Daniel Haaksman: Top 10 Most Influential Albums
17 April 2012
Berlin based baile funk and global bass badboy Daniel Haaksman is all set to give dance music fanatics a run for their money when he plays in Mumbai, Bangalore and New Delhi over the coming weeks as part of India Goes 3D.
A producer that truly knows no boundaries, Haaksman's first release came as a compilation tilted Rio Baile Funk Favela Booty Beats. An iconic release on many levels it brought the sound of Rio's world famous favelas straight to a global audience for the very first time. Today, years on, this masterpiece is considered the main reference to the global sensation of 'baile funk'.
In 2005 Daniel decided to give the sound of Rio De Janeiro (via Berlin) its own platform and hence, 'Man Recordings' was born. With a roster of acts that now include Sany Pitbull, Mr.Catra, Deize Tigrona, MC Gringo and Edu K, Man Recordings has consistently been at the forefront of the baile funk movement. Additionally, Haaksman comissioned producers such as Crookers, Sinden, Jesse Rose and Feadz amongst others, to produce their interpretation of baile funk. This went on to become the legendary Funk Mundial 10 volume vinyl series. Most recently, Haaksman released a remix album of his 2011 release Rambazamba, aptly titled More Rambazamba (more info on that here).
To find out exactly where to catch Haaksman over the coming weeks head over to our events page here. Just to give you an idea of his musical influences he's kindly put together a list of his Top 10 Most influential Albums. Here goes:
THE BEATLES - WHITE ALBUM (1968)
"I got the 'White Album' for my 6th birthday. The most versatile Beatles album, it introduced me to a vast range of music styles from ragtime ('Honey Pie'), blues rock ('Yer Blues') to avantgarde tape music (Revolution 9) and reggae ('Ob La Di, Ob La Da'). It's my favourite album ever."
MALCOM MCLAREN - DUCK ROCK (1983)
"Together with the 'White Album', a big ear opening album in my life. Conceived as a NY radio show, it's a trip around the world mixing up music styles from South Africa, South America, the Caribbean and most notably, New York (rap). In the video to the album's hit-single 'Buffalo Gals' I first saw breakdancing, scratching and graffiti."
PUBLIC ENEMY - FEAR OF A BLACK PLANET (1990)
"For me until today one of the most powerful rap albums ever. With its highly charged political lyrics, an intense layered texture of samples, rhythms and media bites, this rap masterpiece is one of the few albums in music history where radical political demands are side by side with radical music."
JOÃO GILBERTO - JOÃO GILBERTO (1973)
"Often referred to as being João Gilberto´s 'White Album', this is Brazil's musical modernism at its peak. With its minimal instrumentation, just Gilberto's guitar and voice, plus spare percussion, it revealed the beauty of Brazilian music to me."
KRAFTWERK - DIE MENSCH MASCHINE (1977)
"When I first heard 'The Robots' on German radio as an eight year old, I remember switching off the radio as I got scared by the electronic sounds. Later in my life, I would use 'The Robots' as a soundtrack to breakdancing."
J DILLA - DONUTS (2006)
"Though mostly only containing sketches, 'Donuts' is an intensely personal meditation on the huge legacy of African American soul music, which has always been very influential to me."
BEASTIE BOYS - PAUL'S BOUTIQUE (1989)
"This album introduced me to the unlimited possibilities of sampling. Based entirely on hundreds of multi-layered samples, 'Pau262753's Boutique' was a very radical artistic statement that keeps its musical edge and lyrical density until today."
TOM ZÉ - ESTUDANDO O SAMBA (1976)
"On this album, the magic of samba music is amazingly deconstructed by former tropicalista Tom Zé. Using a typewriter and many other unorthodox sounds in his melody rich, sometimes dissonant and always surprisingly arranged songs, for me this is one of the best Brazilian music albums ever."
V.A - HEADZ (1994)
"Introducing abstract hip-hop (hip-hop without rap, later to be called trip-hop), this compilation featured many producers which influenced me in the mid 90s, such as Nightmares On Wax, DJ Shadow, La Funk Mob (later to be called Cassius) and Howie B."
V.A - STREET MUSIC MATERIAL (1984)
"Celluloid was a French/American label that released both European new wave as well as early New York electro, largely produced by Material. 'Street Music Material' was a compilation that put together various singles released on Celluloid, including an amazing The Clash vs. Futura collaboration, as well as quite probably the first French rap track. For me it was the first introduction to electro."