It’s been a long time since we had any Rogelio Huerta on this blog after covering him some years ago and also releasing one of his EP’s for free some time back. Alongside Javier Estrada, he is one of the leading lights in the Prehispanico scene.
As we stated back in 2011 about Prehispanico with a post about Javier:
Prehispanic means before the arrival of Columbus. So in his music Javier wants to “recreate” the jungle vibe and the blood rituals of the Aztec people.
Coming back to Rogelio, he has dropped this amazing mix for The Big Eel and it takes me back to what I loved so much about Prehispanico in the first place. Some amazing tunage on this and also some suggestions for the future progression of this amazing, overlooked and most underrated of genres.
Here’s what the Big Eel say:
Rogelio Huerta is a young artist that’s made himself known in Monterrey (Mexico) as a night Dj and worldwide as a producer of Guarachero and “Tribal Pre-hispanico”, a genre reminiscent of the Mayan and Aztec cultures, giving it a modern twist. This led him to be featured on Mad Decent and Generation Bass back in 2012 after releasing some tracks and his free EP “IMPERIO”.
This mix he sent us is a recording of his last Dj performance and we can only wonder what kind of crazy shit goes on in those parties he plays in. It’s a fun listen anyway so hop on it.
If you’re new to the blog then a Cumbia Rebajada is basically slowing down the beat of a Cumbia and here’s an awesome new mix by one of my new fave selectors from Mexico, Loris who pays her dues to this style of Cumbia.
Cumbia sobre el mar – El Búho (Edit)
Quimey Neuquen (Chancha Via Circuito remix) – Jose Larralde
Caracol (Chancha Via Circuito remix) – Tremor
Captain Planet – S.S Esfahan (Thornato remix)
Tecolotin – El Búho
Cumbia Malandra – Cholofonics
Cactus – COCOTAXI
Ch’uwa yaku kawsaypuni (Nicola Cruz Remix) – Luzmila Carpio
Yolanda (El Búho Remix) – Emir Buscon
La subienda (El Búho Remix) – Gabriel Ochoa
Luz de Cumbia (Loris Rebajado Edit) – Anibal Velasquez y Su Conjunto
Agradezco a Andrés Ramírez y David Echeverría por tanto conocimiento musical 🙂
Loris is a DJ from Mexico with Palestinian origins, yes, that place in the Middle East facing the worst excesses of brutal modern-day apartheid! Nope, I don’t care what you have to say about that last statement, history will tell us we were on the right side!
Loris has been following us for a while and she wanted to share her new mix with us which takes in both her Latin and Arabic roots, 2 places of the world which take up a bulk of our posts and interests. It’s a great mix fusing awesome new sounds from Meixco such as Nu-Cumbia, 3ball with remixes of tracks from the Middle East by Western producers taking in Trap and Moombahton amongst other genres.
This is a gorgeous ride and the title which is in Arabic means “Beginning and Inception”:
I can’t express often enough how much I love MIXPAK’s work in fusing the avant-garde worlds of future dancehall and underground club music, precisely by picking the right artists who can make the bridges. We’ve covered only a fraction of them here on the blog, such as Lechuga Zafiro, Photo Romance and ZutZut. This time an upcoming talent who is relatively new to Generation Bass readers. Both because she is mainly a DJ and has only started releasing music very recently and because we’ve only just started to zoom in on the important names from the new club music avant-garde.
Stumbled across this awesome mixtape on Foozool’s twitter by this Greek born, USA based Artist, Abyss X.
It’s a mix she did for Novembre Mag which incorporates some awesome Industrial Middle Eastern sections amongst a load of other underground club flava’s.
You can catch her perform Stateside in Oakland at the influential “Nightforms” hosted by 8ulentina & Foozool. Nightforms is a monthly event, a genre-bending dance party that showcases different guest artists each month. 8ulentina & Foozool are the resident djs, and they get to share narratives through music, sounds and live visuals. This month they have Abyss X coming from LA and Helix of the Night Slugs. Check the event flyer below whilst you soak in this delicious mix.
Abyss X also recently dropped a breath-taking Pop/Bass/R&B EP for the Mexican Extasis label who we’ve covered in the past:
Bottom left: Tico Sandoval, S x m b r a (Generation Bass), DJ The Teacher (Kuddedieren), DJ John Tinnick (Safari); Top left: SSDSS (Kumbale), MC Gene Power (Kuddedieren), Samira (Kuddedieren), Zoë (Kuddedieren), DJ Addik (Kuddedieren)
I believe I’ve never sweated and danced so much in one weekend as the weekend before, with the only exception probably being the previous Rimboe Riddim party, organised by the Dutch dancehall crew Kuddedieren, where I had the chance to meet Brazilian legend Omulu, chill with an old friend of Munchi’s and lost myself dancing ecstatically in a small, sweaty tourist club in Amsterdam where groups of British girls and French guys made the show. This time Kuddedieren performed in my very own hometown for Tropicale BassClub, in the same venue where once the 108 Moombahton parties marked the beginning of my music journey, and I was there to report.
Almost the entire scene was there. The tropicalistas from Safari were on the line-up together with Utrecht’s homegrown cumbia hero Café de Calaveras and the Gouda based upcoming tropical bass excitement Cookachoo. But the biggest surprise were visitors from Germany: KUMBALE‘s head honcho Rene a.k.a. Sonidero Sin Dinero Sound System and Mexico’s no.1 percussion virtuoso Tico Sandoval! The Kuddedieren crew knows them from their gig at the KUMBALE curated Esperanza Latin party in Berlin, which we at Generation Bass helped to develop, and booked Tico to enrich their music with live drums.
Tropicale Bassclub is the result of booking agencies Topbillin Netherlands and Mother Music to showcase the most promising Dutch tropical bass mainstage acts in such as Cookachoo, Zanillya, RBBP, Kuddedieren and Capadose, together on a club night, touring the country’s major cities. The format and sound of these artists all seem to have been shaped in some or other way by examples like Major Lazer or Buraka Som Sistema: an energetic blend of dancehall, kuduro, EDM-trap/twerk and moombahton, without the grotesqueness of their Mad Decent counterparts.
One thing that stood out last time and now again was the great diversity of music styles, even though dancehall was definitely the central flavour. Café de Calaveras opened the night with a hot set of familiar reggaeton, dancehall and afrobeats and many references to hiphop and RnB, while the Safari soundsystem moved deep into Andean electrofolklore, cumbia, kuduro and DnB, evoking a majestic dance battle on the dancefloor! Being a live-only act, Cookachoo performed a set of own tracks in their characteristic, theatresque style that resonated well with the audience.
After Haarlem, Leiden and Zwolle Utrecht was the third city to host Tropicale BassClub and the turnout was definitely satisfying for a first night in a new city. But after Cookachoo’s gig, when Kuddedieren themselves ascended the stage for their traditional closing act, many people had already left because they thought they’d seen it all by now. Nothing could have been further from the truth. Even though their format may superficially look like Major Lazer or Buraka, the crew of DJ’s Addik & The Teacher, Singer/MC/Dancer Zoë, dancer Siggy, dancer Samira and the freshest addition MC and dancer Gene Power, is of a different order. A live performance by Kuddedieren is unlike most things you will ever experience. In the whirlpool of energy you are drawn into, it no longer feels like watching a performance or listening to a DJ. They are having a party for and with you.
The crew: Zoë, MC Gene Power, The Teacher, Addik (seated), Siggy
Kuddedieren aren’t EDM DJ’s with an MC and mere entourage dancers, nor a band only playing self-made tracks, and not a traditional dancehall soundsystem either. The project was started a few years ago by Ruben (The Teacher) and Addik, who wanted to extend DJ’ing with more extensive live performance and made auditions for dancers. These eventually became Siggy, Zoë and Samira. It was hard to find people loyal to the project, especially for MCs since all the upcoming EDM acts were looking them, so it took a while until Gene was added to the group, making this dedicated team complete.
Eventually, the atmosphere was so easy-going that Zoë invited everybody left in the large hall to come on stage to finish the party cozily together. Girls from the crowd managed to get hold of the drumming sticks and examined their sense of rhythm while Tico joined the dancing madness. Unfortunately, the speakers blasted so many decibels that Tico wasn’t always audible that well, but the moments where his timbales and cowbells pierced through the thick wall of bass were moments of pure joy. And before finally calling turning the lights back on, the crowd could get free their last bits of dancing energy left in their bodies to a several minutes long solo of pure organic drums!
KUDDEDIEREN with the crowd on stage after the show
GB: Aren’t you guys way too unique for the name ‘Herd Animals’?
KD: We reflect daily needs (dancing, music, sexiness and entertainment) to the crowds we play for and make a decent mix between the well-known tracks and the new hot vibes. So the herd thing in the act is: we follow the crowd but we also make the crowd following us by hitting fresh tunes and hot elements in our performances as well as in our own tracks. What you give is what you get, that’s the whole point of the name ‘KUDDEDIEREN’.
With the radioshows and the Rimboe Riddim parties, we want to spread the electronic tropical vibe and be a platform for acts, music and everything around that. We support acts totally unknown in the Netherlands like Omulu as well as popular Dutch headliners such as DJ Dyna. They all do tropical music but in their own way.
Dancehall and reggae are always the basis, to show the mainstream audience what they can expect, but for the readers of Generation Bass: we also play zouk bass, afrohouse, trap/twerk music, a little EDM and also a bit of kuduro and drum ’n bass.
GB: That’s interesting, global/tropical bass as an extension to dancehall, rather than a form of EDM.. Where you the first in the Dutch dancehall scene to experiment with that?
KD: We haven’t really been part of the dancehall scene here to be honest. Dancehall is actually one of the most effective ways to make the girls dance and make a party going. That was the main reason for us to play a lot of it during our sets. About a year ago there was a guy and he told us that it was not really approriate for us to play those styles. He said: “it doesn’t fit you”. That was the reason for The Teacher and Addik to go to Jamaica, have some experiences over there, learn more about their culture and make some music. They made vlogs during their trip, you can see them here:
KUDDEDIEREN in Jamaica
Now, after the Jamaica trip, we learn more about Jamaican and caribbean music in Holland as well, but we are still more involved with the Jamaican dancehall scene then the Dutch dancehall scene.
GB: What does an average week look like for KUDDEDIEREN?
KD: Check out our vlogs, it’s all in there!
Freshest vlog, out since this morning (Featuring me.. a bit.. in your face)
GB: Any specific future plans you can already share with us?
KD: In the first place we have some fresh tracks with KUDDEDIEREN (almost ready) with a (big) Jamaican artist. We’re still looking for a good partner (label) to put it out with the right attention. Besides we are extending the tropical network in Europe right now. There is a really nice niche-market in Europe but we need to work together to let it grow and spread the virus. But we are working on it! That is also were Rimboe Riddim fits the plan at this moment.
After the party and next morning, I hang out with Tico and Rene ‘SSDSS’ who had to perform that next night at yet another party:Alta Cumbia Night, organised by the Amsterdam based cumbia band La Banda Fantástica who haven’t quit at all since theFantástica parties came to an end a year ago. Not at all, the spacious venue (OT301: a vibrant alternative cultural centre) was completely packed. According to Facebook about 500 people showed up but I wouldn’t be surprised if there were even more.
The event combined a passionate cumbia party with a serious tone: the premiere presentation of “Ayotzinapa, crónica de un crimen de Estado”, a gripping documentary about the 43 Mexican students who vanished from the face of the earth by the hands of the country’s deeply rotten government, directed by Xavier Robles. Watch it here –>>
“Ayotzinapa, crónica de un crimen de Estado” (Ayotzinapa, chronicle of a state-crime)
From 22:00 onward the night changed into cumbia, starting with the vintage & classic latin rock DJ Larva and ‘Fantástica Un Cumbia Happening’ OG DJ Rengo Estar, both from Argentina. Unfortunately, I didn’t arrive early enough to see either the documentary or the beginning of the night. I arrived around midnight and was impressed by the venue’s hidden entrance, nice garden in front and especially its size. DJ Rengo Estar would tell me its fascinating history: squatted in the late 90s and now in the middle of an official legalisation process. On the wall in the long entrance hall was a big sheet with on it, in black and white, the faces of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa and their names: a commemoration that once again made me realise how intricately music is related to the social and political struggles of the people who create it.
I once theorised that one of the reasons why there is so little cumbia in the Netherlands is that the Mexican, Argentinian and Peruvian communities here are very small. Apart from their yearly Independence Day, Colombians in the Netherlands don’t seem to give an awful lot about it. But La Banda Fantástica single handedly managed to build a strong scene in Amsterdam, attracting a unique cocktail of young and older [email protected] (mostly but not exclusively Mexicans, Argentinians and Chileans), hippies, hipsters, ‘urban’ dressed kids, nu-punks, avant-garde fashionistas, glamourous Latin-night clubgirls and every possible overlapping combination between these categories. As I, reunited with the Rene and Tico and equipped with a beer, entered the main hall in the middle of La Banda Fantástica’s grand performance and saw this party happening in front of me, I realised that you can speak of an actual, full-blown cumbia SCENE in Amsterdam that goes way beyond DJs-producers exploring a mere gimmick.
La Banda Fantástica performing for a passionately dancing crowd
The band members with burlesque performer Nina
La Banda Fantástica played a diverse collection classics from Argentinian cumbia villera, Mexican cumbia sonidera, Andean chicha and the Colombian originals and also lots of catchy cumbia rock. Towards the end of their performance, we were surprised with a very nice tropical burlesque show by La Nina!
After the band performance, Rene and Tico ascended the stage, closing the night with the more electronic interpretation of cumbia. Everything that we’ve been blogging passionately for years, from cumbia-dub, cumbia trap, cumbiaton and 3ball, now blasted through the industrial hall in front of 500 people, accompanied by Tico’s energetic breaks and polyrhythmic insanity.
Tico jamming the congas!
Tico made a nice vlog of this intense and fun weekend that was just one long party and amazing scene-meetup from beginning to end!
Alfonso Luna is back with a second release on the German forward-looking Latin netlabel KUMBALE, a full album with 12 hypnotising tracks that keep pushing the boundaries of electronic music fused with Mexican folklore.
The Monterrey (Mexico) based independent producer has been the single most defining artist of the tribal prehispanico microgenre for some years now. You could even say that he recreated tribal prehispanico, having done away with most of the standard recycled samples and standard percussion patterns that used define the sound. Fellow Latin-innovator Erick Jaimez once said: “you’ve got tribal and you’ve got Alfonso Luna, that guy is on a whole different level.” His experimentation with minimal techno, dub and ambient that characterised his previous release, is continued here. One track, ‘Virgen Lacrimosa’, my favourite from the album, even features a violin.
Tribal Prehispanico LP is an essential addition to many different kinds of DJ-sets and playlists, from alround Latin to avant-garde club and psychedelic tribal techno!
Pablo Villierezz better known as Panther Panther! is a visual artist who makes live performances as a DJ, VJ, or in other words as an “AV Artist”; a ‘Chilango‘ of birth but who at the age of ten found new horizons in the cold lands of Bristol, England; place where to date has resided.
However, it has been in the strong wave of Latin American electronica where he has found home: a type of music that it’s a mix of a personal past, childhood, family and roots, with the life as an immigrant and a present immersed in the music technology!
These are interests that Panther Panther has explored through his previous band “Poppy Perezz” and under the pseudonym “Tropical Panzón” but it’s with “Acapulco Space Station” launched by ‘Le Ronca Records’ where Pablo was able to deliver his creative exploration; leading to resulting in a retro-futuristic sound, where we passed all our differences as a human beings, and we get to travel together through the stars on a space station that at the same time is a beach!
In this fabulous musical proposal you can hear the classic and powerful sound of CUMBIA, mixed with space sounds, deep and melancholy synths and a galactic environment in each track!
Villierezz is currently working on the visuals for his live performances during fall 2015 and 2016 in Latin American countries like Argentina, Uruguay, Peru and Mexico, don’t miss it !!!
It is almost exactly five years ago now, since the Mexican label & music collective NAAFI started pioneering in Mexico City with forward looking club nights. They called their concept ‘ritmos periféricos’: a blend of underground styles, just outside of the mainstream, by which the new generations of youths growing up in today’s Mexico express themselves. Within those five years, their sound would come to pave the way into the future of music, in Mexico and beyond.
NAAFI has functioned as a magnet and gathering spot for the most creative minds in the country such as Lao, Siete Catorce, Mexican Jihad and Dj Smurphy, who have transformed Mexico City into one of the most innovative hotbeds for music and culture on the globe. Internationally, they work closely together with the trax avant garde. Names like Venus X (US), Massacooramaan (US), Imaabs (Chile) and Dinamarca (Sweden) have all worked together with the NAAFI crew.
The power behind the ‘ritmos periféricos’ his hard to pin down to one single thing. They truly manage to connect global developments on the internet with homegrown youth cultures in the city. Their IRL club nights, seamlessly combine experimental jersey club and grime with urban flavoured cumbiaton, 3ball, reggaeton and hip-hop, bringing people from a wide range of scenes and backgrounds together on the dance floor in a friendly and inspring setting. This has sparked an exciting dynamic which is slowly starting to look like an actual subculture, reinforced by a recognisable visual style – Mexican elements combined with futuristic Tumblr aesthetics – and close collaboration with the avant-garde street clothing store R.I.P. by Rosa Pistola.
In 2013, Thump brought them into the spotlights of the international semi-mainstream with an extensive article and since that time, NAAFI and its affiliated artists have received increasing attention from big players such as Boiler Room, FactMag, XLR8R, The Fader and REMEZCLA. In 2015 their name is only further on the rise, no longer limited to Mexico but on its way to define the future sound of Latin America as a whole and to shape the new wave of club-trax music, emerging in many places of the world right now, on the brink of transforming the music landscape forever.
Just last week, Native Instruments released a shortdoc that gives an excellent insight in what’s happening in Mexico City today!
This was the promo vid for the collective’s birthday celebration that shows their artistic excellence!
Together with REMEZCLA and the Mexico City based documentary collectiveDetona, they made this visual folkloric portrait of dance of the Mexican south coast in Oaxaca, featuring music from NAAFI crew memberDJ Tetris.
And if you’re around Mexico City next month and stoked for their next event, check out the teaser for the exciting second edition of Residencia, a club session at gallery Museo Jumex, with the mouthwatering lineup ofDJ Blass, DJ Bekman&ZutZut!
Released two weeks ago on Blaq Records, this bomb assembled by Mokujinis going to blow some crates and dancefloors. A loud beat, a grimy bass and a voice with an evil inspiration, it’s dark, it’s an outburst of anger ! A small EP with three tracks, an amazing intro and two Opusblending strong tech and future garage.
This Opus comes as a name-your-price download, so there’s little reason not to get it !
Mokujin does it once again with his futuristic vision on club music, his unique approach to underground culture, always gold just like dawn.
Blaqnet is the rebellious young sister of Blaq Records / Pantamuzik, it is the punk renegade black sheep of the family, always walking the thin line where experimental meets club music, where techno meets ambient-noise, where breaks meet future garage and phantom rave within a unique convergence of artists from around the world, always stepping outside the trends with a DIY attitude showing her love for the underground with free releases for your downloading pleasure.
Blaq Records is a transnational label, based in Mexico but with artists from Iceland and Germany, the talents sheltered in this label have no frontier.