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.
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.
“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.”
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.
A few months ago, a sound I had yet to discover made its way into my SoundCloud. It consisted mostly of baile funk, US top 40 hits, and big room house bangers from the likes of Hardwell, Showtek, and members of the Spinnin’ Records roster remixed in a very specific way, with a characteristic kind of high-pitched groove, a super-wet slapping kind of drum sample, two notes back and forth in the bass, and a predictable intro/build-up/break-down/drop sequence. I don’t know why, but it spoke to me. If you haven’t heard what I’m talking about, I’ll let your introduction be the same as mine:
Kelvin Douglas & Guilherme Morais – Podcast Abril 2014
If you’re like me, you’ll be surprised to find that the handful of young producers putting out tracks in this unusual micro-genre all hail from the same town in Western Brazil and all tend to label the stuff Dutch House or Latin House.
In much the same way that not all “Dutch House” comes from the Netherlands, it is evident that the label “Latin House” is liberally applied outside of Latin America, and while I’ll concede that Brazil is a Latin American country, its contributions to popular music tend to stand apart from what most of us think of when we characterize the region’s music.
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:
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
Last month we shared with readers the enthusiasm felt by one of Moomahbahton’s a-list for a track by an artist who was fundamental to the development Dutch House. It turns out the former actually gets its name from a track by said artist. Here it is remixed by the artist generally credited with “inventing” the genre:
Silvio Ecomo & DJ Chuckie – Moombah (Dave Nada Remix)
A brief foray into the artist behind the original mix of Moombahton’s eponymous track reveals two things. The first is that he’s responsible for a syndicated radio show that comes out roughly every week and features material that will appeal to readers with more bigroom-friendly sensibilities. Here’s the latest edition:
DJ Chuckie – Dirty Dutch Radio Episode 64
The second thing is that it’s unclear how music like this led to the creation of Moombahton.
Here’s something completely unrelated for Laura who commented on my last post:
DJ Marfox – Beat and Break
On the to-do list: How this ties in with the Night Slugs aesthetic and artists like Bok Bok What this has to do with grime How a grime artist turned me onto Kwaito
Not far down a rabbit hole that opens when discovering Moombahton, one is almost certain to find him- or herself in the world of Dutch House, or “Dirty Dutch” as it is known in certain corners of the internet. Brooklyn-based producer Dubbel Dutch is responsible for some of the finest examples of music inspired by the Dutch’s keen ear for the bashment club vibe.
Dubbel Dutch – Dip So
Something interesting about this example is that the vocal samples belong to a singer who has been referred to of late as fellow Barbadian, Rihanna’s heir apparent.
Rihanna feat. J-Status & Shontelle – Roll It
Contrary to the impression you may have gotten watching the video, the lyrics actually express the singer’s appreciation for what she considers an ample physique.
Waistline me have plenty
And prepare fi de wine ah de century
Me look good and me fresh and me clean
Ah you nah ready fi de Bajan Queen
If you just close you’re eyes it’s easy to imagine she’s offering encouragement to women so often mistreated by show biz’s impossible body standards. If you’re going “who the hell is Shontelle”, here’s the one you’ve probably heard before:
Shontelle – Impossible
You may remember we mentioned Rihanna a couple of days ago in the same breath as Lil Kim, whose own successor, Tiffany Foxx, has been making waves for more than a year now:
Tiffany Foxx – Jellybean
In perhaps the most overt example of women’s adoption of the male rap persona to date, Foxx’s latest release which dropped last month is entitled King Foxx. Let’s hope the irony isn’t lost on her that her debut album was called “HERstory”.
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