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 hit you with all manner of turnt-up tropical riddims just in time for summer.
Major Lazer – Too Original (Kanalhas Remix)
Very little is known about the Portuguese tribal-meets-big room duo Kanalhas, but this remix of Major Lazer’s Dutch house banger Too Original certainly makes us want to hear more. Introducing jungle-style drums to the mix of the production along with half-time trap-style breaks gives the production a wild swing that is definitely unique and exciting. This is a bouncing thumper certain to turn your summertime festival set on its ear. Download for free here.
Royal Highness – Casio 2.0
Texas-based duo Royal Highness (King Louie and Principe CU) continue to drop the trillest trap-friendly EDM this side of the Rio Grande with their latest production. Casio 2.0 combines smooth ambient vibes, snipped vocal samples, and club meets ’90s house style. Those pipe-organ synths are totally a Black Box Everybody, Everybody throwback and give the track its ability to either smooth out a set filled with wobbles and drops or the ability to throw a twist into a techno or house set. Versatile and potent, it’s available for download here.
COMPASS feat. Angela Hunte and Chedda – I’m a Soldier
Mexican Institute of Sound and organic/modern Latin-friendly EDM legend Toy Selectah have combined forces for the COMPASS project which allows for the progressive Selectah to yet again create a new form of modern Latin-flavored dance. This track is distinctly cumbia meets disco house, with the cumbia sweeps and thumping basslines here joining with a jaunty melody to create something that sounds as heavy and soulful as Salsoul-style disco cuts but also distinctively new. Grab this one from iTunes here.
Justo Betancourt – Pa’ Bravo Yo (Dengue Dengue Dengue! Remix)
Keep an eye on the retooling Fania Records. The legendary ’70s salsa label has survived to the modern day and has decided to modernize itself to be a leading force (again) in the mainstreaming of Latin-friendly dance grooves. Getting Peruvian bass duo Dengue Dengue Dengue! to remix Justo Betauncourt’s legendary Cuban salsa cut Pa’ Bravo Yo some 43 years after its initial release is a step in the right direction. Chopping Betancourt’s robust vocal and adding in a footwork-style feel makes this a masterful recreation unlike anything anyone else is making in the world right now. Grab this absolutely stellar one for free right here.
Bison & Squareffekt – Neon Lights
Bright synths and glistening breaks combine with a thumping bassline that gets introduced to Angolan tarraxo rhythms and reaches a whole other level of funk. The earworming hook of the track is the ambient half-time breakdown that turns this from simple tarraxo production into something seemingly magical and seductively romantic in style. If you’re looking for a way to bridge glacially-paced yet beautiful future bass into deep house or tropical feels, this is one of the best options out right now. Download it here.