If someone were to ask me to choose one artist, duo, band or dj to be the face of the nu cumbia scene, one that encompasses all facets of the scene, I would without hesitation choose Dengue Dengue Dengue! Rafael Pereira and Felipe Salmón have an incredible ability to never disappoint their fans when it comes to their new projects.
Not only is the music of Dengue Dengue Dengue! beyond excellence but their visual aesthetic and stage presence can not be beat by anyone else in the scene. Simple, yet brilliant but the audience quickly becomes enthralled by the very presence of them. For example, take a look at this video.
“La Alianza Profana” (The Unholy Alliance) is the title of their newest endeavor as well as their first official album. I count myself among the fortunate in this world because I received their album to review before the official release as well as a physical copy by post. I shall indubitably cherish the physical copy and set it among my collection of favorite albums.
Before I begin reviewing the album I wish to share their brilliant new music video for their track “Simiolo.”
Starting off with “Don Marcial,” Dengue Dengue Dengue! eases us into their innovative sound. Starting with an old chant and then before you know it the bass kicks in. Not annoyingly overwhelming the track which is the popular thing to do these days, they instead compliment the chant with the bass and the catchy synth hooks.
The second track is the one from the video above, “Simiolo.” With the distinct Dengue Dengue Dengue! bass sound and cosmic synths, this song keeps true to the Peruvian experimental roots that the country is famous for.
Next up is “Alpha and Omega,” with an 808 kick and 909 clap if my ears don’t fool me, they mix the digital 8 bit synth bleeps with vocals and a simple guira driving in the background. Yet just another example of Dengue Dengue Dengue’s! unique sound.
The fourth track “Chacalom” has already received much positive responses from the public. With an intoxicating buzzy analog synth bass line, the melody arrives in the form of a slick synth line accompanied by a horn-like harmony. About two minutes in my mind travels to Depeche Mode.
“Como Bailar,” the fifth track, speaks to me as a cumbia dance lesson for robots.
“Rayos Cumbicos,” track six, starts with a laid back cumbia rhythm met with intricately set claps and kicks to accompany the cumbia. After a few seconds the kick and bass join in a broken up rhythm making the song quite unique.
Track number seven I unfortunately can’t let you sample here, but soon you will be able to hear it. I can hint to it’s sound by describing it though. What comes to my mind is Krafwerk cumbia mixed with bass wobbles, but I do not justly describe in words how unique and dope the song is. It’s called “Chichón” and it’smy personal favorite on the album.
“Dumbiah Murders,” the eighth track, has already made a huge impact on the clouds. It’s Dengue Dengue Dengue in a dub style.
Track nine is called “Prende.” It is one of the tracks I too can’t preview here for you. But like track seven it is among my favorites on the album, probably right after track seven actually. Maybe it’s the synth heaviness, which caters to my synth head fancy.
“Rastakauboi” is track number ten. This track gets infused into my neurons and completely possesses my feelings and thoughts. To say the least it is another synth heavy track but with more minimalism, which is something I’m also prone to love.
Last on the album is the title track “La Alianza Profana.” The tempo is much faster then the other tracks on the album. Towards the middle it really starts to mess with you with the broken up beats and synth noises. After that it takes off again in hyperspace. This is truly a unique song.
I can say without a doubt that Dengue Dengue Dengue! is here to stay and never will truly leave the conscious of the nu cumbia scene. They truly have left their mark on nu cumbia and upon me.
(reposted from Nu Cumbia Experience)