DesertWave Part 4 – Chillin' @ The Pyramids

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Desert Wave is an Arabic/Eastern themed concept which is both ambient and rave in equal measure.

It conceptualizes a hallucinogenic & psychedelic vibe where you can trip’ out in mellow mood at the Sand Dunes (Volume 1) or be more upbeat at the Light Fantastic, raving till dawn (Volume 2) and going back to the past to remember the future in an Arabic Edition of BladeRunner (Volume 3) and now Chillin’ @ the Pyramids (Volume 4).

As noted above this volume takes in more of a chilled, dubby and ambient tone. Enjoy.



Streamer drops 2 big mixes


Having returned fresh from the desert wave after he dropped his “Walking with Camels’ Ep on Generation Bass on Xmas Day, Streamer contemplates his thoughts with 2 big new mixes.

The first one is chokka with the sweetest, slowest and most sublime songs created by streamer himself showcasing his amazing production skills and musical chops in full flow. this is gorgeous!

The second finds him Party mood and once again he packs a punch with his personally created funky dance gems.

This guys shows what an amazing talent he is and why we were so keen to get him on our precious lil’ label.

Here’s what you missed at Lush Select’s 18th Sunday School >>


The virtual dance floor, screen cap from Shinji a.k.a. ßęđŧīmĕ Šŧōŗĩėş

Has any of you Generation Bass readers ever wondered what it would be like not just to read the posts and listen to the music by yourself, but to be together, listen, share and talk simultaneously as if you were together in a club? That is exactly what happens at the interactive music sharing platform, successor of the popular after that initiative was effectively destroyed by the music industry. There is an active and growing number of netlabels using plug to strengthen the community of producers and fans online and to exchange new ideas in real time. You suddenly find yourself not only discovering and discussing amazing new music in a much more intense way than on Facebook, you´re at the same time surrounded by dancing and DJ’ing robots, pizza slices and jellyfish, which creates a totally surreal, addictive experience.

The international music collective Lush Selects is a pioneer in the use of online music sharing with regular, well visited Sunday School sessions in their own room which they have been organising for a year now. Active participants record a 20 minutes long mixtape, preferably a video-mix with animated visuals or a recording of the performance added, uploaded to Youtube or Soundcloud, to be showcased during the session. In between the mixtapes, there’s always some room for interactive ‘collective back-to-back’ music sharing.

The last, already 18th edition of Sunday School was two weeks ago. But since we at Generation Bass wanted to announce and attend it but missed, here a recap of what the artists have delivered and what we could have experienced.

Vlkvi & moistbreezy teamed up for an absulutely fantastic back-to-back set of apocalyptically flavoured avant-garde club, post-rap, post-witch house and ambien! Keep an eye on them because judged by their numbers of Soundcloud followers they’re heavily underrated!

Vord also made an edited visual recording of his set, focused on hypnagogic garage beats. This video in particular shows the power of editing video-performance in combination with music, drawing both the artist and the into a whole other universe that appears beyond from time and space!

Starfoxxx makes even more surreal, with a lo-fi webcam video from an intimate bedroom setting, blowing bubbles, wearing cloud and strawberry masks. Transmission issues between Mars and Earth have glitched the data into a psychedelic cloud-trip. Imagine this projected on the big screen above the virtual dance floor populated with ponies, robots and carnivorous plants and the absurdism is complete!

The French sound-wizzard Shinji, whose album Myst has been one of our most favourete releases this year, is mostly making music via his melancholic alter-ego ßęđŧīmĕ Šŧōŗĩėş lately. But for this session he unleashes the dark energy once more with a powerful witch house and metalstep mix, accompanied by distorted, suggestively sinister and horror visuals!

Logicoma is a multi-talented post-trap and futurebeats oriented dj-producer and visual artist based in Baltimore (US). As an affiliate of the VOIDSKUAD collective, he is part of the movement that bridges the gap between the sounds from the post-internet underground and the avant-garde of hiphop. His Sunday School video-mix is a perfect illustration of the characteristic sound pushed by this movement, combined with the equally characteristic, post-internet flavoured animations!

The last video-mix is from the French underground alrounder T0T0, featuring melodic, even psychedelic flavoured chill vibes from genres including futurebass, IDM, chillwave and more!

The two-headed cybernetic monster Frank & Stan deliver 20 minutes of high voltage electrostep and DnB!

Seudo from Columbus (US) leans more towards virtual angel-rave, nightcore and kawaii flavoured future bass!

Circuitree, from Lincoln (US), who describes the project as “celebration of the fusion of organic and synthetic elements in our lives,” present a powerful mix with cybernetically charged DnB, electrostep and moombahcore!

The last contribution is intr3pico from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has been a faithful contributor to the Sunday School sessions and is also celebrating his own artistic anniversary with this mix. It’s a very diverse mix that sharply illustrates the opennes of the online music scene today. His inclusion of some baile funk and Brazilian folkloric bass elements also give a first insight in what it might sound like to have this sort of thing in a Generation Bass setting!


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Pack of the Week #1


This is the first of a month long of so called “Packs of the Week”, in which I will share what I’ve been listening to for that particular week. Most of them are recently released, others are songs that haven’t got the light they should have had, at least in my eyes.

Featuring Dylan Brady, Hnrk, Night Lovell, Ezra, Nok from the Future, Bison & Squareffekt, Ekali, Freddy Da Stupid, Oshi, Nazar, Falcons and Promnite

❤ Lovaria ❤ by AquaBazz


Lovaria; much too obsession with love and lovemaking. Experienced by those lovers who have just fallen in love and started dating together. Those stung by lovaria cannot think about anything other than love, love and love”

This can explain the idea of Lovaria mixtapes, created by brazilian duo “AquaBazz”. Actually, they were two djs: Aqua Light and Wrong Bazz, great friends with same taste to sounds and mixing. After a while, they decided to create AquaBazz for fun and release this amazing mixtape of Lovaria.

The concept is to bring love. Yes, love to dancefloor – all we need is love, rigth?. But, love don’t mean boring experience. It is the oposite. This mix bring chill tracks with big drops and taste beast. You can – off couse – listen it with your date, but you can listen to relax.

This week they released the 2nd edition and promisse for more. You can listen it on Mixcloud or download on their website You can follow AquaBazz on soundcloud too, they’ve few nice edits too.

Aquabazz – Lovaria (Volume 02) by Aquabazz on Mixcloud

Here is the volume 1 – highly recommended

Aquabazz – Lovaria (Volume 01) by Aquabazz on Mixcloud

Essential EP’s #3


While you and I were sleeping, a lot of brilliant stuff has been released again. Making a selection is always painful. Excellent new stuff is appearing so fast that this series can hardly keep up with it. Even as I’m writing this post, I’ve got at least another five EPs in store for the next edition. But these 12 made it through this time, all of them exciting examples of where the underground of music is heading in 2015.

1. DJ Dotorado African Scream EP

Within a year since it first appeared, DJ Dotorado Pro‘s track African Scream is becoming somewhat of a genre classic of the new kuduro and afrobeats movement, being remixed into different genres and widely used for dance vids in different European and African countries. Last month, Enchufada re-released the original track, together with a kizomba remix and a free rework.. An absolute must-play on the dancefloor this summer!


2. Nidia Minaj Ta Sair um Vento Aqui

The name of Nidia Minaj is rising and rising, providing recent mixtapes for the influential London based Radio channel Rinse FM and for Daniel Haaksman’s Luso FM. Last month, she released a fresh 2-track EP with 2 variations on a theme. Unique grooves, sometimes reminiscent of DJ Nigga Fox’ style but always with her own, original touch to it. If there is anybody who will certainly shape the future of music, it’s her!


3. Endgame Endgame EP

Endgame is a London based DJ-producer who has barely been on our radar yet. Shame on us, because he is one of the most innovative folks on soundcloud today, part of the London avant-garde together with names you must follow like Blaze KiddKamixlo, Uli-K and Lexxxi. Their radically forward-looking style that draws from reggaeton, dancehall, future-grime, post-internet vapor-trap and Tumblr-aesthetics is being discovered now by the biggest fish like Mixmag and Mixpak FM.

Two weeks ago, he released a spectacular EP on the Portuguese netlabel Golden Mist Records, featuring contributions of Blaze Kidd, Uli-K and Dinamarca. What makes this EP even more exciting is that the combination of the London Underground with the NAAFI-affiliated producer Dinamarca, releasing on a Lisbon based label, perfectly connects three of the most important hotbeds of cultural innovation in the entire world today: London, Lisbon and Mexico City!

Get it now!


4. Imaabs Distancia

Imaabs is an exciting avant-garde name from yet another innovation hotbed, Chile, who is also on the radar of NAAFI, Golden Mist Records and the London based avant garde label Trax Couture. Three weeks ago, he released a fresh EP with psychedelic, futuristic sounds drawing from styles like dembow, cumbia, juke, trap cinematic ambient, and futurebeats, including a great remix from the Mexican futurist lao!

Download via iTunes!


5. BLVCK x Bruno Alison Devastation EP

Not only the London-Lisbon or Mexico City-London-Lisbon connection is in the air, also the Netherlands-Portugal connection is growing, not only in tarraxo and afrobeats but also in dark-future-trap. The Netherlands has been a musical innovation motor for generations now and is still leading in many ways, especially the cities of Rotterdam and Tilburg.

We’ve been following BLVCK and Gameface‘s dark trap for a while now and since we first blogged it has grown into the new generation of trap that will hopefully completely wash away festival-EDM trap soon. For this new EP that came out last week, BLVCK teamed up with the Portuguese dark trapper Bruno Alison. The powerful combination of gripping cinematic choir chants, hard melodic synths and turnup flavoured 808 beats has been brought to perfection, with even some subtle hints to avant garde future-grime and kuduro.

Grab it for free!


6. Quixosis Aguas EP

Something more friendly now but equally exciting. Quixosis, an ambient-chill producer from Quito, Ecuador released a fresh EP some weeks ago with the latin-folk-tronic collective QTZLCTL, featuring a remix by the Spanish organic-tronica producer Gorka Molero. Aguas EP is a meditative, purifying journey, guided by sparkling, dreamy melodies and soft, downtempo percussion, inspired by the sounds and landscapes of the Andes. While most tracks are deep and gentle, ‘Cuchara de Palo’ explores energetic, distorted vibes, with mindblowingly mysterious vocal samples that sound like they’re coming from a witch house track.


7. Psychick Warriors Ov Gaia 1989

While writing this post, I discovered that this is in fact a re-release of an EP that originally came out in 1989 on the now no longer existing Dutch platform Katharos Foundation. Psychick Warriors Ov Gaia is a mysterious early techno collective from Tilburg, the Netherlands who have been releasing the most forward looking electronic music between the late 80s and early 2000s. Their dark, experimental style contains elements of genres like oldskool industrial, detroit techno and tribal techno and predates the current day industrial techno, avant-garde bass and the aesthetics of witch house by more than three decades. Especially pay attention to the first track ‘Acid Dervish’, which combines industrial techno with percussive flavours of samba! I’m definitely not a nostalgic romanticist who thinks the past is always superior to the present, but I hope with all my heart that the fusion of global rhythms with dark music will bring these vibes back to the dancefloors!

This EP is the ultimate collectors item, recorded on tapes of which there are just a couple for sale in the the entire world. If you want to have it, you can buy it here for 150 Euros or 150 Canadian dollars. The music is so mindblowingly good that it’s probably worth the price!


8. Zenwan Ayahuasca Icaro EP

Generation Bass’ focus on Latin America, African and Europe is extending towards the Middle East and Asia lately, but China is a country we’ve barely touched upon. I got interested in the city of Guangzhou, very recently when talking to DJ Zhao. The city, situated North of Hong Kong, a little upstream of the river, is a vibrant place where not only migrants from many other regions of China can be found but also the country’s largest community of African labour migrants.

I found out that the city is home to a passionate collective of DJs-producers and promoters of the best wuality, forward-looking music, called Guangzhou Underground. They’ve been very active lately, releasing great stuff multiple times per month. This EP, from the eclectic deep producer Zenwan, was what blew my mind most of all their recent releases. I couldn’t figure out where the producer is from, I originally thought him to be Chinese but I’m not so sure judged by his facebook. Anyway, Ayahuasca Icaro EP is a magnificent collection of forward-looking sounds. It’s not entirely juke, not entirely future-garage and not entirely future deephouse, but something in between. Not even umbrella term ‘future bass’ could cover it entirely. It’s truly a melting pot of complex, UK garage inspired rhythms both a deep and a dark, grimey avant-garde touch at the same time.

The EP will be officially reased the 25th of May, we will keep you updated!


9. Santa Muerte Bootlegs & Edits Vol.2

Another quickly rising name in the music avant-garde is the Houston based duo Santa Muerte. Their unique style is a lot like the London underground, fusing the urban flavours of reggaeton and street-hiphop with future grime and a dark witch house flavoured twist. Their philosphy, where the rapidly spreading Mexican Saint Death religion becomes the embodiment of the transformation taking place of today’s underground expression, is a powerful insight in the future of music and culture. Can’t wait to see them working together with London producers like Endgame and Kamixlo and the NAAFI crew.


10. Pobvio Syndombe EP

Pobvio is an experimental ambient producer from Montevideo, Uruguay, who draws extensively from polyrhythmic, tribal percussive vibes. Syndombe EP is his newest creation which came out last month. Fresh compared to his older work are the oldskool flavoured melodic synths that sometimes come close to retro-synthwave, another genre that’s on our radar now and which we love to see fused with transnational beats. I also like the way he integrated a baile funk beatbox into the track ‘Soldombe’.

Get the EP here!


11. TRNAH x CRPT Techno State Special Echoes

We saw the Polish experimental techno duo TRNAH x CRPT shortly ago with their exciting Dark Is Better LP. Now they are back with a new release which isn’t technically an EP but a compilation of the most important tracks released separately by the either halves of this hyper productive duo. Like last time, their style is so radically open minded that there is no description that captures all tracks at once. Expect a lot of cinematic dark ambient soundscapes, polyrhythmic mid- and downtempo beats and electrifying bass sounds. Expect great things from them in 2015!


13. 食品まつり a.k.a. Foodman Midi Footwork

This EP from the Japannese producer 食品まつり a.k.a. Foodman is so radically experimental that few DJ’s will dare to spin this on a saturday night out. But in the midst of all dark, powerful futuristic stuff that is becoming the sound of the generation, I really had to include something which is both unique and interesting enough to keep a serious eye on and at the same time the perfect to blow off some steam and finish this post lolling my lungs out. Done with EDM hipsters who tag their stuff as ‘fuckgenres’.. “Bruhh, do you even midi footwork!”



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Desert Wave is an Arabic/Eastern themed concept which is both ambient and rave in equal measure.

It conceptualizes a hallucinogenic & psychedelic vibe where you can trip’ the **** out either in mellow mood at the Sand Dunes (dreaming your dreams) or more upbeat at the Light Fantastic, raving till dawn.

Part 1 – Trippin’ at the Sand Dunes:

A collage of cinematic, ambient & club sounds draw from music made by emerging artists from the Middle East, artists from the past, western artists with an interest in the Middle East, movie soundtracks, the deeply spiritual, video game composers and much, much more. Nestled amongst all of this is one of the world’s greatest ever rock bands but in this collection they are made to sound just as anonymous as many of the other artists they feel comfortable to sit with in the mix, truly hUMBled 🙂

DesertWave – Part 1 Trippin’ at the Sand Dunes (March 2015) by Dj Umb on Mixcloud

Part 2 – Trippin’ the Light Fantastic:

The higher octane side embraces psychedelic club sounds that take you on a shamanic journey that lilts you into a deep trance and draws from music on the leftfield of the dance world. Here you get the latest underground merging with some classic and relatively unknown material of the past and some real curveballs thrown in to add that unique experience from 60’s drone merchants, 70’s & 80’s Electronic pioneers, one of the 90’s biggest Electronic acts and also North African infused Krautrock and finishing with musicians in North Africa paying homage to a Rolling Stone.

DesertWave Part 2 – Trippin’ the Light Fantastic (March 2015) by Dj Umb on Mixcloud

Here’s some of the Artists on the mixes, which might come as a bit of a surprise to some of you:



Regarded as one of the greatest ever Krautrock albums, this debut release by German band Agitation Free saw them taking in the Middle Eastern vibes as far back as in 1972.   Heavily inspired by Egypt and full of “dueling guitars, spacy synth work, desert rhythms and taped sounds of dusky cities… adding depth and spice to the otherwise smooth, Teutonic grooves.”

This is one of the greatest ever albums in any genre and I would strongly reccommend that you buy the whole album.

The vibe of the track I used just fitted this whole concept in feel and atmosphere and it’s relative anonymity just added to its allure!



Another act from the 60’s who were hugely influential in both the Krautrock and Electronic worlds.  In 1983 though they released an album called “Hyperborea”.

“‘No Man’s Land’ was a tour de force of conception full of spirited North African pipe and drum inflections. Its oriental flavour was increased by the use of exceptionally crafted electronic sitar and tabla sounds. With its hazy Moroccan dance feel and use of additive and cyclical melodies ‘No Man’s Land’ was an entrancing nine minutes of luminous Dream music.”

The track I used just sets off the second ambient passage of Part 2 perfectly!



The sustained oriental drones in this epic track had to be included.

The track in the mix beautifully concludes the second ambient passage in Part 2 before the mix really starts to rise up a few gears with more dance oriented material.



Led Zeppelin are well known for their forays into Middle Eastern music with their world conquering “Kashmir” track and they have hinted at the Middle East in other tracks like “Friends”.  From the same album as Kashmir, I used a track that has all the eerie, transcendental atmospherics of the kind of vibe I wanted to create for the first mix  and I think it is snuck in there (in edited form) in completely mysterious and anonymous fashion.  If you didn’t know Led Zeppelin material, you couldn’t be blamed for not recognizing it was a tune from one of the world’s greatest ever rock bands.



No, it’s not “Galvanize”, a track that was based on “Just Tell Me the Truth” by Morocco’s Najaat Aatabou.  It was originally a big hit in Morocco in or about 1993 and was sampled by the Chemical Brothers in their worldwide hit “Galvanize” in 2005 which sold over one million singles.

I was lucky enough to be 1 of only 2 people ever to be granted permission to license this track for a compilation, my Experience Morocco comp.  The other being, PAUL BOWLES!!!!  Indeed the track on my & Paul Bowles’ compilations is only an MP3.  A WAV version does not exist.  Najaat had agreed to re-record the track for me at the time of my compilation but it didn’t happen in the end cause she suddenly wasn’t in the mood for it!!!!

The Chemical Brothers track that I have used in Part 2 came much later than Galvanize and it’s a heavy, Big Beat Floor Stomper of a Middle Eastern tinged track that has been grossly overlooked.  I hope more people find it now or pay more attention because of its inclusion in this mix.



Amongst all the big ass dudes in the mix, who are in the minority, there’s some equally enthralling little known guys like The Blue Lily Commission aka Steve Palmer from my neck of the woods.  He makes global music that also fuses synthesisers into the swirly mix and some of his tracks are an intoxicating brew like the one I used which is probably one of my favourite tracks over the 2 mixes.

Please check out his material, some of it is pretty mega:



What can you say about this man and that hasn’t been said before…..BLADERUNNER……!!!

I have used a few tracks, one from that soundtrack and a few from other albums and one that is not him but which might be mistaken for him.

He is the master at evoking future sounds and when those sounds have a Middle Eastern tinge, it’s better than sex!


Yellow One Second

Yello were one of the first Electronic acts that intrigued me and I’ve been a huge follower of them since they hooked me in. There’s a great Snake Charmer-esque track by them that I’ve included in this mix, it’s brilliant.

The Master Musicians of Jajouka


We were lucky enough to include a transcendental track by these legendary dudes on our Transnational Dubstep Compilation when they teamed up with Dub Gabriel and ex-Bauhaus & Love & Rockets bassist, David J.

“The Master Musicians of Joujouka are Jbala Sufi trance musicians most famous for their connections with the Beat Generation and the Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones.”

I’ve taken a track from their Sub Rosa release which is in the praise of the last coming of Brian Jones and it’s dead trippy – “brahim jones joujouka very stoned”!!



Stephane is a French composer of video game music and his Dune soundtrack is legendary.

The tracks here on Part 1 are renditions of the Dune soundtrack played through dunemidi.exe in DOSBox.



Another French Composer best known for working with Luc Besson.  He’s done some great soundtracks, many of which include arabic inspired sounds.

Other Artists

If you’re into the Arabic Undeground, you’ll know some of the other stuff by dudes like Professor Genius, Crackboy, Legowelt, Acid Arab, El Mahdy Jr and our Generation Bass dude C-Productions!

Sinerise : Calling


The brilliant Canadian producer Sinerise is back with a great EP of down tempo Garage with some remixes taking in lush atmospherics.

You can preview one of the tracks and grab the rest via her Bandcamp.

OVERTURE. Bound by growth, our third verse carries us lightly, with the wind.

ARIA. With open sails our humble producer & vocalist, SINERISE, introduces herself to the world with a visceral, brooding haze of downtempo garage. Layers of vocal harmony coalesce with driving low end as our hero’s debut single has her pushing forward, back to the wind.

CHORUS. Navigating uncertain waters, both SUBMERSE & Brooklyn trio ARCHIE PELAGO challenge the brewing storm, reinterpreting our hero’s account with a story entirely of their own respective design.

CODA. Limited to 200 press, the pink 10″ vinyl will available worldwide on 24 February 2015 but can be purchased in advance on Valentine’s Day, 14 February 2015, exclusively from this store.

Releases 24 February 2015

Tipper – CoSM Ambient Set


The masterful Tipper who once got a bollocking in 1997 at the V Festival from The Prodigy’s stage manager, because the band couldn’t hear itself due to the excess volume emanating from Tipper’s soundsystem from his 1970s Dodge Challenger car which was fitted with 6 x18″ subwoofers and a Funktion-One mid/tops speaker unit.

Once upon a time Tipper also brilliantly mastered our Generation Bass Presents Transnational Dubstep Compilation, which was a huge coup for us.

He has just dropped this amazing Ambient set consisting of originals tracks and recorded at CoSM and featuring tracks spanning the last 15 years.

OtinaOtina : Basslines & Culture 3


Another great selection rom San Francisco based OtinaOtina whose 3rd volume of Basslines and Culture soaks in a heavy South Asian influence with Trap, Grime, and Dancehall.

In collaboration with SOISY.

It’s a great listen:

GameFace- Nightshift
iMC – Ramta Jogi (ft Awon, Tiff the Great,& Dephlow )
Nucleya – Street Boy – Dub Sharma Remix
Aazar – Masala
iMC – Kawa Kawa (ft. Delican)
SukhKnight – Work All Day (Footsie)
GameFace- Brutal
InKBoyZ x GameFace – Chinnavar
iMC – Doomed 3
Rimshox – Tere Liye
iMC – Butterfly
Popcaan – Everything is Nice