Atropolis isn’t a real word. It’s not in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary or the Britannica Encyclopedia. In fact, you can’t find it any books, but has a familiar ring to it, like people have been saying it for centuries, and if you pull it apart, it makes sense. It’s a lexical mashup–a fresh coupling of Latin roots. Two old kernels of meaning are reanimated in communion, producing something entirely original, that still resonates with a millennia of tradition and use.
The suffix -polis means “city”, as in metropolis, or Indianapolis. Ater- or atra-, as far as I can make out, means “black”, or “blackened by fire”. I may be digging a little too deep, and its possible that Dutty Artz’s most recent inductee, Adam Partridge, settled on his title for no better a reason than that it slipped off his tongue one day by accident and seemed to stick. But it’s still a fitting image for the young producer and sonic traveller, who’s work sometimes sounds like no less than a sun-scorched fairytale– journeying across Colombia with his NYC-based Cumba Mela crew to record and collaborate with local artists by day, setting cities ablaze with bass by night.
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Today, Atropolis brings us an exclusive mix that is rife with electric fire-starters from all across the Americas and beyond. From kuduro, to soukous, to nueva cumbia, to 3ball, to dancehall, to baile funk, to just straight up New York house—it is clear that the man can’t stand still. On this one, no crossfade doesn’t also cross borders of geography, culture, tradition, or language, but what of it? There’s a distinct continuity to it all—the ever-present hum of a synthesizer, or the distinctive thump of an 808 kick—the “nueva” that reminds us that sound travels much farther than it used to, and that perhaps what we’re hearing is a kind of inclusive language we can all speak.
The man’s album drops TOMORROW on one of our favorite record labels, the NYC-based Dutty Artz. It’s packed with insanely energetic Afro-Latin / bass music hybrids, layers of texture and full percussive arrangements, and dynamic vocal work from his various collaborators. You can buy it digital HERE (we support Boomkat, but of your course you’re welcome to google around and buy it wherever it’s available)
[0. CLUSTER SOUNDSYSTEM INTRO]
1. Hirini Melbourne & Richard Nunns, “Takapau Hornui”
2. Nabin Shanti, “Osho (Atropolis Remix)”
3. Tambor Urbano y Un Solo Pueblo, “Le Ole Ole Le Ole Ola (LOL Boys Edit)”
4. Slavic Soul Party, “Teknochek Collision (Bellyhouse Remix) (Barbes Records)
5. Frikstailers, “To Com Saudade feat. MC Maiquinho” (Man Recordings)
6. Legobeat, “Rooster Riddim (Hat & Hoodie Cockfight Remix) (DBTY Records)
7. The Binary Cumbia Orchestra, “La conformable (Schlachthofbronx remix)” (Chusma Records)
8. Toy Selectah, “Ani Riddim (feat. Mumdance)” (Mad Decent)
9. Munchi, “Shottas feat. Mr.Lexx (Crookers Remix)” (T&A Records)
10. Appietus, “Miss Doctor (Dance Kill Move Remix” (Akwaaba Music)
11. Bassnectar, “Yo (feat. Kristina Maria)” (Om)
12. King Tutt, “Mais Ela (feat. Boleque Bil)” (Man Recordings)
13. Dex &Malente. “Bangkok feat. Bonde Do Role (Malente&Dex RMX) (Exploited)
14. Zombie Disco Squad, “The Dance” (Dirtybird)
15. Luky Gomes, “Zeze e Toto (Remix)” (Do Soul)
16. Antony Santos, “Vete (Uproot Andy RMX)”
17. Maculele (Thornato RMX)
18. Hefe Kamone, “Mamandumba” (Akwaaba)
19. Atropolis, “Som Sista (feat. Anbuley)” (Dutty Artz)
20. Choc Quib Town, “San Antonio” (Nacional Records)
21. Top Cat & Jacky Murda, “Drunken Master (Tes La Rok Remix)” (Noppa Records)
22. Bert On Beats, “Suomo feat. Anbuely (Bob from Tallinn With Love Remix)” (Man Recordings)
EDITOR’S NOTE: Apparently, I really was digging too deep. Atropolis actually derives the A from the Spanish “to”, making the intended meaning, “to the city”. It was still kind of a cool idea though.