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Cumbia and tropical bass continue to advance all over the world this summer, with the genres being featured in many gigs and festivals this summer. As always, releases seem to pick up in September as artists come back from their interdimensional travels and return to work. This time is no different as enormous amounts of quality cumbia is to be found. Here are some choice cuts from this month!
San Ignacio – Casiotone Rosa LP (Casa Caos / Fertil Discos)
Proper deep tropical business from Argentina with San Ignacio’s new LP released in conjunction with two labels which are bringing out some great stuff recently: Casa Caos & Fertil Discos. They also invited several other artists to bring out some special edits for the occasion.
San Ignacio has managed to “incorporate his passion for literature and music” in this beautiful journey. The sounds are profound, really well produced, liberating a powerful atmosphere along the EP. Some tracks like ‘Os Ventos’ or Yule & JGB’s rework of ‘Ou Não É’ stand out for me, but I strongly recommend you listen through the whole thing; it’s a beauty !
Palenque Records Afrocolombia Remix (preview clips) (Galletas Calientes Rec.)
What a great surprise that was; I didn’t see that one coming: a 5 track remix series “to pay a tribute to Palenque Records who are celebrating 20 years of musical activism in 2016”. Galletas Calientes Rec. chose 5 artists who are currently moving the tropical / global bass scene around the world and who have now delivered 5 great remixes: Solo Moderna, Motin, Ghetto Kumbé, Dj Sabo and Rafael Aragon. All 5 of them have really managed to keep the essence and magic of the original tunes, and bring these traditional champeta & currulao rhythms straight to the dancefloor. It’s out soon on vynil on Galletas Calientes Records, so pre-order it while you can at: http://www.toolboxrecords.com/fr/product/26627/oriental-jazz-cumbia-gypsy/galletas-calientes-10/
Jhon Montoya – Chuquy (Barrio Lindo Remix)
Barrio Lindo en la casa! I always love his productions; they are so tight and create such a great atmosphere. This one has a lovely repetitive and catchy groove to it, just in place for that amazing flute to come in and hit the spot.
We had the pleasure of meeting and seeing both John Montoya and Barrio Lindo play live this summer on a ‘paradise beach’ in Croatia: it was simply fantastic.
Kike Pintos – Zorro Negro (Barrio Lindo Remix)
And here’s another remix from Barrio Lindo; the man never stops! This time he takes us on a journey straight into the Andes with a tribute to the great Kike Pintos. You can once more feel a superb ambiance building up in the tune, full of delayed details and heavy subs to bring the whole trip together. Love it!
El Búho – Cumbia de las Cosas Extrañas
I haven’t seen this new series that every one is going on about at the moment, but I’ll happily enjoy El Búho’s edit of the themetune. This edit is so potent; its strong psychedelic cumbia beat evolves so well with these incredible atmos and crunchy noises all around. I don’t know what else to say, it’s simply beautiful!
[WeAreMadeOfLove] WAMOL II (Lump Records)
If you enjoyed the vibes of the last few tunes I mentioned, I really recommend you listen to this release, one of Lump Records’ latest ones. It has 2 awesome remixes of Jota Karloza’s ‘Om’. We’re moving one step away from the traditional cumbia beats but I’m sure alot of you will enjoy the deepness and heavyness of these remixes. They are both different and bring out distinctive parts of Jota Karloza’s original tune, which make them come together really well in this EP.
Lascivio Bohemia – In love with u
I think I just missed this one last month, but here it is incase you also missed it. Psychedelic cumbia business in the hands of the great Lascivio Bohemia. His productions are always so original, and so genuine. They are always evolving and moving around, bringing in darker elements when you expect it the least, grabbing you with them on the way. I can’t wait for this one to be released. Big ups!!!
Biomigrant ft Fredys Arrietaft & Toño García – La Muerte (Regional Label)
Last but not least for this month’s selection is this amazing tune by Biomigrant, which is part of his new album recently released on Regional Label. What a tune! The whole album reflects how Biomigrant has “inspired himself from the richness of rhythms found in Latin-America and amplified them with the power of electronic music”. Make sure you check the whole album out, and once more big ups to Biomigrant and Regional Label on this one!
And here’s a little extract of Biomigrant in full live flute business:
While we’re at it, here are some other sweet live sessions , documentaries, videoclips, etc… which have come out this month:
Picó: La Máquina musical del Caribe- La historia detrás de las máquinas
A wicked series of episodes, that takes us on short journeys into the Carribean Pico Culture. Make sure you check the newest episodes on: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCvD1zljWpKtioLCH5T3qZg/videos
La Nueva Vida Del Guakamayo (Spanish) El Velero Estudio – #1 (Partir De 0…)
It’s amazing to follow Srgt Garcia’s adventures in his ‘sailing studio’. The boat is slowly, but surely, shaping up and looks like we’re going to be hearing more from ‘El Guakamayo’.
Echoes ECR Cap. 9: Primera Parte
A nice insight into the origins and current musical movement happening in Ecuador which we are all following through artists like Lascivio Bohemia, Nicola Cruz, Quixosis, Huaira,…
Check part 2 on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzRTUjnHp-Y
Sauvage FM – Cumbia Del Rio feat. W (Studio Version)
Live studio Ghetto Folk business from the French northern badboys ! Big ups !
Quantic at Manana Festival – Santiago de Cuba [Havana Cultura]
Here’s a short insight into Quantic’s trip to Cuba.
The musical delights of the month continue in shapes of mixtapes, which saw the light over the past few weeks. Here are some of them, with some amazing selections from all around the globe, always with a hint of tropical shakers !!
El Buho – Voodoocast 008 (Voodoohop)
Carnival in Barranquilla: A Celebration of Colour and Afro-Colombian Identity (narrated by Joe Galbraith) (Sounds And Colours)
Sr Carmelo (Walter Drop) – Ambient
Barda – cbM mixtape 001 (CamaronbrujoMúsica)
VRUNO – Cumbia Libertad PROMO RELEASE (Hawaii Bonsaï records)
Chancha Via Circuito – WooMooN
Cal Jader’s Soy Caribe Mixtape – Love Carnival Sessions
Mr. Toé – Mixtape 028 – Festival Nómade Colombia
Make sure you check out this amazing festival that is currently shaping up in Colombia and getting ready for the 8th-11th December ! With another Nómade meeting in Chile in February 2017. All the info you need can be found on: http://www.festivalnomade.cl/
Silly tang selected:
NEGRO DUB REMIX – CELSO PIÑA (REINA DE CUMBIAS)
Two very big names in the industry have come together on this remix. You can feel the very warm, dubby bassline from Negro Dub which brings this cumbia to its true colours. Then we have the king of the cumbia and his accordion with this very unique sound and way of giving us the latin American feeling.
Swindle – Connecta Ft. Ricardo China
For my 2nd choice this month I wanted to bring one of my favorite producers from the last 3 years to the table. SWINDLE is a true underground veteran and keeps on lighting us with his UK bass music hits and then takes the time to produce beautiful pieces such as this one. His production is always very based on those tight drums and a very deep bass sound. You can feel the London vibe coming straight at ya!
Eyeunle: guiro para change – America afroindigena label
Here we have a very authentic and rooted cumbia sound with proper traditional instruments. I absolutely love this song. Not my traditional selection but when it comes to music made with such respect and truthfulness to its roots I just cannot stop getting inspired by its sound and spirituality. Out on the label America Afroindigena please go and get yourself this masterpiece on soundcloud for free!
Loko Bono – Sistema beat Andino Steppa remix:
Now you might know or not know that I come from the Dub scene and I truly love this music. Cumbia came along a long time after I started this love of music J So when the master Loko Bono comes forward to present us this Steppa masterpiece I just couldn’t control myself. I had to mix it and remix it for almost a whole night! The production is very nice and has totally managed to get to that Hard Steppa style, but for me what breaks it down is the vocal. This voice is truly a blessing from the sky.
Yo me Llamo Cumbia radio show – Tribilin Sound
So this is not the first time I share one of these podcasts and really they are all amazing J
I wanted to bring this one out because of two tracks which stood out for me. First of all the Loko Bono remix mentioned above and then the unreal track by Tribilin Sound called X E*vax – Hijas! It is a half breed of Cumbia and Juke together with a totally twisted melody pon top. Really dig the man´s work recently getting into more bassline vibes.
Shushupe – sarayacu taricaya ep:
Now listen to this kick and bassline starting this track. Fabulous track with those acid melodies coming in. I cannot stress enough how amazing the production for this EP is – very very potent indeed. I think this type of EP has a place within the tropical world but also on many other fronts such as Minimal techno – or even disco. Really clever and ear pleasing piece of music!
El Cifickzer X El Kombo Kolombia – El chavo banda se siente relajado (Hnry X Sonidero Sabotaje Edit):
Once again I mention the Rebajado Mix crew, Hnry and El Cifickzer I know J But honestly I think I´m developing an addiction to cumbia rebajada and well they just do real good works these days and it seems they are not here to stop. So we can hear the original vibes to this track by El Cifickzer and then those slight kicks coming in by Hnry! Really nice and smooth cumbia we have here for everyone to enjoy free of charge so go run tell your friends!
Rebel up ! Soundclash – Andres Landero – Rosa y Mayo (Rebel Up! Duckfood Remix):
Would you like some bassline cumbia for your ears ? Well if you have some huge bass sound system en casa please turn it up!!! This version by Rebel Up Soundclash of a classic cumbia is a real sound system artillery. Big ups and we hope they carry one bring in on some nice remixes or even original Cumbia tracks!
Secta Selectah – El acordeon:
Now this all time player has come to us with a track that reminds me of a Totty style cumbiaton! Real nice groove on this one helped by this accordion and those breaks within the tune. You can also hear those samples coming in everywhere as the song plays which gives a real nice originality to the beats!
Cal Jader – Movimientos Nueva Colombia mix:
London Calling ? No its Colombia calling J
The mastermind behind the mighty events “Movimientos” has just landed in Colombia a few days ago from what I know and to promote his stay he delivered this sublime mixtape. I know this is the end of summer but for Mr Jader it seems winter doesn’t exist ! Special request on his travels!
Larry SKG : SmallFall – Jungler (Marimba Remix)
Getting to the end of my selection for this month but I couldn’t let you go before mentioning this amazing piece of music. I had never heard of SKG before, a producer from Greece. He has nailed it with this remix. I love the Marimba instruments and love this really ill sound he has blended with it. I´m sure a lot of music will come out from this very talented producer so keep your ears out.
Moonanga – Tropical mix
And to finish off this real good month of Cumbia I wanted to introduce you to this band. It’s a duo, a very loco guy and a lovely female accordionist. Let’s say the guy goes by the name of Chongo Reinhardt and the lady of “ I mas”. Together, they form the all mighty Moonanga! We have had the pleasure of spending lots of time with them this summer and trust me they are full of new sounds and treasures coming out. Here is a presentation mix they made filled of classic and twisted dancefloor killers.
Morenita (Sonido Satanas Remix)
Part of a new remix LP on Tropic-all, this cumbia remix by Sonido Satanas delivers on all levels. Classic Mexican vocals combine with catchy synths and instruments and a groovy bassline in great style. Good tune for the dancefloor, arriba la bebida!
Lascivio Bohemia – La Visherita Flashera
Lascivio bohemia features again for a brand new electro cumbia release, la Visherita Flashera. A very organic buildup is followed by some more “villera style” electronic synths and leads to an eery, spooky drop. This is a great mix of potent sounds and has a very original side.
DJ Caution – Hot Steppa
This new offering from DJ Caution is red hot. A very sexy electro cumbia, dancehall inspired stomper, it brings great vibes whenever it plays. Badboy pitched down vocals ride a carribean, tropical drum beat while an amazing accordeons spices things up. Tune!
Pinduca — Mistura de Carimbó com Ciranda (iZem’s Tropical Discoteq Special Fix)
Izem presents a cool Little edit of a original brazilian gem. Heavy shakers, a sweet cumbia groove and a catchy melody bring this number into 2016. This is very fresh and very tropical.
The Rebel – Cumbia Dub
This little nugget carries its name perfectly, and manages to build an old school 70´s dub feeling into the drums with tasty guiros over the top. A classic dub bassline and some swirling synths round the track off. Big up!
Dunkelbunt – Duck Polk
I don´t think I had ever seen Dunkelbunt, Balkan and swing legend, make a entry into the cumbia scene. This is forthcoming on his album and is certainly an original beat. Just like the previous tune, this rides that fine line between cumbia and dub perfectly. The acid guitar sounds absolutely amazing – it will trip you out.
Thanks for listening and reading and see you next month!