Sexxy Saturday Cumbia – Caumbia

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Cumbia is a great friend in many occasions, but never so much as when you’re stressed out and need a break. Most people know me as an very energetic person and when it comes to music, I have a predilection for the kind of heavy stuff that makes you jump all over the dancefloor.

With cumbia it’s different, because I can listen to it both when I want to dance and when I want to ‘keep calm’. That is unique because most genres are very mood-dependent for me to listen to (I am kind of on an ‘industrial/EBM’ trip these days..). This week has been a lot of running around for studies related stuff and in fact, I more or less just got home from an important academic conference, where I tried to fill in every free moment with a couple of lines for this post. But the WiFi connection screwed it..

In the train back I realised that cumbia can actually have a soothing, kindof mantric effect on me. This week’s deep-minimal grooves were even more perfect to just get me back to just breathing in and out. To be honest, I don’t practice any real meditation so I cannot speak from actual experience, it’s probably an overstatement.

The best thing: having calmed me down, it also cheered me up afterwards. I hope I’ll be able to share this experience with you guys. Vamos !

Like I said in my very first post on Generation Bass, I’ve always been a big fan of the melancholic, purifying sound of Andes music. That’s why I was very happy to see this great mixtape uploaded by the German channel Cumbia Dub Club two days ago. Chica GloCal presents us again with varied selection of cumbia, from vintage sounds to cumbiamuffin but clearly opens and closes with the kind of Andes-cumbia that always hits a melancholic nerve for me.

https://soundcloud.com/petardocumbiadubclub/chicha-glocal-mix-al-fondo

The track I continue with comes from the Argentinean producer Los Reyes de la Milanga, who also did a remix for El Remolon’s Flashback remixes project that we supported earlier this week. Deep, meditative cumbiaton with a subtle amount of bass!

https://soundcloud.com/pendejo90/lima-los-reyes-de-la-milanga

Dj Exta Machine also presented some deep cumbia grooves this week: a remix of Henry Henry‘s track ‘76.3’ from the experimental EP ‘Decimas del 76’. I no longer remember whether I blogged it here… If you don’t have it yet, grab it ! it’s great and still up for download..).

https://soundcloud.com/e-xtadj/76-3-decimas-del-76-exta

But for the real meditative stuff you should hear this tune from Sonido Mamalón, whom I also blogged last week. His new track, Othonqui Painalli, released on Mexico-City based netlabel Especimen Tropical at the beginning of this week, is probably the closest thing to minimal-cumbia-techno I’ve heard so far. The faint, dreamy trace of melodic sound (sample or synth, that’s the question..) gives just the extra flavour that makes this track awesome. I hope we’ll see more of this, I love it !!

Moving slowly out of the more mindful side of things, this subtle cumbification of the already downtempo electronic pop song Nightcall which El Catorce released this week is a perfect buildup to a more party-minded vibe..

https://soundcloud.com/el-catorce/nightcall-el-catorce-remix

First another pop-cumbification of 2013’s summer hit: Ylvis’ ‘The Fox’, by the cumbia & 3ball producers Dj Spider and Dj Gabriel!

https://soundcloud.com/gabrielmix8a/what-did-da-fox-say-2013

Another perfect club-preparation is this new cumbiaton banger from another Mexican producer who makes his first appearance in one of my posts: The Ghost!

His previous track was released a month ago but it’s too much of a banger not to share with you guys!

But how else could I finish than with Cumbia Drive‘s excellent cumbification of 2013’s happiness & euphoria bomb.. Wake Me Up.. weeepaa !!

Next week more cUMBia! ..’UMB’ is gonna be the mantra of the future anyway..

Branko Kills it on BBC Radio – In New DJ's We Trust

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Branko absolutely kills it on BBC radio 1 with his new show and it has to be one of the best radio shows I’ve ever heard on the BBC full of the kind of Club sounds that we’ve been pushing for the past 4 years on Generation Bass.

He plays a lot of Generation Bass Artists too, DZC Crew, Castro, JSTJR and KJs and ones that we’ve been bigging up too, DJ Nigga Fox.

I just hope that it becomes a permanent residency.

Check this out:

Branko – In New DJ’s We Trust

Here’s the track by Castro forthcoming on Generation Bass:

D'Maduro – Suerte (Hoodie's 'Ruffboy' Edit)

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Moombahton would be nothing without Munchi and here’s a dude who follows closely in his footsteps, Hoooodie!!!!

Here he is with yet another Latin Banger, the way Moombahton was always manufactured to sound.

This original track from D’Maduro was really nice but it needed some spices in order to play it in my sets. So I spiced it up! Have Fun G’s!

Afro Drums Sessions Mixed By DJ News

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Another terrific Afro House mix by Angolan DJ News featuring a bunch of producers many of you will not be familiar with. Great sounds.

Deejay Patris Boy – S.O.S Mundo (Reprise Drums Mix)
Afro Dj Pupo ft. Uruca Machine – Wena Waborra
Renato Xtrova & Os Banah – Kibuissa feat Bebucho Q Kuia (Original Mix)
Dj Fondo Ft Dr Phoenixx & Terrance Mutasa – E a baba
Infinite Boys ft. Giantstep Grooves and P’Olivera – Andey (Original Mix)
Uhuru feat. Bono Africa & Ja Seed – Mariano
Cuebur ft Marissa Guzman – No Doubt
Uhuru Feat. Mckenzie – Sweety Mabebeza (Original)
Mash.o Crazy Old Man-Dikgomo(Cows) (Original Mix)
Djeff Afrozila Feat. Nacobeta, Agre G & Game Wala – Mwangolé (De Mogul SA Remix)
Homeboyz Muzik – XXXXXXXX (Original Mix) Promo
Afro Dj Pupo Feat. Mc Nell C – Sabura (Original Mix)

Feathers too Bright by Juakali : the interview

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Yes, at last all Juakali‘s beautiful tracks released during a two years period are gathered into one big LP ! After the airing of his video of Bad Mofo, the label has announced an official release on Nov. 25th, but the true fans could already have access to the vinyl plates checkin’on Juakali himself !

Efficient, massive, the voice of Jua supported by heavy bassline has the effect of a sonic boom. If you love it loud, dark and fierce this is the release you need !

Juakali is a Trinidadian-American recording artist, vocalist, lyricist and emcee best known for his collaborations with some of the world’s most revolutionary electronic music producers and promoters, including Dub War, Sub Swara, Pinch, Plastician, Raz Mesinai, Tes La Rock and 12th Planet. Juakali is the namesake of the Swahili term for ‘fierce sun’. In Kenya, jua kali are the “street doctors”, modest people working under blazing sun to bring dead or broken things to life. Jua kali make things move, work and flow; bringing value and integrity to communities.

To longtime fans and collaborators, Juakali’s voice is the raw glue bonding the dancer and dj, the cosmic poetry guiding listeners beyond boxes of genre and style into the depths and breadths of sound. Few vocalists or lyricists have been able to deliver the sheer strength and soul required to ride a deep and dark riddim like Juakali. Even fewer have been able to parlay that energy into a successful solo career, recording chart-topping songs and co-headlining gigs around the world with some of the industry’s most prolific producers.
(From Press Junkie PR)
As we’re curious people on GB we dared asking a few questions to Juakali about his album and himself. Very kindly he accepted.

GB : You explain that your artist name comes from Jua Kali « the Street Doctors » who bring the dead or broken things to life. Is that a philosophy that you try to forward in your performances and your singing ?

JUA : I think about my name and style more as a nurturer… like the sun. We need it to survive, it gives life… You need me to survive, I give life. It’s an involved process to give life to anything that needs it.

GB : Who are your inspiration models as singjays or toasters ?

JUA : Buju is a big influence, so is Shaggy. Buju has the voice, that’s something I knew I had to fine from the beginning, my own voice. Shaggy has the appeal, that’s something I had to work on as well, especially with hosting.

GB : You completed a degree in architecture a few years ago, is there anything from these studies that you transpose to construct your lyrics or your voice flow ?

JUA : Architecture is really a responsible creative force. I employ this is my music and performance for sure. The flow is all from my upbringing, being from Trinidad, and the music of the Caribbean mixed with living in and loving NYC.

GB : Can you tell us more about the recording of Feathers too Bright ?

JUA : Feathers was recorded over the last 2 years. At first, I was planning on releasing a bunch of EPs but personal circumstances lead me to produce and album instead. Although it has a greater time investment, albums allow you to pace yourself very different as an active artist. Most of the producers on the record I have worked with in the past. Almost all I have met in person.

GB : Can you explain the title of the album ?

JUA : After finishing a bunch of music and deciding that an album should be released instead of an EP, I needed something to guide selective process. Which songs will be on the album and why? The title comes from the movie Shawshank Redemption. It simple means that what I’m doing, these songs, are not meant to be classified. They need to be set free and so, the album has this underlying defiance about it mixed with a burst of fresh air.

GB : Is the track Fittest of the Fittest related to the situation of Kenya facing fierce foreign investments in the country that compromise the traditional structure of Jua Kali business ?

JUA : No, but it can be. Fittest of the Fittest is about acknowledgement. Survival is a basic instinct and many walk the line all over the world. So, if you’re walking that line, here’s a song for you.

GB : What is the meaning of the lyrics of Bring me Home ?

JUA : I wrote Bring Me Home when my cousin, who is a captain in the US Air Force was deployed soon after we got an apartment while I was living in LA. I was just thinking about what she was going through, what service men and women go through and what the people on the other side, the locals where ever they go may feel… I’m talking about trained killers with nothing to do. I’m talking about the little girl in Afghanistan who just wants to dance with her family. It’s all about heart and soul, right and wrong and knowing the difference.

GB : Do you already have in mind new songs that you want to record ?

JUA : All the time.

GB : What are the oncoming live projects ?

JUA : Nothing on the horizon aside from a few features on other projects. We’ll see what 2014 brings.

Thx Jua for your time&answers ! We really appreciate !

(NDLR : question related to my research on the lyrics i found multiple entries about a sociologic study named “survival of the fittest” concerning the Jua Kali in Kenya)

Juakali Feathers too Bright on Foreign Familiar (FF08) (Vinyl + digital release)

  1. Bad Mofo – Juakali, NC Lovin
  2. Half Man Half Machine – Juakali, Pawn
  3. Life Of Da Party – Juakali, El Carnicero
  4. Black Magik (Radio Edit) – Juakali, Knight Riderz
  5. Bodega/Real Ting (Album Edit) – Juakali, Jus Wan
  6. Light My Way – Juakali, Spektrums
  7. Fireworks – Juakali, Dave Sharma
  8. Take Off – Juakali, Pacheko
  9. Rootz – Juakali, BunZer0
  10. Bring Me Home (Album Edit) – Juakali, BunZer0
  11. Fittest Of The Fittest – Juakali, Stagga
  12. Black Magik (Explicit)
  13. Rootz (XI Remix)
  14. Rootz (Matty G Remix)

Many thx to Ryan from Press Junkie for setting up the interview

 

 

EL REMOLON

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El REMOLON is the alterego of Andrés Schteingart, a producer who tucks hints of Latin American rhythms like cumbia into a solid base of electronic music. After ten years in the Buenos Aires music scene producing minimal techno and IDM under the pseudonym Drole, El Remolon or “the lazy one,” evolved creating medium-tempo tracks that make great use of space. His sound is laid-back but heavy-hitting with a European dance floor sensibility.

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EL REMOLON : FLASHBACK REMIXES FREE DOWNLOADS (FOR A LIMITED TIME)

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As a cornerstone and preview of his next album called “Selva” (Jungle), to be released in 2014, El Remolón presents the Flashback Remixes, an album gathering the best of the new local and international Transnational Bass scene.

With collaborations from artists like Dengue Dengue Dengue! (Peru), Copia Doble Systema (Denmark), Maga Bo (Brazil), El Buho (Netherlands), Cero 39 (Colombia), and all the Argentine crew like Brujas with Mc Hanna Shinohara, Tropikore, Black Mandingo, Los Reyes de la Milanga, Soret Cosmic, Esmink, y Reptillian Commander, he launches a great single with 13 remixes suitable for any dance floor or dj.

The new Transnational Bass styles like Moombathon, Trap and Zouk Bass blend with the sensual and hypnotic spirit of Cumbia.

Flashback is an invitation to a mental journey through the darkest and most twisted corners of Cumbia Electronica.

Grab it now for free for a limited time before it reverts to being on sale in all of the Digital Stores:

He adds to the launch an exquisite music video directed by Ezequiel Mateos and with post- production by Flamboyant Paradise.

The EP and music video presentation will be held on December 7th in Buenos Aires at Niceto Club – Lado B

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EL REMOLON LINKS:

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Brujjas Deejay
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Soret Cosmic
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Los Reyes De La Milanga
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Reptilian Commander
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B L A C K M A N D I N G O
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Tropikore
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Dengue Dengue Dengue!
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Cero39
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Maga Bo
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Copia Doble Systema’
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