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.
Last week, I had the pleasure of spending a few days with Grant Dull, label manager and co-founder of ZZK records in Argentina. Grant also doubles as a DJ El G, which is what brought him to Miami. I caught one of his sets at an outdoor festival and I immediately knew he was onto something when I saw a 60 (70?) year old abuela dancing next to a family dancing next to some hipsters dancing next to some security guards. The sophisticated blogger bro would be quick to generalize and say his sound is that of moonbahton, but I heard everything from tropical Afro-Cuban influences to jazz, cumbia, hip-hop, and a large portion of electronic, not just a few Dave Nada mp3s he found on hypemachine. Once I got to digging, I realized he’s sitting on a gold-mine with a whole host of ZZK artists that filled his set, most noticeably was Frikstailers. They just released an EP titled ‘Bicho de Luz’, and are giving away ‘Dancehallete’ for free. They are also embarking on a US tour right now, and will be playing in LA Sept. 28 at The Echo. The other track I’m posting is a remix by Douster. Originally from France, he spent a few years in Argentina and obviously fell in with the ZZK dudes. He hit it big once Aoki got behind his ‘King of Africa’ track, and I’m sure I probably broke a few of your hearts because you thought it was a Lion King – Steve Aoki Remix o_O.
• Frikstailers – Dancehallete
• Fauna – Gauchito Gil (Douster Remix)
FRIKSTAILERS US TOUR
Sept 25 @ Chicago World Music Festival, SmartBar, Chicago IL w/ El G
Sept. 26 @ Beauty Bar, Austin, TX w/ El G
Sept. 27 @ Red Devil Lounge, San Francisco, CA w/ El G
Sept. 28 @ The Echo, Los Angeles, CA w/ El G
Sept. 29 @ Nectar, Seattle, WA w/ El G
Oct. 1 @ Coco 66, Brooklyn, New York, NY w/ El G
Oct 2 @ VIA Festival, Iron City Brewery, Pittsburgh, PA w/ El G
Oct 4 @ Beat Research, Enormous Room, Cambridge, MA w/ El G
Just got my mits on debut album Running High from Montreal based producer Poirier. Signed to Ninja Tune, this guy’s pushing an awesome sound; his influences stem from dancehall soca-electro to tropical. The first disc on Running High features Poirier’s set of originals, including the massive ‘Wha-La-La-Leng’, a track featuring some well known samples which will make even the most idle Major Lazer fan piss themselves. The second, is a remix disc featuring reworks from names such as Baobinga, Wildlife! and Hugo Douster – it’s not a bonus disc I feel like turning into a coaster for my beer, so a big win on that front. Ninja Tune are definitely a label to watch out for in the coming months, having recently signed Toddla T for the release of his second record, set to drop later this year. Although they’ve been around for years, I’ve a feeling these guys are set to be the European rival to Mad Decent in 2010, with the amount of dancehall driven electro they’re pushing. Back to Poirier though, this week he’s playing on the West-Coast and you can catch him at one of the following shows:
Wednesday May 26: Low End Theory, The Airliner – Los Angeles, CA
Thursday May 27: Momo Lounge – Sacramento, CA
Friday May 28: Smash! Party, Forbes KTV – Las Vegas, NV
Saturday May 29: Suraya Dub, Club Six – San Francisco, CA
photo cred: Banksy.co.uk
From Lyon, France via Buenos Aires, Argentina, Hugo Douster‘s kicking up a storm at the moment. We’ve posted a couple of his tracks already this week, but I figured I’d write a post bigging up the man himself. Douster gets his tribal and dancehall sound from cumbia villera, which is music from the shantytowns of Buenos Aires, and fuses it with catchy fidget and electro. A couple of us were lucky enough to hear him headlining a Mad Decent party with Diplo a few weeks ago at a pub in LA, where he brought the house down with one of the best sets I’ve seen in a year.
Check out the latest Douster remix which dropped last week on Rusko‘s Woo Boost EP:
• Rusko – Woo Boost (Douster Remix)
• Riva Starr – I Was Drunk (Douster Remix)
gypsy fidget with a beautiful ending
• Yolanda Be Cool – Afro Nuts (Douster Remix)
whistles + bongos. ’nuff said
What’s up durrrty dancers?! This may seem a bit like deja vu but allow me to introduce myself as the latest addition to the GDD fam. My name’s Freddie, I’m from London, UK and currently living in LA, so I’m going to be repping (Great) Britain – which is no easy task. Without further ado, here are a few tunes that I’m all about right now…
• Douster – King of Africa (Homework edit)
Big ups to Pelski for being onto this track first – Homework have rearranged Douster’s Lion King track to make it droppable mid set.
• Human Life – We Won’t Stop (Dub mix) REMOVED BY REQUEST
Big build. Banger.
• Miike Snow – Silvia (Sinden Remix) REMOVED BY REQUEST