GENERATION BASS PRESENTS: TRANSNATIONAL DUBSTEP
OUT FEBRUARY 1, 2011 (SIX DEGREES RECORDS)
COMING OUT ON DIGITAL &CD
Encrusted Skull, 2005 sculpture by Amy Sarkisian
Transnational Dubstep is the first major compilation to document the fusion of dubstep and global roots music. It has been conceptualised & compiled by co-owner/editor & the driving force behind the Generation Bass blog, DJ UMB in cooperation with Six Degrees Records. The record pulls together some of the most exciting new producers in electronic music who are incorporating sounds from around the planet with the bass bin shaking thump of dubstep.
By utilizing influences from Cumbia to Balkan- Chinese to Indian- Middle Eastern to Japanese- the songs on this unique collection represent the cutting edge vanguard of a whole new electronic sub-genre that is ready to capture the ears and imaginations of listeners world-wide.
DJ Umb and his partner Vincent Koreman (co-owner/editor & founder of the blog) had the arduous task of choosing from over 300 tracks locked inside DJ Umb's Transnational Dubstep vault. The pair narrowed the tracks down to 30 for licensing and then Umb finalised the selection and sequencing.
The idea for the compilation came from the success of DJ Umb’s underground mixtape series “(India/China/Sufi/World) Calling”, which contained dubstep with traces of African, Balkan, South American, Indian and Middle Eastern vibes. These mixtapes also caught the attention of Bob Duskis, of Six Degrees, who was already a huge admirer of the Generation Bass blog. Thanks to him, this partnership, between Generation Bass and Six Degrees, for this compilation was born.
From it’s humble beginnings in Feb 2009, the award winning Generation Bass Blog (www.generationbass.com) has come a long way in its, almost, 2 year history. It has been exposing listeners to the hottest new trends in global/electronic/dance hybrids. From Dubstep, Kuduro, Cumbia, Barefoot, Kwaito, Laser Bass, Moombahton and more, the blog has pioneered a host of exciting new sounds that can be defined under an umbrella category they describe as “Transnational Bass”.
Many of the underground artists it has first broke all over blogosphere have gone onto success and have been signed to labels like Mad Decent and others. It is only a matter of time before one of its discoveries becomes a global superstar, DJ Umb says, “it’s inevitable!”.
It has now amassed over 1 million visitors and is hitting around 4000+ visitors on a daily basis and growing. It has gone on to win awards, The Best Up and Coming Act or Organization from Music Centre Netherlands and has been voted a Top 10 blog by AfroPop Worldwide.
It has been featured on various South American TV stations and mentioned as a highly influential blog by broadsheets worldwide, including the UK's Guardian Newspaper, who described it as an essential source for new Transnational Club sounds. It has also been cited as an influence by other big blogs like Diplo's Mad Decent who have said “Generation Bass is on top of their game” and Daniel Haaksman of Man Recordings who has called it one of the best bass music blogs on the planet! It has also inspired a whole new crop of imitator blogs.
Generation Bass has also put on "Generation Bass Festivals" in both the UK and the Netherlands. They have also hosted live events & Generation Bass stages at some of the biggest festivals in the world like Mundial, Incubate, Lowlands (HOLLAND), Roskilde (DENMARK) Pecz (Hungary) and Drop Beats Not Bombs (UK) & Essouira Festival (Morocco).
Generation Bass DJs have played alongside or acted as support acts for Speed Caravan, Gilles Peterson, Datsik, Poirier, Douster, Daara J, Buraka Som Sistema, Von D and Bentley Rythm Ace, Joker, Reso, Bomb Squad, MRK1, Haaksman, Headhunter, Jakes, Bomba Estereo, Shackleton, Neil Landstrumm, Cooly G and many, many others.
In the latter part of 2010, it is now entering its new phase as a digital record label and already people are starting to cite it is as one of the labels to watch out for in 2011.
This 15 track hand picked compilation features established producers like the Midival Punditz and the Bandish Project while introducing breaking talent from around the bass music community including Engine Earz, Alexis K, Jajouka Soundsystem, Knowa Knowone, Shem and many more to a wider audience. Transnational Dubstep is the flashpoint where the ever-evolving bass music genre collides with the global music continuum.