Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta rocks the sounds of pan-Latin American cumbia. Their gritty, grassroots approach captures the “golden age” of streamlined, tight-knit ensembles that shook sweatbox dance floors with raw and fierce energy throughout Latin America in the 1970s—honest dance music with no frills and no fear, anchored by piercing guitars, garage organs, and straight-ahead percussive might.
Cumba Mela is an international music collective that explores the boundless world of global bass. Blending a colorful array of international genres and music traditions such as: nueva cumbia, kuduro, samba, afro-latin bass, dubstep, electro, baile funk, balkan-brass, and more. cumbamela.com
Atropolis = 100% original material from a city who has pioneered the tropical/global bass/world music 2.0 sound with Dutty Artz Brooklyn party series, where they showed the world that the crazy mash of cultures in NYC had evolved a counterpart for the cosmopolitan dancefloor, where the crowd was as mixed-up as the music.
Adam ‘Atropolis’ Patridge was born and raised in Queens, New York, one of the most diverse places in America. By age 16 Adam was deep into sounds from Mali, Nigeria, the Balkans, the Caribbean, and South America and living in the meltingpot meant that all those musical communities were nearby. Years later, Patridge has created a fresh-to-death amalgamation of nueva cumbia, dubstep, moombahton, Afro-Colombian house, and kuduro, catching the ears of studied future world music professionals, Dutty Artz label heads Jace “DJ/Rupture” Clayton and Matt Shadetek.
As an accomplished arranger and multi-instrumentalist, Patridge decided to leave his work on commercials to found the Cumba Mela DJ collective. Their “anyting goes” vibe of the collective was exciting and new… as the first party was on a pirated ship docked in a dirty creek in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The ambitious, community-oriented Cumba Mela parties brought in performers, film, food, and visual artists, and reflected Adam’s commitment to making fresh dance music that emerged from the sounds of his native city — a city of immigrants hustling to make old worlds and new worlds dance together (Adam’s own family hails from Greek Cyprus). soundcloud.com/atropolis
Thornato’s experience as a multiple-instrumentalist shines through in his versatile music expression. He’s just as likely to crank out a slamming Dancehall tune; as he is to produce a deep trance-inducing shamanic track of African origin. There are no boundaries when it comes to Thor’s cadre of sonic inspiration. His remixes, mash-ups, and original productions contain the grounded roots of indigenous music with cutting-edge electronic production.
Labels across the globe are quickly and heavily submitting requests for tracks and remixes from Thor. Many of the preeminent blogs [Mad Decent, MTV IGGY, XLR8R, Generation Bass, Tropical Bass] snap up exclusive, early-releases of his production. This is all without having released an album, yet. Between his flights to India to produce music for Bollywood films, touring with Beats Antique, his residency with his producer collective Cumba Mela at historic Bembe (BKNY) and playing worldwide, he’s amassing tracks that people are waiting for with open arms. Having already sprinkled original and remixed tracks out in the world via Urban World Records and Soul Spazm International, Thornato is scheduled to release tracks this year for several more highly-regarded labels: Dutty Artz [NY] and ZZK [Argentina] to start. Simply said, you know things are good when your amazingly talented peers like Dave Nada, Jeremy Sole (KCRW), Nickodemus, Sabo, Toy Selectah and Uproot Andy invite you to play alongside them and leapfrog at new tracks, using them to slay audiences globally and on high-caliber festivals stages like Coachella. soundcloud.com/thornato
Local Resident DJ’s ItziNallah, SloMo, and DJ Sound Culture