Ginger Shinobi is a London-based DJ and owner of net label Broken Drum Records. He’s been spinning since 1998, with a brief foray in to dubstep in 2007, and has recently been focusing on Moombahton.
Last year he became frustrated while digging for his set. He found the genre lacking in deeper tunes and saturated with squeaky dutch house tracks. Moreover, most were poorly and hastily produced edits.
So he took matters in to his own hands, and contacted every producer he knew and respected. Shinobi sent out a brief and trusted the artists with broad artistic freedom to interpret as they like.
In his own words…
MoombahDeep Vol.1 is a collection of Moombahton inspired by the classic sound of deep house and techno, and by Generation Bass’ excursions into moombahton beyond the limitations of Dutch house and hastily produced edits. I have decided to include any track submitted that excited me, that made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck or simply made me want to dance. I’ve trusted the integrity of the individual producer to interpret the brief anyway they wanted – I think this has given a broad and interesting sound to the compilation.
Moombahdeep features producers ranging from genre forefather DJ Sabo through to Shinobi himself and a plethora of rising creators in the dembow-heavy sound slowly dominating dancefloors worldwide. Tracks like percussive expert The 13th Tribe’s The Numerologist feature heavy tech house vibes that take a party deep into the night.
If you don’t yet know what this year’s Miami Music Week anthem will be, I’m here to help.
On March 5th Venezuelan production duo Fur Coat will be releasing their hotly anticipated ‘You and I’ on Crosstown Rebels, this time paired with vocals courtesy of Cari Golden. Also joining the release is Iranian/Canadian producer Amirali.
Damian Lazarus’ has been killing dancefloors with it, and during this year’s BPM Festival Art Department dropped it in their set – the video, which received over 130,000 views is now private.
Fur Coat have been buried deep in the studio of late, crafting their debut LP out on Crosstown later this year. If ‘Space Ballad’ and ‘You And I’ are anything to go by, it will be a seamless collection of tracks to feed the dancefloor all summer long. Growing up streets apart in Venezuela, Sergio Muñoz (Delete) and Israel Sunshine aka Fur Coat joined forces in 2010 after meeting on South America’s blossoming dance music scene and have together mastered the art of dancefloor sorcery. Cari Golden is a classically trained musician from Los Angeles California where she works as a studio vocalist and songwriter. She began collaborating in the EDM world four years ago and has since had several critical successes with Pan-Pot’s Captain ‘My Captain’, DJ T’s ‘City Life’. With this imminent Fur Coat smash, Cari Golden could also be the voice of Miami WMC 2012.
Supa fly Italo-disco duo Fare Soldi continue their streak of quality remixes with this re-work of Midwestern U.S. DJ Spinstyles’ “No Regrets”. Santana Pasta and Luka Carnifull add a dash of house piano and jittery percussion to transform the original from dubstep to disco. It’s fresh, it’s funkified, and it urges you to hit the dancefloor. Grazie Fare Soldi!
Every week we have a prolific crate-digger deliver a highly curated chart from a specific genre area. This week – Cal charts the LA electro-disco duo Oliver’s ten greatest musical achievements.
For the last couple months I’ve more or less retired electro house from my rotation. I haven’t heard much of anything really innovative or fresh sounding in probably close to a year, and I am not sure whether to expect a surprise at this point or not.
I think a lot of artists composing original works are feeling the same as well. I’ve been noticing a resurgence of disco sounds, and there are plenty of great artists pushing forward and crossing over genres.
Meet Oliver “Oligee” Goldstein and Vaughn “U-Tern” Oliver, aka Oliver.
This extremely talented pair of musicians reside in LA, where they’re making all kinds of disco x electro x pop sounds. Recently they’ve marked some major milestones, first and foremost of which is the top ten Beatport-charting with their track Dirty Talk, which has resided there for weeks and gained them international attention.
I suspect we’ll be seeing lots more music from this pair this year, and I can’t wait!
‘The prodigal son returns!…’ but in this case we would say daughter and to say I haven’t been vacant from the blogging side of things concerning this website would be an understatement. However all that matters at this present moment in time is that I am back, back with a new thought process as it happens. I use the term ‘new’ loosely as I wouldn’t say this is a topic I shy away from when I’m having one of my usual daily rants but the other day I said a statement out loud to myself and I just had to share it with you guys. Now when you first read what I am about to say you may be a little confused at first, as I do sound quite selfish but I can assure you that as I begin to elaborate on my point it will all become clear like crystal…
So….here it is plain and simple, “…artists like; Nolay, Lioness, Young Spray, Dvs etc are not allowed to blow…”
What I mean by this statement in layman’s terms is that I don’t think I could watch yet another great underground artist make that drastic transition to becoming a ‘mainstream sensation’ – as odd as it may seem. I refuse to believe that the same qualities of being raw, uncut, and controversially emotional that enabled them to generate an interest from a major record label in the first place are the same things that are frowned upon when being ‘sold’ to a wider audience once that ‘I have been signed status is reached’. I don’t know if I am being naïve in this crazy music scene but I was under the impression that a major record labels main purpose in life was to seek out that fresh, new, underground talent and then conform the views and opinions of a wider audience thus creating an artist that will be accepted by new mediums.
A great example of this is ‘Mr Talking the Hardest’ himself – Giggs; I admire the fact that he is very much the same guy. I would almost take it as far as saying he is still very much ‘hood’ as it goes and sadly enough we all know that will be his downfall when trying to reach longevity in this game as a signed artist. Why is that? you may have muttered irritably under your breaths, well when you have the power to influence millions of people through the words and sweet melodies of your music you automatically step inside that box of becoming some little kids role model, which is not a horrible thing at all but does invite an ample amount of limits to what you can put out in your music.
Society will never let go of the fact that music is not to blame for the bad things that happen in the world because do you know what society? This world we live in is a twisted dictatorship anyway and bad things are ultimately going to happen regardless. Like let’s not be oblivious to the fact that we know people sell drugs! It happens and to some it’s seen as a way of embellishing in a nice tax free lifestyle, sometimes when I get up in the morning and think about venturing onto my joke of an occupation; the thought of dipping my foot in to test out those waters does cross my mind (frequently lol). But back to the issue at hand what I am trying to say is the sense of being a ‘role model’ in society is once again the cause into why ‘trap rappers’ will never sell records, tours or anything else but get us fellow underground lovers ‘gassed’ up from their buzz. (Notice how I did try to use the word ‘never’ lightly as I will always have hope in that ‘trap music’).
Before I begin to conclude this thought I want to leave you with what actually initiated my thought process in the first place…
Seriously Nicki, like seriously, is that the life you intend to lead now. I won’t lie and say I wasn’t shocked or flabbergasted but behind my biased views I can understand the evolvement that has taken place here. Who’s to say if a couple mill wasn’t waved in front of my face the very strong morals and opinions I stand behind won’t just come tumbling down like a ton of bricks??
I can only hope that when I witness such greatness like these vids below I will harshly be brought back down to reality and reminded about the very reasons as to why I fell in love with the naturalism of underground music.