Our first EP of 2015, the year that #FutureTarraxo came to life!
After their recent blistering set at the Boiler Room Lisbon, Bison & Squareffekt really mean business in 2015.
Generation Bass presents: Bison & Squareffekt – Odyssey of the Mind Part 2
“Space Age Beats from Africa, created in Portugal and presented to the world.”
We were not sure how to describe their sound when they released the first ground-breaking and innovative EP of this series and so we said it was “Future Zouk”. Since then, a far more apt and accurate description has availed itself to us, “Future Tarraxo” and these guys are the innovators of this new style.
Both of these producers are of the Portuguese New Wave and they hail from Lisbon. From Lisbon they have re-imagined Love Songs for The Blade Runner Percussion Ensemble.
This second EP continues the Love Story from where the first EP left off.
Lush melodic lines, hypnotic futuristic riddims, space-age synth-pop sounds, cinematic atmospheres, rhythmic percussion rattles the cages and the kick drums almost reluctantly gave way to bass lines and melodies but this is some serious emotional vibe.
On this EP the Lisbon boys have left earth and entered into hyper-space.
The first cut is “Lightning on Jupiter” and it opens in full HD wide-screen CinemaScope style with carefully timed synth-stabs and then the drums kick in and we’re on our way only to pause for a moment to stand a gasp as the gorgeous string arrangement sway in. Strings, that any epic blockbuster worth its weight, would kill for.
“Saturno” comes next with dramatic and epic builds and a longing in tone. This is Space Age Tarraxo! The tears of an Android never sounded so desperate!
“On it’s Way to Orbit” is the third cut and just by reading the song titles, you can tell a theme is emerging here, to go where no Tarraxo has gone before! The lush and majestic piano sounds like the finest that Erik Satie could curate the strings mirror the greatest of Bach’s adagios all under the setting sun of the Tarraxo.
The final cut “Futura” says it all really, this is the Future. A moody, sensual piece that all the walkway models would die for.
A new, mutant strand of African Diaspora has emerged from Lisbon and these two are stretching it out as far as possible!
This is Future Tarraxo!
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DJ Bison is one of our most exciting discoveries of recent years.
He puts the “Purple Wow” into Tarraxo!
DJ Bison aka Felisberto is 23 year old. He was raised and is currently based in Lisbon, Portugal but was born in Benguela, Angola.
He started to produce in 2008 and has done all kind of styles from Kuduro to Hip Hop to Tarraxinha.
His first Tarraxinha production was in 2008 and was called “Tarraxo Indiano”. His main source of inspiration for producing Tarraxinha came from the sound of the legendary DJ Znobia who has been widely credited as one of the creators of the Tarraxinha sound. Znobia was certainly responsible for helping the sound cross-over to the West.
After hearing DJ Znobia, Bison’s love for producing Tarraxinha grew even more.
Bison hopes that he can help to shed more new light on the Tarraxinha style and continue to produce it and assist to steer it into a new direction and into the hearts and minds of people worldwide.
Miguel Afonso AKA Squareffekt was born in Lisbon, Portugal. He is an electronic musician. He started djing and producing a few years ago and did a lot of Detroit Techno, Acid House and Miami Bass. Through the years he’s always been into music and all kinds of genres like Jungle, Dubstep, Drum & Bass. He has had the pleasure to play with some big names on the scene. Last year, he decided to stop djaying and got back to what he most likes to do, Music and sharing ideas with other producers. To his surprise he became involved with artists and music from Angola and Portugal and some genres likes Tarraxo, Tarraxinha and Zouk Bass which he found fascinating. His main goal for the near future is to release more tracks and develop new musical experiences. When he not making music, he is exploring illustration, graphic design and graffiti Art.
Squareffekt is part of the New Wave Of Portuguese Bass producers who are about to make and leave an indelible mark on this scene!