Cloud Club

Artist: Dubbel Dutch (New York City, USA)
Title: Dip So (2013)

If there is a single emotion I associate with Brooklyn producer Dubbel Dutch, it’s yearning. He has this amazing knack for creating a sort of melancholy vastness that makes you nostalgic for experiences you haven’t had yet. It was no surprise to see him turn up in the producer credits for Popcaan’s Where We Come From, given that album’s dream sequence vibe. For Dip So, he went elsewhere in the Caribbean to get the source of the sped up patois vocal from Barbadian singer, Shontelle. I can’t get over that synth groove. I like to pretend I first heard it on a packed dance floor feeling blissed out with all of my friends.

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.

A Kiss on the Shoulder

Artist: Valesca Popozuda (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Title: Beijinho No Ombro (2013)

I think the fact that the video for this song has over 50 million views on YouTube is a testament to baile funk’s transformation into a mainstream phenomenon. It wasn’t always that way, though. According to the unofficial narrative, baile funk (aka funk carioca) came about within the context of massive parties thrown by drug dealers in the ghettos of Rio de Janeiro to win favor within the community and show to law enforcement their clout. In the 80’s Deejays spun Miami Bass jams at those parties and one such record, 808 Voltmix, formed the foundation over which artists recorded their own groove, often using little more than their own voices. As time went on, all recognition of the original 808-driven Miami club sound faded into the background leaving behind a wholly original backdrop upon which to record tracks like Beijinho No Ombro.

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.

Showin Off

Artist: MC Nego Bam (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Title: Ela Tira Onda (DJ F2) (2014)

In Portuguese, the phrase ela tira onda means something like, “she flosses” or “she shows off”. I don’t know much Portuguese, so it’s lucky for me that “Armani” and “Louis Vuitton” require no translation. I have to admit, it took me a while to fully embrace the sound of funk carioca from Brazil, but now that it’s infected me, I find I’m often grasping to find all the hits that were my introduction to the style. When you do find a good, seminal mix of the stuff from the 90’s, good luck ever getting a tracklisting. I’m grateful to DJ Edgar for breaking the norm and actually publishing the names of the artists and titles of tracks like this one. It’s a perfect example of the genre’s brazen forthrightness, with the singer holding for a whole note the swear word that in English rhymes with “truck”.

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.

Damelo Damelo

Artist: Zutzut (Mexico City, Mexico)
Title: Jala (2015)

I first heard Zutzut in a bootleg he did of a Yaga & Mackie track. It was 2013 and I was on one of my first SoundCloud deep dives. While the album art has made it hard for me to share that one, I knew right then and there that my first mix would have to have a Zutzut track. Fast forward to 2015 and the release of this scorching stripped-down DJ tool. With its Industrial/Grime sensibility and the kind of starkness I associate with Fade to Mind or Night Slugs, it’s been showing up in the darnedest of places in the half-year it’s been out. I had so much fun speeding up the bubbling track before this one to baile funk tempo. And I just can’t get over how that dembow vocal sample gives way to tamborzão. Viva Quisqueya! Viva México! Viva Brasil!

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.

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.

De Donde Soy

Artist: Morebrains & WOOGIE (Milan, Italy & Scranton, USA)
Title: Jumanji (2014)

I love when I can let a track play at full volume from the very beginning with an entire minute remaining in the track before it and just let them both develop on their own unattended. By the time you hear nothing but Jumanji, the beat has given way to the kind of lo-fi Casio plucked string featured in so much old school reggaeton. Then next thing you know, you’re at Tomorrowland, rolling out of your mind. This wasn’t really the direction I saw this mix heading, but I think we all need a little bit of 4/4 kick drum in our lives and I waited til the 16:25 mark, so I have no regrets. I tried finding the origin of that vocal sample and it turns out it’s been chopped up and quantized beyond recognition. Still gives me a chuckle every time the second part of it plays without the lead-in.

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.

Sample ID: Oh No!

“Oh no” Sample

Nothing gives me more of a charge than finding the source of a sample “in the wild”. And this is about the last one I thought I’d ever get an ID for, but I think I have it. It’s that deliciously goofy “oh no” vocal sample that so eloquently punctuates Ynfynyt Scroll and C.Z.’s scorching zouk bass dancehall chiller, “Danca Grave”:

I happened across it, of all places, in the acapella of Tito El Bambino’s Sol Playa y Arena! Think that’s it?!

It’s too hot for pants!

German Tropical

Artist: Schlachthofbronx (Munich, Germany)
Title: Lights Off feat. Nicky Da B (2014)

Schlachthofbronx have been killing it for years. It seems like so often after putting a couple of successful dance records, a group will often just stick to the genre that made them famous and never reclaim their original glory. For this German duo, however, that simply hasn’t been the case. Instead, since their initial 2009 effort, we’ve seen a steady stream of relevant releases that draw from influences as diverse as kuduro, kwaito, dancehall, and even cumbia. Lights Off, featuring the late New Orleans bounce rapper Nicky Da B, is interesting because it works at a wide range of tempos and doesn’t really quite fit into any pigeonhole, making it an awesome dj tool and all-around fascinating listen.

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.

Lock Off Blackberry and Samsung

Artist: Popcaan (Portmore, Jamaica)
Title: Road Haffi Tek On (2012)

I love this track. Who doesn’t want to sing like Gwen Stefani? 3 years after Vybz Kartel, arguably dancehall’s central figure, got life in prison for murder, his protege, Popcaan made the unorthodox move of releasing an entire album of himself singing over unreleased instrumentals, known in Jamaica as “riddims”. Normally what happens is a producer puts out a riddim, a half-dozen artists record vocals over it and the whole thing gets released as a single record with both “raw” and radio edits for DJ’s to rinse in the club and on the airwaves. This track, featuring the Overtime Riddim with its wistful ice cream truck melody captures Popcaan’s rebounding spirit in one of the first releases to follow the dissolution of his mentor’s Adidjahiem Records while awaiting sentencing in 2013.

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.

Deja Que el Helicóptero se Sienta

Artist: Dyson Danoadando (Houston, USA)
Title: Van a Cagarse la Ropa (2012)

Although I’ve been saving my reggaeton tracks for another mix, I couldn’t resist an opportunity to inject a nod to that genre, given that it shares the previous track’s rhythmic DNA. It’s unclear whether it’s merely coincidence or a lasting effect of the Triangular Trade, but kizomba’s familiar tresillo-over-two percussion pattern is also found in reggaeton and in Dyson Danoadando’s track, it is implied. Even non-speakers of Spanish can appreciate the cadence of Don Omar‘s vocal samples barked over some of the weirdest wubs to come out of Houston in recent memory. Y a los que se ofenden, les pido perdón.

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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