Dazed Dog – Berlin Sucia
On his debut album, enigmatic Berlin-based producer Dazed Dog has shredded his atlas and bulldozed through boundaries with an LP which drags cumbia from the streets of South America and stitches it to titanic basslines to create music more refreshing than a caipirinha in the sun.
Each carnival-starting track swings with a heavy, tropical groove for an experience which is easy and weighty at the same time. According to the promo blurb, the flames of freedom and the booze in the belly burn bright in the life of Dazed Dog; that’s about right, now get these sounds in your life and realise that they’re what you’ve been missing.
‘Lima Lima Zulu Zulu’ kicks things off with a South American swagger, one of the more direct tracks on the album which digs deep with a good amount of poke. The introduction of a cowbell immediately increases the carnival vibes by 50%. There’s an avalanche of groove on ‘La Danza de los Mirlos en E’ which carries a brassy bassline and a nimble fluted topline which will either conjure Skream’s debut album or transport you straight to kumbia’s South American roots.
‘Incredible Bass’ is another one for the old-school dubstep heads, as Dazed Dog – this time with CMDQ on board – reaches for the same sample Rusko used in ‘Jehova’ (‘Kunta Kinte’ by the Revolutionaries). They then throw a pulsating beast of a bass on it, and job done. CMDQ’s remix of ‘Ceremony’ also nods in that direction, with movement in spades and whip-crack basslines to boot.
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On ‘Revolution’ the kick a half-beat away from where you think it should be, bringing a deliciously off-kilter feel which is elevated by the warm onslaught of a gargantuan fuzzed-out bass, and ‘Berlin Sucia’ nails that swung drum line perfectly but its banshee-scream hook might be too much too soon, mostly unmusical as it is – maybe it’s a grower?
It’s darker still on ‘Pura Pura Pura’ where things get certifiably twisted with a tortured overdriven bass croaking and fizzing its way through a broken but infectious motif. Irresistible basslines are the order of the day on the (misleadingly titled) ‘We Call It Techno’, where tropical percussion writhes underneath a deep and uncomplicated synth which maintains just a bit of wonk but is far from the distorted monsters elsewhere.
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