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 features a Dim Mak-released jungle terror premiere from Italian duo Retrohandz, plus Bollywood twerk vibes, salsa and rap inspired cumbia, and a double dose of the latest happenings in Angolan kuduro.
Retrohandz feat. Stush – Bruck Out
Italian duo Retrohandz’s latest is Bruck Out, a jungle terror jam that combines big marching band drums, a grooving bassline, and hard electro energy to create a very potent production. Add in dancehall-style vocals and breaks, and this is a surefire festival anthem. Officially released via Dim Mak on Aug. 7, the tandem takes their Steve Aoki-cosigned talents to another level with this new production.
DJ BrainDead – Panjabi Wine
New York’s DJ BrainDead has a habit of turning classic urban pop tracks into festival-ready crowd crushers. Among his latest series of edits is Panjabi Wine, which is literally Punjabi MC’s Bollywood-flavored 2002 hit Mundian To Bach Ke turned into a twerk track. BrainDead refers to this edit as a “Twerkhall” edit, which definitely alludes to the booming percussion in the bottom end that gives the track a dancehall feel, while the top end of the track dissolves into DJ Mustard-style clap-happy fever. Grab this edit here.
Sonidos Profundos – Enciendelbong (Tribilin Sound Remix)
Lima, Peru’s Eduardo Otoya releases woozy and smoked out cumbia as alias Sonidos Profundos. For the Malandrena EP he has also sourced remixes from a few of his favorite producers, and the work Tribilin Sound did with classic Fania salsa-inspired Encindelbong is nothing short of amazing. Key to the track’s excellence is the appearance of The Honey Drippers’ Impeach The President sample that drives Audio Two’s classic rap smash Top Billin to another level of excellence. Keeping the sweeping cumbia style intact, this should be favored by old-school rap and progressive Latin bass fans alike. Grab the entire Malandrena EP here.
DJ Satelite – Avacalho
Season six of Enchufada’s Upper Cuts series finds the label digging yet again into Angola’s fertile kuduro scene for a new production from Afro-house favorite DJ Satelite. More a thumping, yet sparse DJ tool than anything else, this one demands a spin if looking for a way to head from Jersey club to tropical bass. As expected, the production is clean and solid with unusual and frenetic breaks. Grab this track here.
DJ N.K. – O Matumbo
Portugal’s DJ N.K. is the son of an Angolan mother and Portuguese father and melds both worlds together quite well in his refreshing house meets kuduro sound. For This Is Kuduro’s one-year anniversary compilation he adds O Matumbo to his growing list of top-tier productions. The undulating and club-ready bottom end is expected, however, the zipping synth funk and whistles in the top half of the mix sounds like Grandmaster Flash on the cut at a basement-style party in Lisbon! This one is fantastic. Grab it here.