Bo-Peep’s Tropical Bleats, Vol. 7

Published on February 17th, 2011

66 degrees in Philadelphia tomorrow? The Gods of Spring must be blessing us early this year. Or climate change is turning the east coast of the United States into a tropical swamp. Both are okay by me, honestly. Much rather be hot as hell than freezing to death. Besides, malaria can’t be that much worse than the flu that I’m recovering from… right? RIGHT!? Naw, probably wrong about that…

Smasher (Top Billin Vocal Remix) – Mumdance <- Ah, Top Billin and Mad Decent. Could I sing you more praises? But –oh! — who is more worthy of praise than you? No one, I say! At least not for the 6 minutes and 2 seconds that I’m simultaneously crying and headbanging through the TB crew’s transcendental Dubstep take on Mumdance’s oriental “Smasher.” Now give in, and go buy the whole Mum Decent Remix EP on Beatport, with equally soul-shattering offerings by Douster, Tony Senghore, Jack Sparrow, and Mele.

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Chrysalis Records (Original Mix) – Egyptrixx, Trust <- Montreal’s Egyptrixx has his debut album (Bible Eyes) coming down the pipe soon — it was supposed to be here on the 9th, but seems to have been pushed back to next month — and leaked this first single, “Chrysalis Records,” an homage to that once-mythic label of yore. Departing from the floor-destroying bass and two-steppin’ Electronica from most of his previous productions, this track is in the realm of… well… Synth-Pop. Seriously. It’s more-or-less shoegaze music — which isn’t a bad thing at all, IMO. It’s an interesting direction for UK Funky, and makes me pretty damn excited to hear what the rest of the album will sound like. This is a track to throw on when you just feel like chillin’.

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Ayoba (JMAY’s AfroBass Remix) – Schlachthofbronx, Spoek Mathambo, Gnucci Banana <- Some of you may remember this track from a year ago. I know I do. It was the first time I’d ever heard of Schlachthofbronx, or wordsmith Spoek Mathambo and his wife Gnucci Banana — South African rapper and his Swedish hubby on a Tropical Bass track produced by Germans. I love our global community. :D Anyway, I liked the original, but never played it out. I thought it was missing that BASS, as I do with many tracks, so I kept it on the shelf. Then, a couple months ago, I discovered this remix while perusing Soundcloud. JMAY is an avid lover of Tropical Bass (such as Kuduro, Baile Funk, Moombahton, etc.), much like myself, and his love really shows here. This track has BASS. In fact, it’s almost all deep percussion, with only a couple hi-pitched leads thrown in for accents. And it works. Decide for yourself, and check out the original on Beatport.

Speaking of Moombahton… I think I’m going to do something different from here on. Starting next week, I’ll be showcasing a single genre or sub-genre that falls under this wonderful “Tropical Bass” umbrella that rules the world. Next installment? Moombahton, of course. Get ready to get sweaty… at mid-tempo. Catch y’all then!

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