In a recent music video by producer and rapper LE1F (watch below) the camera pans from a larger-than-life ice cream sundae to what could be the crooning lovers of LE1F and his beau (they’re actually best friends), behind them a kaleidoscope of candy-colored Gotham City lights. Singing from a high-rise apartment in Manhattan, the two could be at a birthday party at Def Jam studios or perhaps just broke in to celebrate by themselves, leaving mixtapes as evidence.
Listening to the Future, or 2011, will sound a lot like LE1F. A senior at Weslyan University, LE1F makes rap music that is as educated in hip-hop aesthetics as it is a complete departure from them. Situated partly in the gothic, brooding work of Three 6 Mafia’s DJ Paul or rapping with the morose weight of Z-Ro, LE1F draws on the gravity of crunk’s best while infusing it with his own brand of banjee queerness that blends, melts, and makes multi-flavored ice cream sundaes of 21st-century club music.
Amongst work for Das Racist and Spank Rock, LE1F is preparing his first official mixtape for release at the beginning of the year entitled Dark York. Limited to 100 physical copies, Dark York will be packaged in fully recycled material, and feature a combination of LE1F’s own productions, raps, and collaborations. To help fund this project LE1F is doing what future, next-level artists like himself should be doing—raising money from fans and supporters to subsidize projects. Check out a video he produced in honor of the fundraising, and then head over to Kickstarter where you can donate as little as a $1 to the fund. You’ll no doubt be tempted to contribute more though, as donations of $100 or more get the privilege of naming a track and a handmade wood pendant.
Also, download a LE1F collaboration from the Dark York mixtape with L.A. duo NGUZUNGUZU called “hate2wait,” which begins as a love song dedicated to internet-rap phenom and BASED GOD Lil’ B.
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.
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
What emerged at SXSW this year was surely a seminal convergence of forces, the reverberations of which will hopefully amass to something veteran next year. Tormenta Tropical’s Thursday and Friday night showcases had the sounds of Cumbia, Tribal Guarachero, Dancehall, UK Funky, and Dubstep all under one roof, with some of the most forward thinking producers/DJ’s of tropical bass in attendance. And while it was hard to imagine who could possibly be missing from my own dream-line-up of entertainment, there were no doubt many who were absent.
Someone who I hope will be there next year is L.A.’s Samo Sound Boy, whose club-centric weaving of House, Baltimore Club, Juke and Cumbia are demanding attention within the milieu of Tropical Bass interpreters. Recently featured alongside a host of other nascent producers in Sinden’s Fact Magazine mix, we are delighted to be able to introduce Trash readers to Samo via an exclusive mix and one of his own tunes as the succulent cherry. Samo’s mix is an absolutely essential snapshot at his L.A. influences (NGUZUNGUZU not least of which) as well as what makes him such a stand-out sound boi.
2. WACKA FLOCKA – SAMO SOUND BOY
3. DEEP DOWN (THE UNDERGROUND) – MIKE DUNN PRES. THE MD X-SPRESS
4. THE BANDIT – SAMO SOUND BOY
5. TRIBAL 2010 – DJ LALO
6. RATTLESNAKE RIDDIM – SAM SOUND BOY
7. EL BEBE AMBIENTE – NGUZUNGUZU
8. SONIDO DEL ARPA – DJ MOUSE
9. HIGH DEFINITION (T WILLIAMS DEEP TEKNOLOGI MIX) – DJ MA1
10. MUMBOI – MAD KIDS
11. FEELS SO GOOD – ALINA SANTIAGO
12. LAY ME DOWN (DJ SEGA REMIX) – SISSY NOBBY
13. POPPIN’ SUPER TURNT UP (SAMO SOUND BOY CLUB REMIX) – LADY G
14. TAKING IT ALL – SAMO SOUND BOY
15. I GET LIFTED (DUB VERS) – BARBRA TUCKER
16. SHOOK – SAMO SOUND BOY
17. ME HOLD YOU – LADY SAW
Sometimes there is no better way to look forward than to go back. Such is the case for Los Angeles-based Nguzunguzu‘s latest mixtape, “Moments In Love,” giving us this lens through the Art of Noise classic. Moving through Miami Bass, Cumbia, Baltimore Club, and Dubstep, Nguzunguzu give us a look into influences of their own while giving us a nice little metaphor for the state of underground club music. And if there is a touchstone for what’s innovative about these styles, Nguzunguzu are your synthesizing source.
01. MOMENTS IN HOUSE: ESSENCE
02. GO DOWN BABY: DIAMOND K
03.MACHETE MOMENTS: ERIDSON VS. LUCIFER (NGUZU EDIT)
04. SUPERSTAR REMIX: DJ (7)+>
05. ART IN MOMENTS : DJ QUEST VS. LIEBRAND (NGUZU EDIT)
06. TONITE: 2 SMOOTH
07. MOMENTS IN LOVE: ART OF NOISE (A.MC EDIT)
08. EVERYDAY: DJ DEEON
09. MOMENTS: DJ GODFATHER AND STARSKI
10. TOOTSIE ROLL (QUIET STORM CLUB REMIX): 69 BOYZ
11. MOMENTS IN LOVE: ART OF NOISE (CASPA REMIX)
12. TIP OF MY TONGUE: JAGGED EDGE FT. GUCCI MANE AND TRINA
13. THE ART OF FUNKIN: DJ FUNK
14. MOMENTS IN LOVE: ART OF NOISE (UNKNOWN DRUM N BASS REMIX) (NGUZU VOCAL EDIT W/ AALIYAH)
15. MOMENTS IN LOVE (BEAT BOX REMIX): RHAZEL
16. MOMENTO ENAMORADO: LOS DADDYS
17. DOING IT WELL (REMIX): LL COOL J
18. MOMENT: JT AND THE BIG FAMILY
19. MOMENTS IN LOVE (EXTENDED MIX) SNIPPET: ART OF NOISE
20. MURDA MO: BONE THUGS N HARMONY
21. THE WORLD HAS TOO MANY FREAKS: KRAYZIE BONE FT. ADINA 22. 23. HOWARD AND PLAY N SKILLZ
24. PONY (BOOTY BASS REMIX): GINUWINE
25. RNB 24 INSTRUMENTAL (ART OF NOISE REMIX): DJ SMOOTH4LYFE
26. MOMENTS IN LOVE (LIVE AT HIGHLINE BALLROOM, NYC): HYPNOTIC BRASS ENSEMBLE
In case anyone was paying attention, Trash In the Bassment was put on hold for the month of August due to a more “polished” effort entitled “Cognitive Estrangement.” After working in the realm quick assemblage, it felt only natural to do something with a little more vision and structure. The “Cognitive Estrangement” mix features the still messy sonics of live mixing, but with a clearer direction, fusing the accessibility of underground dance music producers with the oblique and heady sounds of Dubstep’s most progressive. The desired result challenges the ear while keeping the feet tapping.
This month’s Trash In the Bassment mix features exciting work from producers like NGUZUNGUZU, out of L.A., and more from the complicated realm of Dubstep and 2-step, including genre-busting material from Zomby and Floating Points. These mixes are all done live, and feature songs released in the month they are done in. Songs available for free are linked to the blogs I downloaded them from, hopefully point readers in new directions, as well as honor the work of other writers/DJ’s/musicians.
When you’re out celebrating your lives this weekend make sure to swing by Glasslands on Friday July 10th to celebrate Kingdom‘s life as he celebrates his birthday with a special edition of Club Vortex. But if you don’t know Kingdom you may feel more cause to celebrate his music. The New York producer has officially been snatched by A-Trak‘s Fool’s Gold Records for release of Kingdom’s song “Mind Reader,” featuring the singer Shyvonne, as well as his tune “You.”
Flown out for the festivities will be L.A. hopefuls Nguzunguzu (yes, that’s spelled correctly), and Total Freedom, whose party “Wildness” is described by former Wildness guest Jace Clayton (DJ/Rupture) as “fun dancing mayhem.” Where 808 drum machine hits are distributed with anarchical disregard and bass is only outmatched by rhythm, these guys will give New York Tropical a run for its money. And if you need a small, sweaty, steam-filled window with which to peel through, Nguzunguzu and Total Freedom have put together a free-form tracklist-less mix of vinyl, live vocals, drum machines and Ableton concrete together to give a special edition of the Club Vortex mixes.