Here is a genre that been recently hitting the soundbytes and earwaves. This genre is something that I like to sum up having Jason wielding his machete in a tropical jungle terrorizing cannibalistic tribesmen. The genre that I’m referring to is created by a Netherlands DJ and producer named Wiwek. His productions get played around the world at all the festivals such as EDC, Ultra, Tomorrowland and HARD to name a few. The genre is called Jungle Terror. It combines Dutch House synths, steel drums, Tropical Bass kicks, jungle noises, monkeys, elephants, birds and any exotic animal sounds in a track. Let’s me break down more about Jungle Terror with the following bangers that will make you very tribal and primitive below!!!
First one is a song from France native DJ and producer Max Green. This one is called “YUH!”. It starts out with a hand drum banging in a tribal dance pattern. Then the synth starts rolling in around 30 seconds and the intensity of the drums starts to build faster and the drop hits with a steel drum kick reminding you something that DJ Snake would do in his Parisian Vision tracks. What catapults “YUH!” is the vocal chant Y-yyy-UHHHHH before each drop. Then, the outro is very subtle with the hand drum coming back into play.
Next one is from local Orlando producer MILLS with “Up”. This is a 128 bpm to 110 bpm transition piece. The intro slowly builds with intense drums banging your heart out. Then, all of the sudden, you get sucked into the Twilight Zone right before the drop hits you right back up. The bass rump shakes your booty erratically. After all that happens, MILLS starts to slow down the tune into a Festival Big Room Moombahton. The kicks hits even harder with this drop.
Here is a teaser preview from UK’s duo Duke & Jones called “Borneo”. The build already leave you an impression of wanting more. Then, the brief drop portion messes with your cravings and you soon goes on a ravishing rampage of destruction on the dancefloor. *Sidenote* - I had the opportunity to hear the second drop via Instagram and one word to describe it is: WHOAAAAAA!
Coming off of Wiwek’s label Rimbu Recordings is a collaboration of Nash One and Mike Cervello known as “Murda”. In “Murda” description off on Mike Cervello’s Soundcloud reads, “We have created a rebellious house track with Jamacian influences. Using powerful vocals and quality brass sounds.”. The opening drum kick is fused with echo safari-like noises. Then, the lead synth in the build turns “Murda” into a anthem once the vocals start rolling in with a Hard House style drop with heavy drum kicks. What makes this Jungle Terror banger stands out is the little Trap portion in the middle of it. Gives you a halftime feel. After you get crunk to the Trap, then it rapidly builds back with a mid-2000s Electro style fade in/out cut drop. You can support Nash One’s & Mike Cervello’s release from Rimbu Recordings by purchasing on Beatport.
Italian duo Retrohandz been making a splash in the scene and their release on Rimbu called “Eurasia” EP is the tidal wave of everything Jungle Terror. There are three tracks on the ep album release which are “Eurasia”, “Stomp That Shit”, and “This Is A Worldwide”. In the title track, “Eurasia”, the first build makes you to put your arms up high reaching for the sky and the drop is a jump-up, fist pumping drop that will make your body shuffle. Then, the second build takes you and put you into an actual jungle with crickets chirping, birds cawing, animals crying in a dark, nightly approach. Then, the kicks come in and starts building up the beat and the second drop hits you in the face with reality. In addition, you got elephants noises with the second drop. My personal favorite track off Eurasia is “Stomp That Shit”. In this one, you got tribal Hey! chants, Arabic sounds in the build and all of the sudden, the drop goes 210 mph and hit you crazy. The instruments crashes, then a bass drum sporadically kicks here and there while the Arabic synth rolls back into as the lead synth, then the cowbell starts building and a vocal of “Stomp That Shit” and the steel drum kicks harder than a MMA fighter. My favorite part is the elephant noises and the fast hand drum pattern in this drop. The track that rounds out this ep is “This Is A Worldwide”. In this track, worldwide fits the name as I can see all the top DJs would play this at all the top festivals around the world. Hardstyle influences, long melodic build and a hard drum kick pattern drop can make the crowd jump in unison. You can support Retrohandz’s “Eurasia” EP release by purchasing it on Beatport as well.
Now, here is the legend, the man, the myth, the creator of this rising genre known as Jungle Terror, WIWEK! In the past month, Wiwek releases four productions, a remix, a bootleg, an edit and an original. He did an World Cup edit of the Brazilian EDM anthem “Samba Do Mundo” by one of his good buddies and mentor, Gregor Salto. A powerful club/festival filling vocal chant that can grasp the crowd to sing along to, Wiwek’s amazing drum work hits the drop hard.
A few months ago, Major Lazer and Wiwek teams up to flip Davido’s “Skelewu” hit. This just got made downloadable about a month ago. Hearing both ML and Wiwek styles in this remix blends well together. You got the heavy kicks from Wiwek, the tropical vibes of Major Lazer, the remix of “Skelewu” can get anyone dancing on the floor.
Another remix from Wiwek is Leftside’s “Monkey Biznizz” off of Mad Decent’s imprint Jeffree’s. Fuckin’ monkey noises?! Why not?!?!
Wiwek’s single release off of Dmitri Vegas & Like Mike’s Smash The House label called “G.M.A.F.B.” or Give Me A Fucking Break definitely lives up to the acronym name. The drop can break walls, windows and lightbulbs (I can tell the truth there on the latter). I really like the Balkan influences in the second build because it brings me to the old polka days. You can support “G.M.A.F.B.” on Beatport.
Rounding out the Jungle Terror recap is Wiwek’s bootleg of a classic House song, “E Samba” by Junior Jack. His re-imagining made this bootleg a tribal ritual initiation. This bootleg already suck me in with the piano lead and the classic vocals. Then, the steel drum drop with whistles and the percussion patterns got me doing a tribal dance routine when I first heard this. I can picture this being played in a deep African jungle where Ace Ventura is trying to please the natives while he got spears in his knees. Wiwek’s bootleg done its job and I expects it should to y’all.