Brussels’ Lowup Records is keeping things in the family for their sixth official release, the Sunshanked EP by Max Le Daron. Drawing inspiration from the vast universe of African pop and dancehall, all five tracks sit between 89 and 105 bpm and sport gentle synth melodies that instill a luscious, dreamy atmosphere throughout.
With plenty of low-end and groove to boot, this is a set of sensual club tunes that allow for the sort of dancing where lots of body parts rub against each other. From Accra to Kingston via Manneken Pis, the Sunshanked EP solidifies Max Le Daron’s position on the creative spearhead of the global bass movement with grace and assurance.
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Mastering by Calyx
Brussels-based DJ and producer Max le Daron’s love for tropical-flavoured bass music goes way deeper than most. After spending the last few years exploring the global side of UK bass culture, including everything between dancehall to 2-step garage, it was the Ghanian sounds of Azonto that recently captured the Belgian artist’s imagination.
For those of you who still haven’t caught up with Azonto (also known as Afrobeats in its current breeding grounds of London) it began as the young members of Britain’s Ghanian and Nigerian communities - who grew up on a steady diet of grime, UK funky and the electronic sounds of the London club scene - began channeling the musical traditions of hiplife and afrobeat in their own productions. The result was a vibrant and colorful mix of rhythms and melodies inherited from their parents’ generation, recreated for London’s modern, bass-hungry club scene.
Max le Daron became instantly enamoured with these incredibly fun and danceable rhythms. Instead of just recreating the vibe at his Brussels studio, he flew to Accra to meet and record with local musicians, drawing inspiration from the local scene to create energetic tracks such as the new Upper Cuts track Gulder Riddim. Intricate afro-inspired beats twist and turn to support a bouncy bassline, as the chopped-up vocals and uplifting chords provide the finishing touches for this club-ready tropical banger.