bblos : The New Wave of Ecuador

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This here, right now, is the start of the New Wave of Ecuador!

Just listen to these tunes to catch a glimpse of that country’s future!

This dude is just damn hot, beautiful, minimalistic, feel good melodies interspersed with imaginative arrangements and creative production!

Watch out, Ecuador is Calling!!!!

There are loads of freebies you can grab from his soundcloud, I suggest you do before a big label comes whooshing in to sign him up.

Selectorchico : Gnawatek [Shamanic South America vs Trance of North Africa]

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This dude from Uruguay, Selectorchico aka Nandy Cabrera, just sent me this brilliant track that he calls “Gnawatek”.

It’s a fusion between trippy and psychedelic Latin music and the deep blues of Morocco via the Gnawa. It’s a mesmerizing and toxic fusion, taking in the Shamanic spirit of South America and the Trance of North Africa.  Kind of reminds me of the atmospherics of Prehispanico but with a North African influence!

It was a piece that was commissioned for a LatinArab Film Festival some months back and I’m really feeling it.

Tremor – Proa Remixed

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Tremor is brilliant Buenos Aries based trio that combine rhythms and sounds across South American genre borders with digital vibes and electronic music culture into a sound that has been dubbed “Digital Folklorico” by NPR.

We’ve been huge fans of the act since the beginning of our blog and they just seem to be going from strength to strength as the years pass and they most defintely deserve a great deal more recognition.

Their dreamy, mystical, transcdental sounds get the remix treatment of tracks from their most recent album.

Really hard to take any picks from a brilliant remix album that has its fair share of thoughful and insighful remixes through to some bangers for the dancefloor but I’m really feeling the Blocktreat, Puelche and Filastine remixes.

Check it all out here:

Watdajel: Art, Music & Extravagance [Event Review]

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Watdajel..” If you pronounce it with the Spanish ‘jota’, it becomes Spanglish for “what the hell..!” Because where on the planet do you find giant, moving eyeballs, psychedelic grafitti, a virtual reality bike and vintage cumbia together in one place? Flabbergasted already? Welcome to the most innovative, most extravagant celebration of creativity in Utrecht, Amsterdam and surroundings!

The former edition in July had the Peruvian global bass heavywheights Dengue Dengue Dengue!, right after I blogged their ‘Serpiente Dorada EP’, and I missed it.. So I promised myself that I would attend next time, no matter what.

This time, it was in an industrial hall not too far from my house. When I entered, I stepped into a magical world, in a dim light with spots that drew the attention to the different artworks that were positioned around the hall in such way that they created little corners, microclimates with their own characters. The bar, foodcorner, the chill-container and the DJ booth from where jumpy techno grooves filled the hall, were pieces of art by themselves.

The concept of fusing of art and music into a whole experience of creativity comes from Peru and is, according to organiser Jesús, much more common in Latin America. “When I came to Holland, there was nothing quite like what I knew from there, so I thought, let’s create it myself.”

All the contributing artists are young pioneers from the surroundings of Utrecht and Amsterdam in the personal network of the organiser. In one corner, the collective Creative Transformation offered a combination of bodypainting, shisha, massages and energetic stones. In another corner, there was a hometrainer-like bike with a virtual reality mask next to it, where you could take a hyper-realistic bike-ride through a grim cyberpunk city where you were followed and observed by enormous eyeballs floating through the air.

I walked towards one of the benches in the middle of the hall, where people flocked together to chill, chat and eat their food and ran into two familiar faces I happened to have met only two days earlier in a random snackbar after which we went for a beer. They encouraged me to climb the virtual reality bike myself and enter this impressive world, wandering through dark deserted alleys with in the background still the techno grooves, which overpowered the murmur of voices and made the experience even more immersive. And when I put off the virtual reality glasses, I couldn’t help but wonder what you would see if you removed the glasses of our own world…

But the best surprise of all was that they were friends of the DJ collective behind what appears to be the most thriving global bass party in Utrecht: Safari in het Bos (Safari in the Woods), who would spin tropical grooves all night in the upstairs area, featuring guest sets of Scarab Soundsystem, Edgar Nevermoo and The Rockers Domtown!

I got the opportunity to have a beer together and ask a couple of questions about this wonderfully successful concept. That interview will appear on the blog soon!

Shortly after the interview, Edgar opened with an all-vinyl set of delicious, nostalgic Colombian vintage cumbia to fill the place with tropical happiness and warm up the area for the more bassful work that would follow later.

I asked organiser Jesús if he has any more surprises in store for us and the readers of Generation Bass in the upcoming editions.

He smiled. “Extending the network, involving more varied forms of art, especially performing arts like theatre and dance.”

And when I asked a visitor how she would describe your overall impression of this festival in one sentence, she did it in one word:

“Extravagant!”

We’ll keep you updated about the next edition!

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Check out a little photo report here that I made with my phone!

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The proyections on the spheres moved, and winked

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Glow-in-the-dark grafitti in the chill-container

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Me in virtual reality

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Upstairs area, turned into a rainforest

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Dj Edgar Nevermoo behind the turntables

Dutty Artz : EP #3 of the 6 years deep anniversary compilation

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Third week and third part of the big release from the wonderful guys of Dutty Artz. Already announced on the official Dutty page by Chief Boima, the download access link landed today in my mailbox as i’m a suscriber to Dutty Artz mailing list. So you know what to do ! If you also want to have a copy of Mas Grave Que Bajo EP you’ll just need to check this link and forward necessary info and… that’s it ! Dead easy !

Bonus gift, accompanying the EP there’s a mix by Geko Jones and Mpeach, well crafted, bouncy, uplifting !

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From PR :

On the occasion of its 6 year anniversary, Dutty Artz is proud to present the third in a four part series of geographically-oriented EPs that make up the 6 Years Deep compilation:

Mas Grave Que Bajo
01 – Lao – Tribal Ha
02 – Uproot Andy – Worldwide Dembow feat. Pablo Piddy
03 – Mpeach- Prendelo feat. Dj Yirvin & Dj Edward A (Original Mix)
04 – El Remolon – El Preferido
05 – Rafi eL – Siempre Quiero Mas feat. Heidy

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This time we have a series of producers representing a pan-Latin American spectrum from North America, South America, and the Caribbean. Que Bajo maestro Geko Jones chimed in to help select some serious dance floor burners! D.F. based Lao represents México with 3Ball Ha, mashing the 6/8 dance style gaining steam out of Monterrey with the New York Vogue House anthem! Uproot Andy turns in his much anticipated Dem-boh heater – Worldwide Dembow featuring Dominican rappero Pablo Piddy. Mpeach teams up with Venezuelan homies DJ Yirvin and DJ Edward A, taking you from Caracas to New York and back with their Tuki-House interpretation. El Remolon handles a trusty Cumbia Villera inspired chugger from Bueno Aires, and Rafi eL rounds it out with his cover of the 80′s classic I Just Can’t Get Enough by Depeche Mode.

To keep with the literary theme of this EP series, the cover is taken from an edition of Eduardo Galeano’s Las Venas Abiertas de America Latina.

SONIDO DEL PRINCIPE presenta: CUMBIA DEL FUTURO free ep!

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Today happens to be one of the hottest days of the year, probably the DECADE in Holland, so no better time to drop some new music by SONIDO DEL PRINCIPE. One of Nueva Cumbia’s originators in 2009 has been in slow mode for the last couple of years, but drops 4 massive cumbia bombs on you right here…

The FREE DOWNLOADABLE EP kicks of with the mean and lean cut “LEALTAD” and urges you to choose your friends wisely over distorted dancehall riddims and growling low end bass with all the classic cumbia percussion elements you were expecting and of course in top notch production technique.

The next cut “CUMBIA DEL FUTURO” blends old school chip tune sounds with traditional cumbia elements. Sampled old computer sounds and live percussion blend perfectly and when the break drops and the female voices of one of cumbia’s most popular samples kick in, they get followed by some lush nintendo melodies that attempt lift off form the earthly realm.

The third cut is by far one of the darkest things SONIDO DEL PRINCIPE has ever dropped on us. Containing elements of POLAR INERTIA’s techno stomper “Black Sun”, SDP adds some serious acid/303 action to it and a break in which the low end voice rumbles and stutters about how he IS a black sun… Moody, evil sounding, trippy and hypnotising.

The last cut is even more out there. With dark demons growling in the back and a deep, heavy and modulating bass line in the front, this is the face of modern, dark, DOOM induced cumbia. A classic kick-off reps SONIDO DEL PRINCIPE over flanged percussion and some synth pulses. When the beat drops it drops hard though! Like an ultra slow Moombahton or Reggaeton beat, this will propel dance floors all over the place. IN the second part of the song there’s some distorted guitars in the mix and the track gets smothered in delay and noise, as if it wants to drag you down to the INFIERNO in the title… Heavy dub duty all over the place!

Its great to hear some solid, heavy cumbia again, so enjoy the heatwave if you are in western Europe and if you are someplace else you are used to the heavy warm heat, so let your BASS WOOFERS cool you off! Also dont forget the other tracks on SONIDO DEL PRINCIPE‘s soundcloud, all FREE DOWNLOADS!

Oval meets South America – Global Glitch?

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Markus Popp’s now legendary early album releases as OVAL sent shockwaves through the “elec-tronica” landscape in the late 1990’s – introducing a unique, new sound and digital production aesthetic. With an undeniable instinct for the pleasantly irritating, the drastic and the dreamy, Popp pioneered “glitch” and “clicks & cuts”, inspiring and provoking an entire generation of musicians to this day.

After a long hiatus, Oval is back, changing the game all over again with a new, groundbreak-ing “hyperreal” style and no less than 150+ compelling tracks, spanning two EPs (“Oh! EP”, “Oval/Liturgy split EP”) and two double CDs/DVDs (“O”, OvalDNA”) – proving him as one of *the* prolific & influential forces in contemporary electronic music, a true visionary of digital audio and beyond.

On his site you can now grab a collaboration album with a bunch of great South American vocalists called CALIDOSTOPIA. A relaxed and easy laid-back journey deep into glitch territory.

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“A triumphant return for Oval, both musically and intellectually. This is meta music for the soul.” – FACT Magazine

Travesia Tropical Vol.1 : Bolivian Bass

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This is a tremendous Bolivian Bass music compilation, just what the world was waiting for! Transnational Bass at its finest. It features an array of talented and up and coming Artists including Dj Quien and a host of other names you will need to keep a close eye on.

They cover a multitude of genres from Moombahton, Moombahcore, Cumbia, Cumbiastep and Moombahsoul.

You can grab it for free here or name your price:

Travesia Tropical Vol.1

Stream here:

MUNCHI : PUERTO RICAN & DOMINICAN BASS

Munchi has that extra magic touch to transform people’s perceptions of what they might or might not like and he is continually changing my mind about things that I usually give scant regard to.

These 2 ditties that he is working on just imbue me with a sense of the great promise that is still yet to blossom from this extraordinary  innovator who has influenced the whole dance scene for the past couple of years.

Latino’s stand up!

With track commentary by Munchi:

“En este negocio hay muchas estrellas y poco cielo. Malisimo en lo que trabajamos, porque aqui la cosa no esta facil. Es que abusan de uno.”

Hector Lavoe. That’s my nigga. I never said I don’t listen to Salsa, I just listen more Bachata than anything else lol. It has the same taste as Bachata though, as in the emotion. Bitterness. I never realized it, but recently I noticed that rare Merengue has the same thing.

This is nothing ment in disrespect. A lot of times I make music just to listen to. Shit that never comes out, because it’s just simple shit that I would like to hear. Salsa has this fucking slow ass drag in it that I fucking love and that Chopped & Screwed type of shit or just Trap in general has the same feel. Extremely slow.

At the same time, there is nothing better than bitter music. Just listen, you’ll understand what I mean. Listen with your soul not your ears. I’m dead serious. Try it some more, not only with this. Maybe you’ll realize.

ALEX BUENO SAYS: AYYY DIOOOO MIOOOOOOO!!!
ANTONY SANTOS SAYS: AHI VA EL MAYIMBE OTRA VEZ
ELVIS MARTINES SAYS: TU CAMARON

YOU KNOW WHAT THIS NIGGA SAYS? HE JUST SCREAMS.
AND FOR THAT REASON – HE IS MY NIGGA.

IMMA JUST GET THIS OUT THE BOX FOR THIS OCCASION: YO – FUCKING – LO.

MALDITO LOCO. YOU THE BEST. I DONT CARE WHAT PEOPLE SAY.