Welcome back readers, to another edition of Let’s Get Tropical, right here on Arntré. This week we go deep and bring you a more connected approach to electronic music. From regional rhythms to the originators, fabricators, and creators of a thing called Zouk Bass.
In a sea of no meaning, lost in bottle service based production, and adrift on the murky seas of EDM, Zouk Bass came out of nowhere, seemingly, and took the world by storm. With it’s hard pounding drums, insane poly-rhythms (that make it sound slow and fast at the same time), other-worldly soundscapes, and open format, internationally known producers and DJs have had a hand in shaping what is arguably one of the most culturally diverse new genres out there today.
Wanna start in Russia? Let’s Start in Russia.
Hailing from Saint Petersburg, Insane Fennel has been producing some absolutely monstrous Zouk Bass tunes, giving them the cold twist of a mohawked mad man on a mission to melt you…with bass. On his latest offering (an official remix of Gabriel Rowano – Beastmode) Over driven, stompy as Hell (if Hell were stompy), slow and fast at the same time, and a complete dance floor brain melter, he shows us what it’s all about. This is a prime definition of the current evolution of the genre.
Next, we head over to the good ol’ U.S. of A. to showcase one mister Banginclude, livin’ in Brooklyn and producing the dopest dope of all bass music that is dope.
His Zouk tracks (among others) have become known, respected, and played out around the world, from Angola to L.A. Why? Let me answer that for you, via our friends at Club Popozuda, who recently hosted a massive mixtape from our main man. One listen through is enough to let you know that this is a producer on the rise.
Meanwhile, in France, what started as a ripple has become a wave.
Pushing that wave, making it crest is Ahef. More than that, this guy is up on top of a wave he helped create, hanging ten on the front of his board. It’s a rare Let’s Get Tropical where you’ll see more than one DJ mix in the same post, but when it’s the kind of mix that gets put on FM radio in New Zealand (on The Ghetto Electric Sessions) as a result of its level of awesome, it’ll happen. Check him out, and prepare to be Zouked…Among other tropical things.