Watisdat?

Artist: MR SM Ft Ts & DJ Weapon (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Title: Namarujana (DJ Lockie Moombah-Bubbling Remix) (2014)

If you know me, chances are you wish I would shut up already about bubbling. I can’t, though. It’s my favorite musical discovery in years. If you’re as crazy about reggaeton as I am, you perhaps know my struggle. While that genre is formulaic, it’s a formula that I adore, and the monolithic industry responsible for it simply can’t supply me with dope jams at the rate I require. So, naturally, I went looking for a new fix. If you trace reggaeton to its origin in Panama, and the appropriation of the dembow riddim from Jamaican dancehall, it becomes clear that Puerto Rico isn’t the only place to play a role in the orgy of creativity that came out of that musical nexus. I have a theory that the African diaspora in the Dutch- and Papiamento-speaking Lesser Antilles were also influenced by the Reggae En Español movement and that it is because of their cultural influences in Holland that we have tracks like Namarujana today. Big up the bubbling sound!

Portland’s DJ Panaflex has been spinning the weirdest of mixes in his bedroom since late last year. We’re proud to bring you his freshmen effort, Summer is a State of Mind. At just over 50 minutes, this mix features 17 examples of why getting a midi controller and a copy of Traktor Pro was something he couldn’t put off a second longer.

Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be sharing with you his notes on the tracks that make up Summer is a State of Mind.

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