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 new tracks from Yellow Claw, Branko, and Nadastrom, plus African trap and the most mind-bending dancehall track you may ever hear.
Branko feat. Princess Nokia – Take Off
Take Off is Enchufada label boss Branko’s latest, and is blends baile funk and soul with a spicy, Kelis-style rap vocal from NYC-based rising underground emcee Princess Nokia. This is the third single premiered from Atlas, Branko’s artist album due out Sept. 4. Though already known for his progressive ways, from what has already been premiered, this album will find the producer heading in a more pop-friendly direction than ever before with his takes on zouk bass, baile funk, kuduro, and more. Pre order Atlas here.
IDYLL – Bad Boi (Nadastrom Remix)
Nadastrom’s remix of indie pop singer-songwriters IDYLL’s latest swirling trap ballad Bad Boi blends the best parts of deep house, cumbia, and Baltimore club into a quite potent style all its own. Cumbia sweeps against a thumping house groove give the appearance of a track that both bends and breaks, which is amazing. While it appears that for the time being Nadastrom have left moombahton behind, this doesn’t mean that the tandem still aren’t incredibly talented at putting together dancefloor ready jams of any genre. Grab this one here.
King Doudou – Danao
French bass pioneer Douster’s King Doudou alias project is in the midst of an eight-week Jueves de Dembow project. His latest is Danao, and get ready for this description: it’s a dembow take on DJ Moortje’s Dutch bubbling remix of Singing Sweet’s 1993 dancehall version of Tejano rock legend Ritchie Valens’ 1958 hit Oh Donna. Dutch bubbling was a genre that alternated between speeding up and slowing down dancehall records for the purposes of creating an organic-sounding alternative to hardstyle and drum and bass. Doudou laces his take on Moortje’s remix with more chops and kicks and shifts than his original, making this one an undeniable peak-hour massacre. Grab it for free here.
Yellow Claw & Cesqeaux feat. Becky G – Wild Mustang
Dr. Luke-affiliated Mexican-American pop diva Becky G provides the vocals on a bright, breaking a tropical wonder in Wild Mustang. The track comes courtesy of Dutch trap lords Yellow Claw and booming tropical bass-loving Amsterdam native Cesqeaux. As if attempting to find a way to take the turn-up to the schoolyard, the quartet of producers create a track that could quite easily be translated to elementary school xylophones and get the twerk team charged up by the monkey bars. Though shocking when considering all of the components, this track is actually a top-40 pop winner. Grab it here.
DJ Dotorado – 2 Em 1
Breakout global bass producer DJ Dotorado is dropping some new heat via Enchufada’s Upper Cuts series soon. However, to tide us over in the interim, we should check out his Afrobeat take on trap music via 2 Em 1. Creating half-time breaks with organic African drums and heaving synth-woodwind grooves is a wild concept that sounds like taking turn-up for a left turn. If looking for a progressive way to get from moombahton to kuduro, check this track out.