MOSILLATOR : MIRROR EP

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New DnB Bass EP from one of India’s finest Electronic producers taking in Neuro DnB vibes & marinated with spicey Indian and Arabic flavas.

Some of the tracks are already getting some rotaion on BBC Radio 6 Music.

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Catch a vid here and watch out for that Cat:

This dude started out with Generation Bass and is now playing at some major events in India:

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BIO:

Blending organic and electronic influences into something really special, MOSILLATOR takes bass music to the next level. Beyond steady wobbles and crazy sick bass lines, beyond hard hitting and mosh pit male energy, this is a seductive piece of work that destroys dance floors world wide.

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Check out this brilliant EP:

For bookings – [email protected]
Productions – [email protected]

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Artist MOSILLATOR
Album Title MIRROR
Genre DnB
Release Date 13.04.16
Description EP
Tracklist1.MAKAH
2.CREEP
3.PLUCK
4.SNIFF
5.BUG BITE
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8ulentina & Tobago Tracks Present : Dismiss U

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A compilation very reminiscent of Muslimgazue and latterly Mutamassik has just dropped on Tobago Tracks label.

It’s been curated by Club Chai resident 8ulentina who you should be familiar with by now if you’ve been checking in on the blog this past 6 months. It features an all femme crew and includes fellow resident Club Chai Foozool and some of our other faves DJ Haram and Maieli.

As 8ulentina told Dummy Mag where the compilation has premiered they “wanted to curate something that centers a feminine perspective within the non western diaspora.”  They further go on to say that the compilation “approaches sound/noise experimentation and diaspora narratives from an expansive yet dismissive perspective. The producers on this compilation dismiss borders and boundaries set by western standards. It’s a sonic dialogue highlighting difference within the diaspora in resistance to generalisations and false notions of solidarity. The compilation engages with the internet and technology as tools for survival, platforms for our creative work and ways to connect and alter our respective sonic archives.”

Head over there to read the rest of the interview.

It’s an experimental compilation that kinda deconstructs club sounds and it ends up sounding like a soundtrack to an art house movie set in the non-western world.  It’s pretty jarring and thought-provoking and amounts to a bunch of sketches over the course of the compilation.  The only fully formed track is the one by Maieli that takes in Bollywood & Deepak Ram vibes underpinned by a Missy rap and that one is a personal highlight for me as I’m a sucker for melody. The Nargiz track is another stand-out for me with its epic Egyptian strings.

Although the compilation is not specific to any one geographical location, its primary sound is Middle Eastern with shades of Armenia, Turkey, India and American RnB thrown in too.

It demonstrates a great deal of promise to come from the featured producers and I love the way it turns expected sound collages of the non-western world on to its head and makes western listeners re-think their preconceptions.

As stated at the outset a huge debt is probably owed to producers like Muslimgauze and Mutamassik.  I think it would have been so fitting if the latter had also been featured on the compilation being both femme and one of the originators of this kind of expansive noise experimentation focusing on non-western samples and vocals.

Overall, a huge heads up, will be on constant rotation at UMB Towers for the forseeable future and watch out for all of these artists who are set to make a mark in the future progression of Transnational vybz in more ways than one.  Full support from the GB crew!

For those in the USA who are interested to hear more of this kind of sound and other crazy off-shoots be sure to check out Club Chai!

You can grab it all for just over a fiver, that’s around 60p per track!

Bison X Kush Arora X Squareffekt – Northern Migration

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#Future Tarraxo, Tarraxo, Zouk, Kizomba, whatever you wanna call it, I’m still really loving these sensual vibes and especially the place where Bison & Squareffekt take this sound.

The opening and often ending of their tracks always remind me in some way of the 1983 epic Scarface and the Soundtrack by Giogio Moroder, albeit the music itself bears no relation to the story line, imagery or themes of that movie.

I still think the full potential of Bison has remained unmatched since his first EP which we released “The New Wave of Tarraxinha” but this and his subsequent releases with Squareffekt have come very, very close.

On this new number, they have teamed up with a very familiar and established name in the scene, Kush Arora, who we’ve known since the beginnings of this blog. With Kush in tow, the #Future Tarraxo sound is the dominant backdrop but it is stretched further to include a subtle Indian influence on the percussion and also in my view a very surprising hint of Pop Arabia in the strings, now that is something I’d really love to hear more of in their productions because it just seems to fit in so naturally.

Another gorgeous track that deserves so much more attention than it is likely to receive online.

Here’s what they say about their collab:

After having a internet admiration for each other’s music, and a desire to learn from each other on their traditions, the three of these folks across the world started to trade sketches in 2015 which lead to this song, the first of many that will be emerging.

Bison & Squareffekt are a Portuguese production duo on the rise, who have a unique, futuristic and melancholic take on the sensual cadence of Angolan kizomba and tarraxo. As the zouk bass sound spreads across the globe and producers push these sweaty 90BPM into new and unfamiliar territories, the duo takes an organic approach to the genre as they reimagine the tarraxo sound from within. Putting a modern electronic twist into the slow sexy beats that make the ghettos dance provocatively from Lisbon to Luanda, Bison & Squareffekt are definitely here to stay.

Kush Arora has been producing a variety of indo carribean, kuduro, industrial, and ambient sounds in San Francisco for over 18 years. He lends his sound design, beat structures, and evolving landscapes to the tarraxo formula, propelling it further and further into space.

BANDISH PROJEKT : COMMON TONGUE EP

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Our favourite Indian Electronic purveyors and regular artists who feature on the Generation Bass label, Bandish Projekt recently dropped a shed load of awesome tunage on the brilliant Common Tongues EP with a host of collaborators and including a cheeky Ludacris remix. There’s a free Bollywood remix too of some classic movie soundtrack too!

Most of this stuff is head and shoulders above a majority of Indian and indeed western Electronica. Peeps still sleeping on this sleeping giant of an act.

Bandish Projekt have also recently turned in an incredible remix of a Streamer track for his upcoming “Walking with Camels” Remix EP which we’ll be dropping soonish… :

Here’s some more info on the individual tracks and their collaborators:

KRISHNA:

In the story of the Bhagavad-Gita, the Prince Arjuna is tormented as he drives into battle in his rickshaw, because he might have to kill his brothers. He consults his cross-dressing rickshaw driver, who happens to be the superhero god Krishna in disguise. Krishna busts some lyrics to Arjuna. This track conjures images of early morning ragas by the side of the Ganges.

Produced by – Bandish projekt (Mayur Narvekar)
Words & Poetry – Last Mango In Paris
Vocals Aishwarya Joshi
Flute – Shreyas Dave

KALI YATRA:

To boldly go where no woman has gone before… A bass heavy, beat which sounds a bit like Indian Sitar Trek. Kali Yatra features MC Mawali, a star in the making. A stalwart of India’s growing hip hop scene, his killer flow is matched by intelligent, political and conscious lyrics, delivered here in Hindi. Malawi raps in many languages.

COWS:

American rappers rap about “hos”; Indian rappers rap about feminism, vegetarianism and non violence to every living soul. Cows is a cheeky satirical remix of Ludacris’s misogynist banger, Area Codes. Features the sick skills of Mc Tod Fod, rapping in Gujarati – Gandhi’s mother tongue.

SHAAIR:

This Free Download From the 1973 movie Bobby starring Dimple Kapadia, Rishi Kapoor. This new track Shaair from Common Tongue is a Bandish Projekt interoperation on the old school Bollywood sounds .

Get the full Ep bhejafryrecords.bandcamp.com/album/common-tongue

Original Credits
Movie: Bobby
Music Director: Laxmikant Pyarelal
Singer: Shailendra Singh

The Best Exotic Maieli Mixtape

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I hope you get the joke in the title but that aside, this is a cracking and beautiful mixtape that this US DJ & Producer of mixed Indian/Columbian heritage has delivered for Mishthi Music.  This has perfectly complimented my Saturday afternoon!  It even includes some Electro-Qawali!

Maieli is one of the new generation of “Brown Power People” who are due to be making a mark in the scene alongside peeps like DJ Haram, 8ulentina, Foozool, Otina and many others and so keep a watch out, it’s already catching on.  I think one of their main sources of inspiration comes from powerful & established players in the scene like Future Brown, Nguzunguzu & Fatima Al Qadiri amongst others.

And of course this mixtape is not “exotic” for GB readers but it might be for the likes of Red Bull lol!

Here’s what Mishthi Music have to say:

Time to ring in 2016 with an amazing tropical desi mix by Los Angeles DJ Maieli! For our sixth installment of our Mishthi Music Mixtape series, Maieli digs into her Colombian and Indian roots to create a mix that swirls Desi dance with hip shaking Latin sounds. The mix heavily features the lyrical talents of Horsepowar – for whom DJ Maieli produces beats for. Pulling tracks from the deeper sounds of Raxster, Adil Omar, Sikh Knowledge and as well as mixing in some classic filmi samples, this mixtape brings it hard.

Tracklist:

  • Maieli – Untitled (Unreleased)
  • Timbaland ft. Magoo – Indian Flute (Pepeflinco Reggaeton Remix)
  • Sabo & Cassady – La Curura Remix
  • Maieli – Indo-Rain
  • DJ ANTZ – Don’t Taal ‘Em
  • Jai Matt ft. Dr. Srimix – Don’t Tell ‘Em (Dhol Remix)
  • Maieli – Last Call
  • Sikh Knowledge – Drunk Ali Khan
  • Aazar – Masala
  • Mahendra Kapoor vs. Uproot Andy – Sada Vasda Raje Punjab (Rafael Aragon RMX) 
  • Horsepowar – Eyebrows on Fleek (prod by Maieli)
  • Shreya Ghoshal – Barso Re (from Guru) (Intangible Remix)
  • Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons – Lovers’ Eyes (Mohe Pi Ki Najariya)
  • Willie Colon & Hector Lavoe – Timbalero (Nguzunguzu Remix) 
  • Raxstar – Poison (Zair)
  • Adil Omar & Talal Qureshi – Nighat & Paras
  • Horsepowar – Pinky Swear (prod by Maieli)(Upcoming Release)

SidiRum : Mentes Unidas (Salvador & ElPeche Remix) [Cumbia ElectroFolkLore]

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SidiRum aka Nico Bruschi is an Argentinian based artist living in Buenos Aires. He is a Generation Bass blog contributor too. He has just dropped this brilliant remix for free.

It’s been remixed by Brazillians El Peche & Salvador and it’s a sublime slice of haunting ElectroFolkLore Cumbia, part South American and part Indian. Listening to the track, it feels as though one is travelling through the wilds of South America and then suddenly transported into mystical lands of the East, India to be precise.

Késhava : Keshob – Burden Of Love [Transnational Dub]

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Késhava is from Tallinn, Estonia and he just dropped this deep & amazing Transnational Dub number taking a lot of inspiration from India and Indian mysticism. For all you deep thinkers out there, here’s what he says:

“Dedicate yourself to the ideals of truth, love and purity. Serve your fellow beings. This is the pathway to Supreme blessedness. When somebody takes up a burden of love and shows through that burden of love how he’s caring for others, then others want to help him.”

Késhava says this about himself:

“I live in music & sound. I’ve been into electronic music since 1997. I’m into indian mysticism and esoteric yoga teachings. I draw inspiration from the spiritual spheres and mix it with modern beats like dubstep, digidub and drumstep.”

Check out this beauty:

BANDISH PROJEKT FEAT. LAST MANGO IN PARIS – KRISHNA

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Our fave Indian Electronic Act drop a great new mystical spoken word number with London Poet Last Mango in Paris that makes you feel like you’re sitting right next to the Ganges listening to an ancient philosopher.

Here’s what it is about:

In the story of the Bhagavad-Gita, the Prince Arjuna is tormented as he drives into battle in his rickshaw, because he might have to kill his brothers. He consults his cross-dressing rickshaw driver, who happens to be the superhero god Krishna in disguise. Krishna busts some lyrics to Arjuna. This track conjures images of early morning ragas by the side of the Ganges.

Produced by – Bandish projekt (Mayur Narvekar)
Words & Poetry – Last Mango In Paris
Vocals Aishwarya Joshi
Flute – Shreyas Dave

Maieli : Cumbia 2 Bollyhood

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I’ve been a bit blown away by some of the Artists who featured on the Browntourage Mixtape series we blogged  a few days ago and so I thought I’d shine some singular spotlight on some of them.

Maieli (pronounced Mah-yell-eee) AKA Yung Honeychild describes herself as a Beat maker / Hip shaker / & Real down to Mars girl.

Maieli’s dropped some awesome mixtapes and also has turned her hand to some production too creating edits fusing Cumbia, Bollywood, Hip Hop and Trip Hop, check these out:

Here again is the mixtape she dropped for Browntourage, this time complete with a tracklist:

PLAYLIST:

1. Brandy & Monica – The Boy is Mine (GRAMAH remix)
2. Cheri Coke – The Interlude (Sango refix)
3. Missy Elliot – Slide
4. Yumo – Future Nubian Queen (Sir CRKS Styrofoam Edit)
5. Farhad Bhiwandiwalla, Hitesh Modak, & K.S. Krishnan – Bali (The Sound of Shaitan)
6. Nancy Ajram – Min Elma Endou
7. Ashanti – Hey Baby (Florian Shipke remix)
8. Mapei – Don’t Wait (Kingdom Remix)
9. Wavy Spice – Versace Hottie
10. Kelela – Do it Again (prod. NA)
11. Samename – Make it Hot at Nightfall (Nguzunguzu edit)
12. SWV – Weak (Joseph Trotto Junior & B. Ames remix)
13. Fatima Al Qadiri – Knight Fare (post-war dub)
14. L S D X O X O – NI666A PLZ (Interlude)
15. Beyonce – Drunk in Love (MeLo-X remix)
16. Mala ft. Danay Suarez – Noches Sueños
17. Cooly G – Trouble
18. JD. Reid – Amber Waves (ft. Yordanos & Gabriella Skies)
19. Njena Reddd Foxxx – Watercolour
20. The Internet – Sunset (ft. Yuna)
21. Kali Uchis – Porque Te Vas

NUCLEYA : BASS RANI [INDIAN BASS]

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If you wanna know what’s going down in India from a Bass perspective then you can’t go wrong by following Nucleya’s movements.

Nucleya was an integral part of Generation Bass Artists’ “Bandish Projekt” in the very early days but then the boys went their own ways and here is where Nucleya is now with his projects. He has tended to focus on the more commercialized & Americanized vision of Bass music, more EDM than Europe’s Electronic Underground which is where the Bandish Projekt are currently at. However, both retain their Indian roots in large measures.

This EP features a number of collaborators, most notable for GB readers will be Denmark’s Julius Sylvest on “Mumbai Dance” which takes a bit to get going but once it does, it’s like an express train! kinda reminiscent of that classic Duke Dumont “Hoy” track which still kicks some major, major ass!

The stand-out for me though is the opener “Laung Gawacha” feat. Avneet Khurmi, this one gets my vote.

If you like your beats “stadium” phat, with huge drops and with a Spicy Indian flavouring, then this is for you: