Sexxy Saturday Cumbia – January

Art by Tropi Delia


As we enter 2017 to the uplifting sounds of the cumbias of the future, we have been accumulating new tropical beats with more hunger than ever before. Below is a selection of this month´s cumbia orientated releases. We hope you enjoy:


 Silly tang selected:

 Dj Elwood – Live Set

To start this month is cold winter I wanted to introduce a Dj which I have never had the pleasure of seeing or meeting but always heard great feedback from his sessions! Actually a home bred Dj from France, Rennes. A city I have plenty of time for as I lived there for 2 years! This mix is a subtle blend between cumbia – Tropical bass and more modern beats such as global footwork. Really smooth from start to finish you can enjoy it whilst sipping on your hot wine!


Sauvage FM –Tropical Thug

Staying in the same region of the world here is an absolute killer mixtape by Sauvage FM called Tropical Thug. As I said this mixtape is badboy proper going in on the tropical bass and global madness, always with a hint of South America? I really dig his tunes and his production it’s always bass orientated to make you groove it hard!


Henry Cruz – Ta encendio el beeper

Now then I know this track is not totally cumbia, and I do apologise for the purists before they kill me J but all in all, this entire track has made my month a brighter and warmer place. Henry Cruz is his name and make you dance is his aim! This semi acid, footwork and salsa track has come out with perfect timing for us to get the aguardiente out, and forget about the winter.


Universal Sound – Dinamita

Universal Sound out of Buenos Aires is a new producer which I have come across and I have to say what a good pleasing surprise! This cumbia is simply based and very humbly put together but has so many little details that it comes together as a hit. Those vocals and breakdowns and real smooth and the 2nd drop is bass heavy trust me! Very groovy tune indeed big up yourself!


Club de Baile CD’M – Cumbia in Lab (Latin Bass Mexico Records)

I´m not sure if you have come across this huge Latin Bass Mexico records compilation? Every time they appear you know you will have a shower of amazing tunes for the rest of the year J On this note big up señor Oscilator Bass every time for his works within our cumbia world. Coming back on this track, first word is spacey, bubbly and fresh. The notes and works on the mids are wicked, like a wah-wah pedal for guitars if you know what I mean. Then a nicely garnished bassline and some sweet, discrete drums to help put this piece of art together.


Amambay 100000 – Chumbimba

Let’s get twisted shall we? I have always been a fan of Amambay 100000 ´s work but this time I had to share it with you guys. This broken down cumbia is a killer for any satanic rituals trust me J personally I love the accordion and this twisted like sounds coming from everywhere. Very square production, as always with this great maestro. It is barely legal to minors (under 18) I believe so go run grab it whilst you can!


Novalima – Como yo Captain Planet remix (Wonderwheel Recordings)

So having the album on vinyl in my collection when I saw the remix Ep coming out I was stung! Hooked, addicted! This remix is the one and only Captain Planet which always comes with very fresh instrumental and a mix down full of air and clarity. On here very classic Novalima track which he has blended into a sublime afro-latin dancefloor starter.


Chakana – Cumbia arper

This track is rave! From start to finish a proper cumbia rave anthem if you ask me. Everything in it has its euphoric tones and shades. Really nice classic guitar notes added on a super heavy linear cumbia beat with added raving effects. Really digging this and will be playing out a lot!


Pixi trace – Monte Bajo (Club Social Tropical)

Whilst we are raving well let’s stay in there and act cool ! A very acid track, this has blown me away properly. It is a heavily built riddim with these nail on board type noises which really blend in perfectly with the cumbia element. Such kicks and build up this tune for me has done it. Proper January rince out!


Jhon Montoya – Goulash Disko live set

Now quickly presenting this mix recorded at Goulash Disko festival which we have a had the pleasure of witnessing the whole Selva posse. Great mix all together and really fitting with the festival vibes. Sun, chill and well-being. Big ups Mr Montoya!


DJ Neber – Cumbia of the spirit

Bit of Cumbia and a bit of Hip-hop, “who ya gonna calla?”

Well we all know who we have to call the all mighty Dj Neber is always on the frontline with his fine style of cumbia turntablist! Really nice beat on this one especially the wobbly guitar and the high hat toned drum break. This is the far west within Dj Neber´s musical world.


Moto Kiatu – Malaria

No Mr Tang it’s not cumbia! It’s NOT CUMBIA!!!

Well sorry I know but this project is so exiting that I had to post something about it. Out mates from Madrid aka Sonidero Mandril y Manglar have come together to present to us Moto kiatu ¡ Very fresh very new so full of surprises this is the first mix they are presenting from the one and only jungle brother: MALARIA. If you don’t know of this killer Dj get to know, proper underground legend my tell ya!


Coconutah selected:

Tropikhongo & Pablo Pachacutik – Guerrero Andino (Lascivio Bohemia remix)

Lascivio Bohemia remixes Tropikhongo & Pablo Pachacutik electro cumbia style. A slow atmospheric burner, it creates an electronic andean vibe that make for a smooth, pleasant journey. Layers of synths blend with flutes and mallets blend seamlessly with guiros and percussion, making for a hypnotic, relaxing listen.


Animal Chuki remix “Beto Kele” – NOVALIMA (Wonderwheel Recordings 2017)

Another Novalima remix, this is a real rebajada stomper. The Peruvian band´s vocals mix amazingly with the slow pounding rhythm whilst the low and dirty bass is perfect for slow head shaking on the dancefloor. Animal Chuki have been bringing big, dubby tracks recently, and this is no exception. Big tune.


Dj Padrinomixsonidero – Cumbia Picosita 2017 Limpia Los Pipopes

Straight from New York, Dj Padrino delivers a lovely grooving, old school Mexican cumbia, with layers of synths and crazy guitar riffs all over! Great sound, great production, this is definitely a catchy riddim. Check it out!


El Extravagante – Altiplanica (Tribilin Sound Remix) (Regional Label)

Out on Sello Regional, el extravagante´s Patiperro EP is a must listen. Between banging Cumbia tunes like La cumbia de Chile, resides tribilin sound´s interpretation of Altiplanica. In his recognizable style this is an evolving, continuous journey that will make you want to listen again, and again. There are also remixes from a handful of other amazing artists to listen to, making for a nicely round, full EP.


Panther Panther! – Dunobizeh (Hawaii Bonsai Records)

Swiss label Hawaii bonsai records presents Dunobizeh by Pink Panther, along with a whole series of tasty remixes by the crème de la crème tropical artists around. It has a definite cumbia orientation with lots of catchy synth and guitar riffs, intricate psychedelic progression, and a good variety of punchy tropical beats. Amongst other little gems, check out the Yeahman or Sonido profundo remixes!


Turbo Sonidero – La Kumbia Del Trompas (Feat. Talacha) #fucktrump

In typical turbo sonidero style, this tune is a pretty relentless, synth driven, sonidero trip with heavy guiros and haunting vocals. The warping synths and samples contribute to making a trippy experience! Fuck trump.


Kaygee Selected:

Pol Nada – Canto a la paz (Jin Yerei remix) (Fertil Discos)

Big ups Jin Yerei on this one ! I’ve been rinsing his music lately and he never stops to surprise me. Here, he has kept the vocal from the original tune and added a relatively minimalist yet powerful beat, creating this deep, crunchy and progressive atmosphere that he usually has. Keep an eye out for Jin Yerei as he’ll be releasing more beauties like this one very soon! You can check out the original tune, as well as a brilliant remix by Dandara on the full release:


Sidirum – Costa Sureña (ft. Barrio Lindo)

I think I missed that one in time for last month’s post so here it incase you hadn’t heard it! It’s always a ‘full experience’ to listen to Sidirum’s music. He always takes the subs one step deeper and I love it! He just dropped a new EP, ‘LUNA EP’, in which he teamed up with the all mighty Barrio Lindo for this tune and created this beautiful trip, with a very repetitive and hypnotizing approach for our delight. Make sure you check out the whole EP.


V.A. – Mare Insularum (Shika Shika)

So this one is a very special release for myself & Coconutah, in which we were very happy and honored to be included in, alongside so many great artists that we love and often mention on this blog ! This compilation, released on Shika Shika, is a journey itself; it covers many different rhythms and atmospheres, taking you through different electronic worlds and settings, whilst enhancing the whole effect with more traditional instrumental moments! I could go on about it, or I could simply recommend you to sit back, hit play, and enjoy !!


Nicola Cruz – Cantos de Vision (Multi Culti)

So while we’re on the deep vibes, think I can mention this big release on Multi Culti, which will also be released in 12” format ! The all mighty Nicola Cruz strikes again showing us just how he does it ! Absolute vibes and instrumental emotion in this ep, in which Nicola Cruz once more manages to bring the roots to the dancefloor, in what they describe as “a psychedelic replanting of folkloric roots”.

It’s great to see this genre of music finally seeing the light on vinyl format!


El Extravagante – Ancestral (Patiperro EP – Regional Label)

As mentioned above by Coconutah, shout out to Regional for this release, which also includes this beauty by El Extravagante and 5 wicked remixes by Tribilin Sound, Señor Chancho, Derrok, Franco Franco and El Buga. I had never heard of El Extravagante but was very happy to discover his works and especially this tune, which takes us straight across a few oceans and land straight on Oriental grounds, with repetitive sitars, chants and percussions to take you into a total trance. Make sure you check out the whole EP, and enjoy the free download, as always on Regional Label!


El Remolón – Energy Control

El Remolon is another one of these producers who knows how to push the subs a little further and release this type of bass driven minimal digital cumbia beat, full of space synths to build up on the final effect. Rinse out !


San Ignacio & Ubunto – Dois Mil Cinco (Quiero Recordings)

What an epic tune! It’s part of Quiero Recording’s wonderful fifth compilation, and brings in a special psychedelic funky and almost ritualistic atmosphere, which really works! The rest of the compilation is full of great sounds, approaching different areas than this one, so make sure you have a listen!



We’ve mentioned this new band from Madrid on here a few times already and they are back with a new set of tunes based around loads of great featurings. This one is a collaboration with the tropical punk band Kumbia Queers. They bring in the ‘villera’ side of things, and take Tremenda Jauria on a more ‘cumbia tip’, than the straight ‘reggaeton reivindicativo’ they usually go for. Keep an eye out for these guys, they are up for it and rinsing dacenfloors !


Ondatrópica – Lazalypso

It’s always a pleasure to hear a new tune from Ondatropica, and see how they bring so many elements, band members, sounds, rhythms, etc… together with perfection! I look forward to hear their new album to be released soon!!!


Sidi Wacho – Buena Onda (Videoclip)

Big ups to Sidi Wacho; I absolutely love this band and everything they do, and here is a brand new video clip of their great tune ‘Buena Onda’ for our pleasure, including the usual good vibes and musical delight.


KUMBIA BORUKA Live Au Transbordeur – “LA VIDA SE VIVE”

Here’s a little extract of what goes on when Kumbia Boruka come and play live; this was taken from one of their shows in their current hometown @ Le Transbordeur (Lyon, FR).


We hope you enjoyed the selection! See you next month.




Art by Tropi Delia


Sexxy Saturday Cumbia with La Selva is back!!

There is always a surge of excellent music as the winter kicks in – this year has not been any different. The scene we all love is blessed with an incredible diversity of influences, as new sounds emerge on a regular basis and we are hit by new cumbia bombs relentlessly. This month, our cumbia round up covers the full spectrum of flavours, from the folkloric to the dubby, from the dancefloor killer to the swinging rebajada. We hope you enjoy the selection!


KayGee selected:

Nicola Cruz – Prender el Alma (ZZK Records)

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has been waiting for this album to drop ever since the first few extracts of it started appearing here and there in different mixtapes  over a year ago. Was the wait worth the while? Hell yes¡! This is one beautiful journey through the andes with a hint of sub and some deep basslines! I was also happy to discover songs that I’d never heard before, like Equinoccio ft. Huaira and Cocha Run aft. Tanya Sanchez which once again show Nicola Cruz’s talent, and his ability to create his own atmosphere with his use of delayed guitars, a very deep low end, accompanied by organic sounding percussions and beautiful lyrics. If you don’t have a copy of this, grab it now! And keep an eye out for Nicola Cruz live shows as he is just finishing his tour.

Meanwhile, you can also enjoy this brand new video of Colibria LIVE ft. Huaira:


Tribilin Sound – Octavio EP (Regional)

I’ve always been a very big fan of Tribilin Sound, his progressive and minimal yet potent production always amaze me. For this EP, Regional Label brought together 9 other artists to remix Tribilin Sound’s ‘La Cumbia de Octavio’, a song dedicated to his son Octavio David for his first bitrthday.

With names like Señor Chancho, Papi Pérez, Freddy Da Stupid Broken Edition, BeatFunk, Pigmalião, El Catorce Dash Slktr, Murúa and DJ Ground on the list, this was definitely going to be interesting; and it’s truly amazing. We have the pleasure of hearing 9 completely different approaches to this tune, with my personal favourite: Sr Chancho’s dubbed out version !!!


El Búho – Cenotes EP (Wonderwheel Recordings)

El Búho seems to be a recurrent artist for me in these posts. He never stops to astonish me with his many mixtapes, in which I discover an incredible amount of music, notwithstanding the quantity of music that he releases. I mentioned his new album last month, ‘Cumbias de Oro’ on Frente Bolivarista, and would now like to present to you his debut EP on the amazing record label Wonderwheel Recordings: ‘Cenotes’. Now located in Mexico City, El Búho offers us 5 beautiful tracks where “lush tropical vibes clash with ambient soundscapes, deep bass, and folkloric innerworkings” (Wonderwheel Recordings).


Deela – Ghost of the Cumbia (Cocotaxi Remix) (Shango Records)

Aie aie aie! Another heavy heavy remix by the great duo from Stockholm, Cocotaxi. The original version is already cumbia orientated but with a ‘housier’ touch to it. Cocotaxi have taken the Cumbia vibes forward, given it a potent rhythm and brought the tune to the tropical dancefloor! The flute/gaita just hits the spot when it appears. This remix appears on an EP by Shango Records with another remix from Larry Skg. Massive thanks to both of them for sending their remix to La Selva.

We will have the pleasure of seeing Cocotaxi in Madrid on December 18th with Dengue Dengue Dengue, and los Candeleros in one of Madrid’s many tropical parties organised by Guacamayo Tropical. And amongst the tropical rumors, I’ve heard some about Cocotaxi stopping off in our Selva Radio Studios?!


La Mecánica Popular – Móntame en la Tormenta (Names You Can Trust)

Some will say that it’s a risky thing to remix or do a version of a classic, and some will say that it’s very risky to do so with the Doors. Many have failed, but here, La Mecánica Popular simply nailed it! This “Amazonian cumbia” version is simply perfect! It keeps the psychedelic vibes and guitars, with perfectly layered guiros and cowbells, offering us a “beautifully dark and shadowy trip into the heart of la selva.“ This was released on 7” Vynil on the label Names You can Trust, with another version from La Mecánica Popular of the all time Michael Jackson Classic ‘Thriller’.


Negro Dub – Cumbia Wall

Talking about remixing classics, Negro Dub just did a wicked chilled-out Cumbia version of Another Brick in the Wall (Pink Floyd). Proper dubbed out, echoed vibes in this one, with a catchy cumbia rhythm and tropical percussions, and the lovely guitar solo.


Cassette Blog 5th Anniversary

Cassette Blog have just dropped a Tropical Bomb on us with 4 incredible compilations, more than 100 tunes, to celebrate their 5th Anniversary, and as usual, for free !

Va-Vuelta al mundo en globo vol 1 y vol 2 (compiled by Chancha Vía Circuito)

Va- I want your riddim (compiled by The Ghost)

Va-Food for animals (compiled by Tropikore)

Va-Tonos de la marimba (compiled by Rafa Caivano de Frikstailers)

All 4 compilations are very different, and represent very well the sounds of the person who was in charge of compiling them. There are far too many great tunes and a huge amount of new artists for me to mention here: you can click on the above links to download and find all of the related info on all 4 compilations


Bosq – Cumbia en Bahia

Here’s a video of Cumbia en Bahia, a tune from Bosq’s brilliant new album released on vynil last month, Celestrial Strut. You should really check it. It goes from Latin Rhythms to Afrobeat, with a few stops of Disco; an eclectic feeling also found and enjoyed in Bosq’s DJ sessions.

Bosq’s own footage was used in the production and edition of this video, showing us a “slightly psychedelic journey through the beautiful mountains of Colombia captured mostly from bus, jeep & car windows between La Eje Cafetera & Medellin”. It accompanies his track really well, with the traditional sounds and instruments blending in with the beautiful and impressive Colombian landscapes.


SidiRum – “Máncora” // Video Mixtape (Fertil Discos)

Many of today’s musical projects go hand in hand with visual ones, both in live sessions and on the web, taking the whole experience for the crowd/listener/viewer one step further. This is a new series of videomixtapes presented on Fertil Discos; the first one was published a week or so ago with SidiRum’s sounds (both older and forthcoming releases) alongside Bruera’s visuals. “‘Máncora’ is a visual path, marked by a unique style in which deep electronic sounds come along with the most synthetic latin energy”. Find more videomixtapes, other cool projects and beautiful sounds on

Last month I mentioned Barda’s new LP, Gruta (released on Fertil Discos). Here’s a video on the makings of the LP recorded in Isla Festival and shared a few weeks back through Remezcla:

Isla Festival is a new festival which took place in September in Arroyo Esperita in Argentina, gathering great artists of the scene (Barda, Barrio indo, Chancha Via Circuito, El Remolon, Iluminate, Jin Yerei, Kaleema, dj Nunsense, Rivas Bowson Orchestra, San Ignacio, SidiRum. Keep an eye out for the next edition in February 2016:


Caballito Netlabel Showcase/URL Futurefest 2 0 1 5

Keeping on the whole visual side of things, Caballito teamed up with Wapastream last month and presented their part of the ‘URL Futurefest 2 0 1 5’, with 3 wicked half hour Cumbia & Tropical sets by Kuto Quilla, Bigote and Grita, accompanied by some crazy psychedelic, tribal, futuristic visuals by Wapastream

And keeep your eyes open, I’ve heard rumors that Don Plok, from Guateque Soundz in Buenos Aires is about to drop his first album !! I’ve heard a sneak peak and it sounds eclectically great !


The Silly Tang selected:

 Cumbia China – Caballito Mixtapes – Grita

The master Grita has dropped this new mix on his own label Caballito. This mix can be enjoyed while in the sun with a couple of beers or in a very hedonistic after party surrounded by freaks. I love the way Grita always tries to find this original cumbia sound and the eccentric sounds that come with it.


Tribilin Sound – Cumbia Wax

The one and only Tribilin Sound is back with this track and again it’s a masterpiece. His work is very lineal and very well worked on always! On this Cumbia Wax tune he delivers a very fresh but also psychedelic flavour to the dancefloor. When the little sample from the “Marijuaner0” comes in the tune really gets into its whole depth and groove.


Maguin Diaz Y El Sexteto Gamerano – La Rama De Tamarindo (Dengue Dengue Dengue! Remix) (Konn Recordings)

Again and again Dengue Dengue Dengue keeps bringing us the goodness of both sides, the electro minimal part of the structure and the folk drum sections and samples that bring us back to South America. I hope you will enjoy this remix that came out on Konn” records a few days ago on a big bad sound system !


Pachanga IMx – Son Reebook O Son Nike 2015 Limpia Grupo Maravilla (Low)

Waow waow waow ! This tune has been running through me and my mp3 all month ! Its a great joke that develops into an amazing cumbia track. Big up Pachanga mix for this exelent and creamy cumbia !


Deejay Theory, Jahdan Blakkamoore, Kush Arora – Definitely (Cocotaxi Remix) (Discos Peligrosa)

Cocotaxi who is a an old producer now but has just come to my attention thanks to our Kaygee 😉 Such a huge musical duo they bring out pure killerz everytime but this one really made it for me when we saw Dj Sanbandija de Madrid played it ! Puro flow de los Cocotaxi !


Borchi – La Rasterinha Imperial EP (Cassette Blog)

Before moving to Paris, our good friend Borchi has brought us a very good Ep with many remixes from great producers such as Dj caution and Ckrono & Slesh. But the version which really grabbed me is the remix by Basement freaks. It has pure flow and incredible energy to get all the people rocking it hard!


Con Ese Culazo (Wildsound Bootleg)

This last tune is less cumbia orientated but has some guiro parts and generally has a very Latin feel to it. It is dedicated to the very young “Happy colours”. The producer “WildSound” has dug up his most south American style sample of “culazo” and, inspired by Happy Colours, left us with this very hard hitting, but very efficient version of the new moombahton scene.


Coconutah selected:

 Sun Matt – Cumbia Meets Balkan

This is a nice little surprise: it starts off like a classic digi-cumbia number, and evolves into an original balkan animal dance that boasts cool female vocals and gypsy, middle eastern sounding strings. To top it off, there´s even some farm animals thrown in.


Lagartijeando – Cardos Rodando (Frente Bolivarista)

A brand new, very tasty album, showcasing a variety of beautifully mixed folkloric instruments, layered with a variety of tasteful latin rhythms. A sound inspired by the combination of Andes and the tropical dreams of brazil, switching from “Huaynos” to “Batucadas”, covering a journey between “Argentina, Bolivia and Brazil” , there are some awesome flutes and charangos to be found here, not to mention the rocking percussion and great instruments appearing throughout the album.


Zona Norte – Queen of the Ghetto Ep (Wakan Tanka Records)

Calling all cumbia dub addicts: This is a journey from Argentina to Jamaica and back again, with some amazingly dubbed out tropical sounds – personal favourites are Rasdub (panama) and Kungling (sweden). Big up to the all the producers involved and the always inspiring wakantanka records.


Andres Digital – Sonidero tropical (KUMBALE LP)

Andres Digital has been a repeat offender for making interesting, dancefloor orientated, eclectic music recently. Here he is again with 6 very different remixes, traveling all the way from a jungly denbow version of Currura, to the Arabic flavours of ElMoro, to a more reggae / dub / dancehall influence on the 4 other tunes on the LP. Check it!

Another shout for Kumbale for two new releases on Kumbale:

El Hijo del Misterio – Ocarina Tropical EP:

Some cool Electronic Cumbia tracks, straight from Tijuana Mexico by El hijo del misterio.

And Sudaka bass, a series of great tunes by a varied set of artists. Check their soundcloud.


Sonido Mamalón – Nijé Cahuíhuarachi (Mi Tierra) (Regional)

Regional delivers the goods with another fresh album, this time from Mexican producer Sonido Mamalón. A couple of tunes are accompanied by some good MCs and vocalists, while others go deeper and more rolling. The album is punctuated by some cleverly selected and distributed samples, and there is a definite dedication to the indigenous peoples of northern Mexico running through these sounds…..Niiiice and chilled.


Captain Planet – S.S. Esfahan (Thornato Remix) (Bastard Jazz Recordings)

This is a lovely cumbia influenced oriental dub from Thornato. This is smooth smooth and silky as you like it and will take you for a magic carpet ride. Some nice strings are accompanied by a pounding bassline. This is a great mood setter.


Flor De Ramona (mr.landero Rmx)

A nice remix by Mr.Landero from Buenos Aires, Argentina, this tune has a lovely dubby, future – cumbia atmosphere that really grabs the listener. A blend of new sounds without loosing the flavour of the original, you´re in for a nice trip that will make you want to hear it again.



To finish off this week’s cumbia vibes, you can enjoy a Sound System Style Vintage cumbia mix, all on vynil, released on Regional Label’s series of mixes, by our one and only Silly Tang:


We hope you enjoyed ! Please do not hesitate to contact us online or on air every Tuesday on our Radioshow from Madrid !

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Sexxy Saturday Cumbia – New Era


Hi fellas!

Here is Nico bringing you the best new and old cumbia in all its varieties.

We cannot start this new post for cumbia listeners without bring some tune from “Tormenta de Sudor“, One of the compilations for the 4rt anniversary of Cassette Blog

Here is “Antibala” from the mexican project: Lengualerta.

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Dat Garcia is a female songwriter that mix cumbia – folk – electronic and native sounds from Argentina.
She just released a free download album with the Chilean label “Regional“, called “Hermitaño Interior”.

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And here we have a delightful remix by the mexican producer Yelram Selectah of the bomb track “Know what I want” from the new wave queen Kali Uchis.

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And from Brooklyn – US, here is Captain Planet with one of the tracks from his Album “Esperanto Slang” that combines pure afro and latin rhythms:

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We’ve had “Tu Guaina” tracks here but here is a new tasty one:

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Robin Perkins alias “El Buho” has done a wonderful mix for the INI Movement. Its a mix about the moon and great tunes, here is the explanation of the mixes: “The idea of the 13 Mooncycle Mix is based on the natural time phenomenon. Within the system of natural time, it takes the moon 28 days to orbit the Earth; it makes this orbit 13 times each year. Each of the 13 moons possess unique characteristics, the purpose of then of the 13 Mooncycle Mix is to use each moon as an inspiration. Come each 28th day, INI invites an artist to curate a mix for the new moon, giving them total creative freedom to interpret, signal or share whatever they so desire to as homage to uniques of each moon”

With tracks from El Búho, Simon Díaz, Captain Planet, Sidirum, JWCM, Caetano Veloso, Nicola Cruz, Acid Pauli, Lulacruza, Blocktreat, Barrio Lindo, Populous, Chancha Via Circuito, Ouska, Thomash, Dunwich, Puelche, Tremor and more.


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And to finish we have some oldie tracks. Old but not outdated:

Sr Lufthansa with a really nice remix for the Barrio Lindo’s track “El Aire”

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Los Pat Moritas is an 8 Bit cumbia project from Buenos Aires that makes tunes like this:


And for the final lap…. one of my favorite mexican cumbia bands: “Los de Akino” with the fabulous track “Marimba sobre el mar”

Dutty Artz Releases: Geko Jones & Atropolis present – Palenque Records Remixed

Album Cover_Palenque


On June 25th, Dutty Artz will be releasing Geko Jones and Atropolis present: Palenque Records Remixed. New York City’s Que Bajo boss Geko Jones and Dutty Artz artist Atropolis, frequent visitors to Colombia, celebrate the Afro-Colombian roots music of Palenque by assembling an A-list of global talent (So Shifty, Captain Planet, Matt Shadetek, Chief Boima, Thornato, and more!) to remix the recordings of Lucas Silvaʼs Palenque Records. More on San Basilio de Palenque, the music, and the people involved with the project on the Dutty Artz website.

San Basilio de Palenque is a small autonomous community in Northern Colombia on the outskirts of metropolitan Cartegena. The town was settled by African slaves who escaped bondage from Spanish masters in 1602, and is one of the oldest continually inhabited communities in the Americas. Its strategic geographic location has allowed it to be defended from attacks by outsiders throughout Colombiaʼs history. Its strong and unique local culture has forced subsequent governments to recognize the communityʼs continued contribution to Colombian national identity.

Palenque de San Basilio was proclaimed Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2005.
The Cultural Space of Palenque de San Basilio (Unesco documentary)

Exploring Palenque de San Basilio by Stephanie Claytor

Like many maroon colonies scattered throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, the culture of San Basilio de Palenque has a mix of African, European, and Indigenous American influences. However, the strong political identity of the community and its diaspora is unmistakably African. So its no wonder that when contemporary Afropop music started to make its way to the Colombian coast through vinyl LPs in the 1970s, it was the Palenqueros who first took up this music as a mark of community pride.

Palenque Records Image

Soon, Palenqueros and other Atlantic coast residents made up their own versions of the Afropop and Afro-Caribbean sounds they were hearing, resulting in the popular music called Champeta Criolla. In recent years, various incarnations of Colombian popular music, like Cumbia or Vallenato, have been well-publicized and celebrated internationally. However, the cultural music of San Basilio de Palenque, with an unbroken 400 year-old history that stretches back to the founding of the settlement, remains more obscured.

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For the past decade or so, Palenque Records founder Lucas Silva has done field recordings in the town of San Basilio de Palenque of musicians such as Batata, Son Palenque, and Sexteto Tabala. To introduce this music to a wider club-going audience, Silva teamed up with Dutty Artz ambassadors Atropolis and Geko Jones to curate a compilation of remixed works of Palenquero cultural music. The partnership was initiated when Atropolis met Silva, on a trip he took to San Basilio de Palenque with his New York DJ crew Cumba Mela, and the two of them decided to collaborate on a project. Geko Jones, a regular visitor to the Northern coast of Colombia and staunch advocate for Afro-Colombian music, came on board to help curate the compilation. Together, the two reached out to the Dutty Artz extended family for their remixes, with a host of talented producers such as Captain Planet who turns in a wobbly pop banger, So Shifty who are on a hype German-soca tip, Matt Shadetek on a pensive melodic 6/8 run, and DJs Thornato and Chief Boima highlight the Congolese flavor that so inspires the Palenquero community. Geko Jones and Atropolis also submit their own productions, for an ultimate result that is a reflection of a continued cultural exchange that exists between New York and Colombia.

For those of you in New York, they will be celebrating the release of this project at the next Que Bajo party at Tammany Hall on Saturday June 25th.

This is the So Shifty remix of Batata y su Rumba Palenquera:

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The release will include 12 tracks, all with beautiful and different atmospheres. If you’re looking for original quality reworks, well produced and mastered, June 25th will be your day ! They’re honestly all great, Matt Shadetek‘s remix especially caught my attention, certainly fitting my tastes of the moment, i just let it play over&over. Built on additional layers of vocals, instruments and beats, the track is wide and occupies the entire panoramic, playing on contrast between the FM gritty bassline and the pure original sounds.

Geko Jones & Atropolis present- Palenque Records Remixed


01 Calabongo (Thornato Remix)

02 Macaco Mata El Toro (So Shifty Remix)

03 Esto es Candela (Captain Planet Remix)

04 Un Solo Pie (Geko Jones & Atropolis Remix)

05 No Habla Na (Chief Boima Remix)

06 Chimbumbe (Atropolis Remix)

07 Ataole (Matt Shadetek Remix)

08 Esto es Candela (Beat Laden Remix)

09 Yo No Puedo Mas (Rafi El Remix)

10 Sambingo (Geko Jones Remix)

11 Macaco (Reaganomics Remix)

12 Adios Batata (Pyrotechnica Remix)



If you want to know more about San Basilio de Palenque and if you’re really French fluent i advise you to take a look at that very interesting and thorough document by Alejandro Saldarriaga, “La musique dans la relation ville/campagne : Cartagena et son Palenque de San Basilio”, La Ville au pluriel.

Cairo Liberation Front, DJ Cutler, Mixtape Riot


I first found out about this ‘Electro Chaabi’ music from some postings here on Generation Bass, but the songs here really take me back to my younger years with many nights spent at Sudanese weddings and family parties around NYC.  A lot of the tunes here are modern twists on Arabic pop music which I have always enjoyed.  Especially when it involves dancing in a big circle, which if you have never tried I suggest you turn off your laptop and run to your nearest Arabic, Indian, Balkan, Persian or Jewish wedding.  I find this Electro Chaabi stuff especially interesting knowing that these are the songs which will define a new generation emerging across the Middle East.  I am interested to hear how these young producers, DJs and musicians are mixing their own sounds with elements of Hip-Hop, RnB, Dubstep and even Moombahton!  Yalla Habibti!!! 


Next up  here is one from my homie DJ Cutler aka “Mike Cutler 2” on soundcloud.  On New Years Eve a few months ago I played alongside the immensely talented Cutler, and while I was scanning thru my serrato crates this guy was digging through his actual record crates.  Cut is one of those inspiring luddites who refuses to give up his wax.  This mix is a funky, groovy soulful jaunt through all that’s new and funky and still being pressed up.   It’s a great listen and although true to his antitechnological nature he’s hard to find on a lot of the common social networks, his mixcrate sight is pretty official.  Et voila!!!



Last but certainly not least is a new mix from Mixtape Riot, I’m just shaking my head… SO ILL.  I had a few other possible mixes in line for this week’s posting but as soon as I started playing this one all bets were off.  Charlie has dug up some real gems here the beginning starts with some smooth chilled out joints and smoothly progresses into some really nice nu-disco and souful house  and finishing with some spacey atmospheric ethno-electro stuff.  Sick mix dude.  Have fun in the Philippines!

Mixtape Riot #008 by Brooklyn Radio on Mixcloud


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A bit of India



A bit of India… I won’t be bragging about my origins ; Indians are clever people and they don’t get tricked by my features, when i go there they know i’m a f***in’ tourist and that’s ok for me – i’m not asking people to greet me arms open just because we originally come from the same place. I’m not gonna play that game of rediscovering my roots and being proud of a country i barely know. However i am proud to share all the energy Indian artists have managed to bring on the international scene ; how Indian music influenced western music producers and how the latter are able to blend it nicely to their own musical background.


Captain Planet is certainly one of my fav artists. In a previous post i said that the man had a style, his own style. The way he composes, makes you easily forget that it’s electronic music, you really feel in a concert hall bouncing to a live performance. Unplug your mind for a few minutes and enjoy the trip !

Ram Ad Infinitum by Captain Planet
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Copyflex from Copia Doble Systema teamed with Ben Horn and Papon to produce a real beautiful masala track, full of colours and light for Indian movie Patang (the kite).
Under the Bolly flavour we do recognize the distinctive stabs, the dubby style that marks the tracks of Copia Doble Systema.
Copyflex & Ben Horn feat. Papon – Maaru Amdavad
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A poetic journey to the old city of Ahmedabad, PATANG weaves together the stories of six people transformed by the energy of India’s largest kite festival. Every year a million kites fill the skies above Ahmedabad–dueling, soaring, tumbling and flying high. When a successful Delhi businessman takes his daughter on a surprise trip back to his childhood home for the festival, an entire family has to confront its own fractured past and fragile dreams. Music and fireworks, food and laughter, a kaleidoscope of color and light, the magic of the kite flying high – a traditional recipe of healing and renewal. With naturalistic performances from actors and non-actors alike, bold, lyrical editing, vibrant cinematography and a kinetic score, Patang delights the senses and nourishes the spirit.
(from the Synopsis section of the website)


Watcha Clan French World’n’bass band from Marseilles has been remixed by Copenhagen producer Danochilango, and the result is just awesome ! The voice of Sista K is transporting you to new horizons
We Are One – Watcha Clan (Danochilango Remix)
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Vinayak^A விநாயகா
Talking about the work of Vinayak^A and the artist himself is quite a long story and i think he deserves a long post just for himself ; but for the moment, let’s enjoy listening to these beautiful colorful tracks. Bridge between sweeter&bitterness reminds me of my car trips at night in the streets of my parents hometown when i was a child. So much to see and hear at once. There’s something hypnotizing that recalls me as well of some of the best tracks of Leftfield.
Vinayak^A விநாயகா Bridge between sweeter & bitterness
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Vinayak^A விநாயகா Andrea Fissore – Bombaya (Vinayak^A remix)
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Tigerstyle !!! The two brothers from Glasgow play that electro Bhangra madness i could listen to all night long !  Ay-Ha is part of an EP including original track, instrumental and remixes from PMG, WAFA, Jakez Hench, Kumarachi and should as well be featured on the forthcoming album Digi-Bhang (2013).

Tigerstyle – Ay-Ha! ft Sarbjeet Kaur & Billa Bakshi (Intro by BiggTaj)


And to finish here’s one video of the Dewarists, a series of musical documentaries that will take you around the world. It’s real well produced, rather thorough as it takes time to present artists and what motivates them.

The Dewarists w/Brooklyn Shanti, Mou Sultana&Nucleya S02E08


You will notice that whatever the opinions and the backgrounds music reunite all these artists.


Links :

Check Wizraeli’s post about Watcha Clan on Generation Bass

Visit Brooklyn Shanti’s website

Visit Nucleya’s website


Cloud Diggin’ : soothering beats

Artwork by Brock Davis


The great thing about blogging is that it gets you modest. Digging in the net to find gold tracks raises your (good) standards. You ask yourself questions about the kind of music you wanna make, the one you don’t want to imitate, but go beyond and then still accept that some peeps will do better than you, mostly because they are dedicated workers and spend an awful lot of time composing, playing, researching. It also shows you that some composers stick to their style, whatever the flavour of the moment is. They are decided to follow their path and if it doesn’t exist they will make one. Finally it’s like life and love : we love girls in many different ways despite what (bad) standards dictate us, curvacious, slim, chubby, angry, discreet, passionate, cold… They’re beautiful in the way we look at them and the way they look at us, in that love shares a lot with music, this intimate relationship drives us in the same manner. And if that relationship doesn’t exist then their is no music, no art.

Je crois sincèrement que le tableau est autant fait par le regardeur que par l’artiste.” Marcel Duchamp.


Whiskers Po

The man once you knew for this :

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has come up with a new face, a new music, a new inspiration ! So goodbye Greg Po (we miss you though) and hail to Whiskers Po, friend of cats, defender of smooth sweet purring beats !

“This past year, I found myself growing tired and unimpressed with EDM music. This battle for “filth”, this-who-can-make-the-heaviest-sound contest just wasn’t as appealing anymore because it wasn’t evolving. In the beginning, it was this energy-driven smack to the face and it was such a fresh departure from the pop-house I was hearing at the time but I am honestly just not so into it anymore.”
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“This disinterest in filth was overlapped by the emergence of trap music. As we know, trap can be in its own right very heavy and aggressive but I wanted to show a lighter, more sensual side. I started looking at the things I used to like before that – soul and RnB with densely layered melodies and emotional vocal hits, classic hiphop with organic instruments such as saxophones… I wanted the music to be smooth with soft elements and yet still retain a strong energy. I just kind of combined those ideas and went along with where the tracks took me.

Whiskers Po – First Class [FORTHCOMING ON #TOMCREW 12/21]
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“In terms of specific figures that influenced me, I would have to say that sounds from (but not limited to) my friends the Westside Schmucks, Nadus, (the Brick Bandits in general), Sweater Beats, Tanner Caldwell, and Heartbreak’s softer stuff all gave me some direction in my music.


Ackeejuice Rockers

I was really happy my friend Niko from Overcooked Records got me into Ackeejuice Rockers. These guys from Venice have this touch that can transform an original into a superb artwork. Despite the fact that it’s winter here i can really feel the sand under my feet and the heat of the sun above my head ! so listen and grab for free (or not it’s up to you) this beautiful track.

Mavado – Carribean Girls (Ackeejuice Rockers remix)

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Proper Villains

I was pleasantly surprised by this track by Proper Villains. The prod is really sweet with tender vocals, a beautiful piano line, and a nice complextro dubstep arrangement. You can access the track for free by visiting and liking the artist : fair price if you love the music.
Proper Villains – Pixy Stix
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Mc Zulu

Great Mc Zulu had this super idea about having an “album in progress.” Everytime he finished a track he adds it to his BandCamp set until he feels it’s good enough to be an album, then releases through distro ! Love Machine is a real cool track slowly starting with a heavy beat accompanied by the outstanding voice of Mc Zulu then followed by the loud bassline and aggressive synth line ! Divine Inspiration, the second track, has this uplifting flavour i love about tropical tracks. Listen to it and all your worries suddenly vanish !

We also remind you that Mc Zulu has a Kickstarter-like project that deserves some support, just because :

Level 1} Screw You Zulu, You Arrogant Bastard | Price $5.00 or more

REWARD: I will insult you via e-mail for not listening to good music, and still living with your parents. I will also send you the rest of the project for free as it is made. Your name (not amount) goes in the album credits and in the CD liner notes when it comes out.

Come on guys it’s not every day that you get bashed by Mc Zulu !!

Love Machine (Album In Progress)



Caballo made this lovely edit of Empire Isis’ Nana Power. First it cured some of my ignorance as i didn’t know Empire Isis, then it made me go on a wild booty shake (i sell the video for cheap !)

Empire Isis – Nana Power (Caballo Edit)

And guess what ? The track is for FREE !

Nana Power – Empire Isis (Caballo edit)

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Big Dope P

Big « Super » Dope P is back with an impressive remix of German Dj Tagteam Terror. Hopely i’m French so i can pretend not to understand the lyrics Doppie used ! Akuna Matata b**ches !

Tagteam Terror – Talladega (BIG DOPE P’s Jet-Ski Remix)

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The full 4-track EP :

Tagteam Terror – Talladega [Moveltraxx, 2012]
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Using Gwen Stephani‘s intro vocals on Hollaback Girl the guys made a pretty nice work, blending it to a summer anthem melody of their own.

⇩⇩⇩ TH!S SH!T !S BANANAzzz!!! ⇩⇩⇩
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John Baldessari’s Brain/Cloud artwork (2009)


Ckrono & Slesh

The two Italian producers released on the occasion of the Legitimix competition held by Sabo&HeartBreak a lovely tune with a deep lounge atmosphere. The kinda track that gets you in the club with your friends, grab a few beers and start nicely the party !

Ckrono & Slesh – Contour
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Captain Planet

Captain Planet is the badass of world bass music. The quality of his releases are astonishing and depict a true personal style.

The track recorded in Spring of this year is at the origin an old folk song from Zimbabwe. The guitar licks you can hear are actually for real and played by ChigiyoMaster who is the lead guitarist of Thomas Mapfumo & The Blacks Unlimited. About the band Captain Planet has kindly accepted to share a few words :

Thomas was one of the first African artists I started listening to when I was a kid (a friend gave me a cassette tape). For me, getting to work with him was a HUGE honor. I just tracked him down online and kept calling him up until finally he said, “why don’t you come up here and we can make some music”, so I got a plane ticket!

Expect us to post more about their collab ’cause the result is going to be awesome !
Chingata ft. ChigiyoMaster
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The 13th Tribe

I always appreciate listen to Khevin de Leon, the 13th Tribe, work. It’s original, classy, shows his personal perception of sound and music, his talent as a true musician (love the bass !).
The 13th Tribe-Start The Healing ft Kinich Coda
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We strongly suggest you to follow the 13th Tribe updates as Khevin is releasing every day a free track at the moment !

mixtape riot, sabo, jamie xx

my homie charlie wears many hats and has a number of monikers, chuck wild is also known as captain planet and he also runs a blog known as mixtape riot.   a steady source for all things groovy, funky and frequently foreign its one of my most reliable places to check for new stuff.  this mix he did for brooklyn radio doesn’t fail to disappoint, and any mix thats got arthur russell at the top of the track list is winning in my book.  charlie, holla at ya boyeeeee!



this is an old(ish) moombahton mix from dj sabo which i just came across.  if you arent familiar, sabo and moombahton are virtually synonymous.   his label sol selectas is a good example of all things right about moombahton, shying from the moombahcore sound and often hailing to moombah’s cumbia and ethnic influences its a great label and this mix from sabo is really fantastic.

recently my homie dizzy in austria put me on to the boiler room videos on youtube where a bunch of english people set up a camera, dj decks, and then start dancing to some dope club music.  i really really want insert some clever dig on english people not being able to dance or having funked up teeth but the words escape me, sorry.  um well, this mix here is from jamie xx whos a giant from the world of indie rock with his band “The xx”.   its a cool kinda chill out listen, with lots of heavy sub-y type stuff in start, and the second half of the mix he gets pretty eclectic, even dipping into some afrobeat and disco type stuff.  also a beautiful alicia keys exclusive at the end, very nice!



holla at the kid!!!!




Cousin Cole goes deep, Captain Planet circles the globe & SwaggleRock keeps it gully!

This week I have three totally different mixes for yall, but all of them are pretty tight.  First up is something very fresh from my homie Cousin Cole.  If you’re a fan of Baltimore Club music (like me) then you’re probably familiar with a few of Cole’s remixes, if not perhaps you know him from his recent Moombahsoul tracks featured on the “So Emotional” mixtapes.  OR you might know him as one third of the Moombahton Maxxin crew here in NYC, where I will be tonight eating tacos and empanadas.  (Happy BDAY Reck!!)  This mix is a great example of what happens when bass music meets soulful grooves.  It’s a funky, fresh, heavy and at times tender.  Put it in your headphones and enjoy!!!


The next mix is an amazing collage from one of the best DIGGERS in the game.  Captain Planet (aka Chuck Wild) lives up to his name on this mix bringing us on an amazing musical journey covering all types of international grooves and funky, dusty breaks from all corners of the globe.  I don’t know where or how Chuck does his research but I’m really happy he shares the results of his auditory sleuthery.  This mix is free for download or you can purchase a cassette.  Grab your hiking boots and yellow sports walkman and lets hit the road….


The last mix here from Buffalo badmen SwaggleRock.  It’s pretty heavy oriented to what you might expect to hear in the club, with a healthy dose of Hip Hop and Trap.  These guys adeptly go back and forth between electronic and street sounds giving a pretty accurate sonic portrait of what young people in the US are looking for these days.  Basically this is what I should be hearing youngbloods pumping in their whips.   Pop to that!!!