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, let’s close out the summer with a plethora of unique, exciting, and festival-friendly vibes.
PNCVZ – Venezuela
Main Course’s latest is Venezuelan up-and-comer PNCVZ’ bass-heavy electro banger Venezuela is a glitchy and throbbing homage to his home country that drops into a mess of banging organic percussion and Baltimore club breaks. A frenetic underground heater of a production, it packs a wallop for the bass bin and definitely is perfect for the build into peak-hour hard electro mania. Grab this track for free here.
Kashaka – AYYYEEEEE
On tap next from Volume VI of Enchufada’s Upper Cuts collection is Afrobeat-inspired trap groove AYYYEEEEE from globally traveled (Latin America, Jamaica, and Ghana) and New York-based producer Kashaka. The track is slow, heavy, and packed with menace with what sounds like a vuvuzela-style horn blaring for extra warning. Check out that jangling tambourine tucked behind the kick, as it pairs with deftly executed vocal chops on the track. From the township to the dancehall, this is unique and premium heat. Download it for free here.
The Frightnrs – Admiration (Cadenza & Toddla T Remix)
Early-’80s Island Records reggae vibes are delivered fresh from Queens, NY “Rock Steady”-style group The Frightnrs on their new Mad Decent EP Inna Lovers Quarrel. BBC Radio 1 presenter and top UK producer Toddla T joins with Caribbean vibe favoring Londoner Cadenza for a massive take on EP single Admiration combining elements of ’90s-era dancehall, footwork, and drum and bass to provide a wholly modern vibe to the original’s classic feel. Grab the Inna Lovers Quarrel EP here.
Major Lazer – Lean On (Adrián Gutiérrez Merengue Remix)
Spaniard Adrián Gutiérrez molds Major Lazer’s summertime moombahton anthem Lean On into a piano house-meets-festive Puerto Rican merengue monster. Flexibly comfortable in both carnival and big room situations, this is a bomb of a remix that really showcases the the broad universal pop appeal of the original. While not available for download, do stream this one early and often.
Jamie xx – Loud Places (Altered Tapes Rework)
Chicago beats and breaks reclaimers Altered Tapes build a soulful and booming nu disco edit from Idris Muhammad’s 1977 single Could Heaven Ever Be Like This, the building block of Jamie xx and Romy Madley-Croft’s ballad Loud Places. The duo takes a different section of the track and wrap Croft’s sumptuous vocal around it to create a must-rinse jam. Grab this one for free here.