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.”
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:
Skillz N Fame – Essa (Moganga Recordings)
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