Holland’s Latin Festival

LatinVillagePeople
An example of some people you might meet at the LatinVillage festival in Amsterdam

The choice of “Latin House” as a label for the genre discussed in my latest post remained a mystery to me until I discovered a Dutch music festival called LatinVillage. A quick perusal of “LatinVillage” search results turns up an interesting variety from typical festival house fair, to dancehall, to trap. More interestingly, though, are glimpses like this of what may be inspiring the Porto Velho scene:

D-Rashid’s Minimix for LatinVillage 2013

If we can agree that this is where artists like Kelvin Douglas and Guilherme Morais are looking for inspiration, it is still unclear what exactly makes this “Latin”. Of course it seems pretty arbitrary what words electronic musicians use to define their sounds. For example, if you look up “Baile Funk” or “UK Funky“, you won’t hear anything like James Brown or Parliament.

Valesca Popozuda’s baile funk hit, Beijinho No Ombro has 37,094,055 views on YouTube

While their tracks possess a more “polished” quality, I am beginning to find Dutch producers whose tracks roughly follow the formula found in the Porto Velho style (including liberal use of flange and phaser). Here’s an example:

Skillz N Fame – Essa (Moganga Recordings)

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