Part of an increasingly strong contingent of producers, DJs and promoters pushing Caribbean, Central and South American sounds in Europe, Dinamarca has seemed to appear everywhere in recent months, from rampant collaborations to tireless work on his burgeoning Staycore label. With a name that simply means Denmark en español, it’s no surprise that Dinamarca has slowly begun to infringe on the London-Berlin hegemony in European dance music, bringing an exuberant, technicolor approach to the skipping, ever-in-motion sounds of dancehall, reggaeton and kuduro. Last December’s No Hay Break, released via Staycore, functioned as an announcement from the producer, an immensely listenable effort that still gets routine airplay from a collection scene figureheads. It’s subsequent remix volume featured Drippin, KABLAM and EndgamE, three of Northern Europe’s club music luminaries, as well as DJ New Jersey Drone and Imaabs. It might look bizarre from an outsider perspective to see Latin American club sounds flourish in Scandinavia and other Northern European locales, but considering the success of Berlin’s Janus, Oslo/Bergen’s Ball Em Up and Dinamarca’s own Staycore, its existence and continued expansion is actual rather logical. Granted, it takes strong individual actors to make all that happen, but the seeds for future success have clearly been planted and it will be a pleasure to watch Staycore and its various contemporaries grow over the coming years.
Back in March, Dinamarca contributed a mix to the excellent Mixpak FM series, lacing the New York label with a ton of original work and finishing off the mix with a Spanish version of “No Type”. That finishing move might just become something of a tagline for the Swedish producer as he signs off of his Astral Plane mix with an incredible version of “Trap Queen” by Gusho. Collaborations with KABLAM, Kid Antoine, L-Vis 1990 and the NAAFI All Stars pop up throughout the rest of the mix, which is a characteristically unrelenting affair. Odd percussion sounds, ringing and sirens appear throughout the mix, which is almost certainly aimed at representing a club environment. Staycore has a compilation featuring future label signees and friends coming very soon so expect to hear some of the material within imminently. And be sure to grab No Hay Break and the Remixes as they’re some of the most visceral body music to come out this year!