Lebanese Love Songs from the 80's Volume 2

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My Uncle passed away in Lebanon last year and I travelled over there upon hearing this very sad news. Much to my amazement, my Aunty handed me his beloved record collection which she said he wanted me to have. Amongst the sea of stuff in his collection from all over the world, I discovered some amazing Lebanese music mostly from the 80’s.

I was familiar with Lebanese music from the 00’s and beyond and some classic stuff like Fairuz and stuff by the Rahbani brothers. I also knew amazing modern vocalists like Najwa Karam (who imho has the most beautiful female voice in the world), Haifa, Nancy Ajram, Nawal, Fadl Shaker and many others but I’d never paid that much attention to Lebanese music from the 80’s and I so I didn’t quite to know what to expect. When I arrived back in England with my secret stash and listened to the Lebanese stuff from the 80’s, my mind was literally BLOWN, my heart ached and I almost died too!

So I trawled through heaps of this stuff with my jaw dropping as I attentively listened to each new track. In the process, which is still continuing, I inherited my Uncle’s aching and broken heart!

After a bit of time, I pulled myself together and I started to pick my favourite tracks. I began to put these mixes together. I just had to because I wanted to share this wonderful music with my friends and with people who dig what I do and with anybody else who might wish to experience the music of heartbreak.

BUY the official & separate track compilation release of Vol’s 1 & 2 on CD, Vinyl, Mp3 & Tape soon and catch me on my world tour of world domination trafficking these beats to the West lol

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This is the sound of <3 Break! This is the sound of Lebanese Love Songs from the 80’s!

I find 80’s Lebanese music some of the most romantic I have ever heard and it appeals to my heart and mind and never ceases to astound me with its beauty!

80’s Lebanese music is still considered by many in the Arab world as part of The Golden Age of Lebanese Music! Indeed, in the 80’s many Lebanese artists duplicated the essence of their musical heritage from earlier decades but this time they imbued it with western inspiration and included western instruments like the electric guitar and electronic drums. It was an exciting time as the past fused with the present to showcase the future!

To me it still sounds so timeless and futuristic whilst at the same time sounding authentic, classical and (welcomingly) dated too!

This mix that I did contains many styles from classical styles through to western fusion. In a lot of the tracks you’ll hear early incantations of popular American R&B, lush orchestral ballads, torch songs, bellydance songs and tracks with shades of Reggaeton and even TechnoBrega of all things!

When you are growing up and getting into music and live in one part of the world, unfortunately it sometimes means that you do not get to hear the Ronettes, Frank Sinatra’s, George Michael’s and Shakira’s of the other part of the world. Lebanon has its own Ronettes, Sinatra’s, Michael’s and Shakira’s and most of us never knew that.

I mention the Ronettes as there’s some tracks on this mixtape by Lebanese girl groups that echo with hues of them, evoking the same spirit, subject matters and the same teen heartbreak!

Sinatra because there’s an awesome Lebanese cover of one of his most famous tracks and George Michael too because a couple of the tracks kind of remind me of his moods, most notably of the “Careless Whisper” variety.

I mention Shakira because she has a dual Colombian and Lebanese heritage, the latter via her father. You could probably have guessed that already from seeing her dance, we all know about her dancing, but you can hear it in her music too. Her biggest hit and one of the world’s biggest ever singles (and one of my personal faves) “Hips Don’t Lie” is often cited as containing a horn sample from a 1992 Spanish song “Amores Como el Nuestro” by Jerry Rivera.

However, to me, that same horn sample has always sounded strikingly Lebanese! The sample sounds very similar to one contained in a 1980’s Lebanese song, “Ta’a Ninsa Keef Ikberna”. You can hear it around the 41 minute mark in my mix. Btw, I have no idea who the artist is. It is possible that Shakira probably first heard it from amongst her paternal family’s music collection and it struck a familiar chord with her.

So you have more than just a hint of Lebanon via the roots of the artist in one of the world’s biggest hit songs. You also have the “actual sound” of 80’s Lebanon too!

I had over 1000 (one-thousand) tracks to choose from in my collection which I narrowed down to 20 for this mix.

They’re some of the ones that appealed most to my sensibilities and personal tastes! I have not included a track list because I never usually do with any of my Arabic mixes because this music is extra special to me and I’m quite possessive over it. If you’re interested in this stuff, start digging, it’s not that hard to find and it’s what DJ’s/music lovers do!

You do not have to understand the Arabic language to fall in love with a lot of these tunes! Indeed, the Arabic Voice and its music is some of the most beautiful & heart-breaking in the whole world, it’s just that many of you don’t know it, just yet!

OCHOBOYZ : GHETTO HERO

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I think I’m finally starting to draw some inspiration once again from the underground dance scene and most of it seems to be coming from brown female artists like this bunch, Ochoboyz.

There’s something really interesting going on here which is quite unique and innovative albeit still in the early stages of development but there’s loads of great promise.

There’s nothing about Ochoboyz on their soundcloud but after a little google search I managed to find some information on them and to my surprise I found out that the very promising Sosiy is involved.

The brilliant Mask Mag say the following:

“OCHOBOYZ is an all “brown girl group of artists from different parts of the world coming together.” In their new video “Ghetto Hero”, we see these girls dancing and making waves in offices and studios, on fire escapes and porches, in the streets. They’re serving equal parts attitude and silliness.”

Another mag that I’ve never heard of before say the following:

Kajal Mag

“Ghetto Hero” is a project by Ochoboyz, a collective of “badass brown girls from around the world.” Their intention is to show girls rarely seen in all their glory, “presented as the G’s that they are.”

The people involved in the song are Mohini Hewa, Stash Marina, 8at8oy, Soisy, Feathermeal and Left Leberra. In the video are Zarina Muhmmad, Seema Mattu, Samira Warsame, Sesen, Stash Marina, Tonia, Soisy, 8at8oy, Sharmain and Kully Rehal. The video was edited by Left Leberra.

There’s footage from Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Vancouver, the UK and India.

ZAYN – PILLOWTALK (FALSE WITNESS EDIT)

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Intoxicating edit here of the new Zayn track from one of the pioneers of the #KUNQ sound – “a wildly creative, queer-oriented hybrid of club, urban and Caribbean sounds with a dark electronic edge, invented and pushed by the #KUNQ collective which includes, next to False Witness, Rizzla & blk.adonis” (via Fact).

This edit is darkly delish with a sociopolitical commentary about the Migrant crisis!

It’s InZayn in the Membrane!

Neki – Gqarmagqoma [Deep Gqom]

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Neki is such a talented and versatile producer that he can turn his hand to almost anything as his latest creation, an ode to the rising South African genre Gqom, amply demonstrates. He turns in a Deep Gqom number that could sit amongst the plethora of authentic material coming from Durban. Over the years Neki has made a success of everything he tries out for fun, Moombahton, Zouk, Jungle Terror (lol) and now Gqom amongst other genres/sub-genres/jokes.

You may have missed his recent release on Generation Bass, the AK-47 EP which included one mutha’ of a Mutant Gqom remix by none other than South African native Maramza!

If you missed out on the free downloads, you will now have to wait until its official release in a few weeks time.

Dj BeBeDeRa : Guitarra Do Guetto

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Dj BeBeDeRa is one of our faves from the PBU (Portuguese Bass Underground) and he made his official debut label release on Generation Bass coming on to 2 years ago. He is still dropping BOMBS and no-one quite sounds like him and we continue to support our faves.

Here are some his latest creations fresh for 2K16 ranging from Kizomba, Afro House, Fodência, Tarraxo and Guetto Zouk made with love and sent from Portugal!

BANDISH PROJEKT : COMMON TONGUE EP

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Our favourite Indian Electronic purveyors and regular artists who feature on the Generation Bass label, Bandish Projekt recently dropped a shed load of awesome tunage on the brilliant Common Tongues EP with a host of collaborators and including a cheeky Ludacris remix. There’s a free Bollywood remix too of some classic movie soundtrack too!

Most of this stuff is head and shoulders above a majority of Indian and indeed western Electronica. Peeps still sleeping on this sleeping giant of an act.

Bandish Projekt have also recently turned in an incredible remix of a Streamer track for his upcoming “Walking with Camels” Remix EP which we’ll be dropping soonish… :

Here’s some more info on the individual tracks and their collaborators:

KRISHNA:

In the story of the Bhagavad-Gita, the Prince Arjuna is tormented as he drives into battle in his rickshaw, because he might have to kill his brothers. He consults his cross-dressing rickshaw driver, who happens to be the superhero god Krishna in disguise. Krishna busts some lyrics to Arjuna. This track conjures images of early morning ragas by the side of the Ganges.

Produced by – Bandish projekt (Mayur Narvekar)
Words & Poetry – Last Mango In Paris
Vocals Aishwarya Joshi
Flute – Shreyas Dave

KALI YATRA:

To boldly go where no woman has gone before… A bass heavy, beat which sounds a bit like Indian Sitar Trek. Kali Yatra features MC Mawali, a star in the making. A stalwart of India’s growing hip hop scene, his killer flow is matched by intelligent, political and conscious lyrics, delivered here in Hindi. Malawi raps in many languages.

COWS:

American rappers rap about “hos”; Indian rappers rap about feminism, vegetarianism and non violence to every living soul. Cows is a cheeky satirical remix of Ludacris’s misogynist banger, Area Codes. Features the sick skills of Mc Tod Fod, rapping in Gujarati – Gandhi’s mother tongue.

SHAAIR:

This Free Download From the 1973 movie Bobby starring Dimple Kapadia, Rishi Kapoor. This new track Shaair from Common Tongue is a Bandish Projekt interoperation on the old school Bollywood sounds .

Get the full Ep bhejafryrecords.bandcamp.com/album/common-tongue

Original Credits
Movie: Bobby
Music Director: Laxmikant Pyarelal
Singer: Shailendra Singh

2PeKes : Ah Dub

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2Pekes from the famed Portuguese Bass Underground collective DZC Crew just dropped a Dub playlist which features remixes of the infamous MikeQ track “Ah Dub” rewerked in an Afrobeat style. Check it below.

Watch out too for his forthcoming release on Generation Bass Digital of a great track called “Zourney” with fellow Portuguese producer JayPross!

FOOZOOL : CLUB CHAI CHOONS

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Foozool has dropped a couple of new choons giving you a flava of the monthly genre-bending club night she hosts with 8ulentina at Oakland, USA called “Club Chai” (formerly known as Night Forms).

This heavy, yet minimal industrial tunage takes in inspiration from Armenia in terms of music and poetry and in the case of the latter, readings from Paruyr Sevak, an Armenian poet, translator and literary critic who is considered one of the greatest Armenian poets of the 20th century! I think the poetry reading of Payur’s material on the second track is by Mher Mkrtchyan, better known by his stage name Frunzik – considered as one of the greatest Armenian actors of the Soviet period.

Mark this as one of your artists to watch in 2016 & beyond!

The first track is fire, the second is interesting:

We’ll finish with another great mix that she laid down for Experimedia:

Future Nugget – Mi-e poftă de tine rău
CHINX x SOPHIA AKKARA x AMBARSARIYA (mind control)
Radio Morocco (Acid Arab reedit)
Bei Ru – Pomegranate A.M.
سميرة سعيد | هوا هوا
DJ Kin – Look
KLM – Nasa (Young Thug edit)
Turbo Sonidero – Chamakas Rudas
SVANI – YAASSS
Yayoyanoh – Giik (Pitcheno RB)
HABIBIBOI – ماذا (w/ Lil Ceaser)
Precolumbian – NGUZUNGUZU – WATER BASS POWER VS WHALE SONGS
100% halal – watertwerk
GILA – Suspectum
Komitas – Sourp, Sourp (FOOZOOL edit)
Mr. Mitch – TRY AGAIN CHA
RINGATONE – I’m Sprung (Joey edit)
Organ Tapes – X Blood Riddim
DJ Nigga Fox – Makuza
Machintosh (Moscoman edit)
*8ULENTINA – Reveal
*8ULENTINA – daf ateş
*FOOZOOL – Hishatak (memory)

*The last two tracks are from a forthcoming compilation coming out with Tobago Tracks mid January.

DJ FASTA & Nitai Charan Drop a New Moombahton-Dancehall Stomper !

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The Amsterdam based dj, producer and remixer DJ FASTA is one of the most defining artists in the Dutch urban-eclectic scene today. His sound, flexibly varying between energetic moombahton, dancehall, nostalgic bubbling and catchy afrohouse, is one of the most successful bridges between different worlds of music around. His BOOTLEG PACK from last year was listened, liked, shared and downloaded thousands of times, not only in the Netherlands but also all over the caribbean and Latin America, by reggaeton, dancehall, EDM and global bass djs alike, mainstream just as as well as underground. His music even found its way into club trax avant-garde. After a year of high expectations, the long announced Vol.2 is about to be released now, celebrated with a fresh final teaser track!

For BAMBAM, a moombahton-dancehall fusion DJ Fasta teamed up again with the Amsterdam based dancehall/reggae artist Nitai Charan. This time not for a remix but now for an original collab tune. One that I am convinced will be an absulute dancefloor anthem, in the Netherlands and hopefully everywhere!

https://soundcloud.com/djfasta/new-dj-fasta-ft-nitai-charan-bambam-bad-like-disoon-free-dl-in-trackpack-vol-2

Also a major shoutout to Nitai Charan. With our love for dancehall here at Generation Bass, which doesn’t always get the attention on the blog it actually deserves, it is kind of a shame we’ve totally been sleeping on him before. Especially since he likes to make crossovers with different kinds of electronic sounds as well. This unique dancehall-dubstep fusion tune from last blows my mind and sounds still fresh!

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FASTA THE ULTIMATE TRACKPACK VOL.2 will be out soon and and featuring on the blog! Already check out some other teasers here >>

https://soundcloud.com/djfasta/dj-fasta-g-reat-makaku-rhythm-out-soon-in-official-fasta-bootlegpack-volume-2

An collab production with the The Hague based DJ-producer G-Reat!

https://soundcloud.com/djfasta/new-fasta-x-nicolius-x-ash-gyal-dem-flow-originial-out-soon-for-free-download

A massive collab with the upcoming Mauritian names Nicolius and ASH!

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MAJOR NOTES : MASH UP DA PLACE & NU AFRICAN DISCO

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Major Notes who hails from London via Accra, Ghana and who is a self-proclaimed  “Afro Bass Pioneer ± Uk funky disciple ± House lover ±Hip Hop educated scholar ± lover of all good music” sent us his new track which is Mashin’ Up Da Place!.

He first made a little name for himself in the underground with his brilliant “Abeka Lapaz Dance”. Latterly, he started gaining some global traction with Township Funk’s little sister from another mother “419 Riddim” which got some staunch backing from the likes of Murlo, Walshy Fire and was also picked out in Spin’s 50 best Dance songs from 2014!

Spin described 419 Riddim as thus “matched Afropop rhythms with plodding ’80s synths and a squelching hook so rubbery and sinewy that you can hear Diplo seethe with jealousy while listening. Don’t be shocked if “Riddim” shows up underneath a pop megastar’s attempt to trend-hop in 2015”. Really surprised, it hasn’t caught on more extensively in the blog world and more commercially in the dance world and is still pretty much UNDERGROUND.

Anyways, whilst listening to his new release, you can catch up on some of his other excellent stuff below including a vocal version of 419 Riddim and his Nu African Disco releases:

419 Riddim Vox: