For the less-than-aware observer, 2014′s global underground bass explosion has come from what would seem to be the most unique of places, Portugal. However, if aware of a little bit of history (and colonization), the idea that African-tinged dance sounds would travel from Angola to Portugal by way of the UK, would make all of the sense in the world. Now that we’ve understood a different type of triangle trade (that’s benefited the world in this case), let’s get to the matter of Portuguese Bass Underground, Generation Bass’ latest compilation.
As zouk’s club-ready style and slower zouk bass’ heavy riddim and seductive melodies (and zouk bass’ uncles tarraxo, tarraxinha, fodencia) rise in global awareness, it’s compilations like these that ideally balance the worldwide renown with a respect for the sounds’ organic roots. For as much as the sound is about JSTJR and Major Lazer, it’s also about names that may be familiar to Androids readers like King Kong, Mala Noche, and the DZC Crew, but names like Bison, Squareffekt, Diamond Bass, and a plethora more. Casting a net as deep as it is wide, this compilation excels at creating a necessary synergy between a global mainstream and underground that now more than ever bear similarity more than difference to each other.