Kuduro has been around for ages, but it’s been the resurgence of the sound by Portugal’s Buraka Som Sistema that has really made the genre globally recognized in the dance music community. J-WOW of Buraka Som Sistema was delegated as the selector for the most recent Hard Ass Compilation on Enchufada Records, calling on producers from across the globe to take a crack at the percussive sound including Bok Bok, Kingdom, Douster, and many more. Download Bok Bok’s contribution to the compilation and stream the entire release below. The compilation is available now on Beatport.
To kick things off this year, our Canadian buddies Botnek have given us a new remix for their second exclusive download on GDD. This time the Montreal-based duo takes the tribal callings of “Up All Night” by Buraka Som Sistema and sets the lazer to rave mode. Grab this tune to help start your 2012 banger house playlist.
The origins of Kuduro can be traced back to Angola in the 1980s when musicians blended African percussion with calypso and soca rhythms. This unique amalgam of sounds then migrated back to the Portuguese homeland after becoming so popular in the former African provinces, and since then, Buraka Som Sistema is credited with founding Progressive Kuduro, which incorporates original Kuduro elements with electronic sounds. Now on their 6th ‘Hard Ass Sessions’ compilation, the Buraka crew called upon some top producers for the next Enchufada release on July 25th including Brenmar, Cardopusher, Schlacthofbronx, and Kry Wolf. Give a listen to the latter’s below.
This weekend we were at the legendary Sonar Festival in one of our favorite European cities, Barcelona. Founded 18 years ago, Sonar was the first ever daytime contemporary music festival in a European city and despite its renowned status, it’s avoided slipping into mainstream territory by continuing to showcase fresh talent.
Taking place across three days and two nights, the first thing that struck us was Sonar’s ability to coordinate such a multitude of electronic acts, hosted at two very different settings without overstepping the vibe at each spot. The 12 til 9 daytime event is a super chilled affair taking place at Barcelona’s beautiful cultural centre, just a stones throw from the Ramblas. By contrast, the 10pm til 7am night event was a rager at Fira Gran Via, a convention centre on the outskirts west of the city. While we’d love to cover every highlight from the weekend, there were just too many great moments, so instead we’ll bring you a varied shortlist of what made us tick:
I know you guys have all been waiting for this one. The Jamaican zombie killer personified by dance music giants Diplo & Switch will be zapping all y’all with some dancehall/electro lazerbeams this Friday at the Avalon in Hollywood, and I can safely say this will be even crazier than the Wolfgang Gartner night we had a couple weeks back. Supporting Major Lazer will be some of LA’s finest including Peace Treaty, Them Jeans, Mr. White, and ///BONES.
Due to the extremely high demand for this show, unfortunately there will be no discount lists this week. You may purchase presale tickets HERE or wait in line Friday night for general admission tickets.
This is not a show to miss, so don’t sleep on getting tickets because this WILL SELL OUT.