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The Best Electronic Music on Bandcamp: September 2019


It’s a fairly U.K.-heavy cast this month in this bumper roundup. In particular, some notable manifestations of particularly British forms: drum & bass, breakbeat rave, broken beat, and original, minimalist, sub-heavy dubstep.

But don’t worry, that doesn’t mean this music is parochial. Even these aforementioned records bring global influences from Lagos to Detroit, and create discombobulating new twists on the existing templates. And on top of these genre-specific releases, we’ve got more uncategorizable stuff from, among others: a Scotswoman in Zurich immersed in Chinese culture, a Missourian industrial-exotica experimenter from the ‘80s, two Frenchmen on an electro-sleaze mission, a Frenchwoman in Berlin completely redirecting contemporary and past underground currents, a Vancouver label gathering the weirdest of the global left field, and a Canadian techno overlord in his element. (OK, strictly speaking, Richie Hawtin is British by birth too, but if anyone is a world citizen by now it’s him…)

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Ivan Conti’s Free-Thinking Samba Legacy

Ivan Conti

For the past 40 years, Ivan Conti has been at the heart of some of the most progressive samba music coming out of Brazil. Known affectionately as Mamãowhich means papaya in Portuguese—Conti, the drummer for the legendary eclectic trio Azymuth, has already released multiple solo albums (throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s), and collaborated with the producer Madlib (as Jackson Conti). As the backbone of Azymuth, Conti took the traditional—and varied—stylings of Brazilian samba and mixed them with heavy funk and regional folk rhythms. This has become known as samba doido—or, as it translates to English, “crazy samba.” Now that Conti’s in his 70s, you’d expect his musical output to slow down somewhat. But that’s far from the case.

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