Punto Rojo – Origen – Mixtape

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This mixtape has been blowing my mind tonight!!!!

Punto Rojo which translates as “Red Dot” is the new project of Adrian Lopardo and as the label says:

“In mixtures reflects the explosive combination of Roots contrast of modern rhythms, Afro-Latinos and urban beats using sounds wrapped with a powerful Groove. Since the end of 2014 currently writes notes on the blog CumbiaDub.com.

Currently he is integrating the Family Records Wakan Tanka, consisting of La Dame Blanche, Los Reyes de la Costa, El Barba Dub and El Hijo de la Cumbia.”

I haven’t heard a mixtape as hot as this emanating from the so called old skool “Global Bass” scene for quite some time. This is absolute Fyah!

Tracklist:

01 Pie de hierro
02 Grito al sol
03 Veneno de serpiente
04 Sed de camello
05 Country jungle
06 Dembow rabioso
07 Acordeon del diablo
08 Baile en el manicomio
09 Sonriendo (Final Feliz)

Produccion musical: Adrian Lopardo Aka Punto Rojo
produccion ejecutiva: Wakan Tanka Records
Mastering: Emiliano Gomez
Diseño: Fiela

BROCK – YOLCU (Traveler Mixtape)

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Whenever someone messages me on soundcloud (which, unless you’re lucky enough to have my e-mail address lol is one of the few places you can get me nowadays) to share or repost their sounds, my response is usually f*** off please unless of course it’s someone I know.

The same happened here with this Dutch dude Brock who asked me to repost his new mixtape, however, on this occasion I took the time to check it out and guess what, I really liked it, a lot.

So here it is chokka full of Eastern, Middle Eastern, Turkish, Balkan, Western shit and a lot of other stuff. The sound- design is geared more towards the commercial dancefloors as opposed to the underground but nevertheless it’s bangin’!!!!!!

❤ Lovaria ❤ by AquaBazz

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Lovaria; much too obsession with love and lovemaking. Experienced by those lovers who have just fallen in love and started dating together. Those stung by lovaria cannot think about anything other than love, love and love”

This can explain the idea of Lovaria mixtapes, created by brazilian duo “AquaBazz”. Actually, they were two djs: Aqua Light and Wrong Bazz, great friends with same taste to sounds and mixing. After a while, they decided to create AquaBazz for fun and release this amazing mixtape of Lovaria.

The concept is to bring love. Yes, love to dancefloor – all we need is love, rigth?. But, love don’t mean boring experience. It is the oposite. This mix bring chill tracks with big drops and taste beast. You can – off couse – listen it with your date, but you can listen to relax.

This week they released the 2nd edition and promisse for more. You can listen it on Mixcloud or download on their website Lovaria.me. You can follow AquaBazz on soundcloud too, they’ve few nice edits too.

Aquabazz – Lovaria (Volume 02) by Aquabazz on Mixcloud

Here is the volume 1 – highly recommended

Aquabazz – Lovaria (Volume 01) by Aquabazz on Mixcloud

Black(s) to the Future : Mixtape #1 by MC-C IMPERATRIZ

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Cool summer mixtape here from the MC-C Imperatriz for the Black(s) to the Future project which is described as the following:

BLACK(S) TO THE FUTURE : A MODERN, SUSTAINABLE YET POSITIVE, INSIGHT OF AFRICANITY AND ALL OF ITS MEANS OF EXPRESSION

Black(s) to the Future is a project which develops an Afrofuturistic imagery upgrading our outlook on what’s up in Africa and among its diaspora. It is conceived as a transmedia platform and leans upon broadcasting a new format, a hybrid medium associating visuals and articles around the theme AFRICA + FUTURE.

01 – Rocky Marsiano – Kassula (feat. Sagaz) – Portugal
02 – DJ Lilocox – La Party – Portugal
03 – Freddy Da Stupid – Ta Xuxuado – Mozambique
04 – Staff Paulo – Sapeleme (feat. Gaia Beat & DJ Ricardo Orange) – Angola
05 – O.C Los Bradas – Mokwatzoto (Angola)
06 – DJ Ganyani – Xigubu (feat. FB) – South Africa
07 – Tilla – Alamdullilah – Cameroon
08 – Jovi – Et P8 koi – Cameroon
09 – Kiff No Beat – Tu es dans pain – Ivory Coast
10 – Amenem – Thobghe Si – Gabon
11 – Tour 2 Garde – Pistolet Moutouba – Ivory Coast
12 – Tweezy – Pata Pata – South Africa
13 – Alma Negra – Kuduro da Alma – Netherlands
14 – Gazza – Shuna (feat. Uhuru & DJ Buckz) – Namibia
15 – Max Le Daron – Gulder Riddim – Belgium/Ghana
16 – Owiny Sigoma Band – Changa Attack – UK/Kenya
17 – Batida – Bazuka – Portugal
18 – Kaba Blon – Moriba Yassa (Daniel Haaksman Edit) – Mali
19 – Dr.Dragon – Sonny – Gabon
20 – DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn – DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn Meet Tshetsha Boys – US/South Africa
21 – Yola – To Mbora Brinca – Angola
22 – Os Nove Beijos – Dança Mexe Mexe (feat. Puto Cossa) – Angola

Few mixtapes to understand the new school of Neo Baile Funk

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I think the main point about those mixtape is to introduce a new movement in funk carioca and funk paulista (yes, São Paulo is with great artist and have their own style o funk). Actually, the idea is to show how global bass producers are more in contact with producers from favelas and how it’s good for all movement. Forget the idea of neo baile funk with Diplo and Haaksman, that movement happened 10 years ago, a lot of things changed, so lets see how the things are happening now.

RASTERINHA

Maybe the big change of funk carioca in this 10 years was the rasterinha. The beat – we already spoke a lot about it here – is the new thing. This beat don’t ‘replace’ the tamborzão, they actually work together. Producers now can create a 130 bpm beat with tambrozão and a slow beat, with rasterinha. You can see it as kuduro and tarraxo, they work together.

The producer Kill the Bass has a special taste, creating chill rasterinha beats. Check this mixtape to understand the idea:

Jersey Club

Other new global styles that match soo good with funk is the jersey club. PS: the Bmore style is similar in few aspects and already been mixed with funk in 2009 and 2010 with names as JMay and Leo Justi.

With 130 BPM and a similar mode to sample vocals on music, Jersey and Funk are as cousen. Few producers are releasing tracks 4fun and creating good music. One of them is Maffalda, from São Paulo.

Heavy Baile

Heavy Baile is the idea of Leo Justi to his work. It started as a #tag, but with his great talent this became a party on Rio de Janeiro. It’s harder to explain what is this: a mix of bmore with electro and heavy beats. Other good point is: Leo is in direct contact with MCs. The old idea of remix using originals or cleaning musics to create a remix is old idea. Funkeiros are now more open to new ideas and new beats. But lets see Leo Justi.

FAVELA TRAP

After Trap became the new global genere, brazilians get in deep love with it. And, they start to produce mixing with funk. There are a lot of producers, duo, trios making it. One of this duos, Marginal Men, is the main point in this movement: I don’t know why, when or how, but they became friends of KL Produtora – a label from São Paulo, working with : MC Bin Laden, Mc Pikachu, Mc Brinquedo and Mc 2k, the main names of funk from São Paulo. With that, they are releasing tracks and remixes with original acappelas. Although funkeiros as Mc Bin Laden don’t understand how trap or other beats can work with funk, they are liking this ‘global bass’ scene (Bin laden record music with Diplo and Branko this semester).

So, what I want to tell with all that? This aproach is the main point to all movement, now, producers can release original tracks with funkeiros.

There is a lot of mixtape showing this favela trap tracks, I choose 2 for this post:

Pesadão Tropical

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Pitcheno’s guest mix for BSR

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Between ambient and drone sounds, Pitcheno one half of Tobago Tracks was invited by Brother Sister Records for their monthly guest mix. We have already mentioned Brother Sister Records as we blogged about talented Okey Szoke.

This mixtape available for streaming on BSR’s Soundcloud has all the qualities we expect from an ambient mixtape. It stretches slowly from the beginning to the end delivering sweet soft sounds blended with deep bass lines.

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The Chillout Effect

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Not that i didn’t want to write anymore. I think i just needed time to find something appropriate to write about, something also suitable for you readers.

Luckily my SC and my mailbox got me a bunch of new interesting sounds. I hope you’ll love them, a couple of them are really surprising…

FOREST FAMILY – ASHES TO ASHES – MIX.01 BY ILLENIUM

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Why this mixtape ? You might feel disappointed by my choice. Lots of Brostep, poppy synths and female casual vocals. True. But there are a bunch of really acute great choices. I could write about the sounds without mentioning my source. So whatever we may think of this tape, San Francisco DJ and producer Illenium deserves to be rewarded for picking up and assembling these sounds.

In this tape you’ll find this rather amazing track by Troyboi, half of the very creative Londonian Sound​Snobz duo. Difficult to find a category for their music, it’s something of their own.

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This track by Andru. deserves also some good attention.

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Ambient synths, fat kicks and ghostly vocals. The result is really appealing.

Also included in the mix, this track by Elènne feat. Mothica has the nice groovy seducing flavour represented by the Alt RnB trend. Downtempo with lots of sidechain compressing, beautiful vocals cutting through in the soundmix.

Elènne is a project created in 2013. The band (or solo artist) in based in Stuttgart in Germany.

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All the sounds can be downloaded for free. I have to say it requires some efforts however, some of you will not take the step as you have most of times to follow the artists via Artist Intelligence Service (which i do not appreciate, even though it’s effective for the artists) or create a Dropbox account. It’s really up to you. It’s not bad to follow an artist that gave you something you like, maybe it’d had been more pleasant to do it without so much sollicitation…

 

Photo credit : cover from Troyboi‘s Do You ? track.

 

 

 

Generation Bass presents: GBMIX#2!

February Mixtape!

 

Last month I told you everything about the developments that take place in the global bass scene and that we keep track of them. We have launched a monthyl mixtape concept and now it’s time review Febraury!

This edition was compiled and mixed by Sonido Del Principe from the Generation Bass Soundsystem! A solid state of the art mix!

Listen to the mixtape below and see what happened!

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Tracklist:

1. Charger#0 by Drvg Culture
2. Eco by Chancha Via Circuito
3. Altar De Muertos by Don Chon El Enterrador

4. Tarracho Nervoso by Dj Nervoso
5. Amadora Zouk by Drvg Cvltvre
6. Soy El Diablo by Stark
7. Cock & Bull by Jet Airess
8. Monadnock by JSTJR
9. Estilo by Neto8a
10 .Asesino by Bad Panda Y Rafa Caivano
11. Klajnak by Frikstailers
12. Mañana by Monarka
13. Batucada Das 04h by Leo beatz
14. Zulu Carnival by Tony Quattro
15. Bubbah Meck by Banginclude

Listen to Bamboo Bass vol.7 by DJ Silent Pressure [Interview]

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There is special case of dj creating good mixtapes, and Dj Silenet Pressure do it very well. We’re living in a period the figure of DJ is missing. Most guys want to be producer. That’s ok ,but you know… there is a difference from be a DJ and be a Producer, you feel it on a mixtape. And when I listened to Bamboo Bass vol.7 I knew that DJ Silent was a real DJ.

Bamboo Bass is a tropical and fresh mixtape. He played sounds like: moombahton, zouk bass, rasterinha, trap, twerk, kuduro, dancehall and reggaeton, all of it in one mix. Sometimes I get me asking: How a guy from Berlin can dig musics from Brazil? Ok, internet – duhhh. But….you know the point rigth? Try to do the same thing, look for some special material from Berlin. It’s hard.

Thinking on that, I asked few questions to DJ Silent Pressure to know more about his work. Before you start read, play on this amazing mixtape. It’s tropical, so I sugest to you open a beer. I did it on second time.

Tell me about tour carrear, how do you started?

I started at the age of 16 with German rap, but quickly discovered the rough flavor of dancehall & reggae music. Short time after buying 12 inches, was replaced by 7 inches and I started spinning mainly reggae and dancehall for a couple of years. What I kept from hip-hop was the fascination for the art of cutting and scratching records which I always try to include when mixing all kinds of music.

Later, I opened up my selection discovering soca music which consequently let me to all kinds of African music which was also encouraged by traveling & playing in Ghana.

In my “early years” around 2006/07 I used to play around with some simple blends mixing dancehall with electronic sounds. This set was the first step into a more diverse direction which was getting more concrete when discovering the first Major Lazer, Douster, SchlachthofBronx and munchi tracks. My first Global Bass Tape “Firepower” gives a good overview about that time.

Over the years the sound developed including more and more genres.

After running the Bass dive party for a couple of years I founded the Bamboo Bass Party with a couple of friends in order to establish a regular party for Tropical Bass in Berlin. We had people like Uproot And,  Murlo or Bomb Diggy playing with us.

In 2011 I joined the Berlin based SWS (sound with soul).

I traveled different countries in Europe playing my sound and playing shows with great musicians, such as Major Lazer, Uproot Andy, Serocee from Toddla T and many more.

How do you create your bamboo series?

The idea came up when we first started the party in December 2011. Being a little bit bored from only having dancehall-reggae partys, we decided to start something up to introduce a broader view on urban music & consequently establish a proper Tropical Bass in Berlin. As most of the Berlin party massive didn’t know what Tropical Bass was, so I wanted to give them that they could listen before they go out that night.

That’s when I started with the Bamboo Bass series. The concept is to illustrated how a selection on a party could look like and summarize the different subgenres of tropical bass in one fluent mix. In the beginning it was more about moombahton, UK funky, kuduro some Soca & dancehall tunes and that house influenced by tropical stuff as well as some cumbia and reggaeton. With the years and the rise of trap, twerk and zouk bass, our selection included those styles as well as the current bashment remixes from guys like Ape Drums. My partner in crime from tropicalbass.com with whom I m running the bamboo bass parties is moreover responsible for the latest zouk and afrobeats. All in all why try to give the people a very versatile danceable selection of global bass club tunes.

Unfortunately I couldn’t do a tape for each party so that the numeration isn’t exact anymore.

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How do you search for new music?

Checking soundcloud + bandcamp from artists and producers, promo mails, checking the blogs of each (tropical) genre + portals like Juno and beatport. Plus exchanging tracks with DJ colleagues.

I Like sounds that are pushing and get people moving but are at the same time not to heavy and overproduced when it comes to the drop.thus I try to avoid the to crazy edm stuff. The tunes need to have a special balance and a catchy and still kind of organic type of sound. Traditional samples or original vocals are also a plus.

Rythymwise I’m a big fan of any kind of dem bow riddim adaption & currently totally up for all productions that mix up dembow & twerk beats like those great tunes from e.g. tropkillaz.

How is your creative process to create a mixtape?

I usually start with some freestyle juggling which becomes more concrete when I m preparing my sets for gigs. From that first ideas for certain cuts and smaller sets result. Then I work on the general concept and think about how the mix should develop (e.g. going from Zouk Bass to Bashment then getting faster ending up in Trap).

When I feel like having enough fresh tunes that fit I start sorting out the selection. Then I look for similarities in lyrics or special parts that could be good in a mixup and for samples to scratch etc. Afterwards I work on the cuts as long as I everything fits and record the tape, add the efx and send it to the mastering.

Tell me your 2 favorites tracks on Bamboo Bass vol.7

Actually there are a lot of personal favorites on that tape but if I have to name two I would go for:

– Prince Lokoni – Luku a meisje (Uproot Andy & Geko Jones Remix)

Because it perfectly blends those African vocals with trap sounds before switching to its uptempo kuduro-ish vibe. Moreover the drop of the trap part has this great kind of deep but still powerful but still not to overproduced sound that I miss in a lot of Trap tracks (which are to heavy for my taste).

– Tropkillaz – Alright.

Because of its great switch up between trap and dembow rhythyms as well as fitting in those feel good vocals (without being to cheesy).

 

If some one want to contract you, how they can find you?

Check me via my Facebook page (Facebook.com/djsilentpressure) or link me & listen all my mixes via soundcloud (soundcloud.com/djsilentpressure) or say “hola” via mail ([email protected]). If you re in Berlin you can find me at the dancehall party Bass Dive and of course at our tropical bass rave Bamboo Bass.

We are currently working on new dates and there is gonna be a Bamboo Bass compilation coming up. Stay tuned for more!

 

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Dj Silent Pressure

Generation Bass presents: GBMIX#1!

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Lost track?

In the Global Bass scene, it’s all about new developements, movements and new mixtures. It’s always progressing: new tunes appear from all over the globe, new fresh productions from young kids. Keeping up with these creations is what we do. We spread them. But over time it gets hard to see through what actually happened. Before we aware of it we’re already weeks into digging into something knew.

Generation Bass Mixtapes?

Alot can happen in a month. So we came up with the idea to summarize events that took place in a month into a mixtape! Not only recapping all releases, but also introducing new names and genre’s that emerged that month. Giving us and the world an understanding what actually took place in a few weeks time! And looking back at these mixtapes over months gives us a better clear image of the highlights that time.

Who?

The first edition will be performed by me, for the upcoming ones, you’ll have to wait. Occasionally, we’ll have guests create the mixes! Giving their view on the recent music developements.

January

Like I just mentioned, these mixtape will introduce not only hot new productions by the trend setters but also bring new names into the game. As for this edition, names such as Mr. E, Bazooka Sound and many many more with amazing tracks. All mixed into one mixtape.

As hereby starts January, let’s see what happened! Enjoy!

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