Artwork: Amazing acrylic concept painting for Delft-styled ceramic art, by the Amsterdam based tattoo artist Mick Grognardi
It’s been a month ago since we first announced the turning point. If moombahton is dead, then this is the zombie apocalypse: a moombahton that is leading the great resurrection and revenge of all ‘dead’ underground genres!
It is always a very special thing if you somehow inspire somebody to make music. Happened to me for the first time when Antae decided to combine deep prog with 3ball prehispanico and with this following artist it happened again. DODBB, a.k.a. Dj FTFB is a rising new bass fanatic like myself and my BAE Svmus Bass. Since we crossed paths on Soundcloud, we’ve been talking much about pushing the limits of creativity into further into new territory with new experimental crossbreeds, especially in the direction of the dark side of techno. Just when I was working on the first edition of this moombahton zombie series he told me, without knowing yet what I was up to, he told me he was working on a zombie-themed track with some moombah influences and this idea blew my mind. So the inspiration went both ways: with his ideas, he influenced me in my writing, while the fact that I was doing this series gave him the enthusiasm to really go for a moombahton vibe and work the message of my posts into the track itself. And so emerged something like an anthem for this moombahton zombie trilogy, chanting as we are marching forward: ‘We Ain’t Dead, We Are Mutated’!
Check out the first two reports of this epic zombiemarch>
And the party has only just begun. In today’s final mega-post the moombahton zombies are taking over the rest of the world. Be ready for a dose of undead power more massive than you’ve ever seen before.. This is probably the longest post ever written in the history of Generation Bass, longer than you will likely ever encounter again and I hope your internet connection can handle loading it all. Thought about splitting it up but nah.. this is huge anyway so better keep it like that. Let’s go!
Together with Munchi and Morrison, Hoodie belongs to the hard-core of first-hour Dutch moombahtonistas, who’ve all had a major influence on the scene not just in the Netherlands but worldwide. Lately they’ve moved into different musical directions. Munchi has kept experimenting with different global bass genres like Rasterinha, Morrison has gone back to his old love for RnB and soulful grooves as part of his new crew RGGD, while Hoodie has continued with urban-flavoured EDM bangers in the genres trap, twerk and moombahton. Last month, he introduced the first volume of a new mistape series: ‘ITSHOODIEBITCH’!
Dj MeSs is a reggae, dancehall & RnB-oriented DJ-producer from Slovakia, Central Europe and an important player in the Caribbean-urban music scene there. He has been showing love for moombahton from the start and is an avid supporter of moombashment, a subgenre of moombahton with dancehall and soca elements. Because of Major Lazer, this style has probably been the most succesful kind of moombahton thus far. Check out this mixtape, bringing an absolutely massive blend of moombahshment, dancehall, dembow, soca and trap!
Another Central European country where a small group of highly talented, like-minded collective of tropical music fanatics has made its appearance not too long ago is Hungary. Since a year now, they have created a forward-looking record label for transnational ambient and bass music called Babylon Records, which has already featured an impressive list of important artists in the scene and which we have supported for as long as it exists. With regular podcasts, they present their freshest music to the world in a way that gives a clear impression of their sound and approach to music. Stas is one of the crew’s leading members and just a couple of weeks ago, he delivered the 4th edition of the podcast series with an absolutely mindblowing mix of organic, oriental and tribal ambient moombahton!
Moving to Serbia, deep on the balkan, where global bass embassador Neki Stranac is without any doubt the most active moombahton enthusiast. In the beginning of this month, he delivered the podcast mix for the Dutch electronic music platform DjMag.. If you can read Dutch, check out their interview with Neki here!
Mauritius is a small island for the coast of Africa, close to Madagascar and this island appears to have a blooming club scene where especially the hot sounds of latin & afro-house, deep house and zouk belong to the most popular genres. Most of the dj-s and producers are smoothly integrated with the popular latin house scene in the Netherlands and Portugal and it seems only logical that moombahton will make its entrance at some point and that indeed seems to be happening. Check out this catchy, accessible mix from Deejay Dexx!
Albums & EP’s:
We’ve got a lot of mixtapes here and we’re starting with one that I had almost included in the first edition representing Canada but decided to perserve for this post. My mind was blown from the very first moment I saw this absolutely mouthwatering EP from the Canadian-French bass & hiphop alrounder MAS Danger! popping up on my Soundcloud feed last month and it still does every time I listen to it again. ‘Soltura CDS’ delivers two experimental latin-flavoured tracks with prominent references to reggaeton! The main track, ‘Soltura’, is a rough, tango-inspired track that is situated in the grey area between moombahton and moombahcore yet remains subtle and sensual. ‘Copa de Oro’, supported by Original Moombahton, is an even more sensual, dark tune with delicious flamenco influences!
Get the EP for free on the label After Mess Recs‘ soundcloud channel!
The next EP is coming at you from Bristol, UK. Goodzie is a bass music alrounder with an energetic style who’s been showing love for moombahton for more than 2 years now, supported both by us and by specialised channels like Moomba+, Moombroton and the old Moombahton.net. ‘Busted EP’, released 3 months back, contains three skillfully produced futuristic tunes that combine deep, dreamy pads, powerful bass sounds with delicious, subtle dembows in different varieties.
Get the EP here!
Temir Bulut is a 17 years old electronic music talent from Germany who has moved from progressive house and dubstep into moombahton and trap. Just two months ago, he debuted on Babylon Records with a fantastic, transnationally flavoured “festival-moombah” mini-EP!
Rafael Aragon, from Paris, is a visionary musician with an experimental approach to global bass that can be alternately tribal-organic, dub-inspired, heavy or even go into the direction of psychedelic ambient and trance music! Two months ago, in collaboration with Stas, he released the ‘Lucky Ginger EP‘ which contains four breathtaking, Indian flavoured midtempo ambient bass tracks that one by one blow my mind!
Kid Cala from Madrid, Spain, delivered this amazing, steamy EP, which caught my attention right when it came out two months ago. ‘Duro, Suave & Lento EP’ are 6 tracks, two of them moombahton, the rest on higher BPM rates, that all make the perfect combination between reggaeton and electronic madness. Some serious perreo-debauchery guaranteed with this one!
Get it now and heat up the club this weekend!
Bass alrounder ZYKA from Bologna does a good job as a representative of the moombahton movement in Italy with regular support from Original Moombahton, and from Moomba+ too with this EP released a while ago already for Moomba+‘ Record label. ‘Homework EP’ contains 4 euphoric bangers with a powerful, festival oriented sound that all deserve to be played for large audiences this summer.
You can download them directly from Soundcloud!
And more recently another, equally massive EP on Babylon Records. Compared to ‘Homework’, ‘Blackout EP’ experiments more with delicious tropical percussion, but without sacrificing any of ZYKA’s powerful festival-energy..
Hungarian moombahton embassador Stas again now, with this absolutely amazing, Middle-Eastern inspired EP, which (shame on myself) we haven’t supported on the blog yet when it came out.. Still an absolute must in the collection of any transnational bass Dj and fan!
The final EP, from the rising electronic music producer LFO Monsta, from India’s high-tech capital Bangalore, is once another release of Moomba+ Records, which came out just last week. “Plastic Bag EP’ is a mini-EP with two absolurely mental bass bangers. ‘Retro Soul’ has a heavy Dillonesque moombahcore sound, whereas ‘Plastic Bag’ goes more into the direction of the Dutch-synth-based tropical bass madness with a vibe that is somewhat reminiscent of the experiments of Happy Colors and Caballo but with its own unique style. Get them both from Soundcloud!
Fusing the deep, loungy sounds of UK house and garage with the 108-110 moombah flavour was an enriching innovation in the genre, starting about three years ago, and the Leicester-badsed producer Disgraceland has always been one of its prime exponents. Here his most recent release: a moombification of a deephouse tune by his fellow-townsmen Mix Munkies!
Ghetto bass alrounder Gully from Edinburgh is an artist we have supported frequently, especially with the Bollywood-twerk EP, released last month as a Generation Bass exclusive. This wildly experimental track with both strong latin and trap influences came out a little longer time ago as a Moomba+ exclusive and is a perfect illustration of what we love about him!
Back in the days we called HARIKIRI “Birmingham’s finest moombahtonista” and his name has been rising ever since. None of the blogs or in fact nobody interested in the forward-looking side of music can have missed his delicate deep futurism with casual excursions into heavier bass sounds. This is the most recent moombah tune he did: a Valentine-special moombahsoul remix of Jamie Foxx & T.Pain’s ‘Blame It’!
And in case you don’t have it yet, also check out this powerful moombahcore banger that appeared on his Transformers EP earlier this year!
Another of our favourite artists is the Cardiff-based tropicalist Castro. Personally I’ve been hooked on his music ever since the first moment I heard his classic tune ‘Toot Toot’ and his Generation Bass exclusive Who I Am EP of December last year is one of the most mindblowing things we released in 2013. Last month he did this offocial moombahsoul remix for the up and coming pop idol Daniel J!
Johnny T. from newcastle is a very versatile experimental producer from Newcastle who goes on a moombahtrip only occasionally but when he does, he always brings along his unique thoughtful style. His moombahton productions have been featured on Ginger Shinobi‘s phenomenal Moombahdeep compilations. Now he is back with a new deliciously minimalistic mid-tempo track..
..also check out his previous fantastic moombahdeep production from half a year back!
Germany has a thriving global bass scene and is the only European country to ever have hosted a Moombahton Massive event with Sabo and Nadastrom. That was back in 2012 but I thought it ‘d be motivating to show how epic it was back then!
Robs & Duke are a duo from Jena who received some massive love from Munchi last year for their rough approach to moombahton. Two absolutely massive 112 BPM booty bangers have since been added to the list!
One powerful dancehall inspired tune..
..and a remix of an original from MC Dominique Young Unique that has more of a twerk vibe!
Selecta Doc, from Dresden, is another moombahtonista with firm musical roots in dancehall. He has been releasing excellent moombahton especially over the last months. Check out his newest releases here now!
A powerful ‘basic moombah’ banger..
..a happy-jumpy tune with delicious percussion..
I already introduced the young talent Temir Bulut above in the EP section. Since his EP, he has been back with several new releses in different styles, among which this euphoric, uplifting and insanely powerful bigroom-moombahton banger: ‘Ridin Low’!
Moombro from Aachen on the Dutch border, is another promising producerwho started producing two years ago but recently made a full-force comeback with at least two new bangers each month!
Booming festival-oriented vibes in his most recent track.. “everybody shake your body”!!
According to the artist’s Facebook, more new stuff can be expected soon!
Like Germany, France too has a very active global bass scene and in case you don’t believe it, first check out this official video report of this year’s edition of the gigantic yearly event Dirty Safari, which happened only a month ago!!
Also check out last year’s report, complete with an interview!
Prominently featured in the above video is Zee Reach, an allround tropicalist from Strasbourg who is one of the main players in the global bass world in France not just as a DJ but also as a producer. Last month he released this remix of Francky Vincent’s ‘Tu Veux Mon Zizi‘..
From the French-German bordercity of Strasbourg, we move to Paris.
Another Paris-based producer, DJ LBR, is doing excellent stuff too! As a versatile producer, he brings a combination of vibes ranging from electrohouse, hiphop, dancehall, twerk and moombahton. His latest dancehall-inspired moombahton bangers are both amazingly catchy tunes with such immediate radio-hit potential that I’m really wondering why you don’t already hear this all over the place!
Also based in Paris is Photo Romance, who did a lot of moombahton in the past but has focused mostly on romantic zouk grooves lately. This week he returned to moombahton track, together with the Chicago based producer Nader for the Belgian Afro-tropical label La Brousse Records! Enjoy some delicious percussion and Afro-house influence in this one!
Also check out the tune he released two months back for Do Androids Dance, which unfortunately is not classified as moombahton but as midtempo electronic.. whatever, it is unthinkable that a highly percussive tune with clear dembow an even rasterinha influences called ‘bring back the dead’ could possibly be absent in a moombahton zombie march!
The final Paris based producer is someone I discovered last-minute but whose music blows my mind. Maru-Dit-Chefoulloum is a French Polynesian producer who has a number of great moombahton as well as electro and Dutch House remixes on his soundcloud list. Here his most recent release wich is a pure banger, remixing an original that I couldn’t find on the internet but which I believe is made by this guy about whom I also couldn’t find out as much as I wanted to, so if anybody knows these guys, let me know.. But for now, enjoy some epic moombahton heat!
Hyskin is another promising bass producer with a powerful, festival oriented style, perfectly comfortable in all corners of the currently growing borderland between ‘EDM’ and ‘urban music’. His New Beginning EP, which came out only last week, represents 5 different approaches to epic festival music, including progressive house, cinematic slow-trance as well as a trap a twerk and a moombah tune that are all three accompanied by tight full-lyrics rap vocals. Download the EP from his soundcloud and play this for the large audiences this summer!
‘I Love Unicorn’ is the moombahton contribution to the EP, an experimental moombahcore tune with an ironic lyrical tribute to the mythical creature that has become one of the ultimate symbols of hipsterism. I love unicorns muthafuckaaaa!
The last tune representing France is from last year but I still wanted to include it because it’s so dope that I couldn’t leave it out!
ORiJiNAL FOX is a dancehall MC who likes experimenting with different flavours in bass music. December last year he released this absolutely massive tune ‘Moombahton Style’, produced by Dj Kayens!
This artwork also blows my mind: a bejewelled Delft-style ceramic skull, by the Singaporean-Dutch artist James Chiew.. just had to post it!
I talked about it in both previous editions of this zombie-series that what moombahton most urgently needs is a home-base: a local scene that embraces the sound as its own expression and keeps producing it regardless of whether or not it will be a ‘next big thing’. Instead of many other bass genres that grew from local scenes like kuduro, 3ball or baile funk, moombahton didn’t have anything like that.. maybe apart from the Moombahton Massive gatherings in DC. And it looks hopeful because, in Latin America, homeland of reggaeton Mexico and Chile are rocking it and many other countries are starting to follow.. And what makes it even more hopeful is that the Netherlands, homeland of bubblinghouse, moombahton’s closest possible cousin, is rocking it too, probably harder than any other country in the world..
It was here, where the initiative was started to launch a recurring moombahton event, 108 Moombahton, in Utrecht, carefully built up by the Dutch global bass embassadors Café de Calaveras and Tommy Tequila from the Bomb Diggy crew. It has hosted important names in the scene, including Fellow and the one and only legend David Heartbreak. It was this place where I developed my love for moombahton and eventually got personally involved in the scene. I owe so much to them and that cannot be said often enough! The event is currently in the freezer now, but in the mids of a zombie apocalypse, nobody knows what may happen.. Because moombahton itself seems to be doing better here now than ever before.. Just check out this absolutely massive list to see what I’m talking about!
If there is anyone who deserves most to start with, it is first-hour moombahtonista Hoodie who has always kept showing love to moombahton.. If you haven’t heard his newest tunes yet, released over the last half year, enjoy and download them here still!
When I think about Hoodie, I can’t help but think about crazy, wildly creative bangers. ‘I Feel So’ is a amazing, melancholic, deep-trancy track that shows another side of his versatile talent. This emotional moombahton track will touch every nerve of your existence. Close your eyes, press ‘ Play’ and be transformed to another world..
Dj Lockie, from Amsterdam, is one of my all-time-ever favourite Dutch bass producers. He was the one that kept bubbling alive virtually all by himself. Until global-bass interest and especially Munchi started reviving it bit by bit, Locky persistently kept releasing amazing new productions like this one for his Bubbling Beats series on Youtube. And he is still out there doing his thing! He’s also showed some big time love for moombahton with both equally amazing remixes and original productions! Here a selection of his most recent tunes:
A moombahfication of Farruko’s ‘Besas Tan Bien’..
Together with Lockie, the legendary hiphop dj Sueside is one of the most important and most active supporters of the moombahton in the Netherlands at this moment. DJ Sueside has an impressive musical history, having been Wu-Tang Clan’s official turntablist since the early 2000s. That makes it extra special that precisely he has embraced moombahton and an honour to share his tunes:
Amazing synth work here in this fresh, oldskool dembow inspired production, also supported by Original Moombahton!
The final tune I selected is an absolutely delicious moombahton rework of the song Todas Las Chicas by the ‘reggae en español’ veteran El Profeta!
If had to pick a producer who deserves the title of most promising upcoming new bass talents of this moment, with the potential to rise to fame in the coming years, Danilo, from Heerhugowaard, would definitely be among the finalists. His collab with Hoodie and massive release on edm.com’s Trap Music channel last year and the recent jawdropping exclusive for Do Androids Dance all haven’t gone unnoticed. Judged by his soudcloud list, moombahton is one of his priority genres, which makes Danilo’s potential a promising sign for the movement as well!
Last week he released his newest track, as a summer exclusive together with Trankilo: smooth, deep and powerful at the same time! This one deserves to get straight to the radio, play this at every possible beach party this summer!
That also goes for this absolute firebanger ‘Bun Dem’, released a couple of month back: wildly experimental ‘vocal only’ buildups, hard hitting beats and crazy synthwork that will make any crowd go nuts on the dancefloor!
The final tune I selected, a collab with the upcoming Amsterdam based producer Jeremia Jones, is one of my absolute favourites: powerful madness combined with deliciously subtle hints to cumbia, baile funk and 3ball!!
Also check out Jeremia Jones‘ wicked snippet where moombahton meets hardcore and baile funk!
Godwonder is another very promising bass talent about whom we’ll definitely hear more in the future. As Generation Bass, we put in the spotlights recently with an amazing exclusive skullbass release. Here some more massive love for his moombahton productions!
A crazy moombahfication of Lumidee’s already nostalgic hit ‘Never Leave You‘!
..and here some booming festival-flavoured moombah-trap vibes combined with passionate salsa!
There are two things very important when a scene needs both needs to grow and get a more solid basis: young talent as well as experienced, musically matured artists. Gabriel Rowano, from Wieringerwaard, belongs to the latter category. As a producer with equal passion for angelic trance music and passionate reggaeton, he has done amazing work to advance moombahton alongside other bass genres. Here are the most recent examples!
First an amazing tropical moombahton track he did last month which has a lot of cumbia in it, giving the tune a very Colombian flavour..
..and here is his massive remix for Ricky Vaughn‘s ‘Jahan On Me‘, about which Ricky Vaugh told Gabriel that he liked it a lot!
Next to trance and reggaeton, hiphop is one of the producer’s strongest musical inspirations. This deliciously smooth moombahfication of Schoolboy Q ft. Kendrick Lamar‘s ‘Blessed‘ demonstrates the deep respect and passion he has for the genre!
And.. just two weeks ago he released a preview of what promises to become an amazing, energetic club banger, ready to conquer the dancefloor!
Marvelous K is a producer with a solid background in Dutch house, with tracks featured on Chuckie’s Dirty Dutch compilations and support from the some of the most influential DJs in the scene as well as from MTV. Since about half a year ago he has embraced moombahton, adding his own style to it. His monthly tunes breath the typical Dutch ‘borderland vibes’ between ‘urban’ and ‘dance’ that has created Dutch house and to which moombahton owes so much.. This is why moombahton belongs here in Holland and why I’m convinced it’s here to stay!
Rhythmically, the nagging laughter of the bully girls in Jessie J’s childhood revenge ‘Who’s Laughing Now‘ already sounds kindof like a moombahton lead synth and bounces even better with a good dembow behind it. That’s precisely what Marvelous did here!
The next banger is an epic middle finger to the follies of modern bureaucracy, born out of recognisable eternities of waiting time when calling the tax administration (‘De Belastingdienst’)..
‘Gunshot’ is a delicious tune from some more time ago when he started exploring moombahton. This minimalistic, percussive production reminds me of the style of Dj Master D and clearly shows moombahton’s roots in Dutch-caribbean bubblinghouse!
The original version of Smash & Aries vs. MiqStar & Wildboyz‘ ‘Ja Toch!’, which came out last year, already is an amazing perreo-inducing moombahton track, which Marvelous K spiced up with some extra banger-energy!
Smash & Aries is an Amsterdam based DJ-MC duo of which DJ Smash Parker is the one who delivers the beats. Just a couple of weeks ago, he teamed up with upcoming Dj talent Dj LaMaggz for this seductive titties flashing invitation, moombahfying Ty Dolla $ign ft. B.o.B.‘s ‘Paranoid‘!
The 2007 hit ‘Magnifico‘ by the popular Antillian bubbling formation K-Liber 4 Life is one of those tunes from before the Dave Nada era that definitely deserve the label moombahton in retrospect and show that this genre just had to be there at some point. A couple of month ago Smash & Aries, again with Dj LaMaggz, have reworked this classic into a powerful moombah banger.. Press dat button!
A bass talent who keeps blowing my mind is Rajeev Gualtiero. A while ago whe shared his amazing Booty Packs, if you don’t have them yet, get them here: Vol.1; Vol.2; Vol.3! Since the last volume he has been back with great new moombahton..
This smooth moombahsoul bootleg of John Legend’s ballad ‘All of Me’ came online just last week..
..and a couple of months back he released this absolutely amazing edit of Beyonce ft. Sean Paul’s classic hit ‘Baby Boy’!
And my absolute favourite is this amazing remix of the Surinamese 80s hit ‘Pum Pum‘ from the alround Caribbean-pop formation Trafassi, moombahfied in collaboration with the Eindhoven based dj-producer Ray Mautar!
Expect more heat in the near future and be teased by this snippet for a fresh moombahton-dancehall banger that appeared on my soundcloud list just yesterday!
It is seriously raining upcoming bass talents in the Netherlands. JVDS and JEAZY, representing Arnhem, are going full force, bringing fresh new club-ready moombahvibes almost every week over the last months. Like so many others in the scene, they really know how to bridge different genres on both the ‘urban’ and the ‘dance’ side of things. Two collabs of them here:
First some bedroom vibes with this moombahsoul remix of Mavado ft. I-OCTANE & Denyque‘s ‘Tie Yuh’, spicing up the baby-inducing SeX MaTe Riddim with some subtle extra dembow!
And some more solo releases from the two of them:
JVDS keeps pushing the boundaries. Just last week he released this absolutely delicious exploration into moombahdeep!
And with the original production ‘Big Booty Bitches’, JEAZY demostrates that he is ready to bring not only great remixes but also totally fresh bangers.. Keep an eye on these names!
That also goes for Versano Laroz, another excellent producer from The Hague who brings a combination of different danceable flavours like moombahton, kuduro and latin house..
His latest moombahton production, supported by Original Moombahton, is from three months back and it blows my mind!
Next to his zombie tune, DODBB released more moombahton recently, further elaborating his unique style..
This amazing dark-edged, Haitian voudou inspired track that came online only yesterday..
..while this delciously seductive dark-deep moombahtwerk-techno track is from last week!
If there is one city where moombahton is really blowing up, it is Breda, in the south of the country. For about two years now Naffz and Nick Mathon, have done great work for the popularisation of moombahton with their many accessible, easy listening bootlegs and remixes of popular songs that have doubtlessly enabled DJs all over the country and beyond to mix moombahton into the most mainstream possible cub sets and have many weekend crowds go loco on 108-110 dembows. Here a quick selection of the most recent examples, starting with this official remix of Hardwell & MAKJ‘s hit ‘Countdown’ (grab full track here)!
This moombah-twerk edit of reggae-pop classic ‘Red Red Wine’, a collab between Naffz and the crew STTRBSTN, is one huge good-vibes cannon that will be epic on every eclectic, mainstream flavoured weekend night!
And already half a year ago, Naffz released this epic, festival oriented moombahton banger together with TMH!
Honey-sweet ballad sounds combined with smooth dembow vibes are always a perfect combination, and with some nostalgia added, it’s even better.
LMFAO ft. Lil Jon‘s hit ‘Shots‘ is one of the many party-till-you-drop anthems these artists have produced some years back. With this bootleg, Nick Mathon transforms their already crazy weekend madness into a powerful moombah banger!
More happy weekend-vibes with this nice tune, which is melodic and housey but has an extremely danceable dembow-beat at the very same time!
TMH is another bass producer from Breda with an accessible sound and a background in hardstyle. Together with the Haarlem based formation Kuddedieren, he released this energetic moombahtwerk tune last month!
And not much earlier this other huge moombahtwerk banger!
The Breda-based crew STTRBSTN (Bouncing Animals) are out there with one mission: making everybody dance, even your goldfish.. With that in mind, they’re bringing a catchy blend of moombahton, kuduro, trap and house.
This duo, Guerrilla Crew, based in Waalwijk and Raamsdonkveer, are spreading more moombah vibes around the south of the country, these two examples are from last month only and the list is a lot longer and you should definitely check out their older tracks too..
The deliciously minimalistic stripclub banger FM$ from New Boyz is already a couple of years old, but spiced up with some dembows and sharp, crazy synths by Guerrilla Crew and Royal, the tune sounds fresher and filthier than ever!
The ‘s Hertogenbosch based duo Moombahteam is probably one of the best known mainstream moombahton representatives, with gigs in clubs all over the country and air time on popular Dutch radio channels like Radio 538‘s Avondploeg last year and more recently, on Slam!FM, check that session out here:
In the above video they present their fresh new release ‘Drop That Kick’, featuring Dutch rap pioneer Brainpower.. a catchy classic moombah banger with delicious tropical percussion and oldskool hiphop scratching!
Check out their previous release from two months back, moombahfying Cutty Ranks‘ oldskool dembow classic ‘Limb By Limb‘, which can be downloaded for free!
Also from ‘s Hertogenbosch is Dj Tomcio, who also has an equally eclectic and catchy style that includes moombahton alongside other genres like kuduro, latin house and trap.
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea‘s hit ‘Problem‘ got a delicious moombah makeover this month!
And before that, the bohemian swing vibes of Stromae‘s Tout les Mêmes are skilfully spiced up with a euphoric blend of tropical flavoured moomahton beats and powerful bigroom synths!
Chippie ft. Lewis‘ ‘Mooie Vrouwen‘ (‘Beautiful Women’) is a bubbling classic from back in the days, from a time when bubbling wasn’t always at high BPMs yet. With this soon-to-be-released moombahton remix, past and present come together in a very danceable way!
Miss Devana, from Eindhoven, is a very talented producer who makes the most fantastic bubbling! Once in a while she experiments with moombahton too. Check out this crazy tune from a couple of months back.. You can definitely expect more of her music on Generation Bass in he near future!
Anton Kemmeren is a producer from Tilburg, one of Generation Bass’ home cities, whose transnational flavoured moombahton we supported last year in our Free Moombahton EP Series Vol.5. And he is still showing massive love.. in this newest release from last months he combines peaceful Andes flavours with heavy beats and powerful synths in a way that perfectly suits the unique style of Bacondo!
Moving on to Rotterdam now. Say moombahton and say Rotterdam and of course you will think about the absolute king of moombahton himself. After his Perreo 101 EP in March this year, Munchi hasn’t released any new music yet. But there’s another producer in town who has been showing love for moombahton for more than two years now, again combined with latin house, kuduro and trap: Dj Vano Rodriquez!
Also from Rotterdam is the young bass talent INDISA, who debuted on Original Moombahton two weeks ago with this absolutely crazy banger: ‘Guayando’!
Someone who I’ve always hoped would go into moombahton is the one and only Dirty House maestro Vato Gonzalez. Some hope back in the days when he did that ‘Runway remix‘ and a year later the absolutely badass ‘Bad Gyal Riddim‘ but unfortunately he doesn’t seem to have embraced it entirely yet. Still my hope keeps being triggered. Some months ago he did this huge remix of Dominique Young Unique‘s new hit ‘Throw It Down‘!
Dasilvio Armindo is known for his frequent delicious new kuduro, latin house and zouk bangers. But once in a while he makes moombahton as well, like this remix of Jebroer ft. Nigel‘s new single ‘Camouflage‘. Make sure you check out the original, which already has an amazing, futuristic-sad zouk-ish beat that you will definitely dig. And here dasilvio adds a little more dembow and dance-drive!
Afro Bros are a popular dj-producer-label-owner duo from Arnhem, specialised in the combination of huge, festival-oriented dance sounds with a lot of delicious percussion, whether it comes in the form of latin house, afro house, electro or trap.. Not too long ago, they released this first moombahton banger to celebrate their 20K Facebook likes: ‘Can’t MTFCKN Stop Us!’
Wildly eclectic party-king FeestDjRuud has been one of the most influential figures in Dutch nightlife over the last years. As a lover of the most unlikely cross-genre madness, he has been showing a lot of love for moombahton in his mixtapes for a long time already. Last month, he released this wicked moombahtwerk track, a collab with with Kid de Luca!
Rolito is a very talented and promising Colombian-Dutch hiphop producer from Groningen, in the north of the country, who has worked with big names like the Colombian rap formation La Etnnia. Recently, he became interested in extending his talent beyond hiphop, experimenting with bass genres and made this amazing lento banger!
The versatile urban-EDM producer-Dj Stavros Martina from in Almere (closest to myself) shows regular love for moombahton, both in his mixtapes and with new remixes.. A couple of months ago, he officially remixed Freedo‘s reggae-influenced trap tune ‘Champion Sound‘, transforming it into epic festival-moombahton!
And for carnival this year he made a crazy mini EP, which contains this moombahfication of the Dutch Bob the Builder themesong..
Crossing the southern border now on to Belgium.
Captain Steel, from Antwerp, is an important name in Belgium’s global bass scene both with gigs and with his own music. His smooth moombahton remix of Bomba Estereo‘s song from last year ‘Pure Love‘ is his most recent release. Some months old, but a suitable track to play anywhere this summer!
Merdan Taplak is another very active Dj-producer from Antwerp. With his versatile urban-oriented style, he makes excursions into popular hiphop as easily as melodic dubstep. That musical flexibility he brings along in this heavy bass hitter, where it is combined with the high-voltage vibes of Goodzie!
Because of its historical relations and language, Spain is in many aspects-in between Europe and Latin America, being home to the most Latin American immigrant communities on the European continent so where probably most cultural exchange takes place. I know that this definitely applies to more mainstream latin genres like cumbia. Moombahton seems to be in a beginning phase still but with active moombahtonistas doing a good job pushing the vibes!
..and Blasterjaxx‘ new hit ‘Rocket‘ which already has, like Chuckie & Afrojack’s ‘moombah’ this characteristic ‘bubbling remnant’ snaredrum that can really make a positive difference for Dutch house against most other 4/4 fistpump stuff!
The Valencia based electronic alrounder Ludio likes festival bangers that can’t be huge enough. Next to remixes, he also has a number of promising original moombahton productions on his list. I picked the mosth recent examples of both!
A remix of a track which’ original I couldn’t figure out (and have the idea that it’s something very famous while I’m being stupid for not recognising it..) but still this is massive anyway!
..and here a booming example of moombahcore as I like it best: heavy bass sounds, but without sacrificing any of the dembow and latin percussion that make moombahton so amazingly danceable!
We’ve seen the Italian moombahtonista ZYKA above already with two EP’s. Next to those, he has released a couple of solid single tunes on Original Moombahton!
And more can be expected soon! Already check out this promising teaser!
Up north in Sweden, there is a highly active duo going by the name of As We Spoke.. Coming from a reggae soundsystem background musically, they bring the hottest global grooves to the Swedish dancefloors. They are specialised in original productions, most often in collaboration with dancehall MCs, that combine a jamaican vibe with loud bass. ‘Hardcore Style’, a rough moombahall banger, is perfect illustration of the sound that they’re pushing!
In the Czech Republic, moombahton and global bass as a whole is represented by somebody whom we have supported extensively over the last years: the alround tropicalist Chong-x who brings a combination of cumbia, moombahton, dancehall and more.. His playful-energetic style has been iconic not just for his own work but for a whole stream in global bass music at large. His latest two moombahton releases are both from a couple of months back already and you’ve probably heard them already in several mixtapes.. but in case you don’t, chance to grab them still!
Earlier on in the post I already talked about know the impressive Hungary crew, one of their members (Stas) and their label Babylon Records. The other names from the collective, definitely no strangers for frequent readers of Generation Bass and global bass fans in general, have also released delicious new moombahton since the last time we reported about them!
First one of bass music’s prime boy geniuses: Hataah, from Gyor, who has built up an solid list of excellent tunes in just two years, some of which have already reached genre-classic status in global bass circles.
Hataah has a predilection for bass music with a tribal ambience: minimalistic in synths but rich in polyrhythmic percussion. That is clearly reflected in his latest moombahton creation!
Gekkei, also from Gyor, is Hungary’s third main global bass representative. Focusing on a wide variety of tropically flavoured grooves (for example, he brought boombahchero back to life earlier this year!), like Hataah, he produces moombahton only once in a while. His latest release is from last month and is a skillful moombahfication of Gregor Salto vs. Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano‘s Hardwell-bootleg ‘Mexer vs. Piña‘!
As final European country crossed by the ever-growing procession of hungry moombahton zombies, we’ve got Serbia, where Neki Stranac is not only making podcasts but also releases great new moombahton at least twice a month. The most recent examples are this moombahfication of N4GGA (GR) & Walter Smith (UK)’s recent “bigroom balkan banger” ‘Balkan‘..
One of the things that slightly surprised me, but not necessarily in a bad way, is the almost complete lack of moombahton on the African continent. Jamaican dancehall sound is popular all over Africa and since global bass exits, Africa has been a prime source of fancy sounds, from Kuduro to Kwaito to Afrohouse. But apparently, flows in the opposite direction don’t seem to have occurred. All of this may have to do with the ongoing dilemma about global bass being the appropriation of sounds as marketable innovations in the West rather than an equal exchange of ideas, but let’s save that stuff for later now.
Subvertex is a versatile EDM producer from Cape Town who is equally at home in different grooves but always on the heavy-bass-side of the spectrum. When it comes to midtempo grooves, in-your-face moombahcore seems to be the most obvious choice in that case and that is indeed what he does in this Dillonesque banger ‘Freak Off’!
But just last week he released this fresh new tune that still uses powerful bass synths but now combined with a clear dembow groove and delicious experimental percusion!
But the music scene of Mauritius is a very cool thing to find out about and I’m still exploring it more.
Dj Ash is a promising 16 years old talent who makes banger after banger, mostly delicious, percussive latinhouse, many of which are baile funk remixes, which makes it even better. He has been showing love for moombahton since at least a year now, with remixes as well as original productions. Last week, he released this wicked moombahfication of Beenie Man classic hit ‘Dude‘, also using trap and latinhouse elements in a massive way.
And here a preview of fresh banger, a moombahton rework of a bubbling tune by Dj Lockie, that will soon be released!
This banger, ‘Quasimodo’ from another young Mauritian producer Dj Dono, is the first of the (since yesterday) two track on his Soundcloud list. Maybe he has had more in the past which he deleted but still, with a debut like this, more great music can definitely be expected!
We make a leap to Asia, starting in Seoul, South Korea, where the bass producer Official Linker, who has collaborated with Macrohard in the past, released ‘Future Shock’: a powerful moombahcore banger with a delicious, kindof industrialistic dembow beat as its basis! Title invokes memories of the 1970s book that popularised the term ‘information overload’. We’re all living that today now and sometimes it’s necessary to get away from it all for a while and dance to vibes like this!
Recently we’ve been showing some massive love for Malaysia’s electronic music princess Jet Airess and the homegrown genre Borneo Bass.. But did you know that this movement was created by the forward-looking duo Sundae & Pharmacist, who started the label Bassfriends Records, the central platform for the Borneo Bass scene, as a counter-movement against mainstream EDM culture in Malaysia? To me, that makes it even more epic to support and the fact that they have embraced moombahton among their styles is an extra reason to be enthusiastic.
The amazing moombahcore banger ‘Moombah Di Amirika’, from Zeeqsquad, is a little bit older but still too epic not to post!
At the end of their world-tour, the zombies have arrived Down Under. So far, I haven’t been able to discover much of an actual moombahton scene here but that doesn’t mean it is completely absent. Here, it is electrohouse producer LowParse who has recently started exploring several global bass genres. This raw, energetic moombahtwerk banger ‘Helicopter’ is a promising sign of what may come in the future!