Generation Bass wants to help wherever possible to make this come true. So @tiesto, if you still read this on time.. make sure you insert this track into your set and rock Miami with ‘El Nuevo Chuntaro Style’!!

https://soundcloud.com/erickjaimez/erick-jaimez-el-nuevo-chuntaro

For the fans of cumbia villera, Buenos Aires based cumbia vocalist Jackita just announced a new album with covers of legendary villera-songs, passionately named “cumbiera no se hace, cumbiera se nace” (“You don’t become a cumbia-girl, you’re born one”)!

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With this track as a first foretaste! Grab it here for free!

But the most epic banger of this week is without any doubt Yelram Selectah‘s cumbification of the EDM banger that was the powerful kickoff for 2014.. This one more than deserves to boom not just all over Ultra Festival this weekend, but in every possible club!!

https://soundcloud.com/yelramselectah/steve-aoki-diplo-deorro-freak

..and you are going to take care of that!

Jon Kwest x Munchi – Boom Bap Back

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Jon Kwest x Munchi – Boom Bap Back features Jon Kwest and Munchi (doh), being released by Selegna Records. What is Boom Bap you ask? If you remember the hip-hop stuff from the late 80’s, early-mid 90’s, that’s pretty much what boom bap is. It went out of style a bit in the hip-hop production circle after those times (when’s the last time you’ve heard a boom bap style track reach the top charts?; although Trillmatic by A$AP Mob is a close one).

As the title describes it, Jon Kwest and Munchi are bringing boom bap back, with a brand fresh take on it. They did an awesome job on this, on every single track.

First track is Dirtbag Riddim by Jon Kwest. You can’t really place a date on it. Rocks now as it would if it was played two decades ago. Next up is Munchi – Denk Je Is Fissa Ofzo?. Starts interesting, then Munchi’s whistle takes you to a whole new place. Won’t spoil you on what happens.

Jon Kwest’s Rollin is a great track. Bass heavy, complemented with a great flow to the rhythm and takes you back some years with the vocal sample. Haven’t heard that in a while! And it’s followed by Munchi’s Reality Check track. Has a different feeling to it than the other tracks in EP, as does the next one, Jon Kwest’s What’s Live. For me these tracks would fit in perfect as any of the big rapper’s instrumentals back in the day.

The last track is Munchi’s Shoutout To MP (That ’09 Grind). I can’t really explain how good this track was for me first time I heard it…it takes the Boom Bap beats to a whole new level. The fusion with Skullstep and Bubbling really surprised me. Really digging the bassline as well and the vocals.

It’s a great EP, you should check it out. If you’re an hip-hop fan you’ll surely enjoy it.

Here’s what Munchi says about it all:

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Some time ago Jon Kwest sent a track on a popular email thread and I was completely mindblown. That track was ‘Dirtbag Riddim’ and since that track we made a shitload of tracks in preparation for this. So much inspiration. We went back to the roots with this one, going all Boom Bap on you guys. With that in mind and noticing the current vibes, we managed to pull this one off. It’s been a long time coming and we are fucking stoked to finally present this to you. So without further ado, let’s talk about the shit what it’s actually about. THE TRACKS *AIRHORNZZZZZ*

1. Jon Kwest – Dirtbag Riddim

I’d made a bunch of these hip hop type breaks to play with the Go Go stuff I was making and figured no one but me would have any use for it. Dave Nada dropped a 95-ish bpm breakbeat tune in this thread and I figured if other people are doing too maybe people would fuck with it. Kind of surprised it went over as well as it did. It ended up getting support and plays from some pretty serious folks.

2. Munchi – Denk Je Is Fissa Ofzo?

Right after I heard Jon Kwest’s ‘Dirtbag Riddim’ I was so inspired that I went on a producing spree. Including the drum break, Dutch House synth, Charlie Murphy and a cat, this was the first track I made and it’s actually referencing to this meme here in Holland lol (You think it’s a party or something?). Also the fam at Selegna had this inside joke after a friend of Hoodie’s made this vid of a fish saying “Zet fissa dan voor deze snoekje”(Throw a party for this pike) so I kinda had to put that in there LOL. The last part is of a old vid that we got this dude rapping and saying: “Yeah. I been through a lot, through a lot yeah.” and my dude MP was saying: “Just keep it real g, keep it real.” LOL. I guess it’s just a compilation of ppl that really thought it was a fissa ofzo. *shrug*

3. Jon Kwest – Rollin

If I fuck with breakbeats for long enough I eventually make something that sounds like Bmore Club and/or DnB.

4. Munchi – Reality Check

This is about the shit that happened in the past 3 years. After everything that happened and I was “better”, I wasn’t – it actually got worse. It creeped up in a way I never would’ve imagined. After taking breaks that never got to breaks at all due to constant stress and unnecessary hardships – the mentality was lost. When I managed to finally “wake up” again after taking it easy the entire year of 2013, there was the realization that saw that everything was wrong. Now that shit is finally clearing up after all these up’s and down’s, everything came together when making this. From the slight Bmore references till the building of the reeses and synths.

5. Jon Kwest – What’s Life

A loop, a break, a grunt and a whole lot of compression. Little smoke break.

6. Munchi – Shoutout To MP (That ’09 Grind)

After hearing ‘What’s Life’ I wanted to do something straight up Hiphop too. That was the plan, but that never happened tho lol.

Mixing influences of Drum & Bass with Bubbling, Skullstep details and Boom Bap, while keeping the “straight up Hiphop” vibe in the middle. At the time I was geeking out on basslines too, which was so much fun to make! Mr. Diddy on the intro, introducing the shoutout to MP, while MP takes over the vocals and Biggie explains what’s up. Oh and there is the ‘Top Billin’ reference too, which I was completely obsessed with for a long long time. And now it finally got a place.  Big up to Audio Two!

NÁSTIO MOSQUITO- SE EU FOSSE ANGOLANO – NEW ALBUM

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This time I bring you one of the best kept secrets of Angola . I say best kept secrets  because it seems that many people insist on trying to hide the force of nature which is Nástio Mosquito , especially in Portugal where the artist never perform.

” There are many good things from Angola that are not seen there[ in Portugal ] , because they are not considered useful , and it ends to have a consequence on the concept that people  have of what happens here [ in Angola ] . “

Nástio belongs to a generation of thinkers and nonconformist artists. For those who want to classify his art and put him the obvious brand .. that should not be a easy task . He knows perfectly the questions he wants to raise. The background in representation and performance helps  tearing humor and a very personal interpretation in his works. Don’t expect him to let you always in comfortable positions. Cozy but satirical. Accurate, also enhances the emotional load of the lyrics..the right person to think about  “when intelligence enters in the game”.

Poet, performance artist, multi -media creator, writer and full time provocateur, Nástio Mosquito uses various ways to show us his questions and visions. Questions that  he wants to be answered fewer and fewer times so new paradigms and new questions should be placed to Angola, country  that is growing  visibly fast.

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This album is divided in 2 parts. SE EU FOSSE ANGOLANO ( IF I WERE ANGOLAN)  and FAST FOOD (The Remixes) . The first was recorded between 2 different countries and  with different musicians. Uses all the genius of  the recording sessions of the artists he works with and where he score the perfect communion between his voice and different instruments. Pure chemistry that  goes from Jazz to Spoken Word , adds  Semba and Funk or more experimental textures reminding me of greatest artists which suddenly were boxed one day in Trip Hop.

FAST FOOD is all less fast , easy and standardized. Album of amazing remixes by the hands of Bill Hasselberger , Alexandre ” Biru ” Diaphra and Kennedy Ribeiro. Nástio assumes positions, breaks rules, takes risks, draws attention and appeals to the communication and reflection. Uses the full capacity of poetic interpretation and not avoids issues. Making sure to confront them surrounded by rythyms of  Angola with Jazz,  also some Breakbeat, Kizomba, Soul and lyrically very close to the social activism of Hip Hop.

More that never Angola  need to look in the eyes of past ghosts and buried them. Needs to grow with confidence and sure don’t need past ghosts to obsess his path. There are no taboos for Nástio. But sure are people that find a pain in the ass when questioned about being themselves and face their problems.

LISTEN and DOWNLOAD  S.E:F:A. + FAST FOOD

MAIS, the last video of  FAST FOOD

This album .. such as Nástio, is a challenge. Challenge to look eyes to eyes in the front of past questions. None of the childish egos of the governments will intoxicate the communication between Angola and the world while  we have Nástio to point it.. This is the time for Angola .. this is the time to be .

In SE EU FOSSE ANGOLANO  he  invites the Angolans to think about being Angolans but also invites us all to to think about being more ourselves and think more about the idea of one unique being. You can think better in what you are and what you want to bring to the community, to the world,  if you first think about in “what YOU are”.

And Angola deserves it .. deserves progress with confidence and confidence in questions like his own values like  ​​in the track TECNOLOGIA DO ANCIÃO , in which the simple but efficient ancient technology , knowledge transmitted from generations to generations become incomprehensible to new generations.

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In a music market where you see the increasing of the absence of context , where lyrics more and more have no soul .. only samples and command voices with 4 or less words, is a comfort to see an artist that really want to talk to you and to communicate his visions. He  invites you to have a conversation so just STOP what you are doing and have a seat. Voice malleable, dramatic and with presence , interpretation that  holds and leads you from the beginning to the end. Is to sing, to speak, the whisper in the ear talking about  topics so  vertiginous as drugs,racism, religion, slavery, social neglect, politics, sexual exploitation. Pointing in all directions and it does not leave anyone out  when it comes to responsibility.

In DEMO DA CRACÍA video  you can clearly see that Nástio wants to break barriers and cliches. The video that is not a video, a making of that is not a making of. Starts with him showing is ideas for the director and ends up in epiphany mingles with drunken exorcism of the discovering of the Self.

Nastio also does regularly video performer with the name CURTO & GROSSO sketches. Short videos where he focus on everyday questions and talk about them with his characteristic and hilarious humor and unique interpretation. I also want to mention the amazing work that the director Vic Pereiró been developing with him.