Welcome to Notes from the Underground, THUMP's weekly premiere feature dedicated to shining a light on underground sonics from around the world. Every week, we'll start at the surface and dig deeper into the underground with each track. In this week's edition, we've got everything from a South African/Brazilian house collab, deep west coast vibes via Jamie Prado and Jarell Perry, some top-notch weirdo house from the Perfect Driver camp via Landis LaPace, footwork from London in the guise of Hotheads and future bass from Romania from ViLLAGES and Golan. Have fun, go mad:
It's a Angeleno vibe fest on this new original from producer dude Jamie Prado, who's looped in vocalist, and quite possibly the next Frank Ocean-meets-The Weeknd—Jarell Perry—to add some pure euphoria to his slick slice of deep house. After his recent collaboration with Canadian artist DEEBS, Perry's recent team-up is another testament to the potential of his saucy crooning.
Floridian teenage weirdo house prodigy Landis LaPace has already impressed with releases on This Ain't Bristol, but his debut on Perfect Driver, the Renaissance EP, takes those Dirtybird-adjacent west coast vibes to a whole 'nother level. Garbled samples discussing soiled panties would get Kill Frenzy himself all hot and bothered, and all before his 18th birthday. Is this even legal?
Romania's ViLLAGE makes candy-coated treats more satisfying than a lollipop at a rave. Mashing together R&B vocals with euphoric melodies and trap percussion turns out to be an ideal recipe for cute party music—one that has so far brought him official remixes for Lana Del Rey and Lily Allen, plus an EP on Kitsuné. "[It's] sort of a festival synthy bass-driven track with the usual pitch-shifted vocals and them takeover vibes," ViLLAGE says about his remix. "Hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it."
Local NYC producer and DJ, Kashaka, specializes in a brand of tuneage that splices together pieces of latin-tinged music like afro-house, baile funk, kuduro, and trap, to result in something you couldn't possible not drop your ass to. Via an encounter only possible in the internet age, the producer linked up with a Brazilian DJ/MC collective called TrapFunk & Alivio who provided an acapella (via Facebook message) that's eventually resulted in an entirely new beat.
Check out Kashaka's set this Monday at Output's roof for the Everyday Afirique event that celebrated South African food, and sounds.
Footwork vibes from North London as Hotheads drops the second release on the newfangled Medallions imprint. The glittery synths of the first groove give way to a bossy-as-fuck, gritty bassline when it comes back around for the reprise, offering just a dose of the depth in production from his Jukebox EP, released September 3rd.