Beatport Sounds, the sample pack label from Beatport, has released Carnival Unmuted, a collection of vibrant sounds recorded at London’s recent Notting Hill Carnival. The project is a collaboration between Beatsource, the music streaming service for DJs who play everything, and Loopcloud, the world’s largest sound library.
Carnival Unmuted aims to amplify the sounds and energy of Caribbean culture and celebrate the freedom of self-expression. Beatport’s team captured as many sounds as possible during the festival, including the crowd (both the group and the individuals), performers, floats, costumes, and more. Beatport also commissioned a diverse team of producers, including SpydaT.E.K, DJames, GG, Arwa, 99makavelli, and Madness Muv to make beats with the samples. Their work can be heard here and here.
The Notting Hill Carnival is one of the world’s largest street festivals, with over two million attendees annually. It celebrates the British West Indian community and encourages cultural unity. The festival sprang up in the 1960s to address community unrest and improve racial relations.
Carnival Unmuted is the second installment of Beatport Sounds’ Unmuted Series, which aims to amplify the sounds of an event that resonates with the company’s core values and mission. The first installment, Pride Unmuted, was released in July and features sounds from London’s 2023 Pride celebrations.
Download the Carnival Unmuted sample pack here.