Bubblin Up

Friday’s post was incomplete. There is more to be learned by crawling down the rabbit hole that opens when you learn that Moombahton has it’s origin somehow intertwined with Dutch House. Specifically, tracks like the one that begat what is arguably DC’s most important contribution to EDM in the last decade can be found in a series of CDs published annually at the beginning of the current decade under the aegis of something called Bubbling Beats.

The cover art for the Bubblin Beats releases bears a striking resemblance to the Now That’s What I Call Music series

It is evident that one of the purveyors of Bubblin Beats is none other than world famous Dutch DJ, Hardwell.

Hardwell Live @ Tomorrowland 2014

So what does “bubbling” mean? We’re still working on that. So far the best we can do is that it has something to do with the Caribbean. If you dig into what Soundcloud tags and names of parties in Rotterdam can tell you, it appears that the West Indies have once again come to bear in the world of club music.

A quick search into what the internet considers “bubbling” turns up countless mixtapes like this one which seem to feature a selection of beat-heavy dancehall/bashment with the distinction of having the occasional MC rapping over on top of it in Dutch:

Bubbling Terug K-liber4life Mixed By Dj Mba

It may be relevant to note that Portland’s stellar Bubblin routinely fills clubs like Tonic Lounge and Holocene, despite drawing modest crowds as recently as four years ago for international acts like Roska and Dubbel Dutch

Here’s the latest from Bubblin organizer, Ben Tactic:

1. Jungle – The Heat
2. Sasac – The Chase
3. Gwen McCrae – My Feelings For You (Edit)
4. Prins Emanuel & Golden Ivy – Midnight Cruise Pt 2
5. Stevie Wonder – As (Whiskey Barons Rework)
6. Huerco S. – No Jack
7. Reva DeVito – Friday Night (Produced by Kaytranada)
8. Mark E – RnB Drunkie
9. Marvin Gaye – Heavy Love Love Affair (The Revenge Rework)
10. Boohgaloo Zoo – Testify (Soulphiction Boogie Version)
11. Late Night Tuff Guy – Dancefloor Baby
12. XL Middleton & Eddy Funkster – Night Time Is Coming
13. Marquis Hawkes – Roger Funk
14. Modern Amusement – Cold as Ice (Louie Fresco Remix)
15. Galcher Lustwerk – Put On
16. Max Graef – No. 5
17. Unknown – Unknown
18. Jayson Brothers – Monster Box
19. The African Dream – Make A Living


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