Welcome to Neo Baile, an innovative take on the traditional sounds and aesthetics of Brazil’s Baile Funk (or Funk Carioca). This brilliant compilation has been put together by two of the movement’s most knowledgeable players: Sao Paulo-based Funk na CaixaakaRenato Martins and London-based Sean Casey aka Bumps, founder of Club Popozuda.
The compilation is a global masterpiece, featuring established names such as DJ Comdrade aka Xao, Sao Paulo-based MC Gi and Rio-based Maga Bo, who has been producing Brazilian-flavoured bass music since the early 00s. Alongside these are upcoming artists Ophex from Lithuania, Ckrono & Slesh from Italy, Gato Pretofrom Mozambique,Chuck Upbeat from Moscow and London-based Bumps.
As a bonus the compilation also features the first lady of Funk, DeizeTigrona,who has previously collaborated with Diplo, MIAand Buraka Som Sistema.
A truly global compilation, ‘Funk Globo: The Sounds of Baile Funk’ is a don’t-miss-it release from Mr Bongo, and will be released on the 22nd July 2013.
Long gone are the days when the periphery sat down, eagerly waiting for the Western tastemakers to let them in on what’s the cool new rhythm to dance to. Bands like Buraka Som Sistema have proven with great success how the infectious rhythms from the ghettos of Luanda have taken over the global stage, setting the tone for a new breed of producers to incorporate kuduro and world rhythms in their ever-widening spectrum of infuences, thus paving the way for the emergence of the Global Bass phenomenon. But of course you already know all about that, so we’d like to tell you about something new.
All the way from Caracas comes a new high-octane bass-heavy genre called Tuki, born and bred in the slums of the Venezuelan capital. Just like the people who created it, it is energetic, larger than life and 100% focused on the dance foor. After growing for a decade inside the impoverished neighborhoods of Caracas, producers like Pocz & Pacheko are fnally bringingTuki to European dance foors and ‘Changa Letal‘ proves it’s here to stay.
On their quest to spread the Tuki virus worldwide, Pocz & Pacheko teamed up with one of the pioneers of the genre, DJ Yirvin, on the single Muévelo. This fery new track will serve as the lead single of their brand-new Enchufada record ‘Changa Letal‘, which will be released on November 5th along with a brand new video. Muévelo will also be available for free download.
Tracks like Aguas Calientes, Excalibur or the Cardopusher collaboration Los Rompediscotecas also serve as a feverish introduction to the hard-hitting rhythms of Tuki, by showcasing the 90s techno infuence that permeates the style, as well as the modern infuences of the Dutch bubbling and fdget scenes. All these styles are sped up and spiced with a wild South-American favor, making them ideal for any thrill-seeking globalized dance foor.
On the collaboration front, the pair also teamed up with the kuduro ambassadors Buraka Som Sistema, who were probably the frst outsiders to recognize the importance of the Venezuelan phenomenon, and couldn’t help but wanting to get in on the action in the hypnotizing Perrenke. Last but not least, the Venezuelan dynamic duo enlisted the remixing skills of Barcelona residents Disco Duro, whose appetite for dance foor destruction is bound to become common knowledge very soon.
Like Buraka Som Sistema and kuduro, or Bonde do Rolê and baile funk, we’re witnessing a sonic revolution that’s bound to rock the foundations of the Global Bass scene. Artists like Addison Groove, Brenmar and Toy Selectah were quick to show their support, so come meet us and Pocz & Pacheko on the front lines.
This is the slick debut single from Roses Gabor on Toddla T’s label, Girls Music. Roses has already had releases on Digital Soundboy and Young Turks through her collaborations with some of the most respected producers going… Buraka Som Sistema, Shy FX, SBTRKT, Gorillaz and Redlight. ‘Stars’ is a song for clubs and night bus journeys alike- both contemplative and energetic. The atmospheric and emotive intro gives way to a rumbling bassline and off kilter drum programming. Roses voice is a perfect fit for the warm synths and moody beats which she shakes up with her feisty chopped up vocals.
B-side ‘Night Sky’ shows off a more downtempo and RnB sound that brings to mind Cassie or Aaliyah on a London flex. Its’s a sultry statement of intent: ‘we don’t play around, doing what we got to’. From jungle inspired tracks with Shy FX to a brilliant collaboration with renowned masked producer SBTRKT- (their track ‘Pharaohs’ was a standout track on his debut album) Gabor’s textured soulful voice dances across genres and is making the music world stand up and take note. Inspired by hip hop legends and Bjork alike, her vocal expression and personality go hand in hand to make Roses a beautful and talented singer to watch- both ‘Stars’ and ‘Night Sky’ justify her growing reputation as a star in her own right.
After being slowly handcrafted over the past 11 months, Buraka Som Sistema return to the world of the living on a Halloween night, presenting their much anticipated sophomore album, ‘Komba’: an exploration of the borders between life and death combined with Buraka’s fierce approach.
Komba is an Angolan religious ritual, celebrated seven days after someone passes away, where friends and relatives honour the deceased by drinking their favourite drinks, eating their favourite food, dancing and singing their favourite songs while sharing experiences and telling stories about their life. The irony that the best party of your life happens after you’re dead, and the idea that we should live every day as if it was our last one, sets the common thread for ‘Komba’.
‘Komba’ is an album that fits together perfectly. All songwriting happened over 11 months with the starting point being a one month retreat in the remote woodlands of Monchique in the south of Portugal, from where the band brought dozens of beats and ideas. There they worked alongside friends like Stereotyp where the first sketches of ‘Hangover (Bababa)’ and the trippy 90 bpm song ‘Vem Curtir’ were created. Mixhell contributed to an intense ultra percussive beat that later became Macumba. The experience was so refreshing and unique that some of the music crafted during these four weeks has changed little from the initial demos. With a lot of new music on their hard drives, the band headed out to London’s Red Bull Studios, where guests like Afrikan Boy (‘Eskeleto’) and Roses Gabor (‘(We Stay) Up All Night’) came in to sprinkle the record with their own unique voodoo. With the hard drives running out of space and heads full of ideas, the band came back to Enchufada’s Lisbon headquarters to start refining the final ‘Komba’. Other guests like Terry Lynn and Sara Tavares (‘Voodoo Love’), Kaysha (‘Komba’) and Blaya (‘LOL & POP’ and ‘(We Stay) Up All Night)’, were then invited to help give the album its finishing touches.
Being on the road solidly for three years promoting their highly acclaimed debut album ‘Black Diamond’ has transformed Buraka from what was initially a producer’s idea into a fully fledged band. ‘Komba’ sounds like a band. An album ready to make thousands of people dance in festivals and clubs around the world. Songs like ‘Tira o Pe’ or ‘(We Stay) Up All Night’ have the perfect balance of electronic music and the live performance that Buraka have showcased to their fans in hundreds of shows around the world. The fact that Blaya (one of Buraka’s most explosive live contributors) steps up to do vocals on two songs is the best example of this natural evolution. This shift takes ‘Komba’ one step further on the group’s quest to find their own sound, pushing them further away from diminishing labels like “Progressive Kuduro”. It defines them as being true explorers of the urban lusophone melting pot.
On one of their journeys to South America, the group become fascinated with Sao Paulo’s street art movement. One of the leading characters of this movement – Brazilian artist Stephan Doitschinoff a.k.a. Calma – has views on religious and pagan aspects of South American culture which fused perfectly with ‘Komba’. Calma portrays the mix of spiritual idiosyncrasies in the same way Buraka deals with all their rhythmic influences brought from the West and Africa. For the artwork it was a no brainer to use one of Calma’s most famous paintings.
‘Komba’ is an “access all areas” pass for listeners to see life the same way Buraka does.
01. Eskeleto feat. Afrikan Boy
02. Komba feat. Kaysha
03. Voodoo Love feat. Sara Tavares & Terry Lynn
04. Tira O Pe
05. (We Stay) Up All Night feat. Blaya & Roses Gabor
07. LOL & POP feat. Blaya
08. Vem Curtir feat. Stereotyp
10. Hangover (BaBaBa)
11. Macumba feat. Mixhell
12. Burakaton feat. Bomba Estereo (Bonus Track)
BURAKA SOM SISTEMA – (We Stay) Up All Night ft. Blaya & Roses Gabor
Having passed the landmark half century in releases for Dub Police it’s time to celebrate and what better way to do so then to hand the reigns over to label head Caspa for the big 50!
Following the release of the anthemic ‘Back For The First Time’ last summer on Sub Soldiers – which was vocalled by Mr Hudson as ‘Love Never Dies’ and the brutal ‘Neck Snappah’ earlier this year, Caspa returns with the huge ‘Fulham 2 Waterloo’.
Driven by a hard 4×4 kick and galloping snares, the rhythm is overlaid with the snap of the half step snare providing an impactful percussive counterpoint that flips between house and dubstep. With the tough dancefloor foundations laid, it is the sharp, rave-inflected lead hook that provides an addictive rallying cry for club audiences everywhere.
Having first been aired by Annie Mac on Radio 1 back in February, it has been getting heavy club support from Atrak, Breakage, Mista Jam, Annie Mac, Zinc and Emalkay to name a few and with forthcoming rubdowns from Roska and Emalkay Fulham 2 Waterloo is set to storm the summer soundsystem airwaves.
As the man behind Dub Police and affiliated labels Storming Productions and Sub Soldiers, and an irrefutably top class producer in his own right, Caspa’s influence on the scene is profound. His continuing musical evolution and willingness to champion new talent has marked him out as an international
Fulham 2 Waterloo
ambassador for dubstep as he continues to spread some of the most exciting sounds to come out of the UK in years.
Fresh back from Coachella Caspa now hits the road with an epic list of heavyweight forthcoming tour dates including Glastonbury where he will provide another outing of his’ Dubs, Decks and Visual FX’ multi sensory assault, followed onwards by Global Gathering and Creamfields amongst a massive run of forthcoming festivals and worldwide shows that take him to every corner of the globe, not to mention a 14 date tour throughout the USA in August which will be hitting some major venues alongside Digitalism.
Touring is just the tip of the Iceberg, Caspa still finds time to host a bi-monthly night at the world famous Fabric and not content with running 3 labels, producing dancefloor bomb after dancefloor bomb and the acclaimed album ‘Everybody’s Talking, Nobody’s Listening’, his remix skills are in higher demand than ever, remixing for the likes of Katy B, Buraka Som Sistema, Deadmau5, Miike Snow, Swedish House Mafia, Depeche Mode, Kid Sister to name just a few.
Caspa is working with a host of exciting guest vocalists and collaborators on his forthcoming artist album with full details to be revealed in the not too distant future- stay up-to-date with everything Caspa related with the new official Caspa iPhone application featuring news, music, videos, gig details, photos and much, much more! HERE
FORTHCOMING TOUR DATES:
3rd June: Stylus – Leeds
3rd June: Fabric – London
4th June: Stadsblokken – Arnhem – Netherlands
11th June: Escape in the park – Swansea
11th June: Parklife Weekender – Manchester
12th June: Summer Break – Newquay
18th June: UAF Festival – Vienna
26th June: Glastonbury – Pilton
30th June: Fez Club – Cambridge
1st July: B’estfest – Bucharest – Romania
2nd July: Aquarius – Zrce Beach – Croatia
8th July: Rehab – Chelmsford
9th July: Wakestock – Wales
15th July: Space – Ibiza
16th July: Dour Festival – Hainaut – Belgium
22nd July: Tomorrowland- Boom – Belgium
23rd July: Monegros Desert Festival – Huesca – Spain
29th July: Kendal Calling – Lake District
30th July: Global Gathering – Stratford-Upon-Avon
The Band’s New Album Goes Full Charge Into An Energetic Mash-Up Of Bhangra, Celtic, Dub Reggae And Electronic Beats
Hour Magazine wrote that “Delhi 2 Dublin is the United Nations of rock ‘n’ roll”. They are a Vancouver, Canada based band that plays an energetic mash-up of Bhangra, Celtic, Dub Reggae and Electronica with global rhythms and club beats. Tarun Nayar, Sanjay Seran, Andrew Kim and Ravi Binning along with new members Jaron Freeman-Fox and Sara Fitzpatrick are diverse in both their backgrounds and musical influences. The band has been together over four years and has released three albums including its latest, Planet Electric. The album title is apt because the six musicians feel that they plug directly into the world’s music and energy. The icing on the cake was mixing the album with noted UK producer Diamond “DJ Swami” Duggal (Apache Indian/Maxi Priest/Nusrat Fateh Ali).
A live collaboration put together in 2006 as a one-off performance piece for a club night in Vancouver called Delhi to Dublin was so well-received that requests for additional performances led to the official formation of Delhi 2 Dublin. “Not being able to fit into any specific genre allows the band to create whatever we like and not be judged for it. Our audience expects nothing less.” The band finds this advantageous for their live show as it enables them to create a flow to their sets much like a DJ would for the dance floor. “Audiences love to see a band transcending stereotypes and letting the music speak for itself”.
The Delhi 2 Dublin crew is constantly touring. The strong word-of-mouth on their live performances has enabled them to build a loyal and continent wide fan base. The band has played several of the top festivals in Canada and the U.S. and, in 2011, is expanding its horizons to include performances in the Pacific Rim and Europe. In addition, on March 1st, they will be releasing Planet Electric in the U.S. A new line-up, a new album and new international touring opportunities all signal that originality and evolution are all part of the Delhi 2 Dublin experience. They have become one of Canada’s most buzzed-about bands and 2011will only see them enhancing that reputation.
2008 – Delhi 2 Dublin
2009 – Remixed
2011 – Planet Electric
# of Members: 6
Founded: March 2006
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Electro, Acoustic, Celtic, Punjabi fusion with a touch of Reggae, Breakbeat, Drum n’ Bass and Hip Hop
Buraka Som Sistema, U2, Asian Dub Foundation, Manu Chao, Coldplay, Cheb i Sabbah, Dhamaal Soundsystem, Jazzy B
The fearsome Buraka Som Sistema take over London’s XOYO for a special one-off DJ/MC set. The group are in town for a recording session to work on material for their new album, due out after the summer.
Buraka Som Sistema consists of producers Lil’ John, Riot and Conductor, with MC Kalaf but count amongst their ranks an extended family of dancers and MCs from around the globe. In just three years the group have released critically acclaimed debut album ‘The Black Diamond’, a slew of breakthrough singles, torched the blogosphere with their MIA featuring viral video ‘Sound Of Kuduro’, and wowed audiences all over the world with a mesmerizing dance-driven live show. No wonder Fader mag dubbed their live feast, “One of the most jaw-droppingly effusive club moments we’ve experienced.”
Buraka have invited two acts they have been supporting in Lisbon through their own Enchufada label out to support them at XOYO. Come check out the new generation as they play in London for the first time.
Diamond Bass is already making a name for himself with DJ sets fusing traditional African and Brazilian sounds with house music. His remix of J-Wow’s ‘Fogo’ got a lot of love from Clash Mag, XLR8R and Juno.
Paus are a horse of a different colour. A live act with a “Siamese drum kit” – two kits joined together with a shared bass drum, they make driving, heavy sounds with layered synths and compelling vocals. Fans of At the Drive In and Fugazi take note.
NYC label Trouble & Bass signing Zombies for Money round out the bill.
Catch this exclusive DJ/MC show and sets from special guests for the last time before they lock themselves in the studio again.
Event: Buraka Som Sistema (DJ/MC set) + support TBA
Date: Saturday 29th January 2011
Venue: XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street, London EC2A 4AP
Info: +44 207 729 5959 / xoyo.co.uk Time: 9pm-3am
Entry: £9 early bird tickets in advance from Ticketweb
Earlier this year, UK bass icon Sinden launched his own record label, Grizzly. The label’s discography is only a few releases deep—the most recent being WAFA’s “Ewid Disco” 12”—but it’s quickly become clear that Sinden’s A&R acumen is as potent as his talent for crafting high-quality radio broadcasts, not to mention his top-notch DJ and production skills. Speaking of the latter, he’s also got the debut album from The Count & Sinden slated for release in the near future, not to mention plenty more Grizzly releases and his usual spate of DJ gigs around the globe. Amidst all this, Sinden somehow found the time to assemble a mix for the XLR8R podcast series, and, as expected, it weaves together propulsive, low-end-heavy tunes—many of them unreleased and/or exclusive—that touch on different scenes, sounds, and continents.