Jamaican-based dancehall music group Equiknoxx Bird Sound Power is one of Boomkat’s albums of the year, which the site describes as “a paradox, utterly fwd but classic, and with as much potential to turn new heads onto current JA sounds as Mowax’s Now Thing set back in 2001.”
While most of the tracks were recorded this year, the oldest riddim goes as far back as 2009. Wicked, next-level stuff at any age.
Favorite tracks: Last of the Mohicans, Timebird, Someone Flagged It Up
Citizen Boy is a Durban electronic producer pioneering the Gqom sound emerging out of Durban, South Africa. His fellow Gqom Oh! label-mate DJ Lag called the localized genre, “a mix of elements of hip-hop and house.”
Citizen Boy’s track ‘Indaba Ka Bani Besibenuza’ is a tribal dance beat that tries to encapsulate the resourceful experiences of “Zulu culture and history.” The song also translates into ‘who cares if we dance under the influence of drugs.’
DJ Nervosa is one of the founders of Lisbon’s funky electronic kuduro and batida scene, championed by the Príncipe label who have consequently put out Nervosa’s first record.
The combination of a wonky rhythm and a non-verbal vocal sample on the track ‘Ah Ah’ evinces the city’s unique hyper-energized interpretation of dance music, further corroborated by the seemingly unstable beat of ‘Kuia.’
The Príncipe label is rightfully ambitious. As it states on its SoundCloud page:
“We want to make sure that the amazing work being produced here, be it house, techno, kuduro, batida, kizomba, funaná, tarrachinha or any other new aesthetic development, will not remain unheard outside of our clubs, cellphones and homes anymore.”
The emerging sounds coming out of Lisbon’s suburbs and ghettoes stand on their own. So too does the artwork. Label founder and artist Márcio Matos individually designs all vinyl copies of the EP.
If you like fresh new styles, be sure to check out Durban, South Africa’s interpretation of house music in an emerging genre called Gqom.
The Maghreban is a beatmaker and so-called ‘outsider’ based outside of London. He apparently came into house music on an open minded whim, after crawling through other genres like drum n bass and hip hop, and old jazz and movie soundtracks. His new single ‘Brooklyn’ is named after his dead cat.