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, here lies a cornucopia of bass-driven and free-to-download sounds.
Uproot Andy – Barrioteca
The Canadian-born and New York City-based Uproot Andy is a globally-traveled producer who has an uncanny knack for taking the most native and organic of sounds and creating masterful modern interpretations. For the lead track of his recent Barrioteca EP, Andy decides to meld sweeping cumbia and bright synths with half-time snares for a tough trap banger. Released just in time for Que Bajo’s Barrioteca Rave this past weekend at Brooklyn’s Verboten, it’s available for free download here.
Lewis Cancut – Circles
Analog minor-key synths recall Benny Benassi’s Satisfaction, while the syncopated beat, thick basslines, and warping samples and vocal loops pursue something wholly modern, tropical, and club-friendly on Australian producer Lewis Cancut’s latest track from Enchufada’s Upper Cuts series. One of the true highlights of underground bass at-present, Upper Cuts as a collection features a litany of forward-thinking and club-friendly tunes. Download this here.
The Clerk feat. Milangeles – La Danza
Vibe-friendly Indian bass boomer La Danza is par for the course for Italy’s The Clerk, who makes heady Bollywood grooves that feel like deep house remixes of Truth Hurts’ 2001 rap single Addictive. Trap’s influence is in here but it’s separated, claps underpinning the build, and a single hi-hat hit punctuating melodic movements of the track. This one proves that when a producer is able to uniquely marshal their creativity and point it in a unique direction, special things tend to occur. Grab the free download here.
Habanero Posse – Orion
Rap DJs making house music is a pretty typical expectation, but Habanero Posse are OGs of the concept, more Masters at Work than Just Blaze. This cut from Top Billin’s Trekkie Trax EP blends an equal mix of what we love about UK funky’s percussion, the sass in the vibe of soulful house, and the frenetic cutting on the break of footwork, too. Think Disclosure with a healthy dose of Chicago’s South Side. Download the Habanero Posse’s newest here.
Rihanna – Bitch Better Have My Money (Brenmar and Gutta Remix)
Chicago-born and New York City-based producer Brenmar is a magician at finding the propulsive energies of trap, classic house, footwork, ballroom, and club music and then carefully mixing those volatile, break-and-sample-friendly elements in such a way as to make tracks that are funky, soulful, turnt-up and completely over-the-top. Combining forces with Gutta–an up-and-comer from newly OWSLA-signed producer DJ Sliink’s Cartel Music–Brenmar has delivered the type of sound that pushes club music worldwide and back again.