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 head to the land down under for some soulful and funky house, and then come back to America for some free-to-download takes on Afro-Latino bass.
Nina Las Vegas & Swick – Pool Girls
The tandem of rising Australian producer Swick and Triple J Radio DJ-turned-producer Nina Las Vegas pair for the banging electro groove of new Fool’s Gold Records-released single Pool Girls. Bright, airy synths drive the production, which feels very similar to late-’80s electro-tinged rhythm and blues. Club-ready and erring away from a significant low-end thump, this is an infectious bit of pop confection. This one is available for purchase here.
Cepillo Cuevas – Cibeles Sidewalk
Don’t tell Mexico’s Cepillo Cuevas that moombahton is “dead.” The young producer’s latest single is Cibeles Sidewalk, a track from La Resistencia Records that features a twinkling guitar groove and a thick dembow in the bottom end. Cuevas’ latest is a fine example of the modern bass/classic melody combination that is constantly being explored in Latin American dance’s dalliances with EDM. This is free to download here.
Munchi x The Iguanas – As Cachorras De Camino
New York City’s techno wizard Tony Quattro warps a frenetic tempo around dark and ambient techno vibes. As well, he leaves the chorus of reticent bass wunderkind Munchi’s pairing with The Iguanas for As Cachorras De Camino all alone to create a bizarre blend of feels that surprisingly works, mainly due to the pace of the track’s bassline. Feeling like classic freestyle-meets-bass-driven modern house, it’s in a league all its own. Grab this one here.
JSTJR – Jumbo Jam
Boston bass-boss JSTJR drops the zouk bass on newly released track Jumbo Jam. Timpani drums come in strong and makes the production feel loosed from any semblance of cohesion. A complex, air horn-driven melody then enters the mix, and the track settles into feeling like it’s being juggled by an expert magician. This one undulates and pulsates at the same time, easily making it your booty’s favorite jam of the week. Ready to drop the bass? Download this one here.
Yolanda Be Cool – Soul Makossa (Wongo Remix)
The Gold Coast of Australia gives us Wongo, who warps fellow Aussies Yolanda Be Cool’s reworking of Manu Dibango’s proto-disco Afrobeat classic Soul Makossa into a dubby and spongy funk groove. Bouncing house rhythms have driven a movement in the Southern Hemisphere for a bit now. This wildly unique groove showcases that this is a trend that’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Purchase Soul Makossa from Beatport here.