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*Updated 01/19/11* A native of the Portland area, Charlie graduated from Oregon State University in 2008. Charlie had his first exposure to international service work during an 8-week visit to Honduras at age 17. He spent the second half of 2008 interning as a web application developer with IE3 Global Internships at an NGO in Guatemala. Having recently completed a year with the Oregon Asset Building Corps, helping to establish a microfinance organization in Portland, Charlie has again turned his sights toward international development. Starting in March he will serve for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic.

Vai Pirar

Just three weeks after the release of his baile funk mixtape, DJ Panaflex is back with his 6th installment, Réveillon Dutch 2016. This time, the focus is another Brazilian style, known to its producers as Dutch house or Latin house.

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Panaflex told Volumes of Bass that this genre is somewhat of a guilty pleasure for him. “I don’t usually gravitate toward stuff this ‘progressive’,” he said, “but a couple of years ago when a mix by Kelvin Douglas and Guilherme Morais showed up in my Soundcloud feed, something about it captured my imagination.”

Many of the tracks in Réveillon Dutch 2016 originally featured the same raw style of rhythm track driven by vocal samples and tamborzão which can be found in his previous effort, Girando. The difference is that they have been remixed in a distinctive style often featuring two or three repeating notes in the bass line and a very uniform build/drop/breakdown structure.

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“While building the playlist for this mix, I was stricken by how narrow the geographical distribution of the artists was. Almost every producer was from Porto Velho, a town of 500,000 in western Brazil.”

Diamantes

Although he’s been quiet the last couple of months, Volumes of Bass affiliate DJ Panaflex has been anything but unoccupied. Since last July, when we brought you his series of dispatches covering the tracks on his first mix, he’s gone on to put out no fewer than 3 full-length mixes as well as a mini-mix (to catch up, check out our mix section).

The artwork for Girando by DJ Panaflex features some of the artists whose tracks appear in the mix

For his latest, Girando, the Portland native returns to territory he explored in two of the tracks featured on Summer is a State of Mind. “Baile Funk is a style that’s been on my radar for a while,” he told V of B, “but it really took me by suprise recently when it began showing up in some of the remixes of trap and reggaeton being put out in mixes by other deejays I follow.”

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The Key Wheel

Panaflex explained to us that the tracks in Girando are arranged by key, with nearly every transition made to a track directly adjacent on the key wheel to the track before it. “While trying to learn how to mix reggaeton, I discovered the importance of minimizing the amount of dissonance, which is what you get when you layer tracks that are in clashing keys.”

He says that building the playlist was his favorite part. “The Brazilian ‘funk’ artists are some of the most ecumenical in their sample sources. I’ve heard tracks based on everything from Talking Heads to the theme from Tom and Jerry.” As for the production style, he remarked that it was very forgiving to a beginner deejay like himself. “You can find places in nearly all of these tracks where it’s just the drums, or just a horn groove. It makes it easy when you’re looking for a place to start mixing in the next track.”

New Years Eve 2015

There are years when the forces of our social lives pull us in many different, equally compelling directions on new years eve. For the editorial staff here at Volumes of Bass, this is certainly not one of those years. We plan to ring in 2016 in the capable hands of DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid.

This year’s party marks the 15th anniversary of their live performance debut and they’ve invited a venerable array of performers to help them and you celebrate, starting with none other than Qué Bajo‘s own Uproot Andy. A luminary of the so-called global bass movement, Uproot’s releases over the years have proven indispensable to any deejay wishing to bring an authentic and updated sound to their sets of cumbia, dancehall, salsa, reggaeton, and even bachata. His latest effort, drawing from Dominican dembow and Brazilian baile funk is currently being blown up by everyone we follow on Soundcloud:

As if that wasn’t enough, you also get Portland’s own 22-piece samba band which has been known to perform with dancers in full Brazilian carnival regalia.

And to top it off, there’s Michael Bruce who you may remember from the phenomenal parties he’s thrown at Holocene, Rose Bar, and Valentines (Discos Discos, Gran Ritmos) featuring an unbeatable blend of latin club sounds. No doubt, it will be a night to remember.

Not Your Grandpa’s Funk

Artist: DJ Mujava (Pretoria, South Africa)
Title: Township Funk (2008)

What can I say about DJ Mujava? For me he’s synonymous with Kwaito, a style of music related to house music that emerged in the urban centers of South Africa in late 90’s. Mujava is one of the reasons, along with the likes of DJ Spoko and Spoek Mathambo that South Africa is one of the most interesting places right now to look for new dance music. Released nearly 7 years ago, Township Funk is the oldest track on Summer is a State of Mind. Its title makes reference to the impoverished shantytowns that comprise much of the urban fabric of cities like Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Pretoria.

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.

Future Riddim Ting

Artist: Murlo (London, England)
Title: Coral (2014)

I love the snare in this. I don’t know if Murlo set out to make a kwaito track when he made Coral, but that’s what he did if you ask me. Dummy Mag used the word, “glossy” to describe Murlo’s sound, and I think that’s pretty appropriate. Like his fellow Mixpak labelmates, it was in the context of dancehall remixes that I first got to know him. He got a healthy amount of play on the Mixpak label manager’s radio show, Style and Swagger, and even though I listened to that show for a more “pure” exposure to just plain dancehall, I never seemed to mind when they would slip one of his bangers into the mix. He has a show of his own on NTS, which is not to be missed. Cop that!

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.

Close Encounters of the Danish Kind

Artist: Kid Antoine (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Title: Expected Encounter (2014)

Kid Antoine belongs in a short list, for me, with Dubbel Dutch, Murlo, and maybe a few others. They all use a similar kind of musical color and they all have this sense for rhythm that moves forward in jumps and starts. The drum samples have a kind of character to them that’s found in a lot of dancehall, raggaeton, and bubbling, but they steer clear entirely, favoring instead a sound that is more sterile and mysterious. It reminds me a lot of the kinds of things you hear coming from Mexico City lately. Expected Encounter is easily my #1 track of 2014.

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.

Grunge Not Grunge

Artist: ALIZZZ (Barcelona, Spain)
Title: In Chains (2013)

This is as close to drum n bass as I was willing to get. Don’t get me wrong, I grew up scouring the internet for mp3s of Goldie and Doc Scott, but once I take things in that direction, it’s easy for me to get stuck. While this track features a broken beat, it has a certain quality to it that makes me think of house or techno. And that horn reminds me of acid jazz. Too bad it has nothing to do with Alice In Chains. Big thanks to Coast2c for introducing me to this one.

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.

Pass The Dutch

Artist: Yellow Claw (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Title: Never Dies (ft Lil Eddie) (2014)

It was only a matter of time before the Dutch jumped on the trap bandwagon. Incidentally, bubbling mixes with trap pretty smoothly and some people I’ve talked to aren’t even aware that the patently Dutch bubbling sound exists in a form that isn’t blended with the 64th-note drum fills made popular by the culture of strip clubs and drug dealers in Atlanta. When I was making this track list, Yellow Claw had just come out with the Amsterdam Trap mixtape and while Never Dies doesn’t quite go full-on trap, it does bring in influence from trance and hardstyle, which I wanted to give a taste of. After the intro, it goes into this sweet little arpeggio that my friend said sounds like a dream sequence in Zelda. I thought that was awesome.

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.

Bro Vibe

Artist: Rustie (Glasgow, Scotland)
Title: Attak (feat. Danny Brown) (2014)

Rustie started showing up a few years ago in mixes with artists like Clams Casino and Hudson Mohawke. His productions are so warm and polished. I like to think they’re what 80’s movie soundtracks would have been if the technology had been there at the time. When I saw that he had done a track with Danny Brown, I was confused. Danny Brown is kind of the opposite of Rustie. His appeal is in his slackness and lack of polish. I’m still not sure why, but this track just really works. There wasn’t a whole lot of good old-fashioned testosterone in my dj mix up to this point, so I figured I could get away with it.

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.