The first SSC of the new year means: looking forward to the future, of the recurring Sexxy Saturday Cumbia post and also of cumbia itself. Over the last years, cumbia has shown the impressive capacity of constantly reinventing itself. That is what I have tried to show, in a couple of specific posts and also throughout the posts by the tracks I choose to blog. Like nu-cumbia artists themselves, I’ve tried to draw from as different as possible approaches - from digital psychedelism to retro-vintage, urban pop, roots reggae, raggamuffin, hiphop and rock – yet always just close enough to the warm-blooded Colombian roots to be recognisable as cumbia sabrosa.
Being at the front line of some important developments in music going on right now, one thing is sure: cumbia is there to stay. As far as Generation Bass is concerned, we will of course keep bringing producers, bands, djs and crowds together around the newest, best and most seXXy tunes!
The only question is.. how? What sort of things can you expect this year? Personally, I’d love to see the visibility of the scene grow stronger, not only the music but also the wider cultural expressions around it: think of visual art, videos, maybe dance styles and fashion..
Cumbia is the ideal place to start. Never-ever forget, the imagery of psychedelic-tribalistic-futurism actually started a couple of years ago in digital cumbia. Today, these things have spread into many parts of the bass scene. As Generation Bass, we are proud that we’ve been so closely involved in spreading it. Now transnational bass is slowly starting to find itself, I’m almost sure that many good things in this direction will happen this year. I‘ll keep you updated!
To kick-off 2014 in style, we start with three mixtapes.
The first one is from the German tropicalist Bombombum. It is a delicious mix of organic tropical sounds, from tropical disco to moombahton and afro-pacific marimba music, with contributions from nu-cumbiamberos like Qechuaboi, Los Reyes de la Milanga and Dany F. Enjoy !
The name of Erick Jaimez is rising and rising. This week he’s got a mini mixtape: get crunk and dance to cumbia..!
The third mixtape is an exploration into cumbia from the French ska-punk-reggae dj Jahzas. Enjoy the blend of cumbia rhythms, dembows and deep basses with raggamuffin and rap vocals.. Bombaclaaat !
The talented experimental producer Qechuaboi, released these two great tunes. The tag ‘live’ suggests that they’re not pre-produced but performed on electronic drumpads or with an MPC, which would make them even more awesome. I’m definitely looking forward to blog and promote more from him this year !
The Argentinean cyber-psychedelicist Tu Guaina, one of SSC’s favourite artists, is also back with this new excellent blend of cumbia with experimental psytrance: Taquíon! Press play and enter your subconscious cosmic universe!
AltoPeru has teamed up with the vocalists of El Lobbysound for this new release: The Bombero Loco. The awesome vibe is best described as a blend of ‘urban cumbia’ meets ‘space cumbia’.. A promising sound !
Dub-edits of old classics have themselves become sort of a classic genre already that we will continue to see in the coming year. Here is the newest example, ‘La Colegiala’ re-dubbed in a dreamy way by dj RAYO..
The German cumbia channel Cumbia Dub Club / Petardo started the year experimenting with some fine new oldskool-dembow cumbia: an edit of the remix that Thornato did last year of Gappy Ranks’ Stinkin Rich !
In 2014, I will continue to explore new music on the fringes of what is generally counted as nu- or digital cumbia. The Mexican cumbiaton scene for example has become a familiar part of SSC already. That does not yet go for all the cumbia coming from the Mexican and Central-American bands that are also very popular among Latinos in the US of all ages, where djs play and make edits of these tracks for popular dance nights. It is the kind of cumbia that’s usually written with a ‘k’.. Like the cumbia sonidera from Mexico City, it fills the same kinda niche as much norteño and banda music: it’s not pop it’s not very urban or very folkloristic, it’s just popular dance music played by popular bands like Grupo Los Daddys or Estrellas de la Kumbia. I’m kinda new to this scene so forgive me if the information I give is not entirely correct.. need to explore more of it. This one is from Grupo Malafama: ‘El Llanto Guacharaca !
For 3ball fans like myself, Colectivo Onda Beat will be a familiar name. They’ve produced many catchy, melodic guarachero-pop tunes over the last years that could (and should!) EASILY be as popular as those of 3ballMTY if only they had the same international support. They’ve started the new year with a cumbia experiment: a cumbification of Plan B’s ‘Hooka’, which actually comes very close in style to the Argentinean cumbiaton we’ve in seen earlier posts. Keep an eye on these guys !
And of course, Dj Tao is still in the game with new cumbiaton !
As closing bangers for this week, there are some tunes that that I should have blogged immediately when they were released. But shame on me, I missed them. I just had to share them still, this is why:
First this a cumbia edit of Calle Trece’s ‘Pa el Norte’, from Exta-Machine Mx: a tribute to all Latino migrants worldwide!
Then there is this brilliant release from the Russian transnational bass hero Chuck Upbeat who did a 3ball bootleg of the theme soundtrack from the movie Predator.. The use of percussion is so close to cumbia that it fits perfectly in this post!
This excellent cumbification of Die Antwoord’s ‘This is Why I’m Hot’ should definitely have been one of my favourite cumbia tunes of 2013 if only i’d seen it earlier. Kumbia Queers is one of those groups that every nu-cumbia fan should know !
The party-energy radiating from of this track begs for building up towards a higher level of euphoria..
I must confess that I am not that familiar yet with cumbia bands that explore classic-pop-rock.. which of course doesn’t mean that I don’t dig it. Exploring soundcloud I came across this Guatemalan band El Salto Del Tigre, which released this excellent tribute to one of the greatest pop-tunes of all time: Oasis’ Wonderwall !
No better way to complete such a happy vibe than with this edit of Avicii’s ‘Wake me up’ from Add on de Bass. It is soundcloud-tagged as moombahton, but with such an undeniable cumbia-shaker it’s the perfect encore banger !