Bongoes, bongoes and more bongoes, they’re as unanimously loved as the cowbell, and nobody does them better than UK local Melé. Inspired by his love of booty-shaking Brazilian beats, Melé has quickly risen to an international level and his congas are coming with him.
Writing original tech house isn’t an easy task, but Melé seems to go unaffected by the copycat fever the genre has fallen victim to – and it hasn’t gone unnoticed. He’s been signed to some of the most exciting house music labels out there and he’s playing shows internationally with leading party brands elrow and Defected. Oh he’s also hosting his own events under Club Bad and they also look pretty mental.
Ahead of his Australian/New Zealand tour next month, we flicked through Melé’s catalog of jams and picked our three favourites:
Parris Track (Original Mix) [Snatch! Records]
Signed to Riva Starr’s Snatch!, this dancefloor weapon oozes a good time. It’s fast tempo partnered with impeccable samples and a grooving bassline keep you on your toes for its entire duration. It’s one of those tracks that could turn even the most desolate party into a dancing frenzy, a sure go-to for anyone keen to get those bootys shakin’.
Scouse Afrika (Original Mix) [Edible]
No track has ever felt more Revolver Upstairs. The sun has risen, you’ve been dancing all night and the DJ has injected some bongoes directly into your bloodline. It’s a definite yes from us.
Chameleon (Melé Remix) [Etc Etc]
Remixing one of the most celebrated dance-music outfits on Earth can’t be an easy task. PNAU are behind massive party anthems ‘Baby’, ‘Embrace’, ‘Wild Strawberries’ as well as the more recent ‘Go Bang’… and then there’s ‘Chameleon’, which is in a league of its own. The record has clocked over 40 million Spotify plays as well as a further 6 million on YouTube. So getting the call up for an official remix is a huge pat on the back, and Melé nailed it. 10/10.
For your own fix of Brazilian beats, check his tour dates below.
Friday 13th July: Geisha, Perth
Saturday 14th July: Chinese Laundry, Sydney
Thursday 19th July: Electric Rush, Queenstown
Friday 20th July: Notion, Christchurch
Saturday 21st July: Bloom, Geelong
Saturday 21st July: Revolver Upstairs, Melbourne
Written By: Stefanos Mac