Two tenuously connected bits of bass music news. Firstly fidget pioneer and ghetto-house producer Switch, aka Dave Taylor, is to release his first piece of new music in over four years on the label he set up – Dubsided. Featuring the vocal flex of Andrea Martin ‘I Still Love You’ is an epic statment of future soul that simply kills. We cannot wait to hear it in a club, but in the meantime we will satisfy ourselves with a Soundcloud stream which you can also hear below.
And it is not only Switch who is throwing of his muscular robes for something deeper and more delicate. Taylor’s Major Lazer band mate Diplo and Lunice have teamed up to remix the track ‘Vow’ by NYC’s indie darling Julianna Barwick. Sounding slightly like an updated version of Clannad with drum machines and a blog, I had to crawl across my desk and demand to see the bandcamp page before I would believe that Diplo had a hand in what is a simply stunning remix. Check it out here.
What happens when you hear ‘traditional Andean folklore’ and ‘electronic tech house’ in the same sentence, let alone on the same track? To put it simply, Matanza is what happens. Combining their native Latin American heritage and their love of what they call ‘Street House’ – namely Mad Decent, Made To Play, Dirtybird and Dubsided – this Andean folk/dance ensemble create a wild fusion of rhythmic house beats together with, well, pan pipes of course!
Their collective fascination with the vast array of weird and wonderful instruments they hoard is what really makes their live performances extraordinary in a club setting. Bringing relics of their Latino history into the present day, Matanza give them a new meaning when played harmoniously alongside the pounding techno baseline – inventing a totally danceable amalgamation of pure originality and explosive fun.
Unlike their usual Latin American stomping ground, they’re currently taking Europe by storm on their first ever tour outside their native homeland of Santiago – where they claim a new movement of ‘global ghetto tech’ is on the horizon. They draw inspiration from their surroundings, giving us a taster of the South American flavours we all crave here in Europe, all the while maintaining that accessability that is so essential for all their further afield fans.
Expect the raw sounds of Colombian gaitas and zampoñas, Andean bombos and Dominican tamboras mixed into pumping beats with electronic effects and distorted traditional chants that’ll be sure to keep your head nodding and your booty shaking. And if, like us, you don’t know what those things are then all the more reason to check out what absolutely beserk behaviour they have in store for their appearance on the Jackmode stage at Gruppen Zwang‘s 2nd birthday celebration in Berlin this September.
We suggest you keep your eyes on these guys, and soon you too will be chanting. Matanza! Matanza!