Attention nu-cumbia heads, or anyone else who is interested in Latin American-inspired global bass. Los Angeles-based producer Chico Sonido has an ambitious new LP dropping on October 15 on Latin Lover Records that’s going to be required listening for 2013, quarter four.
Nalga Bass takes a wide-angle look at Mexican and Caribbean music through a lens of a curvaceous booty, referencing cumbia first and foremost, but also ’90s dancehall, moombahton, the Harlem Shake, dembow, West Coast rap culture, and even miami bass. “Cumbia Del Licenciado,” which recently premiered on XLR8R, is a cumbia sonidera jam that hypnotizes with its Puebla-based synths and rhythms. “Niñas Fresas” slows things down a bit, more fit for late night bad girl activity than anything else. Accompanying the album is amazing West Coast-style artwork by Phade of the legendary grafitti artists The Shirt Kings.
Assignment 1: Take a listen to “Niñas Fresas”:
Take home assignment: Check out more album snippets before 10/15:
Just as the leaves start turning and summer feels as if it’s come and gone in the blink of an eye, one song can turn everything around. “Kids” sounds like it was tailor-made for a lazy-day beach party that lights up as the sun goes down. While a tune like this is unexpected for the month of October, no one will complain about this taste of Indian Summer.
Sydney-based foursome Set Sail have just released their Hey EP, a joyful affair featuring “Kids” as the second single. The surfy jam begins with a bass line reminiscent of fellow Aussie rock band Jet’s 2004 worldwide smash “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” and takes on a life of its own as the song builds.
The quartet—comprised of musicians from the United States, Jamaica, and Australia—have been around for three years and are finally ready to release new music. The Hey EP is available now (featuring “Kids” and the title track as a previous single), is out now.
After 48 nerve-racking hours, Mexican police have confirmed that Spanish indie band Delorean are safe and sound after going missing in what was apparently a “virtual kidnapping.” The band was in Mexico City as part of the Mutek digital arts festival.
“Virtual kidnappings,” a rising criminal tend in Mexico, is when a victim is ransomed without ever actually being in physical contact with the perpetrators. Instead, a virtual kidnapper will make threats to a victim and their family over the phone in hopes of extorting money, playing off a widespread fear of kidnapping in Mexico.
In the last month in Mexico, there have been five such virtual kidnappings of foreigners. They start with a scam. In a common scenario, the kidnappers pose as police officers and call the victim, telling them that they need to change hotels for security reasons. Once they are in the new hotel, they tell the victim that they have been kidnapped and order them not to leave the hotel and to take the batteries out of their cell phones — or else. They then call the victim’s family pretending to actually have possession of the victim, and threaten that they will kill and dismember them unless the family pays up.
At the time of publishing, neither the band or police have given any details about the virtual kidnapping, but some Spanish papers are reporting that they underwent the same hotel scheme. Until today, the band had last been spotted on the way to breakfast on Sunday morning before they disappeared. A Monday performance in San Francisco was cancelled.
Already, the virtual kidnapping is having an impact on the music scene. Spanish producer John Talabot announced this morning that he would be cancelling his upcoming tour to Mexico.
We’ve reached the end of yet another busy, music-filled week. And, as is our tradition, we’ve written articles on five very exciting emerging acts that you’ll want to be paying attention to (if keeping up with dope new talent is “your thing”). Alas, in the spirit of keeping things interesting, we have to set them against each other in a death match where you get to choose who deserves to be MTV Iggy’s Artist of the Week. So, get to voting! You have from now until 11 a.m. EST next Friday when the poll will close.
After playing in several bands around Manchester with boys, Faith Holgate decided that she would work better with women and formed PINS. The band went through several line-up changes before settling on their current incarnation of singer/guitarist Holgate, guitarist Lois McDonald, bassist Anna Donigan, and drummer Sophie Galpin. They’ve cultivated a girl gang image, and their hard as nails attitude is driven home by Holgate’s steely delivery. Their industrial hometown is reflected in their gloomy pop music, bringing to mind the early ‘80s post-punk sound championed by Mancunian label Factory Records.
Kelela Mizanekristos’ mixtape Cut 4 Me is a gourmet R&B experience, full of organic ingredients, atomized beats and smooth-as-silk vocals. She is the first lady of the electronic music label Fade 2 Mind, an LA-based faction of futuristic DJs led by producer Kingdom. might be one of the most important underground R&B releases of the year. In “Bank Head (Extended),” Kelela coats Kindgom’s choppy, antiseptic beats with her syrupy head voice, cooing with so much desire that it’s impossible not to listen to without bringing your own boo to mind. Title track “Cut 4 Me” balances an off-kilter tempo with the breeziness of a summer afternoon.
Orquesta el Macabeo are revivalists in the purest sense. The 12-piece Puerto Rican troupe so authentically recreates salsa’s ’70s heyday, they’re practically cultural missionaries. When the group vocals, popping percussion and rich, abundant horns hit your ears, the last thing you’d assume is that this is a new band. What most will even more surprising is the stark contrast of their musical backgrounds: A lot of these guys also play in rock, punk, and hardcore bands. It’s Macabeo’s between-the-lines pluckiness that, coupled with supremely infectious rhythms, affords them both a unique and completely sovereign perspective—as well as the potential for mass appeal.
Visions of Costa Rica generally include sun, surf, and lush tropical landscapes. San José-based band Patterns show off the destination vacation highlights of their country in a humorous light in the video for nu-disco track “Sunny Days.” Other songs on their debut album Dangerous Intentions like “Burning Man” and “Never Waited” sizzle with the electricity of ’80s synthpop, while other songs seem to have a lineage to more recent sounds; “Foreplay,” for example, sounds like the love child of a Classixx and a Fred Falke.
It’s a shame that this audacious electronic trio, recently signed to boutique Mad Decent imprint Jeffree’s, has yet to diffuse through the dense stratum that is the American music market. Best known for their sonic individuality, which often manifests itself in meter complexity, straight drum beats, and rap and reggae influences, Yellow Claw should be counted as major players in today’s popular twerk-influenced dance culture. The adroit trio transforms “normal” electronic music into monstrous pockets of creativity that we all can playback on our mobile devices.
Wow. Ya’ll really like Bloom Twins! Congratulations to the recently debuted UK sibling pop duo and everyone who voted for them. They are our artist of the week, rolling straight to a landslide victory in our Artist of the Week poll on the strength of their one exquisitely melancholy and lovely single “Farenheit.” If you raised your eyebrows just now, watch and listen. Sometimes quantity is overrated.
Have you ever just wanted to relax and jam? Famed dancehall artist, Popcaan wows us yet again with his new smooth sailing hit “Everything Nice.” The collaboration with Producer Dubbel Dutch takes us back to Popcaan’s Jamaican island and slows things down for us gyals and guys. “Everything Nice” has a similar feel to the well-known Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds” melody. Mission accomplished, Popcaan. “Everything Nice” is more than nice. The track is released on Mixpak Records. It is the first single off Popcaan’s long-awaited debut album, set to drop early 2014.
UK electro provocateur Zomby went on a twitter rant this week about how dubsteps’ roots lay firmly in garage with zero connection to Jamaican dub music. While some go on social media screeds to prove inaccurate points, Cooly G (one of our absolute favorite producers) prefers to disseminate knowledge through loaded sounds.
Her label, Dub Organizer, has been putting out a series dedicated to exploring the diversity of UK bass sounds including deep house, garage, dubstep, UK funky, and even Latin percussion. She’s contributed a four-track EP for Volume 10 of the series that is coming out this Friday October 4. In it, “Think Like A Man” is a melodic dance jam with vocal house snippets that’s pure enjoyment. “Pattern Cutter” and “Distinct” are more intellectual meditations on rhythm and repetition in dance music. “Narst” finds Cooly G revisiting the 2009 Hyperdub release that helped make her one of the most respected producers in her country. Together, Dub Organizer Vol. 10 is a master class in bass music with much more embedded in it than a 140 character missive.
On October 14, Merky Ace will release the follow-up to his May-released All Or Nothing mixtape, with Play Your Position. To get fans hype for the drop, grime’s new prince has put together a sampler of his solid 16-track set. Features and production come mainly from within his Family Tree camp, but there’s the odd Mr V beat and Tre Mission bar thrown in for good measure. Listen to the Play Your Position mixtape sampler below.
1. “Intro” (Prod. By Jack Mason)
2. “Chat To Me” (Prod. By Faze Miyake & Rude Kid)
3. “Play Your Position” (Beckham) (Prod. By Deeco)
4. “Invincible” Feat. Ego, TKO, Faze Miyake, Shif Man & M.I.K (Prod. By Splurt Diablo)
5. “Strawberry Rain” (Prod. By Faze Miyake)
6. “Playtime” (Prod. By Shift K3Y)
7. “Plugged In” Feat. Tre Mission (Prod. By Faze Miyake)
8. “Crazy” (Prod. By Smurf Beatz)
9. “Trap All Day 2” (Prod. By Jack Mason)
10. “Madness” Feat. M.I.K & Ego (Prod. By Mr V)
11. “Don’t Know” (Prod. By Jack Mason)
12. “No Comparing” (Prod. By Splurt Diablo)
13. “Naughty” Feat. TKO (Prod. By Jack Mason)
14. “Same Old” (Prod. By Jammin)
15. “Every New Choon” (Prod. By Faze Miyake & Splurt)
16. “My Lady” Feat. M.I.K (Prod. By Faze Miyake)