Joakuim is an electronic producer from Marseille, France. He apparently spent some time in Mexico City where some friends introduced him to the liquid drum n bass sounds of Alix Perez and Lenzman. The influence is evident, while he’s personalized his vibe with smooth-house touches.
Check out his newest track ‘Desires,’ now a free download via UK-based label Deep Heads.
Italy’s Clap! Clap! (aka Cristiano Crisci) continues his genre-smashing success on his new album A Thousand Skies, out now on Black Acre. Once again, he takes us on a sonic journey, wanting us to imagine a “young girl’s journey through the stars.”
The track ‘Hope’ sees Crisci blend together his worldly beats and dance grooves into the vocals of the OY duo. With two experimental and vibrant albums under his name, this producer makes it known of his endless “search of new flavors.”
Crisci constructs a soundtrack to his life. We’re just fortunate enough to ride along with him.
Gulu singing legend and ‘Acholi folk pop’ pioneer Otim Alpha teamed up with London producer Jesse Hackett and multi-instrumentalist Albert Ssempeke to produce Ennanga Vision, “deconstructed musical forms from the kingdoms of Uganda.”
The album’s single ‘Otim’s War’ mashes together techno elements into traditional choral signing. The result is something like you’ve never heard before. The music video is fascinating too.
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.