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Power moves from Uganda’s Nyege Nyege Tapes; spotlighting the Dutch bubbling permutations of Den Haag’s De Schuurman - a crucial node of the Black Atlantic diaspora - with 13 hard-to-find, hyper dancehall techno zingers from the late ‘00s up to 2019.
As the legend goes, in the late ‘80s a young DJ Moortje from Curaçao was playing at Den Haag’s Club Voltage, where he accidentally played a dancehall track at 45RPM, not 33, to feverish reception from the dancers. A new style of hi NRG dancehall was born and named bubbling house, with a new generation of diasporic producers such as De Schuurman following in the footsteps of his uncle and bubbling pioneer DJ Chippie to evolve the sound in the late 2000s, using Fruityloops to update the style with traces of rap, R&B, trance and electro-house alongside his cousins, DJ Daycard, DJ Master-D, Stiko Jnr and DJ Justme. The sound received international recognition in 2011 via Anti-G’s ‘Presents Kentje’sz Beatsz’ compilation with Planet Mu, and now NNT serve a hot reminder of its irresistible innovations with ‘Bubbling Inside.’
Crafted mostly between 2007-2009, but also featuring relatively recent productions, the set is a scorching throwback to bubbling’s upfront propulsion systems. Painstakingly sourced from old hard drives by the artist with NNT and Sascha Roth of Pantropical in Rotterdam, it features 13 mostly unreleased tracks that firmly demonstrate how forward the young producer was back then, bending Afro-Caribbean rhythms with prevailing electro and techno-house trends in a way that paralleled UKF across the North Sea, but with a much sharper Dutch electronic tang that really left its mark on dancefloors at the time, and still kills today.
In keen mutations of the fundamental tresillo rhythms that also drive soca, reggaeton, UK Funky; De Schuurman makes his mark with definitive cuts such as the steel drum-driven quickstep of ‘Pier Je Bil!!’ and the string-led swagger of ‘Fermina Style,’ while ‘F*cking Hard!I!’ and ‘Bubbling Inside’ are galvanised with cutting synthlines by DJ Electro. The hot brass of ‘Urban Gunz’ is perhaps closest to certain UKF templates, and the banging ‘First One’ links the sound to late ‘00s European techno, with tunes such as 2019’s ‘Domina’ showing how De Schuurman has kept the style fresh with twists of dubstep and plusher, layered textures without losing sight of its energising dancefloor roots.