Step One – Turn up the Bassline [ #Carnival]

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Second time we’ve featured up and coming Canadian producer Step One here on this blog and with this new track he has created something pretty fresh and innovative.

He calls it ” #Carnival”“This genre is called carnival. It sits at 140bpm with a 4×4 kick and often elements of Moombahton, Hardstyle, and other genres”.

This is wikkid mate and I can see it transitioning well with Kuduro in massive big room stylee!

Sexxy Saturday Cumbia – The Heart of a Genre

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This week, the EDM network decided it was about time for moombahton to give way to a new craze: “MidTempo“.. A flashier buzzword for American rave crowds who maybe love to twerk and pop a molly but don’t care shyt about the transcultural element of moombahton? Moomba+ speculated that it’s just an easier grab bag for Zouk Bass, Twerk, Jungle Bounce and all that kinda stuff that was already featured moombahton.NET anyway but for which you’re not going to create an individual .NET channel. At least, not if your main audience are kids who just want to hear a sick drop.

But it was just some more fuel for the discussion about what moombahton actually is. Or rather, when something is ‘enough like moombahton’ to be deserve the name moombahton. Is it a BPM range? A vibe? Dembow? Does it need Spanish vocal samples? Or rather.. should it sound like Big Room house? Electrostep? Dancehall? Deep house? And if MidTempo is a term for anything falling in the BPM range of, say, 80-115.. shouldn’t cumbia then also be MidTempo? Who knows..

I think all scenes will have a core of purists who patrol the borders their precious genre. For the most passionate of them, the Colombian sound that emerged in the 1950s is probably the heart of what cumbia is all about: accordion, traditional Afro-Caribbean percussion, a ‘call-and-response‘ song structure and lyrics that breathe subtle Colombian humour. Aniceto Molina, author of many classics, is one of the best known examples:

..this is cumbia by any possible standard! But, sadly enough, much purism becomes a form of snobism. And it makes people frown upon newer forms of cumbia like sonidera, chicha, villera or today’s urban cumbia as ‘low-class’ or ‘bad-taste’, just like the original cumbia was by the Colombian elite before it became one of the country’s main national symbols.. This podcast explains it all. Didn’t manage to get the streaming directly on this page but I’d recommend you all to listen to it.. excellent piece of cumbia education!

Also a good opportunity to bring chicha back under your attention, the psychedelic Andean sound from Peru with its characteristic visual style that has captured me ever since I was looking for inspiration for the new SSC logo. It has been featured quite often in the earlier years of Generation Bass and it’s still very popular. This classic record appeared two days ago on the channel Sonido Chichadelico..

https://soundcloud.com/sonido-chichadelico/la-pacharaca-chacalon-y-la

Here is a short documentary in Spanish about how both the music and the design aesthetics have come about in the 1980s.. Even without understanding the language it’s pretty amazing to watch!

..a unique culture and quite different from the original Colombian style, but still very much cumbia!

It’s awfully late, so continue to the mixtapes. There were, again, a lot of them this week, in many different flavours so I couldn’t resist posting them all.

Regional Label has been on top over the last weeks, releasing great mixtapes from the most active artists in the nu-cumbia scene. This week, two new ones appeared. The first is from Sonido Mamalón, who did this fresh mix of mainly hiphop infused cumbia. Many of these tunes have been featured on SSC over the last year and we’re still a big time supporter of both the artist and this great underground style!

The other mixtape from the label is delivered by the Argentinean nu-cumbiambero Cumbia Dub Setter. This is the work of a rhythm-artist, who is a live drummer and a percussionist next to a dj/’redubber’, who knows how to combine reggae vibes with cumbia percussion, dreamy dub and electronic sounds..

The new mixtape from Cumbia Dub Club is an even better example of how great different styles can flow together. This one moves from cumbia to zouk bass and passionate salsa-drum ‘n bass!

https://soundcloud.com/petardocumbiadubclub/cumbia-dub-club-a-90-cumbia

The great surprise of this week was not a track this time but this mixtape that was released yesterday by the label KONN recordings.  It is tagged as ‘electro indigena’, an amazing Andean-inspired genre which they created 2 months ago with an EP from Mr. Toé. I don’t know if it has been posted here at Generation Bass but it should have, so if you like the style this mix you should definitely check it out!

The description of the mixtape is a wonderful poem in Spanish and English which had to share because without it, it’s less complete.

“Mother Earth, Mother Star
which they call a thousand names,
remember that we are all cells in your body
and let us dance together.
You are the grain and the loaf that sustains us each day.
And you’re patient with our efforts to learn.
We will also be patient with ourselves and with each other.
We are radiant light and sacred darkness, balance …
You are the embrace that strengthens
and freedom beyond all fear.
In your womb are born, grow, live and die …
We take you around the circle to rebirth
dances within us,
forever.”

– Starhawk –

There are two more mixtapes which I, for a change, decided to put at the end with the club bangers, and for a reason..

When it comes to new tunes, we’ve got a mouth-watering list this week!

Dany F reveals the first secrets of what we can expect from his new album ‘Traviesa’ with this track ‘Gobi’. This is one of those examples that show in a wonderful way what we’ve always loved about nu-cumbia.. Generation Bass is already looking forward to this album!

https://soundcloud.com/danyf/dany-f-gobi-travesia-upcoming

Qechuaboi has rapidly become one of my favourite cumbia artists. He is not only Amazingly productive, all of his music is so enormously creative and innovative that it keeps me not just interested but fascinated. Here are the two new tracks he did this week.

https://soundcloud.com/qechuaboi/para-la-letra-qe-sientas

https://soundcloud.com/qechuaboi/gutfrenz

We’ve got more visionary sounds for you. Who else can take you on a more transcendental ‘Siesta’ than Tu Guaina, who always adorns sounds with self-made amazing pieces of art..

No better way to continue than with this amazing tune from Sonido Mamalón. Dark, industrialistic and infused with an heavy dose of underground techno.. the musical equivalent of a delicious strong, black cup of coffee in the morning!

We’re staying on the dark side with 4:20 Music Flavor. As I said last time,  he is so crazily productive that it would be impossible to post everything, but don’t forget to check out his other tunes. They’re all free-download and a must for any cumbia set.. Anyway, this was my favourite track that came from his hand this week!

https://soundcloud.com/4-20-music-flavor/bass

Los Reyes de la Milanga bring a more energetic vibe that is a combination of cumbia, lento, deep, soul and even a subtle hint to trap.

https://soundcloud.com/pendejo90/limon-los-reyes-de-la-milanga

El Buho is a genous. Last year he did a similar thing to El Cafetero as he now did to Andrés Landero’s Cumbia del Amor: turning a Colombian classic into a meditative, mesmerising dream. This is a tune you should completely ‘dissolve into’, with your eyes closed..

https://soundcloud.com/el-buho/cumbia-del-amor-el-bu-ho-remix

And if this listof amazing artists wasn’t enough yet, we’ve got El Remolon as well, also with a relaxing and purifying piece of music. But in a different way. This subtle cumbia edit of ‘Por Favor‘, a song from the Argentinean singer Leo Garcia is almost on an ‘unplugged’ level of purity and thoughtfulness, staying close to the wonderful original.

Next to the electro-indigena mixtape, this new release, complete with music vid from the cumbia band Olguita Marina was the other great surprise! They spice-up cumbia with influenced from Ska, Latin Rock and Ragamuffin. This is the soundcloud-version that you can download for free.  Don’t forget to check out the rest of their great music! I definitely hope to be able to see more from them in the future..!

Initially I wanted to share this music video at the beginning of the post as an example of cumbia-pop but with the documentary and all that the intro would just get too long so I moved it here: the new music vid of Rocio Quiroz‘  ‘Cicatrices’, part of the album ‘De Mi Barrio con Passion‘. Get the album here!

Before we move to the club-banger section, first this mashup that appeared on Mashup Mexico a couple of days ago. It seemlessly fuses the almost unimaginable combination of the melancholic, jazzy vocals from Portishead’s ‘Glory Box‘ and the Colombian sound of Sonora Dinamita.

https://soundcloud.com/edward_ancona/mashup-mexico-glory-my-cumbia

Now it’s more than time for some more energetic music!

The Buenos Aires based nu-cumbia vocalist Hanna Shinohara teamed up with Brujjas Deejay for this awesome, spooky cumbia-to-3ball transition ‘The Southern Tribal’!

https://soundcloud.com/hanna-shinohara/brujjas-deejay-hanna-shinohara

I hope these beats have built up enough energy for this crazy banger from The Ghostwhere cumbia meets hardstyle & moombahton! ready to jump..?

We’ve seen many cumbiaton edits from Dj TAO but so far no mixtapes yet. This time you can enjoy 35 minutes of perreo-inducing, club-certified cumbiaton!

The Peruvian dj Elegante & La Imperial did this even more powerful mixtape which is very much bass with some dancehall and trap influences. I overlooked it last week but I don’t think anybody will mind if I size the opportunity to share this excellent club-preparation!

https://soundcloud.com/elegante/rascapies-mixtape

Now hurry up to the dancefloor with this extremely danceable moombah-house edit from Sononra Mandinga of of what else than the heart of cumbia again: the Colombian Classic La Zenaida!

That was it for this week.. See you next Sexxy Saturday Cumbia!

The Harder Side of Bass

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After my mega-post last week, here a quick post to bring a brilliant EP under your attention.

Yesterday, I found this in my facebook inbox and the first seconds were enough to drive me wildly enthusiastic. I typed back – and must have shouted aloud through the house – “wow, gabber-3ball, bro that’s sick.” Edgar (DJ-Broken record) knows what sort of stuff I dig. And that is the fusion of thei weirdest combinations of music genres. This one is such, combining the tropical rhytms of 3ball, zouk and cumbia with the dark, industrialistic sound of hardcore/gabber. That’s the amazing thing about global bass, the creativity is endless.

Back in the days, Generation Bass has interviewed and supported the Mexican dj-producer La Muerta, one of the first people ever to mix hardcore with reggaeton and cumbia and called gabbahton. Unfortunately, his soundcloud is now inactive and I don’t know why…

And of course Munchi has always pushed the harder side of global bass, like in this epic set he did for Thunderdome Radio.

DJ Broken Record, a global bass dj-producer from Santa Rosa, who earlier moombahfied and experimented with the combination of hardcore and cumbia, now has a whole fresh EP, exploring the harder side of bass. Esto es Hardcore !

This gives me also the opportunity to share some tracks from Morrison, who has also always shown love for the fusion of global bass with the harder styles.

Morrison presents: LEGGO, trapstyle with a Morrison-twist !
https://soundcloud.com/mrrs/leggo-vocal-mix

And, in case you haven’t heard this one yet, the remix of Kanye West’s New Slaves he did a while ago is one of the most brutal sounding trap-tunes I’ve ever heard.

https://soundcloud.com/mrrs/kanye-west-new-slaves-morrison

And last, but of course not least, this raw-hardstyle inspired moombahton banger from the New-York based duo NoiseTwins.

AREHOUSE : FREE DIAMONDS EP

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Arehouse has just let loose on this 3 track multi-genre EP full of interesting stuff. Diamonds track is a bit of stomper methinks. Check it out and grab it for free and read the track commentary by Arehouse himself:

1. Diamonds

The title track is a new venture into a world that is different for me. This track challenges ideas of genres being described by BPM.
Heavily influeced by Moombahton, and Zouk Bass. Sitting at 90BPM it is neither genre in itself. The use of flowing melodies and ever changing song structure gives a feel of listening music rather than DJ’s next banger.

2. Come Wit It! Ft Koukla

This track is a Moombahton track that takes notes from hardstyle and jump up. Pushing ever forward this song has euphoric synth leads and cheering crowds that bring about the old school rave sensation.

3. Old School Biz

This track is a journey deep into the thought process of Arehouse, and again challenges genres. Bringing together Breaks, Moombahton, New Jack, and Jump Up, this track is a high energy assault on the dance floor.

SOVIET BASS – Free Album!

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Ok people, CCCP is back! Moscow-based Midget Ninjas strike back with their Soviet Bass II, free album that fuses sounds from the glorious Soviet supapowa era with various kinds of contemporary electronic music. Check out what Midget Ninjas have to say about it:

 

“In our struggle against the world dominance of the commercial music the secret clan of Midget Ninjas unleashes the weapon of last resort. The red button has been pushed, the gates are now opened and the Soviet Bass weapon has been launched. 

Mechanized babushkas, Lenin’s clones, bass canons and drum blasters are covering the invasion of the Leninism Virus. It is infiltrating in every sound system, in every club and radio station. 

The revolution which began in the underground is now spreading to the streets and dancefloors. The Soviet Bass army is going from country to country launching shyorikenz inna di air. 
Shhhhhh! Do you hear that? Who’s knocking at your door?! It is Lenin and his party. And they’re gonna party hard!!!”

 

 

Okay, go like their page and DOWNLOAD THIS ALBUM FOR FREE!

 

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SaBBo a.k.a. Obas Nenor – HIGHER!

You know me and my brother SaBBo have opposite views on certain political issues which are making headline news at the moment but in spite of that he is still my brother and I still love him like my brother.  Like all minor friendly family disputes/squabbles these kind of things happen because of our circumstances/beliefs and so forth.

I slept on this track, didn’t even know he had done this track cause I rarely frequent soundcloud nowadays but this once again proves why SaBBo is in a league of his own and why we have released 2 Ep’s by him in the past.

Incredible stuff with a 90’s feel!!!

And now, we can back to arguing with one another…lol..

Do doo be-do-do
Mahna Mahna

LOUD FLAVOR : †rip

Moombahlicious Vicious Viv mentioned this dude and I picked up on it and I gotta say this is pretty dope shit!

The first track sounds like an amalgamation of Trance, KLF, Ethereal vybz & all sorts of weird shit, which is right up my alley!

DAVID HEARTBREAK – The Incredible Hulk : TRAP MUZIK

Heartbreak continues his travels across genres and he touched upon Trap with his Cloud 9 release a while back but now he goes the full hog and goes deep in the Trap but kinda sounds like Hardstyle too man, or am I wrong here?

We got somebody involved in the Trap scene dropping an educational post on here soon and so look out for that but in the meantime check out this preview of a Stomper Trap Track!

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Some more left field shit… influenced by the trap muzik, and also by the party squad badman rave… so i just fused the two… somehow this works in my mind….. haha.. it aint for everyone..

Released by: dmg
Release/catalogue number: 003
Release date: Jun 12, 2012