Steve Ohh & Arntre LA present : Moombah Bandits Volume1 [REVIEW + FREE DL]

MoombahBandits

 

Artwork by Gabriel Rowano

2015 will be an exciting year for moombahton. While the rest of the world gaped at the EDM bubble, bursting and shrinking like a punctured inflatable castle: deformed, silly, no longer capable of being taken seriously not even by its own people, we instead showed in three posts (1; 2; 3) how an underground which is declared dead by everybody else, remained stronger and more passionate than ever. This year, that passion will start reaping fruits.

During the finals of 2014, Generation Bass partner Steve Ohh gathered the family together for a spectacular compilation to kick off 2015. Joining forces with moombahdeep OG Ginger Shinobi, Moombah Bandits will appear in 2 major volumes.

Volume 1 is a combination of the classic moombahton sound and a variety of fresh flavours. Since fusing the club sound with the rich, under-appreciated cultural heritages of the non-Western world is one of the pillars of our philosophy, we are always enthousiastic to hear generous references and tributes to traditional Latin-Caribbean music in moombahton, reflected nicely in tracks like Kid Kobra’s ‘Pachanguero’ (moombahfying Grupo Niche’s salsa classic ‘Cali Pachanguero’), Dead Diamonds’ ‘La Suavecita’ or Cortez Syndicate’s ‘Pasaditos’. When involved in Facebook discussions about the direction and future of moombahton, I’ve always argued that moombahton is there to stay if it is not mainly pushed as a new sound for EDM but rather as a new sound for the urban-Latin scene, where it has remained very marginal so far.

If there is one producer who can establish that connection sound-wise, it is Noizekid. Together with the upcoming producer-dj Addictiv, he dropped a urban-merengue flavoured banger with absolute hit-potential.

But my favourite tracks on the album are those who take a step beyond the classic formula of sharp Dutch synths and vocal stabs. No matter how much I love early moombah, the sound needs to evolve now. Billion Dollars & Treovr created the other track from the album with absolute hit-potential, finding the perfect balance between a dembow vibe, subtle percussion and the dirty sound of underground electro-techno!

Macrohard & Jamrock as well as Mr. E chose a soothening, lush moombahdeep sound, without falling into the ‘mid-tempo’-pitfall that strips away all the Latin elements. Ysuli Bros went for a minimalistic techno inspired sound. Beatanga and Cvrtxcho (= S x m b r a = myself) both experiment with dark, futuristic avant-garde sounds drawing from psytrance, and witch-house/vapor-trap respectively. Varilla’s Istanbul could just as well been part of one of our Arabtronix compilations, a sound we can never get enough of. Kid Chaos blows up the dancefloor with a brilliant hardcore-dub-break-techno experiment. Most unique is Danny G’s Sorrows in a bottle, a thoughtful, emotional melodic track – more a listening track than something to dance to – that totally fits the spirit of the today’s youth, lead by the marble-statue mourning vibes of sadboy rap and vapor-trap.

Grab it here for free !

Tracklist

1. Ginger Shinobi – Moombah Bandit
2. Maxx & EJ (Feat. DYSF) – Colossal
3. Kapo – Arepa
4. Woogie – Rubber Band
5. Los XL – Moombah Que?
6. Fautre – Dale Media Vuelta
7. Mambo Killers – Pa Que Se Rompa
8. Noizekid & Addictiv – Major Combo
9. dOpe Tendencies x Neorev – Sway
10. Varilla – Istambul
11. Danny G – Sorrows in a Bottle
12. Wost – Recuerda
13. !TENAZ! – Legend
14. Ysuli Bros – The Beat
15. Cortez Syndicate – Pasaditos
16. Marco Villarroel – Ready
17. Gabriel Rowano – Dale Frikitona
18. Pixie Trace – Bandolera
19. Billion Dollars & Treovr – Tracka
20. Masta – Suden
21. Dead Diamonds – La Suavecita
22. KiD KOBRA – Pachanguero
23. Monsieur Manuel – Chicken
24. Cvtrxcho ( = S x m b r a) – Entiende
25. Bass Syndicate – Hambriento
26. Gingee – Más Moombah
27. Macrohard X Jamrock – Just Checkin
28. Mr. E – Can’t Go
29. KID CHAOS – PSYCHE
30. Selecta Doc – Bubble & Wine
31. Cepillo Cuevas – Que Bahton!
32. Beatanga – Decision
33. Eskeleto – 2 a.m.
34. Sherburt – Crotch Grab
35. Peacethefvckout – Get It
36. Naybr – Putati

BANX & RANX: FROM JAMAICA TO OUTERSPACE!

BANX+RANX

If you really identify with the green, yellow and red colors; It’s very likely that you are a reggae music lover! And if this is the case, I guess you also enjoy enormously the magnificent descendants rhythms of reggae, such as: Dancehall, Raggamuffin and Dub, without a doubt!

But, if at the same time you identify with the power of the sounds of the EDM, the fusion between this two styles will send you to the space! And precisely this fusion of which we are talking about is the fusion that characterize this amazing duo: BANX&RANX.

Banx & Ranx is a Jamaican Electronic Music Group based in Montreal, Canada. The group was founded in 2014 by Soke (Producer / Artist & Dj ) and KNY Factory (Producer / Artist & DJ). The idea was born with the strong desire to make a hybrid sound between Jamaican music and Electronic Dance Music. Both founders share a love for the 2 distinct sounds but never perfected the blend before. This project needed the two skilled producers together in the studio to finally blossom. The name of the group was agreed upon after a list of names like: United Islands, Tuff & Tall, Ragatron… and Banx & Ranx. They tested it around their team and the last one stuck. People loved it. Basically, Banx & Ranx is a state of mind, a sonic idea behind the fusion of music genres. It can also be associated to fictional characters hidden in both members. The visual aspect is very important for this Jamaican / EDM project.

The band started releasing remixes of famous Reggae and Dancehall tracks. The remix for “Is this Love” from Bob Marley has over 1.1 million views on youtube. The other remixes are catching up and getting major attention all over the world. They recently remade the classic tune “Fat Boy” by Max-a-million. They are currently working on their first official EP and a Major Label compilation with artists like: Chronixx, Busy Signal, Gyptian, Million Stylez, Sizzla, Capleton, New Kingston Band and more.

The members:

Soke:
He is a Producer / DJ / Reggae Artist that excels in song writing, engineering and vocal production. He is Canadian but has strong Jamaican ties coming from his wife’s family in Canada and Jamaica, traveling back and forth in both countries.
KNY Factory:
He is a producer / DJ / Creole Dancehall Artist that excels in song writing, engineering and vocal production. He is originally from Guadeloupe but has an East Indian and French Canadian background. He has a base in Guadeloupe and Canada, traveling back and forth in both countries.

Without further ado, here the dope BOB MARLEY remixes that they made.

As usual, killing it with the remixes of this classic reggae/dacehall songs:

https://soundcloud.com/banxnranx/collie-buddz-come-around-banx 

And their original mixes. Enjoy it!

https://soundcloud.com/banxnranx/banx-ranx-anyweh-feat-konshens

https://soundcloud.com/banxnranx/banx-ranx-slatta-dem-feat-mello-g

Links:

www.facebook.com/banxnranx
www.soundcloud.com/banxnranx
twitter.com/banxnranx
instagram.com/banxnranx
Contact: [email protected]

Biutiful Miusic : You Look Fine.

you look fine

You look fine.
The way you are. A few pounds more or less than in the magazines, taller or smaller than the regular average. It doesn’t matter. You’re my music. You have your moments of passion and silence. You can take me down to the hole and higher than the sky. It doesn’t matter cause everything is fine. And you look fine.

I dig material released on netlabels. Netlabels have hundreds of super tracks and albums that mainstream music should envy. Despite the fact that it was released a while ago i still love what aaahh records has come up with. Nice, beautiful music, produced with talent and effort.

aaahh records – what is that?
We are a netlabel and we offer you free music.
Ok, question answered, but that was probably a little short. So here comes the long version:
aaahh was born in may 2008 in the German city of Bielefeld, grey pearl of Westphalia. We started as a humble netlabel – something we still are, in a way – but everything has grown a little less humble and a little less netlabelish over the past years. In case you are not familiar with the world of netlabels, it might help to read the following passage first. If you think you know the basic stuff, just skip it.

Probably the most important part to know, is that we work on the basis of Creative Commons licences. We bet you have seen this © on several products. It’s almost impossible to avoid. It means that all rights on a specific product are reserved. Let’s imagine your product is a cd filled with some songs licenced under classic copyright. In that case you are allowed to listen to it after you paid for it and that’s it. It’s not really yours, it belongs to someone else in a very strict sense.”

From aaahh records‘ website.

 

Entertainment for the Braindead is German band from Cologne lead by Julia Kotowski, singer and composer. As said in the band’s official bio, their music is far from the madding clubbing crowd. It’s a cocoon, a case which shelters some of the most beautiful jewels.

Entertainment For The Braindead – Fences

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The band has released two albums and an EP. All of them are for free. I definitely recommend you to download Roadkill, the second album, which is pure magic.

 

Emilie Lund is a Swedish songwriter. She shows great talent composing and singing. She released a beautiful 5-track EP 3 years ago and we hope one day to get more from her.

Emilie Lund – Something Is Eating Me

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Emilie Lund – Getting Late

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Claiming her inspiration from Cocorosie and Nick Drake, her tracks have the sweetness of snow flakes.

CocoRosie – We Are On Fire  (Released on [PIAS] Recordings)

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So help yourself and visit aaahh records‘ website to get access to Entertainment for the Braindead&Emilie Lund‘s albums. You can donate or download for free. It’s up to you. Spread the word.

 

CSLSX is a band from Philadelphia. That’s all you’ll know ! Using (for the moment) web mystery as a promoting tool, the band is however playing live. Certainly the best incentive to get you to see them on stage. They have something of post-rock, electro with a pinch of disco. So to sum up they have their own style !

CSLSX & I Break Horses – Violent Sea

CSLSX – Paula Abdul drinking a Pepsi, October 17th, 1987

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The tracks can be downloaded for free (as many others) on CSLSX‘s blog. So pay them a visit !

 

Another style, still beautiful sensations. Jamrock following his superb previous releases has come up with a rework of The Weeknd’s High for This. Deep bass, smoothing trap beats.

The Weeknd – High For This (Jamrock Codeine Trap Rework)

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Misun – Coffee (Gavin Holland Remix)

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“The three multifaceted band members of the DC aquawave/emo-pop band Misun (pronounced ‘me-sun’) met while working in different capacities at the Dupont Circle bar/restaurant, Science Club in 2010. At the time vocalist Misun Wojcik waitressed part-time, often sharing overlapping shifts with resident DJs William DeVon (guitar) and Nacey (production/keys). The three soon discovered a common musical bond and began writing and recording in Nacey’s bedroom studio on U Street. The band’s marine-inspired debut EP organically combines influences from folk to EDM to soul. The 6 songs are available together for free download on T&A Record. The remix EP is a veritable family affair, featuring a range of remixes from longtime friends Steve Starks, Cousin Cole, Gavin Holland, Billy the Gent, Londres and WIlliam Devon.”

From T&A Soundcloud page.

 

Between seapunk, juke and atmospheric trap, this prod from American producer Nadus is taking you up floating mid-air.
Nadus – Higher

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James Hamilton aka Jimmy James worked a nice mashup/blend of Juke Ellington’s track and Young Jeezy’s tune.

OBAMA’S THEME – 808 Sea Trap V.S. My President is Black ( JimmyJames Blend )

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French producer Joris Delacroix has released a feeric remix of Oliver Schories Sunset track. The organ, the guitar licks make me feel like being in a kind of surrealist western movie.
Oliver Schories – Sunset (Joris Delacroix Remix)

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To finish what about letting you get a ride by Whiskers Po ? You just have to get in, open the window and let the wind blow you hair hitting the silent hot roads of the desert.
Cinnamon Chasers – Luv Deluxe (Whiskers Po Remix) [FREE DOWNLOAD]

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JAMROCK – SOUL EP

Slept on this one by Nottingham’s 24 year old Jamrock!

This is really luvley stuff, very melodic and atmospheric and full of great ideas.

A combo of Soul & Moombahton and it really is a stylish piece of work!

“Athena” is the stand out track for me!

The UK dudes are just getting better and better at this!