“Would you like to save the world from the degradation and destruction it seems destined for? Then step away from shallow mass movements and quietly go to work on your own self-awareness. If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.”—Lao Tzu (via malysn)
The latest episode of the Upper Cuts season arrives courtesy of :papercutz, a project founded in 2008 by the Portuguese producer Bruno Miguel, who’s taking his pop-tinged electronic soundscapes to New York in this year’s Red Bull Music Academy.
Storm Spirits is a synth-driven epic that layers gentle melodies over a thick pounding beat, while chilling arpeggios and tribal drums cut through the track, creating a unique and mystical trance-like experience in the process. Located somewhere between a fantasy and a sci-fi world, :papercutz prove once again why their sound is so hard to define yet so easy to enjoy.
Get involved in Enchufada’s most introspective track yet, as we appease the storm spirits to give way to the good weather.
Now that the first Upper Cuts season is over and we spent the last six months giving away all kinds of free and amazing beats (which can now be found inside the recently-released ‘Upper Cuts Volume 1’ digital compilation), it’s finally time to look at the future. And by looking at the future we mean another six months of fresh club tracks, headphone music and all kinds of next-level beats by a carefully chosen group of Enchufada artists and our extended family!
And who could be better to get the ball rolling than our favorite Venezuelan production duo, the tuki maestros themselves, Pocz & Pacheko. After being formally welcomed to the Enchufada family with the speaker-rattling 2012 EP ‘Changa Letal’, the boys from Caracas are back stronger than ever and with an even bigger appetite for dancefloor destruction, and their Upper Cuts track couldn’t be a better example of their highly-danceable beats.
Enter Taladro (Spanish for drill), a techno-inspired tuki bomb that lives up to its name and provides five minutes of unrelenting bass drums and, colorful tuki synths from outer space, as the titular drill sounds push the envelope and make it a certifiable party bomb. After serving as one of the many secret weapons that our main man Branko has been using on his legendary DJ sets - and he guarantees it makes the crowd go wild every single time - an example that artists like Crookers, Chrissy Murderbot, Roska, Wildlife! and Nick Catchdubs were quick to follow. However, the privileges end here: now it’s time to let the whole world enjoy this undeniable banger.
If you ever wondered what happened in Angola after the kuduro boom, this is it. The crown prince of Luanda’s thriving afro-house scene Djeff joins Enchufada’s Upper Cuts series with a deep rhythmic cut called Kissange. Heavily focused on the dancefloor’s needs and wants, the Angolan producer crafts a slow-burning tension-filled track perfect for making the transition from the sunset beach party to the late-night club.
Djeff aka Afrozila seems to effortlessly incorporate the classic house vibe with the warm, percussion-heavy and syncopated African rhythms, creating a warm sound that resonates out of the Angolan capital and is making everyone from Johannesburg to Lagos go wild on the dancefloor.
As every big dance craze in Luanda eventually penetrates Lisbon’s nightlife, Djeff’s colorful beats begin to inspire dance moves in the European clubs, and we bet that Kissange won’t be an exception.
When you walk through a forest that has not been tamed and interfered with by man, you will see not only abundant life all around you, but you will also encounter fallen trees and decaying trunks, rotting leaves and decomposing matter at every step. Wherever you look, you will find death as well as life.
Upon closer scrutiny, however, you will discover that the decomposing tree trunk and rotting leaves not only give birth to new life, but are full of life themselves. Microorganisms are at work. Molecules are rearranging themselves. So death isn’t to be found anywhere. There is only the metamorphosis of life forms. What can you learn from this?
Death is not the opposite of life. Life has no opposite. The opposite of death is birth. Life is eternal.