Tuesday, August 04, 2009
In the early 2000's I lived in Madrid, and during that time I made many trips to the local giant music chain, becoming very familiar with the Ibiza style club compilations that remix every popular song of the year in strange uniform sounding euro club tunes. This month, I've gotten a taste for what tunes will be featured on many of those giant mix compilations at the end of the summer.
This weekend I attended the RAW rhythm festival in Amsterdam and was introduced to DJ Chuckie who was explained to me as one of the main Bubbling dudes. I was excited to see a proper Bubbling set by a local hero, and was even more excited when I saw the billing as Chuckie vs. Lil' Jon. Not quite believing that Lil' Jon from the U.S. would be hopping on a bubbling set, all the way in Amsterdam, I kind of expected Lil Jon from Buraka Som Sistema and Chuckie doing a Bubbling vs. Kuduro set. My anticipation increased for a tropical themed set when a 12 piece band from Suriname surrounded the turntables in the center of the stage, and started doing Caribbean style Carnaval tunes. Alas, my tropical dreams were somewhat dashed when it was revelead that they were just the warm up group. Chuckie came on playing some of those mainstream style club tunes and to my surprise, Lil Jon’, the dreadlocked American hip hop superstar lept out on stage with a reverberating YEAH! Lil' Jon always surprises with his music awareness. The set ended up being barely Bubbling, although he did through a few breaks that made me twist my head, and the Lil' Jon super crunk definitely carried the room. My homie Fred (the Burgermeister of Amsterdam) complained that Chuckie used to be more Bubbling, but now has gone commercial, and that's where thoughts of the Club Anthem came back to me. After experiencing a European electronic music festival, I really understand the need for such large production for these mainstream club tunes. One DJ in front of 2000 to 40,000 people means that you must have songs that could carry that crowd. Sorry but I don't think Mr. Hit Dat Hoe is going to do that.
Many of the biggest tunes in the clubs in Europe this year will be by artists, who like Chuckie (half Surinamese), have roots in places far from Europe. Last year being surprised by tunes making it on the mix comps like Day N' Nite by Crookers and Kid Cudi, and Tell Me by DJ Naughty, I again find myself intrigued by the source material from this years big euro club hits. Below I'm going to compare some original styles with their "mainstream" counterparts. There's something interesting to be said for the level of fusion going on in the mainstream in Europe, where perhaps in the States the fusion is happening more in the underground. This has been evident for me since I first heard Bob Sinclair infused Magic System tracks, and Dancehall Hybrids, but it's really interesting for me to see the level of integration across the Global Ghettotech diaspora.
First this is a DJ Chuckie remix track with my favorite mainstream Global Fusionist Akon. It's a Dave Guetta original and it features Lil' Jon. They played this on Saturday, and it is a good indication of the mainstream sound that I'm talking about:
Here is a DJ Chuckie "old school" track, that show more his Bubbling Roots.
Here is a massive Buraka Som Sistema track that really reminds me of the fusion of sounds going for that big stadium bomb type feeling.
Here is a more old school Buraka track that is more in the style of original Kuduro:
This one is apparently number 1 in France right now:
Here is some original Magic System:
Song I've most heard in Europe, with weird happy violence juxtaposition.
Get a feel for the original:
And finally a genre that I spotted over via DJ Rizzla at The Wasted Youth Sound System blog, Ragga House mashup collaboration between an Italian Soundsystem, Bob Sinclair, Shabba Ranx, and Mavado. If I didn't hear it, I never woulda believe you.
I've been keeping kind of a tour log over at chiefboima.com, so soon I'll do a full round up of my Europe experience. Tune into Diesel U Radio on Friday, from 3pm to 5pm London time, for more sound selections from my trip!