We here are part two of this nice little documentary. We are the ones here who are pushing the cumbia sound far into the future, combining our own cultural styles along with the nature, challenge and joys of experimentation. I see no clear end in sight. Maybe cumbia will travel to the stars and infect the souls of other beings we have yet to encounter.
It’s interesting to see how so many of us with no cultural nor traditional ties to cumbia have become inspired by it. Reggae had its spiritual and political message, which has been easy to translate to other cultures. Rock music and jazz are signified by their message of freedom. Cumbia is based in a language a lot of us don’t understand or at least are not native to. I being a perfect example. Though there was something about the rhythms that drew me in, the tight fit of the fat bass lines, the serpentine sound of the popular guira instrument (perhaps serpentine to me because of rattlesnakes, a reptile native to where I am from). Whatever the case, even understanding the roots of cumbia and not being able to directly relate to them, the connection is sonically based. Innovation is another draw for me. I’ve always been drawn to improvisation and rule-breaking creativity (while understanding the rules). And the creativity from so many of the nu cumbieros I’ve featured on past posts has also piqued my interest. I see more innovation and creativity with a sound that I enjoy, more in cumbia than any other genre. And perhaps that is why I am here writing now.
I never once imagined nor planned to be a respected curator of nu cumbia, but it appears this is my fate and I accept it with a full heart.
So let’s travel onward and upward on this journey of discovery together. I’m just the guide asking you to please keep your hands in the vehicle at all time and flash photography is accepted with the condition that you share your findings with others as un-egotistically as possible.
Los Reyes de Milanga has been a top player in the nu cumbia scene for quite some time. Here we have a lovely mix showcasing the talent.
Markuz R. shows us his love of drum and bass with his love of cumbia, similar to the style of the upcoming Add on de Bass.
La Rebelde have appeared here a couple of times in the past due to their electronic mash with traditional live cumbia style. Sure to be touring around the globe soon, La Rebelde is a band to keep an eye out for.
To go back to more old school roots playing, here is a classic tune most of us know well by now, “Machete.” Played by a trio in San Jacinto Bolivar, Colombia.
Heavy bass cumbiero Gux Swadharma puts his unique touch on “La Sampuesana” with his new edit.
DJ Neber was much talked about this week, at least on my end of things. A lot of us have discussed the phenomenon that is DJ Neber and how we can’t get enough of his edits on our plate. We’re always hungry for more and he always delivers the goods.
This is his latest along with Javier Solis. Following I have my personal salute to DJ Neber with my mix of some of my favorite of his tracks. It was featured earlier this week by my good friend Dee Jay Umb here.
The Peruvian maestro Qechuaboi returns yet again with another cool funky sample/cumbia production.
To see these next guys at work is a real treat for me, surely for all of you too. In Oaxaca there exists this awesome group I’ve mentioned here on SSC several times, their name is La Furia Con Lu Juria. These guys are true innovators with their live performances and sound. They in my opinion should be on the top of every bookers list. They need to travel and be experienced by many.
My good friend and colleague Piper Street Sound has been incredibly busy as usual. One of his latest solo excursion efforts is a remix of the popular dub outfit, Dub Campaign. Piper Street Sound has been working hard at finding the natural way to mix his interests together into coherent and affective productions. Cumbia being one of his interests finds it’s way into this remix as naturally as could be.
It wouldn’t be much a nu cumbia post if I didn’t include the newest release by Los Master Plus. The hilarious duo is back again on the radar with their three track EP “Sin Llolar” gearing up for their spring album release.
Cumbirichi comes at us with a new and very different cumbia take on the Damien Marley (one hit wonder as it stands these past few years) “Welcome To Jamrock.”
Since coming onto the scene I have greatly promoted the efforts of Reptilian Commander. Now he has his EP out with several of the tracks I featured in the past. With the help of La Ronca Records, with lots of moombahton but also a good amount of nu cumbia, here is “InBASSion Tropicgalactica.”
What can I say about Pa Changas that I haven’t already? These guys really come together as a true collective to support, grow and promote their presence in the global bass and nu cumbia scenese. Earlier this week I presented a special anniversary article for their second anniversary compilation album. For free download, Pa Changas delivers to their fans and supporters with much effort.
Instead of reposting the tracks here, please go here to the original article where all their tracks can be heard along with the free download links.
I have another video here for the innovative cumbia lovers. I hinted earlier that the name of Add on de Bass would appear later, and later is now. This video is a live performance of Add on de Bass performing his cumbia – drum and bass live in front of a pleased audience.
Intiche is coming out with a new album very soon. But as a celebration of his released work last year here is a live mix from him. This also received recent exposure my Dee Jay Umb here on Generation Bass.
Quintin Tarantino really knows how to sell a good movie idea. I’m not saying it’s not difficult to appeal to the Hollywood executives with strong a Jewish fictional tale of a group of rogue Jewish WWII soldier hunting Nazis and burning Hitler alive in a movie theatre in France, oh and led by the atheist gentile Brad Pitt, throws in a few brownie points. Next he came at the executives with a story about a bounty hunter freeing a black slave in Mississippi to help him hunt down a plantation owner to save his wife. This plot also sits well with the narcissistic Hollywood elite and is a joy for them to financially back. This shows that Hollywood is tolerant and doesn’t just crave money and attention. The last sentence may be a fallacy but the plots in my opinion are awesome for the simple sake of being, awesome. So do what you have to do Tarantino and do it with style.
Now after my long and unnecessary introduction, here is Andres Digital’s cumbia remix “La Cumbia del Django.”
Here we have another video. This time we travel to Argentina with a soon to be released documentary covering cumbia villera called “Alta Cumbia.”
One track not covered often in cumbia is “Song 2” by Blur. I remember I was one of the many people back in the day to run out and buy this album when it was first released because of “Song 2.” And after doing so, realized that the song is under two minutes and is really the only good song on the album.
Well Astros de Mendoza brings Song 2 back to my attention with their new fun remix.
You might be thinking, “Panikoo again!” And the answer is “yes, of course.” As long as he keeps releasing dope tunes I will be there to collect them and share here. Thus is the case with his newest one.
Anyone who has been desperately awaiting a new Toy Selectah track was treated earlier this week with his new cumbia mashup of M83’s “Midnight City” and Rihanna’s “Diamonds.”
I really am happy to be chosen by so many to be an international curator of nu cumbia. It is an honor. It came my way blindly and accept it with much pleasure and respect. I’m not going away any time soon.