Welcome to Sound Atlas, a weekly series showcasing LessThan3’s desire to scan the world for the most exciting sounds in global electronic music. This week, we turn our attention to the burgeoning mess of cross-pollination between genres that has global bass in particular sounding fresher than ever before.
Spice – So Mi Like It (Schlachthofbronx Edit)
Bass-adoring German duo Schlachthofbronx may be from a country that location-wise has little to do with dancehall, but the tandem’s work with underground dance riddims is actually quite well renowned. Thus, sensual Jamaican toaster Spice’s 2014 hit So Mi Like It getting a twerk-style boost to it’s sparse, thumping and nasty groove is par for the course. Perfect for heading from DJ Mustard to DJ Snake, it’s a must-add to the digital crates. Download this one for free here.
Dotorado Pro – African Scream
The hottest track in Lisbon, Portugal’s underground dance scene at-present is the marimba-led riddim of 16-year-old producer Dotorado Pro’s single African Scream. Quick on the draw to get the anthem with nearly a half-million Soundcloud plays out to the world is Lisbon-based label Enchufada. Unlike anything you’re listening to right now, this is a refreshing groove that blends a peripatetic bassline with an ear-worming melody that invites salacious dancefloor maneuvers. Download the track via Beatport here.
GTA & Wiwek – What We Tell Dem (Los XL Bootleg)
As one-half of Washington, DC-based tandem Locomotive, Los XL grew a considerable following as a moombahton producer. Now as a solo act, he flips Wiwek and GTA’s massive jungle terror track What We Tell Dem into a DJ tool extreme, as in under five minutes the track swerves from jungle terror to dembow-laced moombahton into the 140 BPM range for maximum footwork/kuduro territory. If wanting to hear a track gone mad, this needs an immediate play. Download Los XL’s latest for free right here.
Selena – Si Una Vez (TOROS Remix)
You’ll listen to Texas-based producers Principe Cu and Bounz’s take on Selena’s Si Una Vez (Principe Cu was her cousin) because the world needs more future bass/cumbia/trap edits of Tejano soul anthems. There’s something wonderful about the “bass on lean” feels in this track. It spirals away from the ear and lands somewhere between your booty and your feet in a manner most unique. Also check for Principe Cu’s work with producer King Louie as Royal Highness if you can’t get enough. Download Si Una Vez for free here.
Que Buena Es La Rumba – Miami-based Happy Colors is the easiest pick as to who could become tropical bass’ next underground-to-mainstream superstar. Skilled in producing moombahton, he instead crafted dancehall flavored bachata for his debut on new Austin, Texas-based label Discos Peligrosas. One-part bluesy guitar lick and two parts masterful vocal and drum sample chops, this is, pardon the pun, a track that’s truly a horse of a different color. Happy Colors’ latest track is available as a free download here.