In the heart of Brazil, baile funk is charting a new direction for bass music – soaking up influences from across the ocean in UK, mixing and evolving. And so we’re keen on the latest cut from Lisbon’s Enchufada label – that’s the label behind the likes of Buraka Som Sistema and Branko – a new collaborative gem.
The project is called 777, the product of a pairing of Marginal Men and Viní, off a forthcoming EP by Marginal Men. And the first cut is crisp, modern, with a finely-tuned slightly-dragging groove to it, and some surprising cinematic bigness – it really does sound like some new style we haven’t heard before. (We’re not quite exclusive on CDM, because the management got excited and had to share … which is an impulse I understand.) Listen:
Marginal Men also host what I’m told is Brazil’s hottest club night – the bass-heavy “Wobble” parties. That event, like this music, cross-breeds the local Brazilian sound with top acts from the UK.
We chatted via email with Marginal Men about their release, in a trans-Atlantic chat:
CDM: Love the sound of this track, certainly. How would you describe its influences, where it came from?
The main influence behind 777 is work of MC TH, a baile funk crooner from Rio. He really blew up last year with beats from guys like DJ Yago Gomes, LD do Martins and DN de Caxias. We are big fans of his sound and always look forward to hear more from him, so when we started to talk with Viní about this track, his name was the first to come up.
What’s the concept and spirit behind the release?
The main idea behind this tune and the whole EP is to connect the baile funk sound with different bass music styles. We always tried to show how we imagine this connection through our DJ sets. Last year, we released two mashup EPs on Arrastão, and we consider our new EP that is coming out in June as a next step in this work — our expression on how we see this connection.
Care to talk at all about the production process? What’s in your studio?
We use Ableton Live 9 and most of the sounds come from iZotope Iris 2 (thanks Imaabs!) and NI Massive.
The studio set up is a MacBook Pro, [Native Instruments] Audio8 soundcard, KRK RockIt 8 monitors, Icon MIDI keyboard and a Digidesign Command8 control surface.
On 777, we collaborated with Viní. He is on FL [Studio]. So we bounced the stems from Live to FL and back. At the end we added his stems to our original project so we wouldn’t lose power with all the resampling.
Help us imagine what it’s like to walk into a typical Wobble night. Who’s there, who’s playing, what’s happening?
Fabio Heinz is WOBBLE’s resident warm up DJ. He starts the dancefloor mixing up the latests rap/grime releases with uk dubstep. At the end of his set, an up-and-coming MC from Fabio’s label RWND Records usually steps in to test some unreleased stuff.
Most of the nights we play after Fabio. We love that second spot. We can start slow and keep going up the bpms.
After us normally comes a guest. Names like MC Bin Laden, Branko, DJ Earl, DJ Marky, DJ R7, Sango, Scratcha DVA, Sants, Nectar Gang, Neguim Beats, Plastician and many others already played with us at WOBBLE. We try to bring always bring new sounds and also check in again with our favorites.
To finish our night with great style we bring next our third resident DJ – Rodrigo S. He is Rio’s DnB legend. His mixing is always on point, he never disappoints and always brings new hits from different bass mu.
But we can’t talk about the party without mentioning the most important part the dancefloor crew. They know and appreciate the sound. The response and energy of the crowd is very important to us. This emotion that can be felt when we play for them. That’s what it is all about.
More from Marginal Men:
More Enchufada goodness: The label hails from Lisbon, but brings you “new music from weird places.”
What do you get when you cross a tiny patch bay with total mayhem?
Well, the bitRanger, apparently – a limited-run collaboration of Bastl Instruments and Casper Electronics (Peter Edwards), and possibly the most interesting surprise to come out of Moogfest this week.
Peter Edwards has not only moved to Brno, Czech Republic to join the Bastl revolution – a mad genius marriage if ever you’ve heard one – he’s also evidently been spending a lot of time in the woods. Maybe… a little too much time. Watch:
But, while it’s not clear whether or not Peter has lost his mind, we do get an absolutely delightful little invention. The bitRanger is a compact, battery-powered, patchbay-equipped wonder, focusing on repatching an “analog logic computer.”
That is, it uses Peter’s ongoing cleverness with circuits to let you wire up different patterns, whether you use them as a sound source directly or as a means of controlling other gizmos.
So, it’s a synth. But it’s also a pattern generator for other synths.
And it’s fitting that the bitRanger debuts in North Carolina at Moogfest rather than back home in Europe, because the creators are explicit about their connection to Moog’s own oddity, the Werkstatt synth. In fact, you can patch them together if you choose.
Patch it, you will, as in addition to four knobs and eight switches you get a full 100 patch points.
Americans can buy directly at Moogfest (where there’s a first limited edition at the special price of US$259), or look to the store Bastl and Casper have opened in Brooklyn, Detective Squad. Back here in Europe, you can order from the Bastl noise.kitchen site for 222€ (plus VAT) when it ships in June (I think literally when Peter and the Czech guys get back to Brno).
Or, of course, if you happen to be touring Brno to see what all the fuss is about, you can get it from them in person. I recommend drinking some Kofola (caffeinated coffee soda) to get your head ready to do some analog patching. But it’s possible I’m just trying to comfort myself in the fact that I’m not at Moogfest.
This week we featured so much great artists! New Lovecast from Lee M Kelsall out of Mexico City; Edwin Oosterwal, Rejected boss, mixed the latest Label Lovers; new West Coast Podcast from Pink Mammoth resident, Zach Walker; and we have a new Hero from Dominican Republic in Julsdls. We spotlighted premieres from Eagles & Butterflies on Digweed’s Bedrock Records, Lee Curtiss remix of Justin Jay on Lee Foss’ imprint Repopulate Mars, Kate Simko remix on Superfreq, Definition‘s new one, and the latest deep house tune from Detroit legend, Rick Wade.
Is IDM cool again? Like even calling things IDM? We think so. Now, there’s probably lots we could say about Autechre, but that’d take precious time away from you listening to all the Autechre-y Autechre that just Autechred into your Autechre. So, let’s just cover the facts, ma’am, in quick order – and they’re all pretty awesome. Of course, spoiler, all your fellow music nerd friends have been talking about nothing else on their Facebook feed today, but at least we can put this all in one convenient location:
1. There’s a new release. Autechre just dropped a five-album (five!) release, Elseq 1-5. Oh, you thought Exai was big (2013), with only 17 tracks and 2 CDs and 4 vinyl records? Now you get 21 tracks, 5 albums, and about four hours of music.
Digital only, 33-55€. You have to buy all five albums. I think you should buy the 24-bit version, put it on a special hard drive you buy for the purpose, and connect to your computer with a gold-plated Thunderbolt cable and then invite your friends over for a listen.
2. No streaming. No, you can’t stream it. I couldn’t get an official quote from the label, but what I have been able to psychically probe from their thoughts was “F*** you Spotify and Apple Music.” Direct (psychic) quote. (This is the future, I think, as forcing downloads will be the only thing that saves them.)
3. Seriously no streaming. No, you can’t even stream previews. (This is probably the future, too, at least for Famous People. The rest of us will be YouTube-previewing everything we can, natch.)
Oh no! You’re not a real nerd if you weren’t all over Warp’s Alaskan radio rip before they pulled it down. Don’t be caught napping.
4. PR plan: let’s go Fairbanks. Here’s a promo concept: premiere music on BBC 6Music (of course!) and a college radio station in Fairbanks, Alaska called KSUA (wait, huh?). Rip the radio appearance from Alaskan radio. Post it to SoundCloud, officially as Warp Records. Then promptly remove the recording and force people to buy the downloads. Genius.
Five years ago, if someone did this, I’d say it was some sort of underground hipster chic. In 2016, going that strange may actually be the only antidote to an oversaturated media market. I would have loved to be on the other end of the phone line when Autechre called, though.
5. The Longest Cut. That’ll be “elyc6 0nset,” 27″.
6. Disney hearts IDM now, too. More IDM is the new EDM evidence: media megagiant “we own everything nerdy now” Disney have gone to the likes of Warp artists to remix Giorgio Moroder in a soundtrack to the video game TRON RUN/r by Giorgio Moroder and Raney Shockney. What do kids like today? Oh, probably Plaid and Bibio and … Patten! Also, you get yet more Autechre to add to the above, in the form of a remix of “611 Time Out.” IMM – Intelligent Moroder Music.
By the way, speaking of obscure, you know if I were a huge IDM fan and wanted to stick it to the Music Press, I would probably do an interview with the world’s, um, third(?) biggest music tech site where most people expect news about an Arduino-controlled LEGO step sequencer, and then I’d talk to them. Just… gonna put that out there. It’s totally the Alaskan radio of online music news, if you think about it. Rob. Or… someone.
Have a very merry Autechre, everyone, and God Autechre us, every one.