Whew, been a while. Even though I’ve been bad about posting (sorry guys, really busy), the past couple weeks have been truly dope for Tropical House. Both the Night Slugs‘ compilation and Enchufada‘s Hard Ass Sessions Vol. 4 dropped in these last couple weeks, and Top Billin announced that they’d be dropping a remix EP for the Club Cheval (Canblaster, Panteros666, Myd, Sam Tiba) collective as well. Diplo also announced on the Mad Decent forums that the new Major Lazer album is slated for April/May this coming year, and it features the long, long awaited “Original Don.” That’s big steps from most of my favorite labels, right there! And there’s only more good things to come, so you can bet that I’m stoked.
Anyway, let’s get back into the swing of things again with a few more awesome Tropical Bleats, because it’s cold as balls and I’m sure you’re wanting to get your hands on some new heaters.
Burning (Original Mix) – Spoek Mathambo, Sam Tiba <- Club Cheval’s Sam Tiba is back, this time in a collabo with South African rapper Spoek Mathambo. “Burning” is a fantastic song that’s awesome despite (and in some ways because of) its goofiness. Mathambo’s flow is hushed, culminating in wonderful, faux-sexy breakdowns that are so “sweet” and “twinkly” that they almost want to make you throw up heart-shaped chocolates. Great party tune. Buy it on Beatport!
Peanuts Club (Bok Bok & Greena Remix) – Brodinski, Noob <- Any Electro House or Tech House DJ worth their salt remembers Brodinski and Noob‘s “Peanuts Club” world takeover last year. The infectious track was remixed by just about everyone under the sun — almost as bad as Major Lazer’s “Pon De Floor.” You couldn’t see a big name or listen to a mix without a version of “Peanuts Club” popping up in there somewhere. I thought it had been played out, but I was wrong. I was so, so wrong. Fast forward to one year later. I was perusing my iTunes library for tracks to share with y’all when suddenly I saw a track called, “Peanuts Club (Bok Bok & Greena Remix).” I almost jumped up and down with glee. I’d totally forgotten this track existed. And shame on me for doing so: this is a monster. Take what you remember about the original mix and chuck it. Bok Bok and Greena‘s take is a whole new animal. Only thing you’ll immediately notice from the original is the cowbell, though little blips of the original synth peek up now and again if you’re listening for them. But the most important thing is that there are levels of bass here that shouldn’t even exist. I can’t champion this track any more than I already have. Perfect Christmas gift for UK Funky and Dubstep lovers alike.
Angolan Kung Fu (Dubbel Dutch Remix) – Makongo <- Kind of a Kuduro/UK Funky hybrid going on in Dubbel Dutch‘s remix of “Angolan Kung Fu,” which I dig. Even bigger props because he’s from Texas, and if there’s a last place on Earth that I’d expect either from, it’s the Lone Star State. Makongo, on the other hand, is a Kuduro collective from Portugal, and is not dissimilar in some ways from Buraka Som Sistema — though with an even more pronounced Hip Hop vibe. The original mix of “Angolan Kung Fu” is definitely a Hip Hop track, and Dubbel Dutch really didn’t take much of that spirit with him when he created his remix. He drops the vocals, the turntablism… and… well… just about everything else. Other than the title, the two aren’t anything alike. Drums roll through a deep, dark, reverberating atmosphere, where bass rises and falls like ocean tides and sirens seem to foretell something vaguely menacing coming in the future.
Me & U (Brenmar Remix) – Cassie <- Speaking of Brodinski, today he released one of the strangest compilations I’ve heard in a long time, Best of Everything Vol. II. Ever thought you’d see a massive compilation of Tropical House producers remixing Top 40 Hip Hop and R&B artists? Neither did I. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Club Cheval remixes Soulja Boy? Renaissance Man reworks Lil Wayne? The ^&*% is going on here? I was even more surprised when I started listening and found the comp to actually be very solid all-around. The standout to me, though is this remix from Chicago/Brooklyn’s Brenmar. I’m sure you all remember Cassie’s big 2006 single. Don’t know Brenmar? You should. He just released an EP via Discobelle which has sent shockwaves through the Tropical House community. His blend of R&B, classic Chicago House, and UK Funky is going to be burning down clubs all over the world, you mark my words. This track is a great example of why he’s gonna blow up. Props to the ever awesome Mad Decent blog for turning me onto it.
Catch y’all next week!