After the great version we did of this project last year, Generation Bass presents Global Mashups vol 2! Again we bring together vocalists, artists and producers from India and Indonesia, and have them work with upcoming stars in modern dance genres like dubstep, skweee, moobahton and tropical house. We will create this live event at the famous INCUBATE FESTIVAL, partly our home over in sunny TILBURG, HOLLAND. This project is powered by Hivos, the Humanist Institute for Development Cooperation. We’re proud to announce this amazing list of collaborations:
Kelpe (UK) & Shreyas Dave (IN)
Kangding Ray (FR) & Mayur Narvekar (IN)
d’Eon (CAN) & Runa Rizvi (IN)
Gang Colours (UK) & Mahesh Vinayakram (IN)
Xander Harris (USA) & Nova Ruth (ID)
Neki Stranac (SLO) & Mc Bellal (ID)
It’s hard to categorize the recordings of Kelpe; it seems that he’s taking inspiration from jazz, hiphop and electronic music of WARP. Think Dimlite, Boards Of Canada and the early sound of Four Tet. This London-based producer made with this mesmerizing mix four stunning albums. At our festival is he going to collaborate with Indian flute player Shreyas Dave.
A professional flute (bamboo) artist and teacher. “Flute is my temple,music is my worship” as said by the man himself. Discover how versatile a flute can be as he collaborates with producer Kelpe for Global Mashups.
Kangding ray’s music reflects his wide musical background, and a particular way of merging beats and atmospheric soundscapes into slowly evolving compositions.
KR combines machines with real instruments in a subtle and rhythmic suite, integrating noises, walls of distortion, massive bass lines, voices and field recordings, blending techno grooves with dark textures, always on the edge between experimental music and club culture
This is a man of many talents. Multi-instrumentalist, producer, DJ, label owner, you name it. Since the age of three he has been a tabla player and he earned his reputation as a percussionist in the following years. Today he’s is on India’s forefront of the combining the new music with the old. Playing tabla over electronic dance beats and participating in various projects like the Bandish Project, which performed on Incubate 2010.
Together with fellow-Montréal habitat Grimes did d’Eon received as the new internet sensation. They’ve created together a split mini album called Darkbloom. This year she gained word-fame with pop record Visions, he released -after two Music For Keyboard-mixtapes- an avant-garde debut record called LP. His sound can be maybe best described as a combination of dreampop, meets 90’s r’n’b, meets Esoteric synthpop. To make it more clear: something between How To Dress Well and Genesis.
Being part of Kavalant Gharana for all her life, Runa Rivzi’s life revolves around music since childhood. Back in India she is known for her appearances in Bollywood movie songs as well as her solo work. As a female sufi singer the music she brings is highly devotional and inspired by great poets of the Indian and Pakistani culture. Runa Rivzi speaks to the youth culture in India and her voice has been described as energetic and vibrant.
Two of our favorite albums from 2011 were Nicolas Jaar’s Space Is Only Noise and the self-titled debut record of James Blake. It sounds like Will Ozanne, better known as Gang Colours, took the best elements from both records and put it in his own album The Keychain Collections. Soundscapes, downtempo beats, melancholic pianos and the deep soul full voice of Ozanne are the keywords what makes Gang Colours so good. On Incubate this man is gonna collaborate with Indian musician Mahesh Vinayakram.
Mahesh Vinayakram is award winning and leading artists in the field of carnatic and world music. The Indian vocalist started his career at the age of 12. Coming from a long (family) tradition of spirituality and music Vinayakram is not afraid to explore the boundaries within. Like collaborations with Dub FX and with Gang Colours during Incubate. A world class vocalist from a genre you’d probably not encounter often.
Next to a Buffy The Vampire Slayer-character, Xander Harris is a producer from Texas who made, according to FACTMag, Urban Gothic, one of the best albums of 2011. This record, which is released by Not Not Fun Records, sounds like synthpop inspired by horror and italo-disco. Talk about a good combination; At our festival is Xander Harris working together with Indonesian female rapper Nova Ruth.
Nova Ruth is one of Indonesia’s most versatile artists. She had several successes as a hip hop artist as one half of Twin Sister, as a singer in the story telling acoustic project Mimimintuno, but also as a designer and entrepreneur. Today she’s actively collaborating with locals and international musicians. What she also will be doing at Incubate with producer Xander Harris. Indonesia meets Texas, here we go!
Neki is half of Shazalakazoo, a band from Belgrade (Serbia). The band plays danceable electronic bass music spiced with the sounds originating from their own region – the Balkans. Their interpretation of Balkan melodies, harmonies and rhythm patterns are often intertwined with the influences that come mostly from Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa, creating the unique musical blend which they call folkstep.
Mc Bellal is a veteran of the Indonesian hip hop scene, as part of the A.P.A. crew, several guest appearances and as main MC in Jalan Surabaya. He often freestyles, sometimes even the whole set. Forms and interesting Global Mashup couple together with the Serbian Moombahton producer Neki Stranac!
some video from last year’s AWESOME project: