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 specialize in every type of bass music imaginable, plus a modern/classic throwback sound. Enjoy!
Jumping Back Slash – Kanganga
The South African underground scene is exploding with a plethora of low-end-heavy explorations trending in both maximal and minimal directions. The most minimal of these sounds is the “gqom” sound, which feels like syncopated techno meeting Jersey club’s percussive breakdowns. Jumping Back Slash’s Enchufada-released track Kananga is sparse in construction, with the real work coming in how the melodies and vocals that are chopped into the track resonate against a bassline as hard as lead. If wanting a listen that’s emblematic of where progressive takes on underground bass from one of the world’s fast-rising locales are headed, this is well worth the time. Download Kananga for free here.
Juicy J/Sage The Gemini – She Know (Bruk Out Speed Up Remix)
Isaiah.fromTexas and Sonora blend talents as San Antonio-based tandem Bruk Out. Call their sound “baile house” and understand that it’s a blend of the best parts of baile funk, freestyle, Dutch bubbling, and folkloric riddims. Flipping Juicy J and Ne-Yo’s She Knows and Sage The Gemini’s Gas Pedal from turnt-up club crusher into “sped up” party track based around the former’s Balkan house-based saxophone sample takes this track to another level. Want an instant party-starter? Download this remix here.
Maldy feat. De La Ghetto – De Vez En Cuando
Maldy is half of Puerto Rican reggaeton tandem Plan B. Of course, if versed in reggaeton, you’d know that wherever you find Plan B, legendary reggaeton inventor DJ Blass is not too far behind. Blass joins with Miami’s rising tropical bass star Happy Colors to produce this track, which literally sounds like what would happen if 2001-era Timbaland made reggaeton remixes of Missy Elliott anthems. Thus, this one is tough on the bottom end and has a literal world of influences in the melody and tempo. Blass is fully invested and a respected ear in most all North American tropical bass movements at present, so that moombahton influence you hear as well is entirely on purpose. Grab this track here.
Wongo – Whiplash
Main Course‘s desire to disrupt the underground and mainstream dance industry is now quite well regarded. They’ve continued to push forward in this gambit with movements like “Mutant Club,” which, as defined, warps the definition of “club-ready” sounds in some bizarre directions. For the latest Mutant Club release, Aussie house producer Wongo crafts a steamy, break-driven production with Slavic, 8-bit, Bmore, and rap-friendly influences. Awed yet? Download it for free here.
Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band – Me Ho Asem
Noted BBC tastemaker Gilles Peterson’s favorite label of 2014 was 2008 relaunched soul and dance music imprint Strut Records. Typical of Strut’s work is this track, brand new material from ’70s-era Ghanaian act Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band. If looking to hear the roots of sounds dominant in the African, Latino, and Caribbean underground at-present (sans electronics), this is a worthwhile listen. Pre-order this release, out on June 15, here.