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Zlow & Low #2 – RIOT

Posted on 14 October 2014 by Caballo

You probably have noticed that the ZLOW & LOW series are deeply commited in bring the slow rhythms to the dance-floors.
After the exciting first edition with BANGINCLUDE this time we present you the one and only RIOT.

1/4 of Buraka Som Sistema´s exotic madness and carrier of a unique percussive sound, the Portuguese producer/musician keeps the UK Bass vibe very present (reminding COOLTRAIN CREW days) wich sometimes mutates into dark and industrial Drum and Bass and on the other side the Afro-Portuguese roots like Zouk or Funáná adopts sonic and unbelievable heavy bass interpretations.

Full of unreleased gifts and RIOT´s already classics Sandpaper Riddim, Keep On or Booty Goes, this mixtape also includes the brand new collaborations with MIKAL, KARETUS and STRATEGY wich soon see daylight in SONY Music and Metalheadz, plus unreleased material from THE RUM BABA which is the cherry on top. Play it loud.

ZLOW & LOW – RIOT //002 by Zlow & Low on Mixcloud

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Berlin Carnival 2013

Posted on 15 May 2013 by Marflix

Hurray, it’s about that time when Berlin hosts it’s biggest yearly event – the Carnival of Cultures. Originally a procession of the different cultures living in Berlin, it grew over the years and decades to the size we see today. Altough the event has over a million spectators, it still has not the size of Notting Hill Carnival where you sometimes need an hour just to get to the other side of the street.

KdK Yard/Escobar truck 2012

The “Karneval der Kulturen” has no Caribbean roots, unlike the diasporic Carnivals in London, New York, Miami or Toronto – and this is one of the few things which makes Berlin so unique: Soca trucks with people jumping up next to the Angola and Samba truck, followed by Kurdish moms, a Squaredance Cowboy group or a local youth project.

No doubt the main event is the big parade on Sunday, starting Hermannplatz, moving down Hasenheide to Yorkstrasse. The parade starts at 12 am, the last truck usually reaches Yorksstrasse after 9pm. There’s also a street party from Thur till Sun with several stages (African stage, Latin America stage etc) going down in Kreuzberg near Zossenerstr / Hallesches Tor.


Besides a whole lot of Soca- and Dancehall-Parties this year we are especially looking forward to Lusotronics, a two-day festival dedicated to the urban digital music of the Portuguese-speaking (lusophonic) world, brought to you by Man Recordings.

The musical styles from Angola, Brasil, Mozambique and Portugal are a staple amongst Tropical Bass listeners and artists – the whole genre is deeply influenced by Baile Funk, Kuduro, Angolan Afro-House, Kizomba, Tecnobrega or Funana.


To quote the Lusotronics website:

“Produced on cheap digital instruments, these genres were born in the shanty towns of megalopolises such as Rio De Janeiro, Luanda, Maputo, Belém or Lisbon and are rapidly distributed worlwide through the Internet. A situation which is in stark contrast to the pre-Internet-age in which these countries considered themselves “peripheral“, with little access to the global pop and culture events. But since Portugal´s former colonies are now online, audio visual information, music and dance styles circulate in unprecendentend velocity around the world, reaching publics beyond language and space barriers. The results of this development are adapted and re-contextualised in the cities of the “first world“ with Lisbon as it´s main hub.”

Well said. Let me just add two words: Zouk Bass!

Curated by Daniel Haaksman the festival on Saturday and Sunday not only brings you a huge line-up with household names like Edu K, Bonde do Role, Batida, DJ Edgar, Bbrave, Titica, DJ Marfox, Gato Preto and more, there will also be lectures and and a movie programme. Perfect to get totally immersed in the lusophonic soundscapes that are predominant from Rio to Luanda.

Saturday, 18th & Sunday 19th, Club Gretchen, see for timetable and more infos
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Besides the Lusotronics we’ve put a few recommendations for your Carnival schedule together for you:

Friday, 17th

Soca at the beach (Badeschiff)
The must-see location Badeschiff is a swimming pool swimming on the river next to a huge beach bar. Perfect afternoon hang-out with music by international Soca DJs (including’s Marflix).
Facebook event

Afro Heat presents Carnival Xplosion (Festsaal Kreuzberg)
The Afro Heat team brings you the Azonto, Dancehall and Afro flavor. Including BBQ and African food.
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Carnival Jump Up 2013 (Gretchen)
The traditional Friday Soca event hosted by Soca Twins to get you in the right Carnival mood. Headlined by Peter Ram (Barbados).
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Saturday, 18th

Carnival Glow & Soca Family BBQ Lime (Astra)
The Carnival Glow hosted by the Carnival Fever crew is THE event for all you Soca fans out there – wining and drinking crews from all over Europe make this party a total madness. If you miss this one, you haven’t been to Berlin Carnival. Btw: Glow means you must wear white!
This year headlined by superstar Kes from Trinidad.
In the afternoon before the event there’s also the traditional hangout Soca Family BBQ Lime, starting 1pm (come at 4pm and the lime is already HEAT).

Soca Family Lime
Carnival Glow

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Sunday, 19th

Great Procession from Hermannplatz to Yorkstrasse
Absolutely do not miss out this one – 77 groups and trucks are parading down the Hasenheide boulevard. If you wanna be on the sure side, come early (starting 12 am), take some pictures of the early groups, grab some drinks and then join the very last truck Yard/Escobar for full Carnival madness! crew will be around for sure.
Pro tip: Wear sneakers if you serious about jumping up!

Caribbean Invasion (Yaam)
Official after-party at the Yaam, a very unique hangout and club for Africans and Reggae heads. Live: Stylo G (UK), X-Caliber (Trinidad).
Yaam event page

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Lisbon Bass Compilation (+ exclusive FREE tune by DJ Marfox)

Posted on 22 May 2012 by Jelka

For a while now the Portuguese capital Lisbon has been a hot spot for Tropical Bass Music with names Buraka Som Sistema playing big stages worldwide. Not least due to the Portuguese colonial past and it’s post-colonial diaspora the city is a melting pot of sounds and influences, from Angolan Kuduro to Cape Verdean Funana rhythms, UK sounds are traditionally present in the club scene and other lusophone music like Brasilian Baile Funk is embraced warmly. This atmosphere helped to shape a very special sonic identity, which the compilation “Lisbon Bass” sweetly represents.

Put together by old-school Hip Hop producer D- Mars and Violet, Lisbon`s underground sound ambassador and host to Ginga Beat on Red Bull Music Academy Radio, the release tells the story of how this chaotic metropolis has been able to add its own flavours and sounds to the various shapes of Bass Music. From the beautiful synth melodies on the opening “Milhões” by Die von Brau to the closing Fado influenced “Mouraria (Fado da)” by Infestus feat. M Pex, from Kuduro to Dubstep, this is a young generation of artists from the banks of the river Tejo to watch.
The compilation is available via Bandcamp and as a physical release in Portugal, Benelux and Japan.

Thanks to the good label-people of “Adam and Liza Music” we got DJ Marfox’ Ginga Beats as an exclusive FREE DOWNLOAD for you. Marfox is definitely one of the most important DJs and producers in the Portuguese Kuduro scene, who hails by the way from São Tomé e Príncipe, one of Portugal’s former colonies.
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1. Die von Brau – Milhões
2. Photonz – Isis
3. Roulet – Macumba
4. Octa Push – Fear Nandos
5. Bodona – Pa Li
6. Mr. Gasparov – Carnivore
7. DJ Ride – Moog Screaming
8. DJ Unite – Superfly
9. Niagara – Verão Dois
10. Rastronaut – No Good
11. DJ Marfox – Ginga Beat
12. Nigga Poison – Festa Na Bu Zona (Beat Laden remix)
13. Deestant Rockers – Chase Port Royal
14. Infestus feat. M-Pex – Mouraria (Fado da Minoria)

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Gualdino – Chintado Bu Ta Chora

Posted on 22 October 2011 by Leub

New Funana Video by Gualdino! The Tune was released on the “Dance Funana 3” Compilation!

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Bamzigi feat. Kaytrixx – Bachette

Posted on 08 September 2011 by Jelka

An up-tempo high-energy sure shot for the club coming straight outta Kenya, “Bachette” by Bamzigi and Kaytrixx is my new instant favourite for all that entertaining nights everyone around you is in an ADHD mood.
The track sounds like a mixture of almost everything from Soca to Kapuka to Funana to Kuduro. Hype tune!

Download Bamzigi feat. Kaytrixx – Bachette here for FREE.
FREE download of the ACAPPELLA here.

And here comes the REFIX with a strong House/Kwaito touch:

FREE Download here.

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Berlin Tropical mixtape extravaganza

Posted on 08 July 2011 by Marflix

Some fresh mixes outta Berlin. Even if there are almost no tropical parties and massive, nuff DJs jump on the train and work hard to get their people hype on the sound. We want to give you a brief update on what our fellow Berlin DJs have been doing lately.

Fat Eric (Bandulero Sound) – put ya f##k’n HANDS up! #1

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Fat Eric and his sound Bandulero is a veteran. In the last few years you saw him spinning a lot of Coupe Decalé and other african music. This mix contains some exclusive productions by ArtFX who recently did some remixes for Akwaaba Music.

Two mixes come out of the SWS Crew:
Silent Pressure did a mix covering many genres from House to Balkan Tech stuff.

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Another mix called Moombahtonito comes out of the SWS kitchen – listen to it at Mixcloud, download at

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DJ Zhao aka Ngoma Sounds just did the 10th edition of his Ngoma series.
Umlilo means fire in Zulu, and this mix takes us back to the Dirty South for a scorching ride through raw township sound. Exchanging smooth for ruff, Umlilo focuses on the connection between ghetto Rap and current Electro, between modern SA House and its Kwaito roots.
Umlilo can be found on his website.

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If you want to recatch the crazyness and madness of Berlin Carnival in June with almost 100 trucks and a million people celebrating and dancing on the streets you might go over to my website and dive into Riddims Tropicale #14 – a 2-hour jump-up live mix full of carnival vibes with Soca, Funana, Kuduro, Zouk, Soca and of course Soca.

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Guest Mix: DJ Zhao – Ngoma 7 Hardass

Posted on 15 December 2010 by Marflix

Zhaho Ngoma 7 hardass cover

Berlin-based DJ Zhao did a new edition of his Ngoma series with a focus on Angolan Kuduro. Continue Reading

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