Skin Contest Ft. JSTJR [Detroit Exp/Madlib 4 EDM Generation]

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Always interested to see how some of our boys are progressing and just like Heartbreak before him, JSTJR makes it onto the Owsla roster with this great new track that he has collaborated on with one of their artists, Absrdst.

I have said before that JSTJR’s work ethic and ambition always reminded me of my good ol’ boy Heartbreak. It shows how far a dedicated and committed work ethic, ambition and self-belief can take you. Of course, it must also come with a sprinkling of special talent too, which Heartbreak & JSTJR both have in endless quantity.

Hardly ground-breaking sound here but a really refreshing take on the Carl Craig/Detroit Experiment and Madlib sound of the noughties but brought bang up to date for the EDM Generation!

Funky as hell!

Moombahton : 10 Impact Tracks!

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One of the earliest Moombahton ^ logo’s I remember and if my memory serves me right, here’s a list of 10 of the tracks that have probably had the most “IMPACT” in Moombahton since it burst onto the scene following that skipping party that Dave Nada was djaying at on November 13th 2009.

This is not a list of my favourite tracks or the 10 best Moombahton tracks either, it’s those that I believe had the most impact on the scene as it started to develop, in one way or another. In the end I had to think about not just measuring the tracks in terms of their success but in terms of influence, being the most sought after during a particular time, sending people nutz and tracks that broke the doors open in some way and this is what I came up with.

Of course it’s subjective to a degree as it’s wholly based on my memory of the scene but I’ve tried to stay objective too as otherwise the whole top 10 could easily have comprised of H&M tracks.

Lots of names hovered just outside the 10, great contributors like Jon Kwest, DJ Melo, Sabo, Sazon Booya, Pickster One, ETC! ETC! and many others.

Of course, there’ll be arguments over inclusions and omissions, call me a douche for missing stuff out or for mentioning some names more than once ahahahahh 😉  Maybe no-one will give a damn but I felt like doing this.

So here it is:

No. 10 Heartbreak & Munchi – Aponte o Não

Simply because this opened up the door-way to Moombahsoul.  It was the first one and usually Heartbreak is always credited as the Moombahsoul King but it was in fact both of them, H&M.

Yes, Heartbreak excelled in it after this and became the leader of Moombahsoul for a time but it took 2 of them to create the vibe!

Here’s what Munchi said about it at the time:

If you know your Portuguese you already guessed it. Heartbreak sended me this crazy Moombahton concept with the Fugees ‘Ready or Not’ joint. When i heared it I was so inspired. It led me to hear that great remix of The Course again. I totally forgot about that track. So i added me in it and the subtile synths of The Course’s rmx and it seemed ment to be like this. It’s a smooth party track, something you can vibe to in the club while sippin on something. I see this as a example of a good Heartbreak & Munchi collabo. This time in a other type of vibe, which we love making aswell. A more subtile approach.

No. 9 Alvin Risk & Tittsworth – Pendejas

This was one of those first BIG ROOM Moombahton tracks that had everything, groove, slick production and major cross-over appeal and everybody wanted to play it.

Moombahton was cursed with poor amateur sounding tracks at the time and this helped to change things a little by show-casing what was possible and how great Moombahton could sound.  It totally slayed the dancefloors too.

No. 8 Yeah Yeah Yeah’s – Heads Will Roll (A-Mac Moombahton Edit)

One of the first slew of tracks after Nada had unveiled Moombahton to the world.  Also one of the first tracks to take on Indie/Pop music as an edit and create something totally magical from it that you could play in your sets in an attempt to convince people that Moombahton was a sound of the future.

No. 7 Long Jawns x Billy The Gent – Vibrate

This track very successfully helped to try to bridge the gap between Hip Hop and Moombahton and people raved about it for an age after it came out.

A lot of people are gonna be pretty pissed that it comes so low in the list because after Munchi’s tracks and JWLS’ “Bashin”, it was “the track ” that everybody talked about most of the time.  As the list goes on, hopefully you’ll appreciate why some others had to come ahead of it in the list.

No. 6 JWLS – Bashin’

JWLS previewed the track with that Joe Arroyo sample and man it drove everybody nutz for at least 1 year before it eventually came out.

Here’s the original preview:

Eventually, after a long wait the track was released, belatedly imho as the Moombahton hype was starting to fade as Trap came to take-over. If it had been released at the right time, it would have wreaked total mayhem!

No. 5 Heartbreak – King Kong

Munchi nailed & created “Moombahcore” first with “Firepower” but Heartbreak was not far behind with this monster. Alongside “Firepower” this track helped to bring Moombahton nearer to the mainstream as the Dubstep, Drumstep and DnB kids realized there was a new future sound taking pace.

King Kong is actually far more dance friendly than Firepower as it has a lot of funk in it that you didn’t really notice until after you had played it out and seen the girls grooving to it.

No. 4 Dave Nada – Moombahton

Not the best Nada track but we had to have this one in the list because this is how it all started.

As he told The Fader:

I probably shouldn’t tell this story, but here goes. Lo ciento Tia Sona! My little cousin Jean-Pierre is a huge Nadastrom fan and he’s about to graduate from high school. Him and his boy Mike are notorious for throwing these wild skipping parties. For those that don’t know, “skipping parties” are when you throw a house party mid school day and you tell all your friends that morning, and everyone who knows about the party skips school to go wild out. Word of mouth only too, no internet/paper trail. Anyhow, around their homecoming last fall they asked if I could DJ one of their skipping parties, and I, being the supportive/bad seed cousin that I am, agreed. They had a beat up system, but like 329439 speakers all over Mike’s basement so it sounded huge. They told me it would last about an hour because cops usually bust it up. The house/neighborhood was right by the woods so it was convenient to bounce and hide if need be. Anyhow, so here we are at Mike’s empty house around 11:30AM and everything is set up. Kids start pouring in around noon and the music starts. Mike and JP are dropping bachata and moving into reggaeton. This shit was getting crazy. Twenty minutes in and the place is PACKED, all Latin kids and everyone is fuuuucked up. Haha! I was gettin mad nervous (oldest dude there) and JP was like, “Yo you gotta go on soon primo!” and I’m thinking, fuck I cant play house/techno shit, I’ll get jumped. So I had the idea of slowing down some of the tropical/Dutch house stuff I had on CDs. Afrojack’s “Moombah Remix” being the biggest tune, I said fuck it and turned that shit down to 108 bpm. JP told all his people about me so bamas started cheering when I went on. And that’s when shit popped the fuck off. The minute that T-t-t-t-turn up the bass! part came in and dropped the place went insane! I played it all the way til the end and then did the same to Sidney Samson’s “Riverside” and EVERYONE is yelling the “Riverside motherfucker!” part and shit was just too much. I was losin’ it and told myself, I need to make some edits of this shit! And thus, Moombahton was born. Long story short, neighbors complained a good 15 minutes into my set and threatened to call the cops. Half the party started to bounce and then a few minutes later Mike yells, “Cops on the way!” and like clockwork this party was done. All in about an hour. I parked down the street and drove both my cousin JP and Mike back to school so they could catch the end of their classes as if nothing ever happened.

No. 3 Munchi – Firepower

I declared Munchi a “Genius” after hearing this track.

Nobody had made a track like this before, it was the first of its kind.  It is probably the most influential track in the whole history of Moombahton in terms of the numbers of people who got turned onto Moombahton because of it.

Here’s what I said about it back in 2011, which I repeated in 2012 in a piece about Munchi:

“Firepower” had acted as a major catalyst for the movement. When I heard the track I could see back then the vision Munchi had created for the future of this Moombahton movement. He had given it mouth 2 mouth resuscitation and had breathed new life into it.

All the Dubstep & Drumstep heads who were visiting our blog started to get into it and we started seeing a flow of Moombahcore edits. Without “Firepower”, I doubt we’d be as far advanced as we are with the movement today. It opened up the doors to a whole new world for a broad range of people.

I’ve said many times that Moombahcore and NOT Moombahton, has almost single-handedly helped to push this movement forward. It is still flava of the month and has a much wider audience and appeal, than Moombahton, at the present time.

However, saying that, I think the excitement for Moombahcore will start to fade thereby allowing Moombahton to grow from strength to strength as it is much more diverse. It has an ability to mutate to incorporate all sorts of things, which will allow it the longevity, which I’m not sure Moombahcore has.  We’ve already seen this with Dubstep, with a huge swathe of opinion now moving away from Brostep, because of Brostep overkill.

No. 2 Dillon Francis – Masta Blasta

Ahead of “Firepower” because this is the track that helped to take Moombahton as close to the mainstream as it has ever got.

Maybe the most definitive “cross-over” Moombahton track ever! And it is a GREAT track!

It turned all the Electro-House and House kids onto Moombahton and got played on the radio all over the world and so in essence it became the face of Moombahton and turned Dillon Francis into a worldwide Superstar DJ.

No. 1 Munchi – Sandungueo

What can you say about this track!

One of the first “original” Moombahton tracks that was born amongst the shed loads of edits and remixes, it is THE track that created a future for Moombahton.

Nada may have birthed Moombahton but Munchi raised it, like it was his own kid!

Cited by many as the DEFINITIVE Moombahton track!

Here’s what the Big haired one said about it over 4 years ago:

Damn.. Today I heared of this new thing MOOMBAHTON and i straight up made this track on the spot. I was so stoked hearing about this, because this could be Reggeton’s chance to revive. I have been sleepin’ on Reggeton because all of this Regge-Pop shit they making now, even tho i’m still bumpin the old Reggeton tracks daily on my Mp3. I am working on my style these days and its heading to a B-more/Fidget House/Baile Funk/Kuduro/Dominican Music/ kind of thing, but this my friends.. This is big. And I especially want to give a BIG thanks to Dave Nada for the Moombahton EP and giving me the inspiration, because I think this is going to be huge. SUPPORT THE MOVEMENT!

ARABIATON [Transnational Moombahton]

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So I had a bunch of Moombahton tracks with an Arabian influence and being a mad Arabic Music nut, I just thought I’d stick them altogether for a mix and so here it is.

As usual, recorded live on semi-ancient machinery – Pioneer CDJ’s 1000 MK2 & Pioneer DJM 600.

Enjoy!

Mastered by my dude & Rising Star – JSTJR

Tracklist:

1. Jazz – Saudi
2. Stas – Ritual
3. Beach Club & Relic – Gone East
4. Stas – Dark Dreams
5. Steve Starks – Burma
6. D-Dots – The Mummy
7. B:Azta – Maharlu (Hataah Remix)
8. Zee Reach – Caramba
9. Sazon Booya – Asia Influencia
10. Omar Souleyman – Crystalline (Omulu Remix)
11. $teveTellcO – SalamAlekoum
12. Stas – La Mer
13. Stas – Joy
14. ETC ETC & Dust One- Oochie
15. Kameronessi – Magic Carpet Ride
16. Anton Kemmeren – Scimitar
17. RednaXe1A & Stas – Pangaea
18. Natacha Atlas – Kefaya (Neki Stranac remix)
19. Banana Split Feat. Lydia D – Moombanana (Stas Remix)
20. Neki Stranac – Egypt
21. Sticky K – Persian Algebra

HEARTBREAK : TOP 10 TRACKS THAT MOST INFLUENCED ME AS A PRODUCER

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I listen to all forms of music on a daily basis, but these 10 tunes listed below shaped my view of how I hear, perceive and compose music.

1. M83 – Midnight City

This song to me is special, this is one of those songs that I was afraid to tell people that I liked a few years ago, when I was at the point were I thought genres were cool, and I had to listen and like a certain type of vibe. This song is what made me not want to make any specific genre of music. I was like there’s too much good music out here to make the same shit over and over again. I never heard a tune like this. So when I heard this it kinda blew my mind. This song gives me a natural high and makes me feel good every time I hear it. This to me is the epitome of a good song. I don’t consider this EDM, I just think its beautiful and a very well produced song. Without this song, I don’t think I would’ve appreciated melodic content in electronic music as much as I do now. This tune was a big game changer for me.

2. Metallica – Enter Sandman

This is def one of my favourite tunes. This blew my mind when I heard it. I just like the raw edge and vibe of this one. I’m into a lot of aggressive and dark stuff and this one is just one of those tunes you have to appreciate as a musician.

3. The Prodigy – Smack My Bitch Up

This tune is the game changer. One thing I can honestly say is that this went over my head when it first dropped. I wasn’t able to appreciate their genius until years later. The production on this is so forward thinking and left field. I love how there is a sample from every genre in this tune.  Prodigy proved decades ago, that you can mash genres together and be successful at doing it. It’s hard to pick one song from them. But this is the one, production-wise, that blew my mind

4. Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun

This tune is the song that made me fall in love with rock. The whole tune is very emotional, and the content is so on point. I think this is one of those tunes that people can sing word for word, and not even realize they know the words. Just such a good tune

5. Pablo Gad – Hard Times

This is one of my favourite reggae tunes of all time; those deep reggae vibes, the baseline, and the content. One of my favourite tunes to blaze to.

6. The Diplomats – Dipset Anthem ft. Cam’Ron, Juelz Santana

This is one of those tunes that I played 15 times a day. When I first heard it I lost my mind, I never heard anything in hip hop like it. The reggae sample, the energy from start to finish. This tune is just a classic and the beat will always be insane

7. Jay-Z – Can I live

This is my shit right here, this tune is more about the content for me. The beat is rocking as well. But the content was almost like a reflection that was a little too real and vivid. Besides being one of my favourite rappers, this is like that transformation tune. When you stop giving a fuck and just accept things for how they are and keep moving forward.  Dope tune

8. Bob Marley – To be Loved

I’m all about reggae music. The hardcore stuff, but more importantly the positive stuff, with content. I think reggae music is the most purist music left. This tune is very special, the beat is on point, and the content is very important. This song still holds true even today.  I just love how the message spreads positive vibes.

9. Doctor P – Sweet Shop

This tune blew my mind when I heard it, from an innovation stand point and song structure.  I never heard anything like this.  I was like WTF.  There are a handful of tunes that I wish I had made and this is one of them. This tune is just amazing.  It’s old now, but it was very influential and made me want to find out more about electronic music.  I just love the contrast in the tune.

10. Skrillex – Scary Monsters

This is the 2nd EDM tune that had me like “wow”.  I was like wtf is this… I never heard anything like this. I didn’t know what was going on but yet I was able to nod my head and follow.  One thing about me is that I’m kind of an extremist.  I either like the chill shit or straight aggro shit and the stuff in the middle never works for me.  But back to the tune.  This is pretty innovative, whether you like it or not.  When this dropped you’d never heard anything like it before.  That’s what being an artist is about, trying different shit, and being innovative and placing your emotions into your music.  For me, this tune is the epitome of whatever innovation is.  It’s just being “you” and making weird next level shit.

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DAVID HEARTBREAK is  a Generation Bass son but is now signed to Skrillex’s label OWSLA.

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HIS NAME IS JSTJR (Pronounced Gesture) & HE IS BLOWING UP!!!

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It seems that in the Dance world, every few months a new dude is blowing up in the underground and over the past few months it’s been this dude.

Ever since we released his & Two Sev’s Zoukology EP only a few months back, which focused on the this new thing based on an old thing, Zouk Bass, from out of nowhere he has just been blowing minds.

He is hungry for success too, very hungry and his hunger reminds of  another Generation Bass star, Heartbreak, who is, incidentally with him in the photo above. Of course sometimes that hunger drives bloggers like me a bit nutz but you have to admire it cause he wants it and no-one is gonna stop him from getting it.  Sometimes that’s how it is in this shitty world but, just like Heartbreak, he can more than live up to it, unlike many others I could mention.

He is trying to be innovative and different too like another Generation Basser’, Munchi, instead of formulaic or a 1 trick pony. He is trying to create new sound combo’s like Twerkaxinha or ZoukTwerk and again I admire and respect that. He has also been open to collaborating with dudes from all over the world and that shows an open-mindedness on his part and that must always be credited and encouraged.

I could say a lot about him but his music says it best, just listen and be blown away cause sooner or later you won’t be able to ignore him.

His name is JSTJR (Pronounced Gesture), ok!!!

Heartbreak : Kush

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Heartbreak is back on his brilliant Cloud 9 vibes with this one, another smooth, chilled, laid-back smasher.

Btw it’s his Birthday tomorrow, so be sure to pass by his Soundcloud or FB to wish him a good one.

My Peeps have been asking for more cloud nine, so ive finally decided to go back to that place. I’m happy to say that Ive finished parts 4 & 5 and they’ll be released this year for free. Heartbreak kush is a feeling, that if i could create my own strand, this is the effect it would have or give people. So on that note this one is for the smokers, the vibsters and people who like to just get lost in music.

***this song contains a sample****

Morrison – I Miss You [MoombahSoul]

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We’ve been sleeping a bit on this dude Morrison, from Tilburg, The Netherlands, the place that gave birth to Generation Bass.

Another great track here from him showcasing his more Moombah/luv/soul side, really feeling this one. This takes me back to early H&M days and it’s as good as some of their early works, so don’t sleep on this, it is quality.

And don’t make the same mistake as us, don’t sleep on Morrison, he is a name to be reckoned with:

Corillo Magazine & Dj Blass MMBTN The Mixtape

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DJ Blass is a bit of a legend in the Reggaeton scene having worked with everybody who is an anybody within that scene.

Another producer who I turned down working with after I explained to him that I’m not really into production and neither do I have the time for it but that I was very grateful for the offer and for him reaching out to me.

This is a killa mixtape showing just why he is such a highly regarded figure within the Reggaeton scene and now also within the Moombahton scene.

Here’s what he says:

You might ask why the delay? For me been learning from the moombahton enough of me not want to get rich Producing and enrich my fame I believe in a genre that requires respect and a place as any and yet participate and watch as many as I have the opportunity to out and succeed. believe in the reggaeton genre or the moombahton movement love music the moombahton.Im still here hope you enjoy my gift!

Thanks to all the Dj’s,Producers and friends that Help to make this Mixtape Tanks!

VIVA LA MOOMBAH

Trak List
01.Nadastrom_-_i___(Original_Mix)
02.Sandungueo -Munchi
03.Hoy no se duerme_(Dj Blass & Happy Colors)
04.Beneno – Sazon Booya
05.David Heart Break Sazon Booya – Romper El Suelo
06.Boom Blast (Original Mix)Team Rush Hour & Hot N Spicy
07.Hay Chuleta – Ma-Less
08.Diambula Theme Nadastrom
09.Gyal – Dooze Jackers
10.Wurb – Hot N Spicy (Moombahton original)
11.Party of 3 – the Maniax
12.Spit Fire – Young Bhear
13.Que Fue – De Oro (Original Mix)
14.Sientelo Kid Flip – Kid Cedek
15.BIG MAKK ft. 2DEEP & MA-LESS – MACHUCANDO
16.Sumbate -Happy Colors & LNA
17.La Gota Fria (Cortez Syndicate)
18.Choli ke peeche – Khal Nayak
19.Oye Ese Pito – Cortez Syndicate
20.El Funeral – Happy Colors (Original Mix)
21.Toma Essa Porra happy colors remix – Munchi & DJ Blass
22.Rose – Modabot
23.Round Up Moombahton-Caleb
24.Sidney Samson & Martin Garrix -(Happy Colors Boricua Remix)

Moombahton Forever Compilation

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Sterling compilation from the label that gave birth to Moombahton, T&A!

Heavyweight names on this, creators, innovators and those who helped to push the scene forward.

Generation Bass favourites Munchi, Heartbreak and Jay Fay are all represented and so that makes it pretty heavyweight in our eyes!

It’s free too and so really can’t get any better than that.

The only observation that I’d like to make is that a great opportunity was missed to maybe make this a Double release with the inclusion of “more” fresher names and sounds emanating from the New Wave also being showcased alongside the established ones.

Plus the PR says the compilation is a snapshot of Moombahton in 2013, well 2013 has just begun and so I wouldn’t agree it’s an accurate reflection of that but more so a snapshot of Moombahton between 2009 – 2012!

Then again, it’s up to T&A how they wish to represent progress of a genre that they gave birth to.

However, if you’re into Moombahton or a mere novice, you cant go wrong by grabbing this to bring you partially up to date with the scene and it’s evolution:

PR:

This compilation is a snapshot of Moombahton in 2013, nearly three years after Dave Nada slowed dutch house down to reggaeton tempo for a basement full of buckwild Latino kids in Baltimore. All the major players in the nascent genre come together with their A-game on Moombahton Forever, from originators Nadastrom, Sabo and Munchi to early adopters Heartbreak, Tittsworth, Ayres, Sazon Booya, Pickster and Melo to rave superstars Craze, GTA and Dillon Francis. All facets of the movement are represented: wild dutch synths (Deth, How Y’all Feel), huge buildups (Alerta, Dibby Dibby), reggaeton rhythms (Mami Whine It Up, La Brasilena), moombahcore (Gotta Know, Killa), deep vibes (Vibracion, Suenos), weird experimentalism (Savage Beauty, Club 219), and even a tempo tool from Moombahton to house (Eat It).

Download the entire compilation as a Zip at http://divshare.com/download/23445416-d1b