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’s edition will blend sounds and styles in an impressively progressive manner, from Skeptah’s grime to M.I.A.’s Bollywood influenced dancehall.
M.I.A. – Swords
In anticipation of her forthcoming fifth studio album Matahdatah, Sri Lankan superstar emcee M.I.A. released two singles, Swords and Warriors. The singles were accompanied by a video, Matahdatah Scroll 01 ‘Broader Than A Border’ that premiered on Apple Music and featured images of young girls making music by swirling metal poles like swords alongside footage of M.I.A. lighting an Om symbol outside an Indian temple. Produced by Spanker, a Dutch rap producer with credits working alongside the likes of Yellow Claw, this is a Bollywood-meets-dancehall groove featuring M.I.A.’s now expected socially-relevant lyricism.
Skepta – Back Then
UK grime emcee Skepta’s been blowing up a bit as of late as Drake’s love of the English rap scene has seen him recently record remixes of tracks that feature the aforementioned artist. Thus, right on time, UK bass producer Plastician has joined in on the Skepta love by releasing the rapper dropping verses over his 2005 grime remix of Mike Jones’ trill Houston rap classic Still Tippin’. If looking for some two-stepping screwed up bass, look no further. Everything about this one is heavy as hell.
Doctor Jeep – Hydra
Enchufada continues to turn up the club-ready heat by jumping into season six of their acclaimed Upper Cuts series. Doctor Jeep has become a European name synonymous with blending snatches of house, techno, club, and classic rave energy and envisioning them through a tropical lens. This one features a Township Funk-style melody with a warm synth rising through the bassline. Grab this one for free here.
Muzi – Nizogcwala
The story of South Africa’s exploding underground scene continues to dominate global bass in 2015. Zulu-flavored dancehall is the order here, as producer Muzi states that the track “has Western influences but is still inspired by South African traditions and culture as well.” Cosigned by the likes of The Prodigy, Foreign Beggars, and Mad Decent, do expect to hear more from Muzi in the near future. Grab this unique dancefloor filler here.
Alix Perez & EPROM – Chiron
Heavy, slowed, and penetrating bass featuring chopped double-time vocal samples dominate Chiron, the latest production from the combined forces of Belgian drum and bass pioneer Alix Perez and Portland, Oregon’s dark, synth-heavy bass don EPROM. In Greek mythology, Chiron was the most dominant of centaurs, famed as the son of Apollo, and a noted hunter and healer who sacrificed his immortality upon being so grievously wounded in battle that he could not heal himself. Given the nature of this story, this track is pulsating and appropriately epic. This track will be released July 31 via Alpha Pup Records.