Since being in San Francisco I’ve watched my native Pacific Northwest begin to flourish as place for forward-thinking dance music. Just recently Nguzunguzu duo graced stages in both Seattle and Portland, and New Years will see a visit from uk producer and co-owner of the Hessle Audio label Ramadanman. These two artists are among 2010′s best new producers, each with their own take on what it means to be related to genres like house, uk garage, or r&b.
As much as these artists deserve our brightest accolades, so too do the promoters and DJs who play host to them. Often these individuals will make little to no money, play to empty crowds, or be driven from their venues due to any number of unfortunate circumstances. One such outfit of bass ambassadors is the Bubblin’ crew located in Portland, Oregon. Made up of DJs Ben Tactic (of the Tactic production duo with co-producer Brent Tactic) and Lincolnup, Bubblin’ has single-handedly injected faith into the hearts of Portland clubgoers.
This mix, from Lincolnup, is one that reminds the west coast (and the world) that U.S. cities are representing for a new world order of international, inter-webbed, and intergalactic sounds that undoubtedly point to the future. Mixed live, Lincolnup blends everything from Tribal Guarachero hero Erick Rincon to equally teenage Northwest-native Cedaa‘s Juke inspired rhythms.
Check Lincolnup’s tracklist and download the mix from the Bubblin’ Soundcloud below. And keep an eye on Bubblin’ and the Northwest-family in 2011 as their ripples will surely continue to be felt.
Lincolnup – Subsubtropical 2
01. Emmerson and Nehuen “Cocoa Rain”
02. KingThing “Rio She Said”
03. Kashii “Nether Where ft. Simon Lord (Mensah remix)”
04. Velour : Kick It Til It Breaks
05. Helixir : Ride The Wind
06. Warrior One : Lord Of Bashy (Doc Daneeka 2 Step Militia remix)
07. Altered Natives : Bullet Blade Knuckle Slap
08. Gallons : The Crying Man
09. Erick Rincon : Satisfaction
10. Alan Javier : Calambria 2010
11. Erick Rincon : Muevelo y Goza
12. Maxwell : Bad Habits (Dave Nada Club Mix)
13. Supra 1 : Ghoster
14. Shortstuff & Mickey Pearce : Tripped Up (Ramadanman Re-Edit)
15. Terror Danjah : I’m Feelin U
16. Distal & HxdB : Typewriter Tune
17. Cedaa : Hypnotiq
18. Glass Actor : Komodo
19. Pony Pony Run Run : Walking On A Line (French Fries remix)
20. Makongo : Angolan Kung Fu (Dubbel Dutch remix)
21. The XX : Crystalised (Dark Sky remix)
22. Clubroot : Dulcet (Bryan Zentz remix)
23. Kromestar : Love
Artwork arranged by Sara Sheridan, developed by me.
I’ll never forget seeing Paris Is Burning for the first time this Winter and struggling to contain the thought-flow that emerged. What I grabbed on to most about the film and vogueing culture was how much the concept of Realness (I use caps for reasons) in Harlem’s black homosexual community applies to the fluidity of identity and expression in today’s digital music culture. Realness is obviously bigger than remix and dance music culture and is timeless, though it’s important to remember the timeliness of technology’s opportunity for a grand variety of expression, sharing, and interpretation. Below is a short clip of the film for those unfamiliar.
Dressed in so many styles and sounds, House music continues its tradition as a malleable sound to this today. From South Africa to Monterrey to London, House is hardly recognizable as House, its ashes are everywhere. Nightslugs label-head Bok Bok said in a recent XLR8R interview, “‘House [and] bass is a simple way to explain exactly what’s going on without getting too specific or reductive…’” So rather than play the genre game, lets just call it House and you decide for yourself.
1. NGUZUNGUZU – El Bebe Ambiente (Self-Released)
2. DJ Du Marcel – 2º Round (Self-Released)
3. Orion – Sueltala (Orion Edit) (Self-Released)
4. María y José – Duro Duro (Self-Released)
5. Fourt Tet – Sing (Mosca Remix) (Domino)
6. KG – 808 (Self-Released)
7. R1 Ryders – Rubberband VIP (Self-Released)
8. Thunderbird & Mivo – Super Bubski (This My Shit) (Self-Released)
9. De Schuurman – Nu Ga Je Danse (Self-Released)
10. Ralvero – Party People (Self-Released)
11. DJ Posh-E – Dada Supercat (Self-Released)
12. Marcus price – Var E Naaken (Girl Unit Remix) (Palms Out)
13. DJ Mike Q – The Ha Dub 2009 (Self-Released)
14. Dyna feat. Rix Richardson – Drum Along 2008 (Self-Released)
15. Magic Sysem – Zouglou Dance (Self-Released)
16. Debruit – Nigeria What? (Civil Music)
17. Chief Boima – Baobab Connect (Dutty Artz)
18. DJ Sdunkero – NDI (Self-Released)
19. Egyptrixx – Everybody Bleeding (Kingdom Remix feat. Shyvonne) (Nightslugs)
20. Anti – G – Full Up (Self-Released)
21. Brenmar – Kicked Beneath Too (Self-Released)
22. Samo Sound Boy – Taking It All (Palms Out)
23. DJ Miki – Desire On (Total Freedom Editorial) (Self-Released)
24. R. Kelly – Be My #2 (Dubbel Dutch RnB Edit) (Self-Released)
25. Deadboy – Way That I Luv U (Well Rounded)