Makina – Hondo [Introspective & Tantric Argentinian Electronica]

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Since Hernan Ambrogi, a.k.a. Makina, left Amsterdam to move back to his home country Argentina, he hasn’t sit still. After four years of silence as a producer, spent to focus more on live projects, he is back with a breathtaking, sophisticated EP that fuses moving soundscapes and hypnotising drums with acoustic bandoneons, traditional percussion and mesmerising folkloric guitars.

The album is described as a journey into the inner world, a place where intimacy reaches its most intense form, a reflection on who we are from the perspective of an inhabitant of Buenos Aires. The music truly resonates with the cover design, showing the overwhelming vastness of the ocean. The inner world is much like the Atlantic on the shores of Buenos Aires, always just around the corner, yet truly realising it’s depths and howling magnificence can be frightening. And like the waves in port into the South American continent, our whirling inner world carries the testimonies of the histories that shaped us, including the suppressed ones, the restless waves that keep beating against at our convulsively fortified quays when we are alone. How else could I but immediately bring to mind Moro‘s San Benito EP, which uses the exact same metaphor, not for personal introspection but to confront Argentina as a whole with a gruesome chapter in its history: the systematic erasure of the African part of its national identity. Makina, in his own way, reconnects the indigenous with the African heritage, by means of cumbia and dembow influenced techno breaks, undeniably sharing in African origin.

Beyond that, the emotion breathing throughout the album is one of passionate connection. The inner world manifests itself as a resevoir of glowing sparks, wandering like lonely fireflies in a barren void, longing to be drawn into a tender tango with sparks from other inner worlds. This intimate sharing is the essence of poetry, expressed so touchingly by the Argentinian folk singer Atahualpa Yupangui in the track ‘La Universalidad del Ser’: the art of communicating existence itself, on all levels: intellectual, emotional and bodily. In that way, the introspective meditation evolves into a tantric dance of love-making.

The acoustic instruments were recorded by Makina himself, together with an international group of collaborating artists in Buenos Aires and in Amsterdam.

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SidiRum – Intercambio EP (Andean Future Lounge)

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Generation Bass contributor Nico a.k.a. SidiRum is one of the frontrunners who are paving the way for a new chapter in the life of cumbia and prehispanic Andean sounds. The deep, contemplative sound which has been incubating for a while now in small undergrounds in countries like Argentina, Chile and Peru has now grown into a rich, mature genre of accessible yet high-quality music. Intercambio EP is future Latin-pop in the making: a perfect starting point for sounds out of the experimental Latin avant-garde to reach wider audiences.

Compared to earlier work in the electrofoloklore scene, the experimental, trippy, dub-leaning elements have been peeled off here and replaced by lush, pop-inspired melodic synth work.

The 5 track EP, released via the London based forward-looking Latin label New Hispanic Music, opens with a vocal pop-song featuring singer Dat García. Notable also is the Mentes Unidas, which’ remix by Salvador & El Peche we shared earlier, which fuses East Indian flutes with downtempo Latin percussion and jazzy synths.

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SidiRum : Mentes Unidas (Salvador & ElPeche Remix) [Cumbia ElectroFolkLore]

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SidiRum aka Nico Bruschi is an Argentinian based artist living in Buenos Aires. He is a Generation Bass blog contributor too. He has just dropped this brilliant remix for free.

It’s been remixed by Brazillians El Peche & Salvador and it’s a sublime slice of haunting ElectroFolkLore Cumbia, part South American and part Indian. Listening to the track, it feels as though one is travelling through the wilds of South America and then suddenly transported into mystical lands of the East, India to be precise.

FAAUNA – SAN PEDRO /// [SINGLE]

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FAAUNA guys (formerly FAUNA) from Argentina has just released a new single/video! The single actually announces their new album, coming in mid-2015. Prepare yourself to a healthy dose of psychedelic cumbia!

 

 

All text below is their info about the single:
“FAAUNA presents “San Pedro”. a preview of “Psicodelia Cosa Seria” (CCL019) the new album of the pioneers of electronic cumbia, that will be release by the middle of 2015. An album that will make fly and dance to everyone who pass by a soundsystem. We are actually releasing the videoclip of “San Pedro” produced and edited by Los Universos Islas and directed by Mariano Di Césare. You can listen the track by courtesy of CONCEPTO CERO´s soundcloud, so everybody can sing along “Yo te quiero ver, al amanecer” (“I wanna see you… at breaking dawn”). Close your eyes and just listen” AND GRAB THE TRACK FOR FREE:

 

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“San Pedro” ​is an electronic cumbia at 100 bpm, with a mantric mood wich rounds and rounds, and takes you high to look at yourself from above. It was produced by Arun y La Cumbia (a pseudonym for a mexican young producer that have lived in Mendoza and that becomes from FAAUNA´s fan into a collaborator).”

“Psicodelia Cosa Seria” (CCL019) will be the third album of FAAUNA (previously known as Fauna). It will contain 10 tracks featuring different artists and the production of El Chavez.
Color Kit (Cristian Del Negro) y Zai (Arturo Gueglio) embody FAAUNA’s message: two musicians & two MC´s, with an electronic heart that pumps global ghetto beats and lyrics with
different layers of interpretation. Between metaphysics and shamanism. Recycle, stop consumption without reflection. With their music they inspire a new spiritual way of life linked to action”.

 

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Vermilion Bird – Bohemian Nights

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Here’s a brilliant new track from Vermillion Bird who is originally from Argentina but now based in New York.

This new dark, Midtempo track that she has done sounds a lot like the brilliant Brazilian band, Nação Zumbi to me but with a souped up Techno/Global Bass vibe. It’s pretty amazing stuff.

This is a dead cert name for the future:

Also check out her first EP which takes in more Bass vibes from Dubstep, Electronic, Moombahton and DnB.

She even did a pretty wicked remix of our Banginclude track Bubbah Meck, damn!!! How did we miss this one!!!!! :-(((

Sexxy Saturday Cumbia – In a Shamanic Jungle

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2015 is here and it brought brand new winds to the tropical oriented scene.

Huge tracks from well known artists that strength their position as shamanic totems, and from other side… a branch new projects that opened the limits of the game.

Here is a review of the tracks that were appearing among the green branches, sliding to the soft tropical beat, shaking to spread the bodies with sweet moves.
This is the tropical scene today, a whirlwind of fresh ideas with the premise to vibrate the ears.

Frente Bolivarista is one of the big project of this short period of the year.
Led by Daniel Lucas (a.k.a. pigmalião) the compilation is form by a many artist from Latin America (Leo Justi, Psilosamples, SidiRum, R Vicenzo) and some artist from Europe but that takes in their compositions a real latin flavor as El Búho and Andrés Digital.

As it says:
“This is a compilation regarding various artists influenced by Latin American cultural references. This is just the beginning of a Bolivarian journey across the whole American continent.
On this debut you’ll find a great selection of artists from Brazil, Ecuador, Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, and two European guests.”

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One of, in my opinion, the best music festival happened this February in the south of Chile.
As you see the picture of the Festival Nomade facebook page you will understand the magnitude of the project. It was a really tribal paradise in Mapuche lands.

Before the festival, they release a brunch of mixtapes done by some of the artists involved.

Here is the extraordinary mixtape from Nicola Cruz for the Nomade Festival:

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Tropikhongo is one of the projects of Adrian Lopardo (a.k.a. https://soundcloud.com/punto_rojo – Reghetto – former Pecokumbiastyle and half part of Zona Norte).
Here is with a remix of “Bonita se ve bailando”, an special dish for dance floors:

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What if you could enter into you childhood’s favorite computer game and infect it with cumbia and tropical beats?
Thats the deep trip of Los Pat Moritas that has dropped a new album in the 8bit label called BlipBlop.

Its amazing how an entirely 8bit project, done with one (sometimes two) gameboys can make the crowd become mad and dance to the rhythm of cumbia.

Don’t miss the excellent version of “Cumbia Cienaguera” that takes it to another level:

“Nativo Mixtape” is a journey among palms and magic beats through tropical wings.
Jin Yerei invites you to pic your sit and wait for the take off-

With their last releases, the chilean Regional Label, keep the quality of music that known build throw last year.

Three big releases with unique sensation from each other.

Qapac, from Perú, brings a new sensation with tropical winds and a trippy deep cumbia.
The beautiful visual-art was in charge of David Bugueño.

Then, Antae with a 3ball track that push you to shake your hip. This is what Regional says about the release:
“Introduced by Victor Evink sound 3Ball, Antae mixes his progressive influences with Latin sounds creating these new recording called “Alma”. Using the scale of C # to get in touch with your soul and adding the voice of his favorite of all time, Alika, talking about the connection between the word “soul” and the term “word” in the language Guaraní”

“Temporal” albums have been the way to lump together the label artists and make a compilation of different latin sounds. Now they make a twist and tell each artist to remix each other. The result is a huge combination of sounds and new feelings of the tropical scene.

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The mixture of latin flavors, deep synths, 80’s atmosphere and solid vocals, is a formula that could be pursued by any tropical scientific.
But something like that is what Mandiboola brings to earth with their delicious album “Tropical Mystery”.

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Brasil has one of the new emerging tropical scene in the region. With artist like Thomash, Burkamina, Felipe Sa, Leo Justi, Daniel Lucas, R Vicenzo, URUBU Marinka and more.
But one that caught my attention lately is Spaniol, Resident of the well known “Sonido Tropico” party in Sao Paulo.
He has dropped some huge edits:

Track with Capoeira chant.

An Umbanda chant to call Xangô, god of fire in Africa. Mixed with a lush rhythm.

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“Amanecer en el campo” its a beautiful album that dropped at the end of the last year.
The author is Golondrina Alfa from the countryside of Argentina. In the album, sounds bring to for imagination pictures of the countryside landscape with some little touches of electronic sparks.
Definitely and album that invite you to close your eyes and feel the wind between ourselves.

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Also from the countryside, but in the future, Fashionfacts proposed that:
“In the year 2237 at a place north of La Pampa Argentina now called Leuvucó was found in the ruins of an old bank an ancient instrument known as “sampler” containing small pieces of audio in the form of loops. While they are digital audio samples that have suffered a little fatigue time, the sound is fairly consistent and listenable. It is assumed that music data of a subsequent collapse of the First Internet occurred in 2090. It is one of the few musical records are kept of that strange time post-apocalyptic decade. This is the first installment of the musical wonders found in this small appliance.”

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To finish some oldies but goodies:

DJ Mica Towers help me to find this gem from Ramiro Jota.
A clasic cumbia tune like “La Danza Macabra” with some mad lyrics that fit perfectly well:

And some really cumbia bombs for the dancefloor!!

BONUS TRACK:

Two bombs from Plan B that still fresh:

Paw Paw / Pan del Indio (Transnational Ambient]

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An interesting Ambient/New Age tape release here from the Rainbow Pyramid label.

It’s a Split Cassette release from Paw Paw (Colorado) and Pan del Indio (Argentina). I’m really loving the Pan del Indio material on this, Transnational Ambient.

Check it out, great, trippy, spacey, chilled out stuff.

As the label says:

Dark Crested Monuments that Weather, Shrouded Star Children Reborn!

Tremor – Proa Remixed

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Tremor is brilliant Buenos Aries based trio that combine rhythms and sounds across South American genre borders with digital vibes and electronic music culture into a sound that has been dubbed “Digital Folklorico” by NPR.

We’ve been huge fans of the act since the beginning of our blog and they just seem to be going from strength to strength as the years pass and they most defintely deserve a great deal more recognition.

Their dreamy, mystical, transcdental sounds get the remix treatment of tracks from their most recent album.

Really hard to take any picks from a brilliant remix album that has its fair share of thoughful and insighful remixes through to some bangers for the dancefloor but I’m really feeling the Blocktreat, Puelche and Filastine remixes.

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Tremor – "Huella" New Video

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One of our fave songs of recent years, the haunting and achingly beautiful “Huella” has been given a new lease of life with a live video performance to coincide with a Tremor Remix album that’ll be dropping soon.

Check this beauty: