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[VIDEO] WHO WANTS TUKI? [QUIEN QUIERE TUKI?]

A joint venture between our very own Pocz and Pacheko’s Abstractor crew and production company Mostro this is the first documentary to document the rise of Tuki music from the Venezuelan barrios. It paints a vivid picture of Tuki’s heady mix of hard beats and high intensity dancing. It features Yirvin, Baba and all the legends of the scene, theres even a little cameo from Senseless’s own Deville in there commenting on his own experiences in Venezuela. Great visuals by Design or Die who also did the Zarbak artwork and video way back when (CHECK IT). English subtitles available just click on the Captions button. Who wants Tuki? WE DO.

And if you haven’t checked the 100% tuki release from Pocz and Yirvin earlier this year on Senseless, listen to it HERE.

 

Max Romeo x Pacheko: The Video

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/24840381[/vimeo]

Remember Pacheko’s top notch space dub funky remix of Max Romeo at the end of last year? If not then refresh your memory and watch a beautifully surreal, psychdelically animated video created by Venzuelan artist Igor Bastidas.

XLR8R had some kind words for us with their premiere last week:

http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2011/06/video-premiere-max-romeo-protest

 

MAGA BO 'RANSOM EP'

 

Maga Bo – “Gondar feat. Eritbu ‘Solomon’ Agegnehu and Entenesh Wassié” from Maga Bo on Vimeo.

Maga Bo Ransom by Senseless Records

The full info:

“Loving the release, played Timeblind Mix on the radio” Sinden (Grizzly/Kiss)
“Seriously AMAZING release” Kid Kameleon
“Playlisted on my BBC Asian Network show” Bobby Friction (BBC)

DJ Support: Sinden, Rob Smith (RSD), Distal, Kid Kameleon, Bun Zero, Masala Blog
Radio: Sinden (Kiss FM) Bobby Friction (BBC), James Barrie (BBE), Simon Harrison (Basic Soul)

We’re welcoming in the 5th birthday year (see below) for Senseless with an incredible release that mixes cutting edge bass music with traditional Ethiopian instruments and folklore. Combined with the artwork, a ‘making of’ video and backed by a truly international set of remixes, it is a project that has been a year in the making. The man responsible is international bass nomad Maga Bo, a producer and DJ who literally embodies the global spirit of Senseless as a label. You might know him from an extensive discography including is work with the Dutty Artz collective in NYC (DJ Rupture/Matt Shadetek/Uproot Andy etc), or on labels like Shockout, Tru Thoughts, African Dope or Soot Records. For those unfamiliar with his work he lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a place where he draws plenty of inspiration from, musical and otherwise, as he explains,

 

“Brazil is a massive inspiration… I’m very interested in afro-brazilian rhythms, of which there are many. samba, coco, baião, sambareggae, jongo are all present in my new productions for example”.
There’s another level to his experience in Brazil too, one that informs his work on a deeper level:
“I’m a permanent resident in Brazil, but this has been a very difficult and stressful journey and has really opened my eyes to the experiences of immigrants around the world. I am a migrant musician, as most musicians are, historically, to some degree. Migration and immigration are powerful forces influencing and affecting culture and art. The music that I compose, produce, play and research is a product of migration – my own journeys and the journeys of others.”

 

That very much sums up Bo’s existence and why we’re so excited to be working with him: a relentless thirst for travel, discovery and collaboration driven by music. This EP came about from a trip to Ethiopia where he met Indriss Hassan who plays the distinctive single-stringed masinqo on title track Ransom. The track was inspired by the infamous hyenas which are fed raw meat outside the gates of Harar, birthplace of Ras Tafari. As Bo explains,
“The way they way move is unlike any animal I’ve ever seen: very powerful. It was their particular way of moving – with caution, but also with desire (to feed) and power – that inspired this track.”

Ransom evolves out of a haze of field recordings driven forward by handclaps with the distinctive masinqo loop rising up out of the atmosphere before a deep sub bass rolls in to underpin it. It’s at once hypnotic and psychedelic, evoking the intensity and energy of a vibrant city like Addis Ababa after dark. The other original track, Gondar, is a traditional Azmari song from Ethiopia, rewired with a dancehall-like riddim and elastic synth bass and more masinqo, this time played by Eritbu “Solomon” Agegnehu.

 

The remixes come from a truly international line-up all hand picked by Maga Bo himself. First up with a dancehall/dubstep hybrid is the legendary Timeblind of NYC via Berlin, whose varied career has seen everything from techno releases on Hawtin’s Plus-8 to digital dancehall on Kid606’s Shockout. Teleseen (Percepts Recordings), another NYC native atomises the parts and reassembles them in a gloriously schizophrenic electro/acoustic showdown. South Africa’s Fletcher (African Dope) takes the track in a dub direction adding space and FX to the mix. Filastine (Soot/Jarring Effect/Uberlingua/PWI), from Barcelona, comes through with a time-bending groove and ratty, resonant subbass. Last up, Senseless family Pacheko from Venezuela offers up a dub orientated bass-weight monster aimed at deeper dancefloors, something a little different from his recent 4×4 work.

 

Finally, a special mention for the artwork, a collaboration between local photographer Michael Tsegaye and Venezuelan designer Mad Kick, part of the Abstractor collective with Pacheko. A video clip shot by Maga Bo during the recording of “Gondar” completes the picture.

Senseless in Cardiff and Bristol

First up another round of huuuuge thanks to everyone that came and partied last weekend at Cafe 1001, ten hours of International Bass mayhem!

Down to business..
Our boy Pacheko is over in Europe and we’re doing a couple of Senseless showcases. Set your co-ordinates for the South and West. First stop is at Cardiff Arts Institute with the crew behind the excellent Chrome Kids blog. Pacheko and DeVille will be dropping the international bass bombs. They know how to party in Wales, get ready…
Here’s what they say:
The the following weekend we head back across the border to Bristol for a MONSTER of a line up. Huge shouts to Hivemind FM and Brock Out on this one, we’ve pulled together a killer line up of Senseless affiliated artists. I could go on but I think the incredible flyer can do the talking. Nuff hyperbole for now come on down:

POCZ & PACHEKO 'ZARBAK EP'

 

Audio is here for the awesome Zarbak EP. Available from June 28th.

 

Support from:

 

FACT Mag, Untold, Starkey, Murderbot, Mad Decent Podcast, Cardopusher.


Blurb:


 

The phrase ‘tropical’ is currently getting used to describe a lot of different music; some good, some bad, some ugly. To save on confusion Senseless went out and travelled the world to find some music from the actual tropics, Venezuela to be precise. Somewhere buried deep in the mysterious rainforest, or possibly just in a studio in Caracas, they found Pocz and Pacheko. It’s so near the equator maybe we can ditch the ‘tropical bass’ tag and go for something new, ‘equatorial bass’ perhaps? Maybe not.

Pacheko, Francisco Mejia, will be familiar to some for his solo releases on Lo Dubs, Murder Channel, Seclusiasis and for his work with legendary Venezualan expat Cardopusher. His partner in bass Pocz (Carlos Majoral) is a classically trained musician and production engineer. Along with a select few others they run Abstractor, a collective of producers, artists and designers, who promote parties, run a blog and do a fine job of representing bass music in Venezuela pretty much solo. The collective includes graphic artist Design or Die who is responsible for the incredible artwork and pretty special video for ‘Zarbak’.

Together by day Pocz and Pacheko run a sound design studio in the rum fuelled pressure cooker of political and social unrest that is Caracas. Their training in high-end audio engineering is evident in the quality and weight of the production. Nights are spent in the tropical heat cooking up beats. Over the years an audio diet that includes salsa, merengue, reggaeton and other local music mixed with old jungle tapes, Rinse FM sets and lots of dub has helped them to build a unique and captivating sound that combines all those things.

The spirit of hardcore, jungle and garage from the UK are all evident from the UK Funky rhythms and rumbling sub bass in ‘Zarbak’ to the melancholy melodic refrains of ‘Dorado’ but there’s something else there too. There’s something tribal in the drums that taps into a deep history of Latin American percussive rhythms and adds a dimension that is clearly their own. If UK bass is about the energy and pressure of the city at night then Caracas bass about the point where the intensity of the city meets the wide open space of the jungle, the beach and the mountains under a carpet of stars. Put the needle on the record, close your eyes and imagine it. Also, there’s remixes from Brackles (Blunted Robots/Planet Mu) and Mr Gasparov (Soul Jazz).

 

Pocz & Pacheko - Zarbak Video

We’re very proud to present the video for Zarbak by Pocz and Pacheko. Its a genuine day glo Latin American acid trip. Made by the awesome Design or Die crew, in part as tribute to the work of http://fatalfarm.com/ who did the FX on that infamous Major Lazer video, amongst many other classics. Here’s what Zachary from Fatal Farm had to say:

 

Chicken head with eyes on fire is great imagery.

So is the slo-mo dinosaur decapitation at 2:20.  It reminds me of some of the elements from this for some reason, which is something we’re pretty into.

 

Zarbak is released at the end of June on Vinyl and Digital download.

 

((tag: Zarbak, Senseless Records, Pocz & Pacheko, Venezuela, Garage, Dub, Dubstep, Kuduro, Funky))

DEVILLE NYC, AND SOME SOUTH AMERICAN NEWS

We did the gig last night in Caracas, and it was amazing. Monday night and the venue was rammed, I think we have some photos, video and audio so I’ll post a full report in the next couple of days. But all the Abstractor crew (Pacheko, Pocz, Ink, Emerson, Design or Die etc) its been an honour. In the meantime here is next week’s party and my debut in NYC at the legendary club Love with some heavy hitters, H.Y.P.E.D!

DEVILLE <3 VENEZUELA

I’m honoured to have been asked to play in Venezuela by my good friend Pacheko. We’re releasing two of his tracks (Zarbak/Dorado) in May with remixes from Brackles and Mr Gasparov. I’m writing this from his studio, its definitely hotter than England here but that’s pretty much all I know so far. The drive from the airport through the Barrios was incredible.

The party is Monday, full report and photos after that, but first… The Beach!

Info here:

Here’s what they say:

“ABSTRACTOR is going to be the name off a new blog / event cicle that will be taking of from where WobThis left: http://www.myspace.com/wobblersoundclash

As WobThis! we have been organizing events since late 2007, and so far our parties in Caracas have held dj sets from guests: Mala Mystikz (deep medi, DMZ – UK), Dj/Rupture (Soot, Tigerbeat6 – NYC), and 6 Blocc (LoDubs, Seclusiasis – L.A.), as well as friends & hosts such as Cardopusher (Shockout, Murder Channel, VE), Pocz (Senseless, VE), Emmerson (Disboot, VE) and the band Babylon Motorhome (Pilla, VE), among others.

Abstractor aims to push the sounds & concept behind what we do a little further.

Abstractor 01 will have music moving from dubstep, to funky/house, to kuduro and electronica with Dj DeVille (Senseless, UK) as our main guest.
We will have brand new visuals by Inkclear and Klvo and Live paintings by Monstroise, Flavio and Inkclear…”

Espanol:

ABSTRACTOR es el nombre de un nuevo blog & ciclo de eventos que estaremos haciendo a partir de lo que hicimos con WobThis: http://www.myspace.com/wobblersoundclash

Como WobThis! hemos organizado eventos desde finales del 2007 y algunos de nuestros invitados han sido: Mala Mystikz (deep medi, DMZ – UK), Dj/Rupture (Soot, Tigerbeat6 – NYC), and 6 Blocc (LoDubs, Seclusiasis – L.A.), así como amigos y residentes como Cardopusher (Shockout, Murder Channel, VE), Pocz (Senseless, VE), Emmerson (Disboot, VE) and the band Babylon Motorhome (Pilla, VE), entre otros.

Para Abstractor 01 tendremos como invitado a DeVille desde Londres, a Emmerson de vuelta desde Barcelona, nuevas visuales a cargo de Inkclear & Klvo, y live paintings con Monstroise, Inkclear y Flavio.
La música irá desde el dubstep hasta el funky/house, el kuduro y la electrónica.”