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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.”

Holland’s Latin Festival

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An example of some people you might meet at the LatinVillage festival in Amsterdam

The choice of “Latin House” as a label for the genre discussed in my latest post remained a mystery to me until I discovered a Dutch music festival called LatinVillage. A quick perusal of “LatinVillage” search results turns up an interesting variety from typical festival house fair, to dancehall, to trap. More interestingly, though, are glimpses like this of what may be inspiring the Porto Velho scene:

D-Rashid’s Minimix for LatinVillage 2013

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)