One of the most important changes from the last years is that the innovation focus is no longer directed towards EDM as the ultimate destination of everything. The death of EDM has been the best thing that could happen to music and the results are manifesting now in an exciting way. Other movements in contemporary movements, dancehall and underground club in particular, have taken the lead and innovators from different angles, including from the movement formerly known as ‘global bass’, are now coming together in new settings and environments and bring in their knowledge.
Dancehall as a movement is part of the broader Jamaican underground which has been consistently innovating itself for generations and right now new directions are being explored that pave the way for a whole new generation. The Brooklyn based label and platform MIXPAK is one of the most influential centres of innovation in dancehall these days. Having worked with major Dancehall artists like Popcaan, Beenie Man and Vybz Kartel, their reach is extensive and the sounds brought in by carefully selected innovators can be expected to become more permanently incorporated into dancehall’s musical DNA.
With the Mixpak FM series, they showcase the sound of the most important innovators in music on a regular basis, like Generation Bass favourites Santa Muerte, Zutzut and Endgame who featured earlier this year. This month, they chose the Paris based French-Senegalese producer-DJ Photo Romance, who has been an Generation Bass household name for quite a while now and whose talent and innovative capacity we’ve been praising since first time we heard his music. His eclectic style of future tarraxo, zouk-luv extended with neighbouring flavours like moombahsoul, kizomba, rasterinha and afrohouse among other things and rich melodic synths, has been an example for the multi-genre future that the direction-less movement called global bass should gravitate towards.
And with this mixtape, this unique, forward looking palette developed inside the scene we’ve been cultivating for so long at Generation Bass is now being pushed into the avant-garde of dancehall.. definitely one of the best places for music to move to in 2015!
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