Roundup Sessions 7


This one came a bit late on the week. Anyway, here’s the selection for this week’s roundup (does not necessarily include tracks release on this week), hope you enjoy. This time with a larger variety in sonority and a larger number of tracks.

RIOT – Zouk Weapons Vol. 1


We love Riot on this blog and his presence has been huge in the Zouk Bass scene. He has been one of the leading and most innovative producers within the genre. He has also been a pioneer with his remarkable work with Buraka Som Sistema.

Now he has unleashed a killa 2 track EP on Enchufada which is full of Zouk Bass greatness.

Once again he shows us a way forward for this scene with these 2 bombs that will slay all clubs and festivals.


The never-ending quest for the perfect bassline has always been RIOT’s lifelong mission. The Lisbon-based producer, musician and DJ has proved this time and again, as he explores low frequencies and heavyweight beats in all of its different shapes and sizes, from fast-paced drum&bass rollers to Buraka Som Sistema’s renowned global club music extravaganza, and more recently the slow and hypnotic cadence of zouk bass.

Drawing upon his love of jungle breaks and roaring synths, RIOT steps forward to give listeners a taste of his personal take on zouk bass rhythms, paving the way for his forthcoming solo debut on Enchufada with a 2-track free EP that will leave fans of the heavier side of 90BPM beats wanting for more.

Following up on the vibe he created with the Upper Cuts track Keep On and his stunning remix of Dub Phizix’s Marka, the Buraka founding member further sinks his teeth into the zouk bass style with Booty Goes and Sandpaper Riddim on the ‘Zouk Weapons Vol. 1’ free EP. Both tracks prominently feature heavyweight drums, mesmerizing melodies and huge basslines, peppered with just the right amount of vocal samples and crazy effects to create unique vibes that are simultaneously dark and festive.

Grab your 90BPM weapon of choice with RIOT’s new free EP and get your ears ready for his first proper solo release, which is coming out on Enchufada and will be announced soon.



Riot aka Rui Pité is one of the most important and unsung heroes in the Transnational Bass scene.  One of the team at Buraka Som Sistema, he has often preferred to stay in the background but that has started to change recently when he unleashed some of the most lethal Zouk Bass tracks we’ve ever heard in the scene so far under his own moniker “Riot”.

This year we know he is going to cement his individual ID as “Riot” with his forthcoming Zouk Bass EP and he will demonstrate, alongside his Buraka bandmate Branko, why he is still one of the most talented producers at the top of his game in this scene even after all the years with Buraka Som Sistema and his previous DnB career.  His ideas and sounds are continually progressive and fresh!

It is with the greatest pleasure and honour to have him here sharing with us his  favourite Zouk Bass tracks and EXCLUSIVE previews of 2 brand new tracks!!!!!

Four Generation Bass Artists in his Top 10, wow!!!!

10. Rathero- Money & Cars

9. Reptilian Commander- Jungle Rebellion

8. Missy Elliot – Get your(Zouk) Freak on (R I O T Refix)

7. JSTR – Panamania feat feat. Ma-Less 

6. Insane Fennel- Bang

5. Misanthrop – Deadlock

4. Buraka Som Sistema- Sente

3. Branko feat Compadre- Ramma Dum

2. R I O T- Zouk in the Souk [EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW]

1. R I O T- Coming from my Heart [EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW]




Zouk Bass is not even 1 year old yet following that infamous Buraka Som Sistema Boiler Room Session last February!

Here’s 10 tracks that have created an impact in that short time.

This is not a “Best Of” or even a list of my personal faves, if it were, then the list would be pretty different.

It is, as it says, a list of tracks that I personally believed created an “Impact” when they came out, maybe because they were one of the first or for another reason.

Some of these tracks might not even be considered as “true” Zouk Bass but were labelled as such.

Of course, there’ll be arguments over inclusions and omissions, carry on fighting and call me a douche for missing stuff out ahahahahh 😉

10. Hataah – Sekwe

One of the very first tracks to emerge after the Boiler Room Sessions was this one that had everybody going nutz for it.

9. Fellow – Dreamers

Following closely behind SaBBo in the race for the first “official” Zouk Bass release was Fellow.  Fellow released the second official Zouk Bass EP and it was actually slept on a little bit. It is defintely worth a revisit because it had some sterling stuff on it.

8. Banginclude – Bubbah Meck

As he says, it was a Zouk Bass “attempt” and although he got it right later on with tracks like “Swerve” and “Pyramid Riddim” amongst others, this was the first of his that slayed people. It could be heard on mixes everywhere.

7. Chase & Status – No Problem (DJ Superstereo Remix)

After Riot had unleashed his Marka edit, it seemed that within a few hours, DJ Superstereo had conjured up this, the second ever edit in the Zouk Bass scene and quite a monster track too!

6. Dub Phizix – Marka (Riot Remix)

Riot from Buraka Som Sistema was a massive part of the infamous Boiler Room set and here he opened the doors to Zouk Bass edits, this being the first ever “to be labelled as such”.  We all agreed that he could not have chosen a more appropriate track!

5. SaBBo – Bush Woman

A lot of folks were scrambling to be one of the first to release official Zouk Bass material. SaBBo pipped them all with his first EP “Voodoo Space Time” that was released on Generation Bass. Like many of us, SaBBo was blown away by the DZC Crew track “Tarraxo Na Parede”, the first track that kicked off the Buraka Dj set. It was that track that provided the inspiration for his whole EP.

4. JSTJR – Cerveja

This one was such a surprise and blew everybody away with its cross-over appeal and has helped to make JSTJR one of the rising stars of the American Dance scene in 2013 following hot on the heels of previous Generation Bass prodigies Heartbreak & Munchi.

What we said back then:

“The more South American flavored “Cerveja” almost sounds like a chopped & screwed Major Lazer track. Yet, it’s a buzzing, synth driven gem that would be too un-commercial for them to brand. Awesome shifting rhythms give this track an edge you have not heard before. And that’s a Generation Bass guarantee!”

3. Ancestral Club – Zoudreambia

A track that featured on the original Boiler Room Sessions. One of the key tracks that made most people fall in love with the genre. Ironically, the Ancestral Club duo made up of Dubbel Dutch and one time Generation Bass contributor Dave Quam aka Massacooramaan have distanced themselves from the scene and hate the term “Zouk Bass”. They have even refused to officially release this track in spite of the huge demand for it because they don’t want to be percieved as being privy to the scene or jumping on a bandwagon. I think that has to be respected! They’ll hate being included in this list lol 🙂

2. Buraka Som Sistema – Zouk Flute

No such list could be compelete without a track from the guys who invented the term “Zouk Bass” and who, via their Boiler Room set, helped to catapult renewed interest in Tarraxinha and Kizomba to the world.

This tried to define what “Zouk Bass” was actually suppose to sound like and of course was also featured in that infamous Boiler Room session.

1. DZC Crew – Tarraxo Na Parede

The track that kicked off the Boiler Room set and the “ONE” that blew most of us away. The first Zouk Bass anthem and now a classic.

Here’s what Deejay Kuimba said about the track in his first Generation Bass interview:

As you are now aware, since the Buraka Som Sistema’s Boiler Room session back in February 2013, your track, “Tarraxo Na Parede” is blowing up in the underground and inspiring a movement called “Zouk Bass”.

When did you become aware of this and how do you feel about so many underground producers now trying to copy your style?

DJ Kuimba:
I became aware of it when I saw that video of Buraka Som Sistema performing in Lisbon, I wasn’t expecting my track to be the first on the set and was really surprised to be honest.

I’ve heard a lot of tracks lately from djs and producers in this style. In my opinion, some are good and some need more work.

Zouk Bass for me it’s different than any other style but it is still based on “Tarraxinha” and “Kizomba” but totally different.

How did the idea for the track come about and who else was involved in the making of the track?

DJ Kuimba:
The idea came from a friend of mine “DJ Yudifox”; he is involved in it too. We had worked together on a few tracks before but then we decided to do something different from anything which is how “Tarraxo Na Parede” came about. The idea is a dance style of music but leaning against the wall while dancing to it as u can imagine listening to that beat lol





Of The Beaten Track, the much awaited documentary of Buraka Som Sistema is finally here. A work, made in cooperation with Red Bull Music Academy, that is also an adventure of 2 years in the life of Buraka Som Sistema, their travel trough the world in a restless search for artists and new sounds that completes and helps to grow the personality of the group. Branko, Conductor, Kalaf, DJ Riot and Blaya are now not only well known by their work on Kuduro, but owners of unique  sound with explosives mixtures and influences. In the movie, which is not autobiographic neither an egotrip, between testimonials of some individuals like Skream, Roses Gabor, Benga, A-Trak and Diplo we see the communication between the band, their creative process and their continuous  search for collaborations with new artists. From South Africa to Mozambique, from  India to Venezuela this is a work not only about the present, but about the future too.

Check the dates for the documentary tour with film screenings and live Buraka Som Sistema DJ´s show.

Oct 10  Village Underground, London (UK)
Oct 15  Lido , Berlin
Oct 17  Le Maroquinerie, Paris (FR)
Oct 18  ADE, Amsterdam
Oct 19  Depot, Leuven (BE)





So where is this new thing based on an old thing headed to at the moment.

Well, here’s a selection of Zouk Bass and Zouk Bass inspired tracks that came out recently:


This just dropped so I thought I’d update this post:


Another update and a killer, killer track:

Pa Kongal

First one is from Mexico and I’m loving the tropical vibes on this, great stuff:

You can also grab a whole Ep which includes Cumbia and other stuff from his label:


Next up we have great Techno inspired track from Portugal, cool shit.

Casey Van Buren

This one dropped today and I find this a pretty progressive and interesting Zouk Bass inspired track. Funny that he also used the image designed for me by Steve Ohh.

Steve TellcO

This one has been out a while but we never got around to blogging it. Harking to Fela Kutiesque vybz.

Chuck Upbeat

Russian producer Chuck with his new one. Maybe a Zoukey Major Lazer!

Sauvage FM

You can grab a free album from these Frenchies containing a couple of Zouk Bass inspired tracks. Feeling the Voodoo Zouk one and the Steel drums one:


From the USA with a stripped down edit of the now classic Los Rakas tune:


Obviously you know all about this compilation but it’s worth posting again, loads of good zoukyness on this:

So where’s it all heading?

Overall not an overwhelmingly “mind-blowing” collection of Zouk Bass tracks in this post but it’s pretty good stuff at this early stage of its development, which is still very encouraging.  I’m sure more golden nuggets will soon be on the horizon or are brewing as I speak, I know it.

Artwork by : Steve Ohh

Blaya new EP – Superfresh

Capa Blaya

Blaya reunite the Army of  Bass for this release. Klipar, Bizt, Dj Comrade, King Kong and Zak-Matic are the troops that gives skeleton to this musical body. None of them are new to the Generation Bass readers. The EP is complete with remixes by Riot (Buraka Som Sistema) and Pacheco.

Between tours and studios, Blaya, the performer/singer of Buraka Som Sistema find time to record her new EP “Superfresh“. The work is full of R&B, Hip-Hop and exotic UK Bass. In some tracks she invites Regula and Agir  for the lyrics, two great writers which Blaya knows very well. They find the perfect balance between the provocative and more fond side of the artist. The EP was released free in Optimus Discos.

The challenge had already been done a couple of years ago with Branko and  Henrique Amaro (Antena 3 radio show)  asking Blaya for a solo work. So the time is now and be ready for some desirable fresh and sexy beats.

Listen & Download Free here.

Dj Comrade don’t need  introductions. He is one of the reason why Neo Baile is one of the most interesting movements in the present of electronic music. In Superfresh, the single , he explores the mix between Baile Funk and Trap which gives the perfect ground for Blaya (born Brazilian) voice.

King Kong signs two tracks of the EP,  Eu Quero Mais and G.O.D. Its almost perfection, Blaya voice, languid and introspective, exudes sultry and sweet flavors in the R&B and Hip Hop waves of King Kong.

Klipar, 1 half of Zombies for Money send us right to the center of UK Bass sounds with roots in Antilles in Lip Trip. Is really amazing how Uk Funky can find so explicit Dancehall and Dub textures in this track. Blaya voice in this one is awesome and you will find the full potential in the chorus.

Bizt put hands on the superb Girlz. The perfect track before you go to the party. Is an anthem to the girls as the lyrics shows it. Bizt is well known as the bass beast and you can test it in this track. His groove will make you dance till you sweat all your ass.

Is not the first time that Zak-Matic and Blaya work together and in my opinion the collaborations are getting better and better. Fatela  track proves it. Pure club BANGER.

Don’t forget to check the remixes by Riot and Pacheco.

Keep with Blaya and be careful with high temperatures this summer.

Zouk Bass Volume 2 : Free Download

ZB VOL I Comp part 2pink

So the final day of Zouk Bass week and what a treat we have in store to end this awesome week, Volume 2 of the Zouk Bass Compilation and it’s freee!

Volume 1 went down a storm, so much so that it crashed the server and we had to change download links 3 times but we won’t let that happen with Volume 2, we hope, fingers crossed.

Volume 2 has 17 tracks.  14 of the tracks are either originals or official remixes and only 3 are edits or bootlegs! 6 tracks are previously unreleased.  The tracks are made up of what we believe to be the very best so far to have come out in the few months that Zouk Bass has been alive.

We hope you enjoy it as much as the first one.

Over to Zouk Bass TV aka Filipe:

As most of you know, since those epic 15 mins of Buraka Som Sistema´s Boiler Room set back in February 2013, interest in these new words “Zouk Bass” started to spread fast over the internet.

In effect, ZB helped to gain new interest for the existing subgenres of Tarraxinha, Tarraxo and Kizomba and has also helped to draw some deserved attention to some of the main players in those scenes.

Blogs started to cover this new scene and a multitiude of new tracks have come out. Blogs have also tried to give it some context with history lessons and some education on how ZB has come about.

Generation Bass, Zouk Bass TV and Latino Resiste have been at the forefront of this fast new moving scene and have come together to put together this 2 volume compilation, which features over 30 of the most significant tracks that have come out since February 2013.

These compilations feature amazing artists like Buraka Som Sistema, DZC Crew, Paparazzi, Mestah, Sabbo, Riot, Marfox, JSTJR, Hataah, Two Sev, Banginclude, KJs, Fellow and many others who have given their contributions to the movement and their works speak for themselves.

There is also a number of unreleased works on these compilations from the likes of Stas & JSTJR, Banginclude, Toxic Bungula, DJ Marfox and some others.

The 2 compilations drop this week during the Second Zouk Bass week (which was initially created by us here at Generation Bass). Now GB are joined by Zouk Bass TV and Latino Resiste to make the party even bigger and bolder.

Here’s a couple of links to follow to enable you to learn more about this exciting new scene:

Generation Bass


Tropical Bass

ZB tracklist Vol 2

Grab the free compilation here:


Compiled by Generation Bass, ZoukBass Tv & Latino Resiste.

Sequenced by UMB – Generation Bass
Artwork by Caballo – Latino Resiste
Text by Filip Ribeiro – ZoukBass TV
Mastered by JSTJR

Thank You to all the Artists for the great music.




It’s been almost 4 months since the term “Zouk Bass” was created by Buraka Som Sistema to give a new identity to the evolution of Tarraxinha tracks that were incorporating a heavier clubbed out, souped-up, bass dynamic.

Buraka have released a few tracks and we at Generation Bass have released 4 EP’s and there’s more on the way. We’ve had 1 Zouk Bass week and another is coming around in a few weeks time.

Moombahton’s Cuz


Some people are saying Zouk Bass is nothing more than Moombahton’s Lil’ Brother or a slowed down Moombahton!

Those into Zouk Bass respond like the boys in the picture above when they hear this.

Yes, Moombahton and Zouk Bass have a similarity in that they are both inspired by the Dem Bow and are both at a low BPM but they are not the same, riddim-wise or BPM.

Moombahton is at 108-110 and Zouk Bass ranges from 85-90.

Moombahton usually incorporates the Dem Bow and leans towards Dutch House whereas Zouk Bass borrows heavily from Tarraxinha and also leans towards Kuduro.

It is probably more apt to describe Zouk Bass as Moombahton’s cuz rather than its brother and NO, it is not slowed down Moombahton.

The Kids want Zouk Bass!


So it’s becoming quite apparent that Zouk Bass is spreading all around the world.  Here’s a selection of new tracks emerging and some older tracks which we might not have previously blogged to bring you bang up to date with this new and exciting movement.


One of the originals in the scene who have been creating Tarraxinha for quite some time and one of the current leaders in the Zouk Bass scene.  Watch out for their second EP that will be dropping on Generation Bass soon.


Another one of my favourites on the scene, DJ Paparazzi is a super-producer but the world just doesn’t know it yet but I am confident that they will do soon.

Here’s a snippet of a new track that he will have out soon.


Core member of Buraka Som Sistema who featured in that infamous Boiler Room set back in Feb 2013. Here’s his latest again with a new download link.

Dub Phizix – Marka : Riot’s Zouk Bass mix


Being the first to release an official Zouk Bass EP anywhere in the world with his “Voodoo Space Time” EP released on Generation Bass, here’s a few new tracks, which include a couple of numbers from his forthcoming EP.


One of America’s leading players in this new scene, fact that he is a percussionist explains why he is so damn good at making this stuff.


Another American dude who has been making some right killers and here’s one where he slowed down DJ Marfox’s “Sublimar” to 90 BPM, added some Bass and a bit of Zouk and we have Zouk Bass.


KJS is UK based and he dropped this sexxy lil’ number a while back and at first some of us were not sure about it including me but it has grown to be one of my favourite tracks. Yes, there’s a hint of Missy Elliot in the track, which has subsequently been adopted in a few other Zouk Bass tracks but this was the first and still the finest.

Steve TellcO

French based producer who has been banging out some great Transnational Moombahton has put his hand to some Zouk Bass with good results.


I think one of the first Russian dudes to make Zouk Bass and he leans towards deep atmospherics, just how we like it.


Another Russian dude who is no stranger to this blog as we have blogged his Midget Ninjas Soundsystem material for some years. He also turns his attention to ZB.


Another new player on the scene from France with some Zouk Crunk!


From Canada & Singapore with an EP that according to Tropical Bass blog “combines current jamaican dancehall tunes by Charly Black, Gyptian and Suku (Ward 21) with the french-caribbean sound and a extra portion of bass, of course…..a very good example in which direction Zouk Bass could move”.


Swiss Trap producer bringing some sexxy Zouk Bass vybz more along the DJ Paparazzi school of Zouk Bass.


A first from the Maldives and I actually luv this one a lot, there’s just some crazy energy about it with a surprising punk ethos.


A duo from Korea and USA, I luv how these intercontinental partnerships are developing.

This isn’t bad at all.


From Tilburg, Netherlands, he ain’t no stranger to this blog. This one came out some time back but we never blogged it. Straying more towards Zouk core.