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, there’s Nigerian mid-tempo bass, Japanese ballroom, Peruvian footwork, Brazilian trap, and electronic Haitian voodoo music. Sounds amazing, right?
Wizkid feat. Drake & Skepta – Ojuelegba (Remix)
On the list of “things to keep a close eye on” in the global pop community as it pertains to dance music is what Drake just did in remixing Nigerian emcee Wizkid’s single Ojuelegba alongside English grime emcee Skepta. The track is Nigerian-produced mid-tempo bass, and with both Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music and now Drake’s OVO Sound having developed relationships with artists in Nigeria, this is big news. The key will be to see if producers like Legendury Beatz–who produced Ojulegba–get shots in America. One thing working for the award-winning Nigerian duo is the fact that they also specialize in sounds familiar to US ears including moombahton and electro house.
Koppi Mizrahi – The Cheetar Men
Japan’s vogue house underground is a well-regarded and–insofar as American mainstream ears–a well-kept secret scene that has provided significant inspiration. Koppi Mizrahi is one of the scene’s top DJs, producers, and dancers. She’s visited America, and as a fan of Jersey club and the American ballroom scene, she’s even down with the vaunted Qween Beat production collective. On her latest, she flips that industrial techno sound of the theme of oft-lampooned early ’90s video game title The Cheetahmen. Adding a sweeping feel to an already undulating bottom end, the track has a soca-style vibe yet is still ready for the fiercest of moves and poses. Grab this progressive party groove here.
Dengue Dengue Dengue – Murdah
The wildest footwork sounds in the world right now aren’t coming from Chicago. Instead, they’re coming from Peru courtesy of DJ/production unit Dengue Dengue Dengue. They have an album forthcoming in 2015 from Enchufada Records, and have dropped this new track for free. Tribal sounds being dropped into the peripatetic bass stew that is footwork music? It works and makes for yet another exciting track from a group to watch not just on the global underground but possibly creeping into the mainstream, too. Download this here.
Tropkillaz – Boa Noite (JSTJR Remix)
JSTJR being down with Tropkillaz is a recipe for underground and festival madness. JSTJR’s a rising American name who can now count credits with Major Lazer on his list of impressive achievements. Making his name in moombahton, twerk, and zouk bass, he now extends his sound into trap on the remix of Brazilian badmen Tropkillaz’s underground smash single Boa Noite. Cowbells, booming bass, and a booty-grabbing groove dominate this production. A necessary download that will elevate the peak hour of your next set, snatch it here.
Vwadezil – Kite Ti Pati’m Kanpe
Here’s a fascinating tropical bass story about EDM in Haiti ripped directly from the pages of Buzzfeed. The raboday genre bears close similarities to kompa, a fast-paced and carnival-friendly cousin of merengue. Raboday has roots in Afro-Carribean rara music, a sound closely aligned with funeral marches and voodoo proceedings. Updated for the electro era, Vwadezil is a group led by singer Freshla, and the lyrics are directly related to having a fanciful and youthful take on Hatian politics and culture following the traumatic 2010 earthquake that struck the island nation. Kite Ti Pati’m Kanpe is Vwadezil’s biggest single to date and was arguably the soundtrack of Haiti’s carnival season.