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, prepare for a funky fivesome of party-ready anthems that range from the sublime to the (seemingly) ridiculous, yet all of them will leave you sweaty on the dancefloor.
Major Lazer – Too Original (Beats Antique Remix)
Dutch house goes big room “livetronica” on this only-can-be-done-by Beats Antique klezmer trap and global bass remix of Major Lazer’s single Too Original. The lead synths in the track being replaced by organic instrumentation make for a truly fanciful sound, and the woodwinds crowding out the vocals in the top-line actually give the track a sense of being a rollicking and out-of-control global bass party. Feeling more like a Hungarian wedding party track than an electro banger, this one is a ton of fun. Stream it above.
Schlachthofbronx feat. Spoek Mathambo & Gnucci – Ayoba
Vuvuzela-led carnival grooves for “the girls who unbutton their pants in the club” define this re-released MAN Recordings track from German bass producers Schlachthofbronx. Dutch rhymer Gnucci and South African toaster Spoek Mathambo are here too, and the all-star underground dance quartet combine forces here for a stellar production. If you’re sitting down when hearing this jam, it will certainly make you stand up, twerk, drop it low, scrub the floor, and absolutely lose your mind. Purchase this track here.
Motin – Fauna
Dresden, Germany’s Motin serves up a diverse series of bass heavy grooves on Fauna, his latest EP for Texas’ Discos Peligrosa label. The best of the lot may be the tropical xylophone trap groove that shares the EP’s name. Deceptively simple in construction, it delivers in the form of blending a gently undulating melody with surprisingly crunching breaks. This one is available for free here.
King Doudou – Sal
Underground club masher Douster’s alter-ego King Doudou returns with a baile-dembow anthem. The Frenchman has been on fire over the past two years in releasing these more pop-styled grooves, this one combining the most beloved of samples from both baile funk and dembow and combining them into a track that sounds like an aural delicacy. The best of baile funk’s stuttering breaks and dembow’s bruising drum pads join forces for a jam demanding peak-hour spins to take a sweaty late-night party to the next level. Download this one for free from Enchufada here.
Ginger Shinobi feat. Jonjo – Blow The Snow
Veteran underground producer Ginger Shinobi’s back story makes him likely the most deserving of beat-smiths to be considered a “global bass producer.” Shinobi’s UK born, has electronica era roots, currently calls Indonesia home, and played a significant hand in honing the techno-friendly “moombahdeep” subgenre. This jam right here, though? Funky, elastic, and booming garage-aimed house. Jonjo’s rap vocal takes it over the top and it feels as comfortable in global Top 40 charts as it would as a prime groove for shape throwers anywhere. Purchase this track here.