After 5 successful ‘Essential EPs’ selections, started almost a year ago, we tried to do it differently this time and post the EPs (including albums & compilations) as immediately as possible when they come out and only list the best of them here as essentials. That means, no more extensive reviews in this series. If you’re curious what we have to say about a release, go to our earlier review via the link. We’re still running behind and a new list of essentials has already come out before I was even able to assemble this post. Expect #7 on the blog within a week!
ANGEL-HO’s tracks feature elements such as eery soundscapes with lots of reverb, gabber and speedcore kicks, vocal samples and combat sounds from videogames which together harmonise into rhytmical patterns that sometimes resemble styles like baile funk, afrobeats and grime but almost never becoming conventional beats. This continuous movement between rhythm, consciously crafted near-chaos and broody, tense ambient creates a unique experience. It communicates a subconsious message of protest so powerful that it can bring down the world as we know it, yet so elusive that it cannot be boxed in and controlled.
…apocalyptic synths and videogame sounds as well as elements of crunk, cumbia, 3ball, baile funk, Bolivian metal and Andean huayno […] an extremely powerful transdencental experience.
…“you’ve got tribal and you’ve got Alfonso Luna, that guy is on a whole different level.” – Erick Jaimez
His brilliant and unique fusion of Soca with Techno is a massive thing just waiting to happen and dominate dancefloors across the world.
5. BLVCK – Sounds of the Apocalypse EP
Woe is ye, you have been warned!
6. 8-Channel Trax (Classical Trax)
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.
7. DoomBahTon Vol.1 (Monsters of Doomcore)
His idea to fuse dancehall, moombahton and industrial hardcore connected with me as something the times are ready for. A bridge between worlds.
The 4 pioneering tracks of Grindhouse EP will continue the throat-grippingly thrilleresque as well as futuristic experience with a blend of grime, dark twisted avant-garde club and industrial sound effects!
Let’s finish it with two releases we’ve been sleeping on but still recent enough to include..
Sonidos Profundos, cumbia-bass alrounder from Lima, Peru, is an old Generation Bass favourite from the Sexxy Saturday Cumbia era, and a member of the Lima based labell & collective Terror Negro Records. After about a year of Soundcloud-silence he made a comeback last month with an impressive release via our Chilean friends at Sello Regional. Malandrena is everything that digital cumbia should be in 2015: devoid of fixed formula’s, diverse in terms of influences and sounds, energetic as well as melodic and even hypnagogic here and there. Appearances are made by some of our favourite artists from the latin-bass scene such as El Catorce, Dash SLKTR and Tribilín Sound.
Regional was one of my favourite labels last year and because of all the new avant-garde club thing going on I seem to be losing track (in terms of blogging) of what they’re doing this year. They definitely need to stay in the spotlights and you can expect a lot more from them in the coming months.
Erick Jaimez‘ new EP came out almost simultaneously with Alfonso Luna’s EP, also on KUMBALE and I had to choose which one to blog so I chose the newest one. But this one definitely would have deserved a separate place on the blog as well.
Sonando Poblano is classic Erick Jaimez, uptempo as well as ‘rebajada’, passionate, danceable and reflecting above all the vibe of contemporary Dallas: a sound to stay!