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There’s a drawback to blogging one or a few genres very tightly and then doing a step back to focus on other things (like organising Generation-Bass-related events): stuff slips through your fingers. You see things on Soundcloud and Facebook via your phone of which you know that you want to blog it immediately, were it not that you don’t have access to a proper computer or have your agenda jammed with so many meetings that you cannot sit down for the necessary background research.
These are 10 such EP’s. I hope you have downloaded them already when they came out. If not, there’s still a chance to grab them before the end of the year!
The Mexico City based vanguard label en collective NAAFI has been one of my absolute favourite initiatives in music for a while now, but for some reason I haven’t found an occasion yet to blog them here. Mexico City is, like Lisbon and London, one of the hotbeds of creativity where the future of music is being forged as we speak and NAAFI is the spot where the country’s most creative minds have come together. These include for example the artists who created the exciting ruidosón movement back in the days, as well as giants like LAO, Paul Marmota, creative prodigy Siete Catorce, and 3ball costeño OG Dj T3TRIS.
Two weeks ago, they released this mouth watering EP from the Mexican grime and future-bass producer O.M.A.A.R. a.k.a. OMVVR – featuring a remix by Dave Quam a.k.a. Massacooramaan – which brings together the sounds of grime, dark-mystical avant garde trap, Jersey club and ancestral percussive experimentalism!
One of the most exciting things about the movement embodied by NAAFI is that, while equally drawing from genres like UK bass and urban-latin flavours, it also incorporates gets inspiration from the post-internet microgenres such as witch house, vaporwave and similar, futuristic electronica. This is cutting-edge music that has surpassed the phase of branding the urban-latin and ancestral elements as ‘tropical’, a move that we at Generation Bass have also taken with sounds like future tarraxo.
DINAMARCA is a producer based in Stockholm, who released an EP this month which ex-colleague Filipe (who nowadays runs the successful YouTube channel LAcroixx, formerly known as Zouk Bass TV) described to me as the kind of sound that would result from a collab of Munchi with Fatima Al Qadiri, the two OG’s of global bass and post-internet music respectively! The 5-track EP ‘No Hay Break’ – featuring the Swedish trailblazing rapper Gnučči, the American genius Dj New Jersey Drone, the swedish futurist Ṭāriq, the Swedish singer-songwriter Kassandra and the Mexican, NAAFI-affiliated futurist Zutzut – delivers a radically forward-looking blend of deconstructed reggaeton drums, experimental synths and minimalistic vocals.
Something that you will definitely see grow bigger in 2015 is the blend of global bass as well as avant-garde sounds with more extensive, live performed vocals. All these upcoming movements aren’t just the new ‘dance music’, new innovations for ‘EDM’ but just as much the new ‘urban music’. Or even more, they make these old categories ever more obsolete.
Blaze Kidd is a London based rapper with Ecuadorian roots who fuses grime with reggaeton, zoukbass and future-RnB. This 13-track mixtape contains a diverse collection of tracks with different flavours and vibes, produced by many of London’s most innovative producers: EndgamE, u l i, Kamixlo (a name to watch in 2015!!!), S H A N T I, Ana Caprix and PALMISTRY, also featuring extra vocals from Bladee and Virus!
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We’ve supported the rise of Billion Dollars since the start and in a short period of time this Mexican global bass talent has emerged from the shadows of the global bass underground as one of the most promising producers to watch in 2015! After he launched his ‘Satan Bass’ genre experiment, he has been picked up by giant Mad Decent and featured as background music in a documentary by Vice News with his track dedicated to the 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa.
A month ago he extended his experiment into a full EP, released via Caballo’s Latino Resiste as a ‘Mal Dicen!’ project.
If you don’t have it yet, grab it here for free!
Another rising name we’ve been supporting from the beginning is Gabriel Rowano, who just launched a new, promising platform, NLSHYRSLF, which will bridge the gap in global bass between the passionate online underground and mainstream nightlife audiences, in both the dance and the urban scene.
Last year, he entered the scene with an impressive EP named Unleashed that experimented with an uplifting, emotional, melodic sound which was refreshing compared to most global bass that kept stuck into the hyped-up lazer synths that we in Holland have been hearing for almost an entire generation now. Now, a year later, he is back with a second volume, with flavours varying between moombahton and rasterinha, featuring Cuernavaca (Mex)’s global bass talent Washiwasha and Dutch prodigy Indisa. Pepare for some exciting projects in 2015!
Jet Airess, who emerged from Malaysia’s creative Borneo bass scene, is a producer whose unique, catchy style we’ve been in love with ever since we first heard it. Like Billion Dollars, she has quickly become a core member of the online global bass scene and has now also moved to the next level with an extensive EP for Latino Resiste.
With 10 tracks, Wok Enow EP is a happy, psychedelic trip on the most crazy imaginable bangers, with remixes from Caballo, Billion Dollars, the Borneo bass OG’s Sundae & Pharmacist, the Indonesian bangerista Rama Rival and others.
I’ve been wanting to blog this so bad ever since it appeared but I didn’t have time until now. Remember my collosal post about how moombahton is growing into an ever more powerful movement inside Latin America? Well that is only continuing. Chile’s next-generation global bass producer S T Δ R K teamed up with Guatemala’s Big Brown Bears (formerly known as Dawgie Style) to create the netlabel Latino Army Records to push moombahton and neighbouring global bass flavours more effectively into the local Latin American music scenes.
S T Δ R K‘s second volume of ‘Viva Moombahton Mi3rda’ is the label’s first major release, featuring many known and lesser known names such as Dawgie Style (Guatemala), DASH Slktr (Colombia), Moombah Kingz (Chile), Marco Villarroel (Sweden), Wost (Venezuela), MASTA (El Salvador) and 3F3XT (Chile).
Last summer he released an EP via Moomba+ records, with 5 original mix tracks, delivering the classic sound of bumping moombahton, with some experiments in the direction of cumbia and lento.
Colombia’s upcoming global bass name Dj-Tombs provides yet another example of the rise of moombahton in Latin America with again an essential release from Latino Resiste, which reached the November Top 20 of the influential Colombian urban-latin music portal Flow Cartagena!
Appearances are made by again a diverse array of both Colombian and international artists: the Bogotá based reggae singer Farina, the Puerto Rican Latin-indie-pop singer Danny Fornaris, Jack Style, the reggaetoneros Criss y Ronny, Raro Bone and Jack Style and the moombahton heavywheights los XL and Happy Colors!
I conclude this post with a jewel of an EP. One of the releases from our Chilean friends at Regional, that I’m still behind blogging here.
Dat Garcia is an independent, creative spirit from Buenos Aires who freely mixes electronica with live organic elements and her own lyrics and vocals, blending it into a thoughtful, meditative atmosphere that draws from ancestral music as well as from many different branches of modern music genres such as dub, minimal folk-pop, and ambient.
‘Ermitaño Interior’ is an emotional, personal project that tries to capture the soul of the artist into 8 excellent, purifying tracks.