Generation Bass presents: GBMIX#5! S X M B R A

It’s been a while, but we’re back.

With alot going on behind the scenes at Generation Bass, I managed to re-launch the mixtape concept. With many names still to come, we look at one of our own members again, this time the pioneer S X M B R A made his addition to the series.



One of the main things that keeps fascinating me is the blurring line between science-fiction and reality. The rapid technological changes taking place in today’s world as well as the extreme, pre-collapse, manifestations of capitalism and growing inequality mirror the dystopian visions of the cyberpunk movement of the 1980s.
The 1980s inspired a wave of all kinds of dark music which contrasted with the sounds from the previous decades. Now, in a similar way, after the innocent optimistic 90s and the hyper-hedonistic 00s, a new dark era is taking shape around us, but this one is truly digital and the internet is changing everything around is that has existed before by continuous destruction and reconstruction of existing concepts and realities. Underground movements like cyberpunk, hiphop, goth and club culture are at the same time completely dead and completely alive online in the most absurd hybrid forms.
At the same time, the hyperreal experiences that we can have online and in movies and games, blurs the line between real and unreal, reducing ideas like rebellion to mere aesthetics that can be consumed from a safe distance. This is also my problem with traditional notions of dystopia and apocalypse. In many cases these are fantasies of the privileged afraid to loose their privilege. We constantly need to remind ourselves that for many other people in this world, people of color in particular, these visions have already been totally real for many generations.
The final trigger was a quote I came accross on Tumblr that says: “Ferguson Police Department exists to remind us all we are actually in the sci fi dystopian movies we used to watch on tv as children and comforted ourselves by thinking we were 100 year away from.”

This mixtape, combining music from scenes as far apart as the upcoming trax club avant-garde, chicago drill, vaporwave and alternative hardcore is the musical expression of that message..
Mixtape produced by S X M B R A in collaboration with Gideon.


Michael McCann ft. Louis Farrakhan – Deus Ex Mankind Divided Trailer Soundtrack + Chicago Militarization speech (Sxmbra mashup)
OnlyNow – Dante
Dj LyCox – Não Brinques Comigo
Siete Catorce X Bison & Squareffekt – Bantungo
Nazar – 10 000 Africans
S x m b r a – Entiende (World Domination VIP)
Kamixlo – Mata Lo
Maffalda – Diversidade Putaristica
DODBB – Planetary Riot
Dahrk Wheb – 遅いブレード
Yung Internet – Herman Bredeh
King Louie – Throw Yo Sets Up
Maramza – Dogs N Robbers
Ekman – The Tresspasser
Mystification – Contaminated Soul
Monotronique – Voodoo
Volkanos – Lwas Collected…
Gameface X Bruno Alison – Prophecy
Dj LyCox – É So Aviso
Ragnarok X Synaptic Memories – Groundwalkers
2 8 1 4 – 真実の恋
Elysia Crampton – Axacan

Ricky Vaughn & Daron Vande’s New Tune is Flames !

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For some, this may already be old news, a week after it came online. But if you haven’t heard it yet check out this fresh music vid of Ricky Vaughn‘s new track featuring Daron Vande!

After a couple of passionate rants to keep music underground and close to a grassroots scene, you might think of me as a purist who is entirely against making catchy tunes that can appeal to a larger audience. But that’s not true at all.

Wine On Me shows that moombahton influenced mainstream music doesn’t need to be a festival-EDM banger, an artificially exoticised gimmick or depend entirely on Major Lazer. I’ve been arguing for a while now that being absorbed into the different future directions that are being explored right now inside styles like reggaeton and dancehall, those in turn being part of a whole melting pot together with hiphop and RnB, feels to me like a much more permanently future for moombahton.

This doesn’t put the overpriced DJ on a gigantic rave stage at the aspired end of all artists making this kind of music but also gives room to a new generation of MCs/rappers, singers or maybe even bands. The same goes for all the other innovations and hybrid genres that have been pushed by blogs like this over in the last five years. In the urban-eclectic scene in the Netherlands, this approach has been bread and butter since the old days of bubbling (and the heat keeps coming!!) but internationally it has taken a while to go into this direction. But Ricky Vaughn has always been very flexible and sophisticated and if there is anyone who can take moombahton and neighbouring genres into a whole other direction, it’s him!

Ricky Vaughn and rapper Daron Vande are both based in Brooklyn NY and have collaborated before such as earlier this summer on nostalgic moombahsoul track ‘Summer Love‘ or on the industrial dembow trap-zouk stomper ‘Murder on the Radio‘ December last year.

The track will be officially in store on 9-11 2015 >> PRE ORDER HERE <<


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You can catch the brilliant Machines In Heaven live at the Sunday Circus 8th Birthday celebrations in Glasgow this Sunday. MiH are on early doors at this show, around 5.30 for an experimental set and so make sure get there early. Read more about the event below.

To get you into the mood, you can check out this exclusive, a brilliant remix of the MiH track “Displacer” lovingly re-worked by Nightwave.

You can grab the full release HERE.

Here’s more about the event:

Petrichor (live) (Soma)
Affi Koman
Machines In Heaven (Experimental set) 5.30PM START


TICKETS SCOTLAND: 0141 204 5151

Michael Mayer, boss and co-founder of Cologne’s seminal Kompakt label (celebrating 20 years this year)- Always distinctive and yet wildly multi-faceted, Kompakt has, throughout its continuing evolution, represented mind blowing big room techno, leftfield pop experimentation and chin-stroking shoegaze. As a DJ Mayer is known for weaving together long and story telling sets of house and techno from across the ages, he is also a super producer and remixer with an enviable and often referenced back catalogue. An integral part in the way that techno has developed in recent years, It’s safe to say he loves being challenged and regardless of the pressure is never putting less than 100% of his heart and soul into everything he does.

Several acts will be joining Michael Mayer at the Old Fruitmarket, first up performing live for a second time at Sunday Circus is the talent that is Simon Stoke’s AKA Petrichor, one of Soma’s rapidly rising stars. People in Glasgow have been buzzing about Simon’s music for years and quite rightly so. Simon’s just released his new album ‘Mångata’ to outstanding reviews (including an album of the month (8/10) in Mixmag). As always on the line up, our own connoisseur Tricky. Showing such a high level of skill in warming up over the years, Tricky can adapt his sound effortlessly delivering some outstanding sets to our crowd and showing why he’s one of Glasgow’s finest. Completing the line up, we are delighted to have Glasgow band Machines In Heaven who will perform an experimental warm up set. Their sound has been described as “an intriguing collision of varied influences, with nods to everything from shoegaze to Prince and Aphex twin” and their recent remix EP “Displacer” features reworkings by The Revenge, Nightwave and Telethon (James from Errors). Plenty to be excited about 🙂



Go over to the site and read what Okayafrica  have to say about the mix.

Download here:

Africa in your Earbuds – African Apocalypse

Here’s what I have to say:

Okayafrica asked me for an Africa in Your Earbuds Mix at least 2 years ago. It’s taken me this long to get around to it because I always wanted to do something extra, extra special for this mixtape series and for this site. It’s a site and series that I really love. And it’s taken me over 2 years to get into this extra special mood to lay down this mix for them.

As usual, recorded live on CDJ’s with manual mixing, basically, a live DJ mix, like all my mixes are.

Artwork – Underdog
Beat Laden – Mastering

Don’t book for me for gigs, book one or more of these guys below and enjoy the mix:

Dj Znobia
Dj Paparazzi
Bison & Squareffekt
Deejay Anderson
Dj Liu K
Mambos Da Casa
Nigga Fox
Dj Marfox
King Kong
Lx Monkey Beatz
Dj Marshall
Beat Laden
Dj Doraemon
Dj BeBeDeRa
Dotorado Pro
Dj Lilocox
Dj Finicox
Dj Zulox
DZC Crew
Dj N.K
Nidia Minaj
Diamond Bass
Dj Satelite
Dj UmbFox
TxiGa Pro
DJ PutOo Helder
Blacksea Não Maya
Deejay KarFoX
Babaz Fox
Power Music Beatz
And the list goes on…….

Aïsha Devi – Mazdâ [Meta Love Song]


Wow, this is pretty mind-blowing and I love the description too:

“Mazdâ’ is “an ‘R’n’B incantation. It’s about burning the ego and finding inner peace. It’s a meta love song.”

It’s by Swiss-Nepalese artist Aisha Devi who sounds like a cross between a Transnational Bjork & Kate Bush creating a soundtrack to a David Lynch movie.

It’s her second outing on London’s Houndstooth label following her earlier EP release “Conscious Cunt”.

“Here, the conceptual musician and label owner resumes her dark and intricate self-journey, described as both an identity search and spiritual quest challenging our perception of reality and the possibility of alter-invisible dimensions, ‘the disconnection between matter and spirit in our society’.”

Aïsha Devi’s “Of Matter and Spirit” LP is due for release on 2nd October via Houndstooth.

Pre-Order 2xLP / CD:…spirit.html

Pre-Order on iTunes / Google Play:

PR: Kathryne Chalker – [email protected]

Be sure to check out her amazing previous EP too, totally slept on this one:

Besides founding her label, Danse Noire, releasing leftfield electronic music from the likes of IVVVO and Vaghe Stelle, Swiss-born, Nepalese-Tibetan electronic producer @aisha-devi’s latest solo productions are further testament to her personal evolution. The ‘Conscious Cunt’ EP explores different perspectives on womanhood and the dichotomy between materialistic femininity under societal pressure and spirituality.

“It’s an EP about sluts, awareness, death, and women in a patriarchal society… enlightenment, violence, resistance, mothers, daughters, consciousness, Guy Debord, Vedas and eternity. It’s also a high-five to my grandmother who raised me and passed away early this year.” – Aïsha Devi

Lead track ‘Kim & The Wheel of Life’ is a whirling melodic vortex of melancholic echoing synths underlaid by deep rumbling kicks that morphs into a vocal-centric piece. The beatless ‘Aurat’, Devi’s second ‘vox tool’ of a series, is an Urdu/Hindi poem written by Pakistani feminist, Kishwar Naheed. Finally, ‘The Saviour on Spilled Blood’, a reference to motherhood, is a slow-building epic, using Devi’s dark, chanting voice to accumulate energy and emotion.


Prince : “This Could B Us” [PrinceStep]


I made a special request not so long ago for my Purple friend to start embracing more underground sounds into his music and it seems he has started to take on board some of my advice. He teased us with snippets of it on his last release Art Official Age and some of it worked and some of it didn’t. It seems he’s intent on doing more of the same on his forthcoming new record HitNRun. Shades of PrinceStep on this track, perhaps a few years too late but at least he’s now starting to get it a little bit more and it’s possible you’ll hear some Purple Fodencia, Tarraxinha, Tarraxo or even Future Tarraxo in the coming years. Here’s hoping.

I’m feeling this track and would be interested to hear where the full thing goes.

Thanks to our good dude Eddie from Okayplayer for letting me know about this and here’s what his site says:

A 30 second preview of “This Could B Us” has been put online for those abstaining from TIDAL, but don’t expect to see it pop up in your Spotify or SoundCloud feed anytime soon. Prince has gone on record calling much of the conventional record industry “slavery” and praised the high-end streaming service as a platform made by artists, for artists. “Jay Z spent $100 million of his own money to build his own service. We have to show support for artists who are trying to own things for themselves,” he said earlier this month.

This Could B Us from TIDAL on Vimeo.

HotGem – Everybody hustlin' mix


Another great mix here from our Hottie Head Honcho from the HotGem label (that sounds catchy, she ought to use that 🙂

Starts off in terrific ambient mood setting the scene for a great journey into HotGem Land. Features Ruff Sqwad, Nancy Sinatra, Chaka Khan, her matey Koreless, Pusha T, classics by Raze, Caribou, her artists Machines in Heaven, Indian shit like Rahul Dev Burma, Hudson Mohawk, Syrian Dabke, Saint Etienne, some Gen Bass stuff too and so much more.   This is the kind of diverse and wide-ranging mix we love here at Generation Bass cause it kinda epitomizes what we’re all about.  She’s just recently started creating mixes and I gotta say she’s def got a knack for it, keep them coming Clair.

HotGem – Everybody hustlin’ mix by Clair Crawford on Mixcloud

Classical Trax Brings the Rawest Possible Club Music [Compilation]


There are three types of nostalgia: 1.) the one that keeps one’s view permanently directed backwards without any appreciation for the present 2.) the one that tries to strictly immitate or sterilely conserve something from the past in the present, and  3.) the one that uses the past as an inspiration to get out of a present creative deadlock and open new ways to new things. While the first and the second types have brought most of contemporary culture to an almost absolute standstill, the third sometimes necessary to prevent that same culture from such imminent disaster. We know all about that here at Generation Bass. And when Classical Trax, the internet community that hosts the most creative individuals in music on te planet, launches an 8-channel compilation project, you know that culture is on the brink of being saved.

The rules were basically as follows: “make something as crazy and exciting as possible with onlly 8 recording tracks with only one effect per track.” The result is a wildly diverse 9 tracks counting compilation from a varied range of producers from different parts of the world. And even though bringing back the restrictions that bring back the struggles from less convenient days of music recording is a ‘retro’ thing in principle, this project is quite the opposite of ‘retro’ in the kitschy sense of the word. Nowhere it tries, not even pretends, to recreate any glorified oldskool sound of a particular genre, scene or time. Instead, the restrictions are meant to challenge creativity by eliminating all the polished, pre-fabricated tricks that contemporary producers have at their disposal.

And it worked! Elements of many different genres and flavours are found, including jersey and baltimore club, grime, house, techno, hiphop, 80s synth, reggaeton and industrial, blended together in a way that is – as usually in the trax scene – at the same time incredibly catchy and incredibly uncategorisable. Coming with the rawness of times when the sounds that eventually survived into the present yet had to solidify, 8 Channel Trax gives a surreal peek into a past that never was and, thus, into a future that may be.


1. Dreem Tran’sBacklash

2. Morten_HDHORNDEM (8ch VIP)

3. Dj TucoYayaw

4. Pardon – Vibre

5. Mojo GoroOasis Groove

6. SxmbraTrax Machine


8. PodlipnyB8trak

9. Graffititech006


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Really cool Arabic mix here from DJ Business Class dropped for Dis Mag a few months back which I caught up with this week.

Features material from a lot of underground artists, some of whom I included in my Arabtronix Volume 5 Mixtape (see below) and also Generation Bass Electro Chaabi dudes. The last track steals it for me from Syrian vocalist Sarya Sawas, absolute killah!

1. Dj Khaled Al Masri
2. Dj Wolfulis Hamada Enani – The Madness 2015
3. Metwa & Saif – I hit myself
4. 808 Mafia – Danny Glover (Young Thug) Instrumental 2014
5. Future – March Madness prod. by 808 Mafia 2015
6. Unknown (Cairo)
7. Dj Amr 7a7a – 50 cent in da club remix
8. Dj Figo
9. Maurice Louca – Malnash Diyah (Spineless) 2014
10. Dj Bouchra al [inaudible] – Unknown mix 2012
11. Tarek al safa7 – remix 2012
12. Dj A7mad Al Da5eel – Volcano remix 2013
13. Sarya Sawas – Just listen to me your driving me crazy 2011

DJ Business Class aka Lawrence Abu Hamdan lives in Beirut, Lebanon and his work frequently deals with the relationship between listening and politics, borders, human rights, testimony and truth through the production of documentaries, essays, audio-visual installations, video works, graphic design, sculpture, photography, workshops and performance. Abu Hamdan’s interest with sound and its intersection with politics originate from his background in DIY music.

Find out more about him HERE

If you enjoyed this mix, you might wanna check out my Arabtronix 5:

Arabtronix Volume 5 [June 2015] by Dj Umb on Mixcloud



LYK (Let You Know) are two producers,Angomusic ( Toronto ) and Druture ( Atlanta ).Together they developed this music project,where mixed styles as diverse as EDM,Trap,Footwork,Hip Hop…The future is now and here,listen and enjoy.