If you’ve visited our blog a few times before, you’ve probably realised that we only really post particularly maximal bassy jump up tunes. Our favourite dance sub-genres generally ranges from wobble/fidget to dubstep to electro. I’ve always been aware of minimal techno and have recently been introduced to tribal/dancehall, and to be honest I’ve always turned my nose up to that whole scene. Maybe its because I’m afraid of actually having to dance and not just jumping around like a tool (which is excusable and actually most practised at the kind of club nights I go to). But in the last few weeks, I, and surely any blog regular, has noticed a change in the course of the underground dance scene, favouring this minimal/afrobeat/funky phenomena.
When this radical transformation was confirmed, in my mind (over at Pelski), I was actually quite upset, remembering when I used to be excited about the energy the next new maximal tune would give me, then hearing those tunes in the clubs and subsequently going fucking crazy! However, even though I knew of this new scene coming in and threatening to steal away my precious power nuggets, I have realised a slight regurgitation of maximal tunes after hearing similar bassline melodies, rhythms and sounds in various tracks. Basically there isn’t much new happening in our beloved wizardy wobblecoaster world, simply because there isn’t much more to do within it without being a fucking nutjob about it. I can now certainly understand the shift and it angers me no more! Instead of getting worked up, I have tried to embrace minimal, and have been somewhat succesful. With a little help from Pelski’s suggestions and analysises, I think i’m starting to enjoy the syncopating afro drums and bleepy rhythmic synths. There may still be hope yet! Anyway, enough about me, lets see what you think. Here’s a selection of the minimal tunes I’m listening to, some I’m enjoying very much, and some I’m still trying to get my head round.
Let’s start off with a couple of tunes from my favourite new artist of the scene, Momma’s Boy, who is probably better known by me and you as Mikix The Cat. There has always been slightly tribal and experimental vibes in Mikix The Cat’s music amongst the tasty basslines, so it comes of no surprise that he has very much delved into the afrobeat/minimal scene. My favourite dancehall track at the moment is his own ‘Give It Up’ and has already been much blogged, boasting a ridiculously infectious square synth. His other tune I’ll post, is a remix of Douster (also well respected on the scene). This tune is a bit more experimental, with descending delayed synths resembling some sort of string instument like a banjo almost!
Another familiar face but under the same name is Mowgli. I’ve always loved his wobbly yet minimal style. These two tracks have a very small amount of wobbly bass, if at all. Yes Mowgli’s gone a lot more minimal and afrostyley. The track ‘Sequencer’ is melee of juddery, bleepy and ravy synths with an underlying afrobeat. ‘I’m A DJ’ is on all the mixes at the moment, another very popular tune in the scene, using more high bleepy synths, a very subtle touch of wobbly bass and more of a proper house beat than most tribal tunes.
Another signature tune has to be Renaissance Man’s ‘The Rythym’. This one’s probably up there with my favourites of the genre as well, building up with pleasant hollow bleepy synths then adding a lazy minimal bass wobble. Thats probably the first time I’ve used the word ‘pleasant’ to describe a synth on this blog, ha! The other tune is a remix of Sharkslayer’s ‘So Sincere’, which is captiviting with its rhythmic yet subtle tom toms and strange sounding synth producing a good ambience.
Next up artistwise is Zombie Disco Squad, a key artist in the movement. Perhaps slighly more to their music (sound not quality) than others previously posted, using larger sounds and filling in the gaps slightly more. First up is their remix of VV Brown’s ‘Shark In The Water’, a nice build up to a climax of cut up vocals and a couple of synths meshing to create catchy melodies and rhythms. Their next tune is ‘Banton Boot’. Much blogged but not one of my favourites. A bootleg of Hard House Banton’s ‘Zulu Form’ with use of the Fingers Inc ‘In My House’ acapella, notibally used in AC Slater’s ‘Jack Got Jacked’.
Now a selection of minimal/tribal tunes from various artists. An extroardinarilly happy tune with the help of lovely vocal harmonies from El Guincho’s ‘Kalise’ which Round Table Knights have remixed into an absolute hit. Loving this one!
Remix by Frenchie minimaller Douster here. Quite intense for a minimal tune! Probably the basshead’s minimal tune of choice in this post. Stabbing synths and a satisfing wet bass note here and there.
We’ve already heard Crookers’ remix of Mixhell’s ultimate bleepmeister ‘Boom Da’, awesome tune. Now here’s a stripped down remix of ‘Boom Da’ by Downtown, who doubles the bleeps and adds some better vocals samples in than the Crookers remix whilst obviously creating an subtle afro ambience.
These next two tracks are the original and a remix. Both containing brilliant dancehall qualities. Afro drums and high descending synths actually causing your feet to jig on the beat!
Now this one I just had to post to show how ridiculously minimal minimal can be (weirdly!?). Literally a weak bass drum thumping on the beat, throughout, with a few other tom toms and thats about it! Apart from that the odd strange sound and a constant, very much background, ominous ambience. Very hard to get my head round this one!
Well thats all I really know about the new minimal scene which has been emerging recently. I hope you weren’t to offended as I was. Evidently a lot more of that in the future, but don’t worry you basshead’s, still a lot more maximal madness to come as well. Big thanks to Pelski who really jump-started my acceptance to a really quite interesting sub-genre of dance.