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Jan 27
2015

Wiwek On The Rise Of Jungle Terror + 5 Favorite Tracks

2015 LessThan3 artist to watch Wiwek (pronounced WEE-wack) got his production start making trance and hip hop, but it wasn't until he moved toward more tribal sounds that he really found his niche and created what became an entirely new genre--jungle terror.

Interestingly enough, Wiwek never set out to actually create a new genre. It began as a simple SoundCloud tag:

I was starting to make these tunes that were really tribal, but they were a bit harder than usual tribal house and I would always add these weird noises, like monkeys and chanting. I remember I was hanging out with some friends and I told them I made some "jungle terror," 'cause that was the first thing that came up in my head, first as a joke, but after a while I started to put it as a genre in SoundCloud. Back in 2012 you had to tag a genre when you wanted to upload something to SoundCloud.
Then out of nowhere, Wiwek began to get considerable mainstream support, and producers around the world began creating their own jungle terror tunes:

During Miami 2014 my tunes were played everywhere, especially On Your Mark with Gregor Salto, and I started to notice lots of guys were inspired by it and creating similar sounding stuff which was tagged as "jungle terror" too. After that I started to realize I may have started something that other people will see as a genre. There's a whole community going on in a Facebook group where people share all their jungle terror tunes and ideas.
Fast forward to now, and Wiwek is being support by the likes of Diplo, Dillon Francis, and Skrillex, the latter of whom recently stated in an interview that his OWSLA label would be releasing Wiwek's music in 2015, and referred to jungle terror as "the new sh*t." Wiwek's also got his own label, Rimbu, which features some of the best up-and-coming jungle terror talent out there.

Clearly the Dutch upstart has a big 2015 to look forward to, and we were lucky enough to have him share some of his current favorite tracks with us. Take a listen below.


Funky Craig & Rawtek - Shaka Zulu (Original Mix) [Rimbu]
This is my favorite track I've released on Rimbu. I've been playing this tune ever since they sent it to me in August. Such a crazy tune with amazing vibes--turns every club into a mad jungle rave. These guys have been hiding under the radar, but it won't take long before they break into scene.
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Kavido - Shape (Original Mix) [Rimbu]
Tribal club house at its finest. Love that switch in the second part of the drop. Keeps the crowd grooving.
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Aquadrop & Big Fish feat. Stush - Gyal Like Me (Original Mix) [Rimbu]
Excellent tune with dope vocal work from Stush. Summer vibes all over the place but still banging enough for the clubs. After I heard this I just had to work with Stush. She did the vocals on my tune Ground Shake and another one that is still coming up!
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Moska & Nezzo - Barbarian (Original Mix) [Wall]
One of my latest favorites; really good choice to have those chants in the drop. Love that warrior feeling.
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Nash One & Mike Cervello - Murda (Original Mix) [Rimbu]
These guys are my friends and happen to be great producers as well. I remember playing this for the first time, and the unexpected excitement from the crowd is priceless. The sweet trumpet break fits perfectly with the nasty ragga drop.
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Funky Craig & Rawtek - Shaka Zulu (Original Mix) [Rimbu]
Kavido - Shape (Original Mix) [Rimbu]
Aquadrop & Big Fish feat. Stush - Gyal Like Me (Original Mix) [Rimbu]
Moska & Nezzo - Barbarian (Original Mix) [Wall]
Nash One & Mike Cervello - Murda (Original Mix) [Rimbu]
Jan 27
2015

Sleepy Tom & Anna Lunoe Join On ‘Pusher’

Fresh off the heels of his mini-tour, Vancouver-based producer Sleepy Tom (pictured) teams up with fellow Fool's Gold favorite Anna Lunoe for their new original, Pusher.

The combination of Sleepy Tom's charismatic sound and Lunoe's stand-out vocals is one worth listening to. While the original and club versions are similar to each other, the club version has a little extra bit of percussion that gives the tune a slightly groovier feel. Sleepy Tom consistently manages to improve release after release, and his latest is a worthy addition to the Fool's Gold catalog.

Head here to purchase your copy.
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/188131073
Sleepy Tom feat. Anna Lunoe - Pusher [Fool's Gold]
Jan 27
2015

Feed Me Shares ‘Wuzzle’ Off New EP

Feed Me whipped out Wuzzle today, the first track off his forthcoming EP, A Giant Warrior Descends on Tokyo.

Feed Me's keeper, Jon Gooch, previously announced that the four-track EP will arrive Feb. 2 on his Sotto Voce imprint. Our first taste of Giant Warrior, Wuzzle reflects his penchant for squishy, agile electro house with dynamic percussion, this time going with a decidedly tribal flavor--perfect for our warrior's flattening of Japan's largest city.

A Giant Warrior Descends On Tokyo Feb. 2.

https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/188192428
Feed Me - Wuzzle [Sotto Voce]
Jan 27
2015

Le Youth Invites Mary J. Blige To ‘T O U C H’

First came C O O L, then we got R E A L, and now the king of all things suave Le Youth is back with T O U C H, the latest in a string of R&B-infused dance tracks.

Wes "Le Youth" James opts for pitched-down vocals from Mary J. Blige's I Am, chopping them up and laying them within a bouncy, uptempo beat. Piercing keyboard notes and funky percussion add to the track's energetic quality and help transform Blige's soulful ballad into an irresistible fusion of house and nu disco. As he's proven time and again with his flawless production and knack for choosing superb vocal samples, Le Youth is at the top of his game when it comes to creating smooth, seductive beats.

An official release date for the track is still TBD, but follow Le Youth on Facebook for updates.
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/188149186
Le Youth - T O U C H
Jan 27
2015

‘They Don’t Know’ How Good Justin Jay Really Is

Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show is famous for its world-class premieres, and the newest in a long line of successful singles is Justin Jay's remix of Disciples’ They Don’t Know.

22-year-old Jay has fast become a go-to name in the underground house scene, and with cuts like this, it's easy to see why. Entrancingly deep and menacingly raspy, his rework is an intoxicating mix of ghostly melodies, dark overtones, and heavy bass. It's almost totally unrecognizable from the original--in Annie Mac's own words, Justin Jay takes the track “somewhere dark.”

The original is set to drop Feb. 22, with a remix package to follow.
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/187534994
Disciples - They Don't Know (Justin Jay Remix) [Annie Mac Radio Rip]