Naçãorebolation69 and the World of Jersey Club

Over the past month, I unfortunately surrendered to Soundcloud GO+. I could no longer stand being interrupted by Progressive ads as I listened attentively to overly distorted, 2006-esque mashups of nightcore Katy Perry. My listening history this month has been marked by my discovery of one of the most unique genres I’ve ever heard: Jersey Club.

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Albums covers by NaçãoRebolation69

Having its origins in Jersey clubs (duh), the genre was born 20 years ago. Its initial characteristic features were chopped-up vocal samples, moderate tempos, and a notorious light, bouncy sound.

This bounciness was derived from syncopated, hard hitting kicks and was often accompanied by sample beats that would become a mainstay of the genre. These include squeaky mattress sounds (which, to my disbelief, was originally a chair sample,) the classic “Woo! Yeah!” Think Break sample, and the Amen Break, a drum and bass staple.

The genre takes maximalism to a whole new level. And with its resurgence in 2022, pioneered by dltzk’s dariacore, the producers at the vanguard of this incredible mix are the alter egos of prominent figures in digicore.

From this resurgence, much like the Avengers, the main names in the subculture assembled together and formed a legendary shared account: TwerkNation28.

Heavy-hitters like saoirse dream, quannnic, kmoe, Dazegxd and carbine are just some of the names putting out quasi-shitposts almost daily on the Soundcloud page.

However, on January 17, 2022, the 28th Twerk Nation would meet its tropical rival as Brazilian producers Alice Tix (a.k.a. DJ Licinha) and Vansel created the copycat NaçãoRebolation69.

“We started as a complete rip-off. We made three Jersey Club tracks as a joke and the project was going to die there. Only God knows why, but people loved it and before we knew it we had over 69 active members in the group,” Vansel said.

The group has since departed from the strict Jersey Club stipulations of its American counterpart, now accepting all sorts of digicore subgenres with an important caveat: they have to be unapologetically Brazilian.

Important figures in the Brazilian digicore scene joined the team, each incorporating a bit of their sound to the shitpost account. Notable members include Drade, founder of the popular collective cyber5upremacy, Lagden, the self-proclaimed Speedcock CEO, and Twikipedia, who’s well known in the international scene for collaborations with ericdoa, SEBii and d0llywood1.

“Our motto is that we see a Brazilian with a computer and FL Studio and we want to see what they can do,” said Tix.

With a lot of its members having a background in producing and listening to Brazilian funk, the genre constantly seeps in their mixes. Famous samples like the Bubble Beat or the heavy hitting basses and obnoxious DJ tags from the Brazilian automotive funk scene are recurring motifs in their songs.

The genre is also by a large margin the most well known characteristic of Brazil’s electronic scene outside of the country. It is not uncommon to hear the characteristic Miami bass-inspired beat in DJ sets by famous names in the scene. — the hellish 1-800 PAIN included a Brazilian funk song in their latest album with “I NEED IT,” and even the gecs have played around the genre in their DJ mixes. But to the members of NaçãoRebolation, that homage is not enough — it’s about time that the Brazilian scene is recognized across the hyperpop world.

“I think that this burden is on us. We’re coming out of the underground and exporting a lot of funk to the international scene. Growing up, I never thought that anyone would look up towards funk, and it blows my mind seeing all our international fans,” Vansel said.

Most producers in NaçãoRebolation are young, self-taught, and terminally online. Growing up in the mid 2010s Brazilian Internet community, they are no strangers to the plethora of unique artifacts of the meme culture, which they wear on their sleeves.

“Honestly, I’m still in shock that no one has deleted the account as a joke. We all use it as an escape from reality, and we all help each other to make sure it stays fun for everyone,” Lagden said (proudly wearing a Minions shirt).

Tix and Vansel created the first unified safe space for queer digicore producers in Brazil. The scene lacks visibility both inside the country and with international audiences, and oftentimes these producers felt isolated. When chatting with the founding members of the collective, there was a huge sense of pride in the work they’ve done and how they stay true to their roots in Brazil.

“I can’t stand hearing that we make ‘gringo music’ anymore. I’m Brazilian. I make Brazilian music whether you like it or not!” Lagden continued.

The future looks bright for Rebolation as they begin planning their very first RebolationFest next year. It’ll be the first event of this kind in the country, aiming to bring visibility to all of the producers in a physical event.

As a parting word to the international audience, there was an instant consensus among the four interviewees, and as a Brazilian myself it's something I do my best to highlight to Americans: there is more to Brazil than samba and Carnaval!

You can check out NaçãoRebolation69 through their SoundCloud — immerse yourself in the beautiful world of Speedcock, Brazilian public television variety shows, and Neopentecostal Evangelical hyperpop.

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