SEXXY SATURDAY CUMBIA – DECEMBER

Artwork by Tropi Delia

 

So this is the last post from us for 2016 ! We believe 2016 was a very hard year for some but in general Cumbia has helped us through it and gave us that big smile we hope you are all having whilst reading this. Thank you so much for keeping this blog alive and generally giving us the love to carry on writing about this magical music.

 

THE SILLY TANG SELECTED

Kazike en Estado de Trance Mixtape 032 – Festival Nomade Colombia

To start my selection I have the pleasure and honour to present this absolute badman mix from a person that is very important to me! Yes: Kazike en Estado de Trance is his name and he is the person who taught me everything I know about classical vintage cumbia. A great person and also a great maestro. Here he presents to us a really well put together mix for the Colombian festival that is “Nomade” organised by Mr Toe. Enjoy!

 

La Orrorosa Feat. El Hijo De La Cumbia – Infeccion Tropikal

So now let’s get started with the cumbia punk, one of my favourite fusions within this musical scene. New track from La Orrorosa of the disc “infección tropical” with the participation of Emiliano Gomez (El Hijo de la Cumbia). The rhythm and vocals couldn’t go better together to be honest. Really powerful track which I recommend to any Cumbia-Punk lover.

 

Jota Karloza – Ugate Sooraj (SolSelectas)

So as I might have said before since I saw Barrio Lindo this summer I truly discovered a love for this downtempo minimal stuff and I have to say it is growing J On this particular track Jota Karloza brings us some deep ethnic vocals on a really rounded bassline. The label “Sol Selectas” always brings us the cream of the crop and on this one they have really upped the game once more. Recommended for any time spent on the beach or as my partner in crime would say in any hammock 😉

 

VIVOTROPICAL – Cumbia De Los Pajaritos (cover De Los Mirlos)

Who has seen “Stranger Things “? Well if you have, this is the Cumbia version of the synthesised soundtrack. Well not really as El Búho brought a version a while back. But you will see what I mean when you press play on this track. VIVOTROPICAL is a producer I have just discovered who seems very fluid and locked on his synth game! The beat is nice but very simple and lineal with this main guiro line, but the main work is in the composition and deepness of the effects. Brilliant vibes and I believe this has already reached our alien friends in outer space!

 

Metralleta De Oro – Doing Time (Sumohair Remix)

YES! It seems like Sumohair lives in a constant summer state, more productions he brings out, the more I need sun, cocktail and chilling L.A style. This refix of the classical “Sublime” track is all to love. Nicely made bassline rounding up some light drum breaks followed by some ragamuffin arrangements. What is there not to like about this eh? So go on if it is rainy or grey where you are close the curtains, get a cocktail and put volume on full blast!

 

Fokus – Amazonico

When Eastern Europe meets Colombian cumbia what does it give you, you might ask? Well I will reply with great joy: this is what it gives you. An absolute belter of a tune J a truly inspirational and nice friend has brought me this killer track a few weeks back and wow. He has also asked me to work on a colab with him so watch out in 2017 for the Fokus vs Silly tang stuff to appear. Coming back on this track with an amazing effort from a Jungle producer background and as always a superb construction with deep subs to get us jumping.

 

SCBdB – Jeden

So while we are in Eastern Europe I got sent this mix via soundcloud by this upcoming artist called “SCBdB” (be careful about the spelling he is meticulous) 😉 So this amazing journey within the deeper vibes of cumbia has totally rocked my world. On a different tip than the previous mix by KAzike, this takes us on a deeper more electro side of the spectrum. The great news is that you will be able to stream his first performance live on our first show of the radio via our: la Selva Radio J

 

Los Wemblers de Iquitos – Lamento del Yacuruna (Tribilin Sound Remix)

Back to basics children, back to basics. Every time I see a Tribilin Sound track come up I´m like a kid at Christmas, believe me. So when this appeared and I saw “Los Wemblers” and “Tribilin Sound” on this remix, every day is the 25th of December for me now. Really subtle as always but truly refined tune with this amazing guitar, that backs up the Wemblers. Some psychedelic notes in here and some really echoed out instruments: a perfect combination from the mighty Tribilin Sound aka Alvaro Ernesto.

 

Julio Inti – Cumbia Dub La Venenosa vol7

Here we have another fusion which I love within this Cumbia world, Dub and Cumbia mixed together in a superb mix brought to us by “Julio Inti”. As you may know this is an area of expertise for me and I have to say hats down to one of the best compiled mix of these two genres meeting each other. Run go tell your friends!

 

LolaManola – Psicosis Fem & Sziget Fest (presentación)

Here she is, our famous local from Madrid, “ Lola Manola”!! Very young on the capital´s scene, she has really made a great effort and impression on us. We have had the pleasure of hearing her a couple of times now and believe me she knows what she is doing. Here is a mixtape she brought us as promotion for the two nights she rocked in Madrid, “Psicosis tropical” and “Conspiraciones Tropicales”. Get your ears around it and it will make you digest a big New Year lunch or brock out to a pre-new year party J

 

Aslán Dub System feat. Jef Stott – Soñar (Global Barrio)

The label Global Barrio which is new to me has had an amazing impact bringing some quality music to our ears, thank you Aslan Dub. Trust me this compilation is pure gold! I have chosen this particular track to present it to you because as I said earlier Dub and Cumbia I just love it. But this is not any Dub, the production and slickness of these sounds are real soft and marvellous. Really great, great work thank you so much.

 

RCA & Tropikhongo – Delicia (Bleepolar Remix) (Regional Label)

Our friends from Regional never sleep, FACT. No, only kidding, but they are really active all the time which is a blessing for our scene. Here is a remixed Ep by RCA & Tropikhongo called Delicia. I chose this version because of its dancefloor potential. I can promise you that this track by the Colombian “Bleepolar” well mixed is a killer for the hips!!!

 

Turbo Sonidero Presenta: Kumbias Macabras en Acetato (Records)

To end my part of the selection for this year and this month who else than Turbo Sonidero! If you know how to get hold of these guys please contact me via “Silly Tang” as I have some projects but never managed to get in touch J To get back to this mix, it is as always very true and generous on the cumbia level. From the first tune you can hear the purity of the music that these boys bring. I´m a real big fan of this collective.

 

KAYGEE SELECTED:

Rio Mira – Adios Morena (AYA Records)

This was released just after our post last month and has been on repeat since then ! The original tune is simply fantastic, and is followed by 4 great remixes by Nicola Cruz, Kaleema & Chancha Via Cicuito, M.RUX, and Midnight Ravers. Adios Morena is the first single of Rio Mira’s forthcoming first album ‘Marimba del pacifico’ so make sure you keep en eye out!

 

Barrio Lindo & Wende Wen – El Humo del Fasito (Damas Gratis cover)

Stream: https://barriolindo.bandcamp.com/track/el-humo-del-fasito-damas-gratis-cover

Barrio Lindo teamed up with Wende Wen for a new ep, which includes this beautiful chilled out cover of Dama Gratis’ tune “El Humo del Fasito”.

 

Matanza & Oceanvs Orientalis – La Luna Y El Lobo (Jhon Montoya Expedition) (Shika Shika)

Waow waow & waow ! What a great journey !! I love the slow & minimal aspect of the original tune, but I must say Jhon Montoya absolutely nailed it with this remix. The progressiveness and atmospheric violin he adds is just perfect ! That’s another one that has been on repeat for the past month.

 

El Búho – Mañana En Tepoztlán (Pata De Perro Remix) (Global Barrio)

I’m a big fan of the band Pata de Perro and a huge El Búho fan, so this could only be a winner for me! They have added a proper live dubbed out groove to the original tune and it sounds great! As mentioned above by the Silly Tang, this tune is part of an amazing compilation, Global Barrio’s Vol. 1, so make sure you check out the whole thing.

 

Mercedes Nasta – Paricutín (El Búho Edit)

The man never stops and it’s becoming a monthly tradition to post about his new tunes and edits, with this one going out to Mercedes Nasta. He’s done it again and manages to take us on a wonderful journey into his world accompanied by Mercedes Nasta’s lovely soothing voice.

 

LEDA Edits Vol.1 (Fertil Discos & Folcore)

We mentioned their campaign last month and here are the first two versions of this incredible forthcoming double-vynil, which will also include great artists like Chancha Via Circuito, Tremor, Tonolec, Intiche, King Coya, Soema Montenegro, Miriam Garcia and Doma Tornados, among others. For now, here is El Remolon’s deep bass driven remix, and a wicked progressive edit by Barda. You can still support the campaign on: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/el-camino-de-leda-compiling-leda-valladares-music#/

 

Bomba Estéreo – Raíz (Nicola Cruz Remix)

This is an absolute beauty of a tune! Nicola Cruz just landed! He brings so much texture and depth to the remix, incorporating Liliana Saumet’s voice perfectly ! It’s part of Bomba Estereo’s brand new ‘Amanecer Remixed’ album so get on it while it’s hot !

 

Señor Chancho Meets El Buga – Conga Dub (Shango Records)

Fresh sounds straight out of Shango Record’s oven with this banger by Señor Chancho & El Buga. Pure dubby tropical sounds with wicked flutes and synths to groove up the whole thing, without forgetting a fat beat and a fat bassline: I love it ! This tune is part of the ‘Bora Bora’s Mist’ Compilation, which is full of other great tunes so make sure you check it out: http://www.junodownload.com/products/bora-boras-mist/3303520-02/

 

La Walichera – Sendero (King Coya Remix)

Out on La Walichera Remix Vol. 1, here’s King Coya’s cumbia bass remix of the tune Sendero. He brings an original intake to the tune, with very few drums and nearly no kicks but it works really well.

 

Eduardo Zambrano – Llamacornio (Edmoon Records)

Let’s travel to the Andes with Eduardo Zambrano’s new album. I had been waiting for this one, and it was definitely worth the wait. His music is hard to describe as it covers many genres whilst incorporating different influences, and that’s part of why I love it! He brings a potent electronic touch to the more traditional and emotional side of his tunes, switching from one rhythm to another so smoothly, and always progressing along the tune.

 

Lascivio Bohemia – La Cumbia Quitapenas

Yes yes and more yes ! Another great project by the above mentioned Eduardo Zambrano is Lascibio Bohemia, and it’s hot ! He goes back to the more traditional side of things on this one and brings to us this beauty, with heavy guiros and powerful flutes! It’s part of a new 3 track EP so hit play and enjoy the whole thing. “This is a tribute to Sixto Silgado, Paito & Los Gaiteros de Punta Brava, life was better after having seen them live”

 

VA Hystereofônica Vol. 1 (Tropical Twista Records – 2016)

Very happy to hear Tropical Twista’s first compilation entirely dedicated to female artists: “Here we have artists that come from different branches that ensnare the electronic Latin-American scene in the most variable sonic textures and beats per minute. There are twenty-two women involved in this project – and only women – , some already established and some new potencialities among them, gathered by Ágatha Barbosa (Cigarra) in a big net on the Hystereofônica project.”

 

The Nu LatAm Sound – Ecuador Episode 3 – The Andes Sounds (ZZK Films)

Here’s the third episode of ZZK’s series on new Latin American sounds, focusing this time on Ecuador and the Andes Sound. It’s always a pleasure to watch these episodes. Enjoy ! The fundraiser they had put in place to continue these audiovisual projects was reached so we can expect more to come 🙂

 

Paloma del Cerro en Tomate la tarde

Nice interview with Paloma del Cerro + live performance on Argentinian TV.

 

Don Plok – Mercedes Sosa – La Carta (remix) (La Bicha Producciones)

Don Plok in the place straight from Argentina with a live remix of Mercedes Sosa’s ‘La Carta’.

 

Chancha Via Circuito ft. Miriam García – Como Noide (en vivo en La Trastienda)

Chancha Via Circuito’s live performances are becoming more and more impressive, and including more & more people to the show; here’s an extract of what went on in La Trastienda

 

Sonido Gallo Negro – Mambo Egipcio

Brand new bangin’ psychedelic cumbia by Sonido Gallo Negro, announcing their forthcoming album ‘Mambo Egipcio’

 

Son Palenque – A PILA EL ARROZ

Son Palenque have just brought out a brand new video clip straight from the beach for us to enjoy.

 

Festival Nomade 2017

For those of us who couldn’t go to this lovely festival in Colombia, here’s a little glimpse of what went on ! Festival Nomade has another editon coming up in Chile so keep an eye out !

 

Fania Presents: MANANA Cuba Festival

Great insight into the legendary Fania Records label and the recent Manana Festival which took place in Cuba not so long ago, bringing together both traditional and electronic worlds by including a fabulous list of bands and djs.

 

As always, here are some of the mixes which I have had the pleasure of hearing over the past month:

Cal Jader’s Tropicalista Mix 2016 – Sounds and Colours

Stream on: https://www.mixcloud.com/soundsandcolours/cal-jaders-10-dance-floor-heaters-for-2016/

 

Dr Gato – after temazcal

 

IST 062\Rafael Aragon – Casa Caos

 

Shika Shika Showcase en Xaman

 

Barda Mixtape 036 – Festival Nomade

 

We hope you have enjoyed the read and we look forward to more cumbia-tropical action in 2017 !

It’s looking hot and tasty so get ready for it!

Happy New year to all of you from La Selva

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SEXXY SATURDAY CUMBIA – JUNE

sex sat cumbia Dar Al Naim 1Art by Dar Al Naim

As the clothes start coming off, the days getting longer, and the festival season slowly winding up, we are very happy to present a summery selection of freshly backed cumbia tracks!

 

COCONUTAH Selected:

Cholazo Sound System – Pawa EP

This is a nice release by Cholazo Sound system (we covered their debut a couple of editions ago), duo from the north of Chile. These are some sexy cumbias, with a mix of proper stompers and more relaxed, more ambiental beats. Check out Pachakuti for that deep Andean, Natural, hypnotic feeling, while Inti Taita is a real hip shaker with nice sampling and a heaaaavy bassline 🙂

 

CUMBIATON REMIX ! TOTY STYLEE – LA EVOLUCION DEL DJ!

 

DJ Toty Stylee is back with a tastefully put together electro cumbia that is sure to get the dancefloor vibing. Great use is made of sampling, starting with accordeon and progressing to some crazy vocal chops, while layers of trappy cumbia beats complete the tune.

 

Territorio Comanche ft Puloy- Cumbia Resistencia Remixes

 

A couple of editions ago, we covered the original by Territorio Comanche featuring Puloy; here are the remixes, out now on KONN recordings. The EP boasts versions by El Buga & Zambo (groovy tropical bass with an nice, soft cumbiaton touch), Andrés Digital (his usual high octane cumbiaton, this is a tune!), Pigmalião (sick psychedelic cumbia here, this will drive you crazy!), and, last but not least, Mr Toé (with a awesome electro-cumbia remix that induces deep trance!). Check it out!

 

TropiKhongo – Mueve Ese Culo (Tribilin Sound Refix)

This remix by Tribilin Sound will get most batties literally moving. The main vocal sample is nicely mangled and chopped, and accompanied by a very groovy cumbiaton rhythm. One for the dancefloor!

 

Tekila Mariachis – No tengo Dinero (Killmanjarto remix)

Tekilla-No Tengo Dinero Remix EP (por Pablo Borchi – Exclusivos Cassette)

 

Out on the 31st of May as another of the Amazing Cassete blog exclusives, Killmanjarto´s version of this great Balkanic cumbia has a very original feel, converting it into a more bass heavy, more electronic and more dubbed-out tune, all while retaining the ambience and guiros of the original. Be sure to check out the other, awesome non-cumbia versions by DJ Caution and Tangy bear 808.

 

 

Agrupación Illegal los Imparciales – Ni Chicha ni Limonada

http://nyctrust.bandcamp.com/album/ni-chicha-ni-limonada

 

This is a two hit wonder release by an amazing band from Buenos Aires, Argentina, featuring original chicha inspired, awe inspiring psychodelia on the first tune, ni chicha ni limonada. The second track, Cumbia con sabor, is a defty cumbia dub number with sprinkling of a trippy instruments including an awesome organ!

 

 

THE SILLY TANG Selected:

Emilsen Pacheco – El Ibuprofeno

This month is very special to me as it is the proper start of summer, good parties and amazing festivals. This time of the year often for us musicians, djs and music lovers is a real bubble but sometimes we come across some big hangovers! Well here is the cure J Big up to Sonidos Enraizados from Colombia and the master Emilsen Pacheco. Superb work of art on the music and the video clip.

 

ATODAMADRE – Monday Cumbia

What to say the man is an idol in his barrio! A mad man in the parties and a wicked producer when it comes to cumbia beats! Once again he comes through with a heavy twisted roller! I really love the drum work on ATodaMadre´s tunes you can really feel the Junglist still at it 😉

 

Dengue Dengue Dengue – The Enemy (Enchufada)

It is summer and it seems like Dengue Dengue Dengue have been very busy this winter. Very obscure but splendid track from the duo! This is like another taster for their album which is coming out in no time on the all mighty Enchufada label. Some like it, some don’t, I LOVE IT! Proper set bashing sounds!

 

Radio Rebajado Mayo 2016 / Invitado: La Selva (Madrid)

I think this is the third time I include a show from Radio Rebajado mix but, this time, surprise! We are so thankful to have been hosted on this cultural monthly show by the Monterrey Gang! Always such a vibe during these shows and personally I love the proper northern Mexican accent these guys have! Thanks again and here you have a few unreleased tunes from myself and the main man Coconutah without of course forgetting the zoom zoom zen Kaygee man dem.

 

AsagiSaundo – Una Marinera

What do we have here then! Here is a lovely summer time original cumbia called Una Marinera. I love this type of cumbia which is not trying too hard to be digital but keeps an original vintage sound to it. On this particular one I think the guitars sound really well put together. Big ups !

 

Carmelo Torres y Los Toscos – El Chacho

Now this! It has been ages since I really had to sit down and listen over and over to a tune before I could properly figure out what is going on and carry on loving it more and more. I call them growers! Carmelo Torres here delivers a traditional cumbia sounding a little like “Los Gaiteros” but the post recording production is sooooooo tight. You can hear lots of added effects and dubby elements to this which blends perfectly with the original Cumbia sound. Absolutely love this work and recommend everyone to grab one or ten copies.

 

Carmelo Torres y Los Toscos – La Negra Tulia (Galletas Bailables)

And talking off the master here he comes again with this title La Negra Tulia. On one of my favorite labels in the world “Galletas Calientes records” I also recommend you go run get yourself a copy of this original piece of history. Big up el señor Mathias and all the crew for their works.

 

Mina – Kabala (Enchufada)

To finish of this month´s selection from myself, I wanted to bring something original and out of this world. A very tropical orientated Ep out on Enchufada from an artist called Mina. Lovely production and a true underground Uk sound through both tunes. I personally really dig a lot the steel pan drums on Pineapples & Qumquat real Caribbean feeling for us to enjoy during this warm summer!

 

KAYGEE Selected :

Nicola Cruz – Cocha Runa (Chancha Via Circuito Remix) (ZZK Records)

What a great surprise when I found a link for this wonderful Remix album of Nicola Cruz’s ‘Prender el Alma’ in my mailbox. Thanks ZZK Records !!! With so many great artists involved in the project (History of Colour, Montoya, Umoja, Chancha Via Circuito , Captain Planet, Siete Catorce, ….and the list goes on), this was looking tasty; so if you still haven’t listened to it, get on it because it’s wonderful. All the remixes bring a new vibe to each tune, but I have to say that Chancha’s remix of ‘Cocha Runa’ just hits the spot; enjoy !

Grab your copy of the whole album on: http://zzkrecords.bandcamp.com/album/prender-el-alma-remixed

 

Eduardo Zambrano – RITUAL (album preview – Regional Label)

https://soundcloud.com/eduardozambranoinventor/ritual-eduardo-zambrano-new-album-full-preview-june2016

New sounds from Eduardo Zambrano (also known as Lascivio Bohemia in his other project) to be released on the great Chilean ‘Regional Label’ next week. The texture of his sounds are amazing, and really original; I really enjoy the kind of broken beats he uses; and these crunchy basslines are just lovely !!! I really look forward to hear the whole thing.

 

Señor Chancho – Danzajala (Cassette Blog)

Talking about Regional Label above, here’s one of their master minds’ latest EPs: Señor Chancho ‘Ensalada de Fruta’, released on Cassette Blog a week or so ago. The opening track, ‘Danzajala’ is a banger ! That potent synth and beat just hit the dancefloor, with more organic sounds coming in and out to create a great fruity atmosphere. I’m lovin’ that salad ! Make sure you check out the 3 other tracks of the EP, with one of them featuring our good friend DJ Nirso.

 

Derrok – Tribal (AKUMANDRA)

So I hadn’t heard anything from Derrok in a few months, and recently had the pleasure of seeing new tunes & mixes pop up everywhere ! Here he is with a brand new EP: ‘Tribal’. It’s exactly what it says on the box: proper tribal business ! Slow building atmospheres, creating mystical environments in which the chants and the instruments he uses bring you to close your eyes and travel. I’m a big fan of these long tunes, which have time to develop slowly but surely, and catch you on the way. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the journey !

 

John Montoya – Cumbia De Piedra (Derrok Remix)

I told you Derrok was everywhere at the moment ! And it’s great to see. Here’s a wicked remix he did of John Montoya’s big big tune ‘Cumbia de Piedra’. He kept the whole vibe of the tune, and nicely added his own ‘housey’ touch and drums to it, enhacing the progression of the journey ! Sounds wicked !

 

SidiRum & Barda – Los Sueños (Frente Bolivarista)

I had read somewhere that Barda was preparing something sweeeet with SidiRum a few weeks back, and here it is, another wicked joint EP: ‘Los Sueños’, released on Frente Bolivarista. I personally love both of these producers, and really enjoy hearing their sounds meet into projects like this one. Here’s their description of the the album: “ ‘Los Sueños’ presents at first an experimental narrative and slowly you feel the residual spaces being heated by the rhythms until the climax where the listener is invited to a more primitive and tribal electronic.” You can enjoy both Pt 1 & Pt 2 which are beautiful, and 3 other added delights with remixes by Dandara, Barrio Lindo & Pigmalião.

And while we’re talking about these guys, make sure you check out this new compilation which includes great tunes, amongst others, by SidiRum and Barrio Lindo (with a Don Plok bonus track at the end)

VAMOS! Sonidos Vol​.​1 “Hybrid Dimensions”: http://vamosfestival.bandcamp.com/album/vamos-sonidos-vol-1-hybrid-dimensions-compiled-by-selectorchico

 

Mr Pauer ft. Tumbao – Pronto Vamo’a Llegá (Bosq Remix) (Fabrika Music)

Here’s another one who I hadn’t heard anything from in a while, and he’s back on the Latin tip ! It’s great. Bosq adds a really groovy & funky touch to the original tune. Love it !

 

And now for all the people here who enjoy a good mixtape, here are several amazing ones which came out over the past month:

Quantic – 80 years of Anibal: Stop that Acordeon, the celluloid is burning!

“This is a short mix dedicated to Maestro Anibal Velásquez”, full of classics for you to dance on a nice sunny afternoon !

 

Shika Shika: Flavour of the Month: Mayo (Jhon Montoya)

Shika Shika always deliver great mixtapes, and this month it came straight from Colombia, at the hands of John Montoya, with an absolutely wonderful journey and a superb selection of tunes.

 

EDMXT001/ Lascivio Bohemia – Afro Andes mixtape (Edmoon Difusión)

https://www.mixcloud.com/edmoonrec/edmt001-lascivio-bohemia-afro-andes-mixtape/

First mixtape of a new series on Edmoon Records, with the one and only Lascivio Bohemia. I was still enjoying his latest album when this lovely mixtape came up. Lovin’ the selection !

 

Daniel (de Animal Chuki) mini live mix – Despacio #09 (Radio Negra)

http://livestream.com/radionegra/despacio9/videos/124650471

Check out this cool live minimix full of these Animal Chuki synths; starts at 1h20 !

 

Cumbia Libertad New 2LP vinyl – Promo mash up mix by Señor Chancho

https://www.mixcloud.com/Axel_de_Pontbriand/cumbia-libertad-new-2lp-vinyl-promo-mash-up-mix-by-se%C3%B1or-chancho/

Señor Chancho presenting this great LP which Silly Tang mentioned last month and which is now available, make sure you grab your copy on https://hawaiibonsairecords.bandcamp.com/

We hope you enjoyed the selection! See you next month. Love, Cumbia and Rhum !

 

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SEXXY SATURDAY CUMBIA – MAY

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Art by Tropi Delia

 

Before we start this months musical intake, here’s is a little ‘aparté’ on a solar powered festival organised by good friends of La Selva and great tropical lovers and promoters, in which we will have the pleasure of mixing with many of the artists who we often mention on this blog:

FESTIVAL TROPICAL CAMP (Tierra Candela & Guacamayo Tropical)

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“Tropical Camp is a gathering in a beautiful natural spot where tropical music and environmental conscience meet.”

And it’s exactly what it says on the box: Wapapura’s solar powered sound system, a wicked line up, in a great natural environment & surroundings: get involved ! Tickets are flying and they are still really cheap! If you need more info check out their webpage http://tropicalcamp.es/ and watch how it all went on last year

 

And now, down to the music, with loads of great releases, compilations, mixtapes and videos that came out along the past month. We never stop to be surprised and this is what is great about what is happening musically at the moment, with new ideas rising from the past with a stop in the future on the way.

 

KAYGEE selected:

 Kechifla (La Niña) Inti Ziman Revisited Ocho Y Media

Every month there are a few tunes that go round and round in repeat in my speakers, and in May, this was one of them. It has all the ingredients perfectly blended together into one wicked latin bass banger ! The electronic beat and melody are really potent and go really well with all the shakers, cowbells, percussions, trumpets….as well as with that beautiful vocal ! I really look forward to this one being released!

 

Mr. Toé – Ícaro Marirí (Viaje Andino 1 – Regional Label)

“Welcome to the most outstanding musical reunion of contemporary artists coming from Latin America and related diaspora with “Viaje Andino”, a two volume soundtrack presented by Regional label and Arte Usable.”

Now that’s been played in and out for the past week over and over again, they couldn’t have described it in a better way; this is indeed an “outstanding” musical journey straight into the Andes! Propper jungle business ! Every tune is amazing; but to try and represent the whole lot, I chose to bring to your attention Mr Toé’s ‘Ícaro Marirí’. It might have a little more of an electronic approach to the journey, but I’m sure you’ll enjoy how deep, organic and truthful it sounds, with a lovely subtle slow-housey groove & bassline; and that vocal is the cherry on the cake ! Make sure you check out the whole double-compilation on http://www.selloregional.com/

You’ll also find a tune from the Viaje Andino 2 selected by The Silly Tang below.

 

Kraut – Especias EP (Shika Shika)

Big ups to Shika Shika for this release. I had never heard of Kraut, and was really pleased to discover his debut EP: Especias. The whole EP (previewed in the above link) is an amazing journey across different musical worlds and continents, and starts with a particularly great one straight into the Andes, with the tune ‘Selva’. You can really enjoy how clear all the instruments sound; you can feel their texture. Listen to the whole EP on bandcamp: https://shikashika.bandcamp.com/album/especias-ep

 

El Milagro Verde – AQHATA TOMANI

This is brand new to me and I freckin’ love it. This is the first tune to El Milagro Verde’s first EP ‘San Lunes’. It’s some wicked “huayno cumbia electro” as he calls it. Heavy guiros and shakers, powerful melodies, strong kick, spaced out echoes….let me say no more, hit play and enjoy !

 

Lulacruza – Orcas Remixed Vol. 5

orcas vol 5

Stream and download on: http://music.lulacruza.com/album/orcas-remixed-vol-5

It’s always a pleasure o discover a new volume of Lulacruza’s Orcas remix album. They are once more all different, innovative, surprising, elegant,….whilst keeping Lulcruza’s deep essence. Vol. 5 includes 4 names which I didn’t know and had the pleasure of discovering thanks to this release: KR3TURE, Roscius, Srikalogy and Psilosamples

 

Moonanga – Modular Cumbia Bounce (Live Extract of Psychedelokumbia)

Great friends of La Selva: Moonanga ! This live extract is taken from a new duo they are creating, combining one nutty guitarist & beat maker with his lovely accordionist. Their musical story is too long to go into right now, but for now, here is their stop into South American influences.

 

And while we’re on the live business, here’s a great video of Chancha Via Circuito & Tremor performing ‘Manoteo en menor (Tremor Remix)’ together:

 

With so many great mixtapes seeing the light recently, I thought I would share with you some of the ones which I have had the pleasure to listen to this past month:

P.r.Λ.Λ.H – Mixtape – Festival Nomade

Great festival, great producer and great session ! He has a slow, deep & downtempo approach with the “base of the cumbia and the power of various percussion and melodies”. This is a powerful scenic journey into the depths of South America.

 

Métron Musik Mixtape – 024 – Vruno

This series of mixtapes always delivers quality, and for their 24th instalment, they present to us Vruno. This is another artist who really makes me travel. I particularly enjoy how he marries both electronic and organic worlds. You can feel all the influences of his roots brought subtly into newer berlin sounds. I really enjoy this fusion.

 

Dj Antü – Kalakuta Sur Color 3 – RSR – Genève

In a completely different vibe, DJ Antü, who is now based in Lyon just uploaded this wicked little mix recorded live a few weeks ago! Bringing back the classics in a more traditional approach, it’s a great and sunny mix, ready for the summer to come; I just wish it was a little longer to keep on dancing !

 

La Sardina – Caribe Psicodélico

This is fresher than fresh ! Brand new selektah just landed in Madrid. This mix is a a wonderful psychedelic journey into traditional Caribbean rhythms. Straight back to the roots, and to the dancefloor. Enjoy !

 

And before I pass on to my partner in crime Silly Tang, here are a few interesting videos which I believe you might enjoy, starting with Sidirum, one of the artists who will be at the Tropical Camp Fest, who has just released a wicked new video for his track ‘Intercambio’:

 

Make sure you also check out Rolando Bruno’s new video for his tune ‘Mi Chilota’, featuring……

 

And on another note, here’s an interesting interview with Grant C Dull (El G) from ZZK Records:

 

 

 THE SILLY TANG selected:

Caballo & Chuck Upbeat – Mirale Esa Nalga (Latino Resiste)

Here we have another month of pure magic and craziness within the cumbiaaaa world! This hit comes from the hands of two big producers: Chuck Upbeat and Caballo on Latino Resiste. Its more of a Reggaeton dancefloor killer than a typical cumbia but such a good track ! Some of it will remind you of this style that Happy Colours has.

 

Shushupe – Flor del Diablo (Viaje Andino 2 – Regional Label)

Regional once again has brought us a sweet compilation full of wonders. This original and down tempo track is a real smooth piece of niceness. Shushupe a producer which I had never come across delivers a real traditional and at the same time dubby cumbia !

 

$ele¢tor Gui†a ¥€ – Mis Ñerys – Ratekas ($ele¢tor Guita Dinero Remix)

New kid on the block; no one knows where he comes from or where he lives but all we know he loves money and the gangster attitude. He must be such a rude boy! On this cumbia he brings us exactly these vibes. Half normal half juke styling I really like the moodiness of this release.

 

G-Flux – Cocaina (Hawaii Bonsaï Records)

First of all a huge big ups to Hawaii Bonsai records for bringing this excellent compilation out on vynil. A format not very frequently used amongst the tropical labels but which is always respected for the amount of work it takes. A little example of the goodness of this compilation is this track by G-Flux. A track called Cocaina where the use of synth and harps is so tight and so relaxing. Big up every time to the G-Flux!

 

Maki & Beni – Shangó

A new producer to my ears but such a talented artist. Maki brings us this subtle and energetic cumbia. A very dark and aquatic sound which blends perfectly with this type of electronic cumbia. A lot of real good music on this soundcloud so run go tell your friends !

 

El Cifickzer – Kumbia De La Derrochona (La Malamaña)

Very traditional sounding I really dig this man´s production and tastes. Very simple and at the same very effective cumbia piece by Dj Cifickzer ! Go check his productions as he is bringing a lot of stuff out at the moment.

 

G – Flux – Moviembre (Sumohair Remix)

Sumohair does it again! Broken rhythms, ragga delights and even a bit of Sublime ! This track is excellent for a crowd worker and also very intricate to mix as the beats are arranged in a mad very interesting way. Really dig Sumohair´s new releases!

 

Sargento Garcia – Personne Ne Me Stoppe – Dub Mix

https://soundcloud.com/sergent-garcia/personne-ne-me-stoppe-good-dub-mix-3

The all mighty Sargento Garcia is working on his new project/Album which will consist on a very dubbed out cumbia style. This work is to watch out because it will be an instant hit by the legend!

 

COCONUTAH selected:

Turbo Sonidero – Killa Kumbias

This is heavy bass orientated cumbia with Killa Kumbias, a new release from Turbo Sonidero on Terror Negro Records. Turbo Sonidero always brings a deep and dark touch with moody synths and stomping guiro rhythms. The album as a whole has a nice psychedelic nu-cumbia feel and, between synths, accordions and others, there are some awesome swirling melodies to be listened to. Special mention goes to Cartagena de Indias.

 

HNRY – La Fiebre

Another very original electro cumbia production by HNRY, la Fiebre is a very inspired track that blends the old, the new, and whatever inbetween to great effect. The tune is covered in some nicely sequenced samples, and is full a tiny details that seem to further push this crazy mix together. Big tune!

 

Santi & Tuğçe – Doña Antonia (Frente Bolivarista)

Awesome cumbia from Santi & Tuğçe on their debut album el Regreso del gallito, this tune is definetitly “sensual, mystical, and up-tempo”. Beautiful guitars combine with spacey synths and an awesome vocal from the Turkish singer to take you on a oneway trip to paraguay, while stunning percs and guiro will shake bodies on the dancefloor! Check out the rest of the album which is equally as good and, as always, a heavy release from Frente bolivar.

 

Fat Joe – ATWU (SpydaT.E.K. & Quality Cumbia Remix)

A tasty number by SpydaT.E.K. & Quality Cumbia, this has the balls to combine some nice gangsta rap vocals with a tasty cumbia drop. The mix really works and will definitely work in the club. As the contrast between elements hits you like a pleasant surprise, the beats will take your legs for a boogie 🙂

 

Capibara – Gonzo [Jhon Montoya RICARICA]

This is a luscious sounding track by Jhon Montoya, it has an awesome traditional groove that will get everybody into it. The first couple of minutes are very catchy but relatively soft, with some cut up, pitched up, and tastefully arranged vocals. There is then a great surprise drop, when a heavier beat kicks in for the dancefloor!

 

Latido Regional #38 (KayGee)

Killer selection this mix from our one and only KayGee, as he takes us on a journey all over Latin America to sample its deepest organic flavours as well as its most recent electronic treats. The mix flows very naturally and seems to hit the spot at almost every tune. Big up KayGee!

 

Thanks again to all the producers who share their music with us, and to all of you who take a moment to read a bit of sexxyness on a monthly basis !

We hope you enjoyed the selection! See you next month for more crazy cumbias!

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SEXXY SATURDAY CUMBIA

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Art by @misskgp

 

We are back and pleased to be here once again with our monthly cumbia selection!!

It never seems to get old as this edition delivers more than ever before!

We hope you enjoy:

 

KAYGEE:

Inti Che – Manantial (Folcore/Konn Recordings/Aztec Electronic Music)

This is one of the greatest releases that I have had the pleasure of listening to this month. Inti Che never fails. Hypnotic atmos and synths progressively meet potent drums and shakers, and create this all in one profound dense atmosphere. The panning on these tracks is fantastic and boosts the whole experience so well. I couldn’t choose one track to represent the whole album, so make sure you check out the whole thing. There’s even a track featuring Rodrigo Gallardo from Matanza. And thanks to those involved in making this album free to all of us !

 

Lulacruza – Orcas Remixed Vol. 2 (Black Swan Sounds)

Uno Resuena (Chancha Via Circuito Remix)

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(Link to bandcamp: http://music.lulacruza.com/album/orcas-remixed-vol-2 )

I mentioned Nicola Cruz’s remix from the 1st volume of Orcas Remixes a few months back and was pleasantly surprised to see the Vol 2 taking shape so quickly, and with great names on board: Chancha Via Circuito, David Last, King Coya & MI. Chancha Via Circuito’s deep & organic remix of ‘Uno Resuena’ has left me eager to discover the 3 other remixes which should be available by the time you read this blog. In his remix, I love how Chancha integrates his world into the original vibe of the tune; you can really feel his sounds progressively surrounding her voice; the drop half way through is amazing !!!!

If you missed them, don’t forget to check the original ‘Orcas’ album released on Jumpsuit Records in April 2015, & ‘Orcas Remixes Vol 1’ released a month ago on Black Swan Sounds with remixes by Nicola Cruz, El Búho, SaQi & Sleepers Work.

 

VA – Sonidos De La Jungla (Fértil Discos)

“After receiving contributions from more than 40 artists, Fértil Discos is pleased to announce its first compilation, gathering the most interesting representatives of the south american electronic scene. Following the wave initiated by albums such as Chancha Via Circuito’s Amansara and El Remolón’s Selva, we’ve decided to adopt this environment as an inspiration, taking home recordings of birds, crickets, rivers, ayahuasca’s ícaros and amazonic sounds as leit motivs.” (Fértil Discos)

This album is beautiful and brings a really diverse insight into the current tropical wave. The sounds are organic, crunchy, vibrant, true,,…. and each track feels like it could be a different path in the jungle. And to make it all even nicer, the whole thing is available for free. Thank you to Fértil Discos and all the artists involved in this album.

 

Lascivio Bohemia – María Arrullá la Guagua

https://soundcloud.com/lasciviobohemia/mariaarrullalaguagua

“María arrullá la guagua = María calma al bebe = María calm the baby.”

Absolute tune !!! It has been on repeat since he kindly sent it to us a few weeks ago. Thank you from La Selva. The vocals are amazing, so powerful; just like the more instrumental moments in the tune, with beautiful marimbas, violins, bongos, congos, ….and a wicked subtle, crunchy bassline. The tune continuously evolves, with really good drops catching you on the way! The great news is that this is apparently one of the tracks from his forthcoming EP !

 

Gaiteiros De Lisboa – Se Fores ao Mar Pescar (El Bu?ho Remix)

https://soundcloud.com/el-buho/gaiteiros-de-lisboa-se-fores-ao-mar-pescar-el-buho-remix

I’d never heard of the Gaiteros De Lisboa and was amazed when I heard these pipes ! We’re used to tracks with LatinAmerican gaita sounds in them, but here, combined with the melancholic vocals, they bring you into a completely different world; it’s more like a slow walk along the misty Lisbon waterfront. El Búho has kept the essence of the vocals and pipes and added a lovely deep beat to them, full of atmos, reverbs, delays, and little details that enhance the whole atmosphere. Love it !

 

Tactical Groove Orbit – Trujillo Alto (TGO feat Calle 13 “Atrevete te”)

Tactical Groove Orbit has released several really cool remixes and new tunes over the past few months, but this one is a personal favorite. Proper dancefloor business. The production is really tight and potent. I hadn’t heard anything using Calle 13 vocals in a while and it was worth the wait; they work really well here. TGO also leaves a lot a room in his tune for the instruments to take over and add to the festive and bouncing vibe. We will have the pleasure of playing with him for the first time in Rodez (FR) next week, alongside many other french tropical ravers (more info: Balkan Vs Tropik https://www.facebook.com/events/363453160445203/ )

 

Tribilin Sound – Cholo Cósmico

This guys never stops ! Everytime I am on soundcloud I have the great surprise to see that he has uploaded something new, and this time he’s gone deep and I love it.

A deep and thick atmosphere with heavy cowbells and shakers that take you on a 4 minute journey into some sort of synthesized tropical jungle. Close your eyes and enjoy.

 

Chakana – Inkarri (Colectivo Huachuma)

Another incredible musical journey ! Seems like 2016 is starting off with a very deep and atmospheric vibe; I like it !! Thanks to the almighty Silly Tang for sending this one my way. I had heard of the Colectivo Huachuma and their parties around Rennes in France (check them out if you are in the area), but hadn’t had the pleasure to hear Chakana’s productions before. This tune is a constant progression and develops profound sounds, with new elements and superb vocals that come & go in such a smooth way that you are taken into a progressive psychedelic tropical journey right into the Andes !

 

Shika Shika – Flavour of the Month – Barrio Lindo

https://soundcloud.com/shikashikacollective/flavour-of-the-month-enero

And you can keep on travelling with the Second mixtape in the Flavour of the Month series on Shika Shika, which was released at the end of January and mixed by Barrio Lindo. It’s a beautiful hour long smooth tropical trip around the globe with a great selection of tunes, including some amazing forthcoming releases which I had the pleasure to discover.

 

Dj Turbo Boom-Boom – Tropical Hit Parade 2016

https://soundcloud.com/djturboboomboom/tropical-hit-parade-2016-turbo-boom-boom/comment-269806362

“3 hours Tropical Beat & Tropical Bass demo mix 2016”

It’s not often that you have 3 hours of spare time to listen through a mix of that length, but when you do, or when you have a few mates at home for a few drinks, you’ll be glad to have this great selection by the French Dj Turbo Boom-boom. Originally from the Grenoble and Saint-Etienne area, where he is still involved in the organization of several tropical parties such as ‘Tropical Clash’, he is now based in Paris and ready for some action ! This mix covers it all, in a really nice varied way, with classics, older tunes and recent releases of Cumbia, TropicalBass, Afro, Caribbean, Latin, Champeta, Kuduro, Tribal, Bullerengue ..

 

Perro Agradecido – Mata Hari Spy Dance (Official Video)

A cool new video came out last month from the Mexican psychedelic cumbia band Perro Agradecido. Might be a good opportunity for us ‘guiris’ to take note and learn a few moves.

This video reminded me to listen to their last album again,’Ánima en Pena’, which came out last summer. Pure psychedelic chicha business ! It’s amazing.

 

La Yegros – Chicha Roja (Official Video) (Soundway Records)

La Yegros is coming back at us with a new album in March: ‘Magnetismo’, to be released on the great label Soundway Records. Meanwhile, here is a really cool animated video for one of the tracks on the album. It’s sounding & looking great: full of life, with a catchy rhythm, traditional instrumentals, subtle electronic hints, her lovely voice,…. ! As most of you will be, we are really looking forward to and are curious to hear the whole album. Keep your eyes out.

 

A Musical Journey – ZZK Films

“A Musical Journey is a documentary film exploring the story of the Argentine digital cumbia movement accompanying a band as they tour across Europe for the first time.”

ZZK Films brings to us a great insight into La Yegros’ band’s first European Tour, as well as a great outlook on the label itself, and an interesting overview of the development and growing of this tropical/cumbia scene all over Europe. It’s really worth a watch.

For all English speakers, the documentary is subtitled !

Keep informed about all forthcoming ZZK Films on http://zzkfilms.com/

 

 

THE SILLY TANG:

Celia Cruz – Virgencita (Happy Colors Remix) (Fania Records)

I have to say I was gobsmacked when I saw this title appear on Fania Record´s soundcloud page. Celia Cruz remixed by the one and only Happy Colours. It has both the Celia and the Colours vibe and it creates this unique piece of sublime music.

 

Zurvolt – Shake (Caballito Netlabel)

Once again Caballito brings us some pure niceness ! This time it is the producer called Zurvolt who brings us this Ep “Tentacion” which to be honest is an all in one banger release! I love the production and the dark edge to some of these tunes. I choose this particular one because it has this kind of Dinamarca sound. Very dark but still very dancehall orientated.

 

Tropical Terror – Crujiente (Caballito Netlabel)

While I´am talking about Caballito, this is another work that was put out this month on their label. Watch out! This one is much more Cumbia orientated and has the perfect twisted psychedelic flavours we all love. Get a snake and start teaching him how to dance 😉

 

Radio Rebajado Vol.3 (Rebajado Mx)

https://soundcloud.com/rebajadomx/radio-rebajado-vol3

Rebajadoooooo ! I wanted to mention this radio show somewhere on the blog as it is a show I follow regularly. On this mix you can get some previews of some tracks by our hermano El Barba Dub, El Buho o Los Brujos. A very fine selection of lovely cumbia. Big up Radio Rebajado !

 

Turbo Sonidero Mix for Club Chai

Now this mix ! Once again THIS MIX ! I came across it at the beginning of the month and I truly love it ?¡ All the cumbia versions are very solid and it has this slight twist which makes the whole mix a very trippy journey ! Big up Turbo Sonidero everytime !

 

Bigote – Xiloton (Caballito Netlabel)

The new village grime favourite Mr Bigote once again hits us with this dope beat. Following the lines of artists such as the N.A.F.F.I crew, this track has the ability to make you feel intensely strange and make you brock out at the same time.

 

HNRY – Dónde estás Satanás!

Here we have it for me; The banger of the month. This track brought to us by HRY is a real pleasure to the ear for me, as I love the original. The re-edit of it sounds great. Minimal work but a true refix that keeps a real nice deep production. Been listening to this on loop all month !

 

Kumbia Boruka – Live 2015

Kumbia Boruka is a group originated from Lyon, France and when I caught a glimpse of this live video it really made me want to dig more into what they do and maybe try to get myself to Lyon to see them live¡ Wicked old school sounding cumbia band¡

 

 

COCONUTAH:

La Sound – Diplo’s Riddim (Cumbia Reboot)(WorldwideMX)

Take your shoes off and get your booty shaking, this lovely bit of cumbia injected tropical funk really does the job. It combines catchy accordeon hooks with a lovely guitar and some sweet, sweet electronic atmos including everything from vocal cuts to party lasers. A nice fresh tune that makes you wish summer were here already!

 

DJ Caution – Donna Summer Vs Fito Olivares

One of the main protagonists of Madrid’s explosing tropical scene, Caution never fails to blend his sense of humour with a sense for the dancefloor. This Mash up features Donna Summer and Fito Olivares, an 80´s disco classic combined with a cumbia booty shaker. I haven´t had the opportunity to play this in the club yet but as usual it’s pretty tight and I can just imagine the happy faces!

 

Haris Pilton – Green Mamba 2016 (cumbia version)

Haris Pilton is back with a trademark Balkan Cumbia style, mixing catchy eastern riffs from a variety of instruments with mad vocals and a stepping beat. It also espouses a dub influence – I´m pretty sure this will sound good on a big system. Big up!!

 

Pablo Pachacutik – Afro-Andino (Hermanados En El Ritmo) (Regional)

Regional Label always brings something slightly different to the table. This release is no exception and sees Pablo Pachacutik bring us some cumbia mentalism. The album boasts a variety of style and features an avalanche of crazy sounds, where trippy synths mix with futuristic influences to great effect. Roll one up – it is a very interesting listen.

 

Club Popozuda Mixtape #42 (Andrés Digital)

https://soundcloud.com/clubpopozuda/club-popozuda-mixtape-42-andres-digital

As usual from Andres Digital, expect an absolute belter of a mix for this 42nd mixtape from club Popozuda. He mixes guiros with ragga, tropical bass and moombah with a dancefloor vibe. Check the tracklist out, and enjoy the tunes. Don´t forget to get your lighter out!

 

Tincan – Ora Esatta Cumbia Edit

This is some experimental orchestral cumbia business! Epic uplifting melodies blend with lazer sounds with some crazy electronic beats for a pounding backdrop. Tincan brings some very original ideas to cumbia here, got to love the way it drops.

 

La Inédita – Chicha chicha (Pachanguito Remix)

This is a great piece of music – Pachanguito nails it with a party banger: this has upbeat fast cumbia beats and some great guitars and organs. The vocal touch on the top rounds it off nicely. A track for festivals and the great outdoors as it has a very summery vibe, it no doubt will work in the club just as well.

 

Cumbia With Colors (Dj Neber)

DJ Neber has undoubtedly been polishing his Hip hop cumbia style for a long time, and it really shows with a nicely executed stepper. Rootical colombian cumbia with hard hitting beats!

 

Folcore 050 – Sampler

This album was only slightly too late to fit into our last edition, so we were keen to make it up this time. This is a nicely varied LP with a nice mix of artists. There are some great cumbias, a few tropical dancefloor numbers, but also some tasty experimental / chill out bits. Listened to as a continuous LP, I found it really put me into a space, hitting me in all the right places. Check it out, there is something for everyone in this Folcore release.

 

CONSPIRACIONES TROPICALES MADRID, VOL1

Madrid´s tropical music scene has been making waves for a good couple of years, and, like a tropical avalanche, the progression seems to grow at exponential speed. Aside from the many parties that take place week in week out (special mention goes to Guacamayo Tropical, Sonidero Mandril, Manglar, and the many other very special events one can have the pleasure of attending), the radio shows (La Selva), Madrid´s tropical scene is also special for the collective it has progressively spawned, Conspiraciones Tropicales.

A meeting point where the city´s artists come together to promote the scene and culture, organise events, and showcase Madrid´s finest tropical creations.

After a long tropical winter, one of the collective´s many projects has borne its fruits. This one will get you sweating so hard you will remember the experience. Conspiraciones Tropicales Vol1 showcases a special part of Madrid´s nightlife, and the album certainly provides a tasteful example of what to expect in these gatherings.

Featuring a very special mix of tracks, Los Candeleros kick things off with a trippy chicha track. 2G1B delivers a killer 8 bit track featuring Secta Selectah, DJ Caution does his thing and gives us a funky Dembow that will rock any dancefloor, while Cholofoniks follows with an incredibly rolling experimental cumbia.

Guacamayo tropical brings the Jungle didjeridoo madness: Tropical Yisus´ contribution is a tasteful 80´s remix, and la Tremenda Jauria have an atmosperic electronic cumbia (beautiful!). Skywaka shakes up the dance with a lifting champeta, and Coconutah & Kaygee bring marimba flavours to 2016. Finally, the Silly tang offers an incredible dancefloor remix of a Juaneco classic!

The compilation was released on the 15th of February thanks to CASSETTE BLOG (BIG UP!), and is available for free download:

Conspiraciones Tropicales-Compilado Vol 1 (por Pablo Borchi – Exclusivos Cassette)

We hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we did 🙂

Thanks to all for reading as always, and see you next month!

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Sexxy Saturday Cumbia

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Art by            Tropi Delia

 

HO HO HO! DING DING DING!

Christmas is celebrated in different ways accross the world. It is a season of dancing and skanking; a season of music and rhythm. It is the season of praise and thanksgiving for the almighty tropical cumbia god.

La Selva is back for our third installment of sexy Saturday cumbia.

It has been a great build up to the Winter season. As you have seen from our previous installments, the cumbia scene is richer and more diverse than ever. It is constantly subject to new ethnic influences, and never ceases to benefit from the influx of producers, production techniques and production values from other musical genres.

As we scour the web for tasty new material, we have realised that the global adoptation of our cumbia dieties seems to be picking up pace, spreading across the world. It cannot be stopped! This fills us with happiness.

It is therefore with a festive spirit that we return with our contribution to this end of year; as always our selection has been divided into three sections, covering the full spectrum of styles, and an array of different formats.

We hope you enjoy the selection.

CUUUMMMBIAAAAA!!!

 

KayGee selected

Dubagroova – Phantom Drone (Pata De Perro Remix)

I’ll start this month’s selection with a lovely fusion of Cumbia with Dub, straight from Mexico. In this remix, we can hear how Pata De Perro combine the echoes, synths, and basslines of a heavy dub riddim with potent Cumbia guiros, kicks and instruments. All the other songs on their soundcloud, which are yet to be released, show similar CumbiaDub characteristics. I’m sure we can expect a lot from these guys.

 

Don Plok – Relajado, pero no regalado LP 2015 (Kumbale)

My good friend Pablo aka Don Plok has finally released his first album on the Berlin based net label Kumbale. The whole album is very eclectic and covers a wide range of beats and rhythms from all continents. An example is ‘Güera Jungle’, where he takes us from rolling jungle to cumbia breaks in a really progressive and subtle way. Grab it while it’s hot !

 

Ralfi Pagan – Pelao (Cocotaxi Remix) (Fania Records)

I know this isn’t Cumbia, but such a good remix of such a great Salsa classic had to be mentioned. Cocotaxi did it again!! They left the traditional vibe from the start to quickly build up a huge electronic drop that I can’t stop listening too. Their production is so tight, and full of great little details which create their own sounds and signatures. Check out the rest of the Ep, which offers two other great remixes from Coolout and K.Sabroso.

We’ll have the absolute pleasure of airing an hour session of the Swedish Duo in our radioshow in the next few weeks, keep your eyes out for Cocotaxi in La Selva.

 

Borchi – Vodú! EP (Tropic-All)

I’ve mentioned several fusions of Cumbia with other genres above, and will now bring to your attention Borchi’s latest EP, which brings forward a heavy hip-hop beat with dancefloor percussions, jungle atmospheres and crazy synths found in today’s global bass scene. Borchi never stops ! Big ups !

 

SidiRum – Intercambio (New Hispanic Music)

The tune Intercambio is a great example of the “electronic sky of tropical atmospheres and Latin vibes” found in the whole EP just released on New Hispanic Music. SidiRum, an active producer and musician in today’s tropical scene, always manages to create a trippy and floaty atmosphere with the combination of deep and sometimes dark electronic sounds with more traditional vocals, rhythms and instruments. ‘Intercambio’, which means ‘exchange’ in Spanish, reflects the process found throughout this EP of the ‘exchange’ between mainstream and experimental characteristics to create these beautiful new sounds.

 

AsagiSaundo – <º> 8 Infinito <º> – Encuentro Estelar

Brand new ExTerrestrial sounds and cumbia from the Mexican Capital. The progression and build up in this tune is amazing. The rhythm catches you slowly but surely and takes you to the other dimension when the synth drops. The space noises, sirens, shakers and cowbells blend in perfectly and create a wicked atmosphere. Make sure to check out his other tunes for a full ExTerrestrial tropical experience.

 

Chancha Via Circuito ft Wenceslada – Zorzal (Regional Label)

Found on the latest EP released by our good friends from Regional Label in Chile, this tune is a wonderful journey through Chancha’s deep and organic rhythms, percussions and atmospheres, accompanied by Wenceslada’s beautiful voice and lyrics. The whole EP is the fruit of work of many musicians, who all came together to create this unique journey. Enjoy !

 

Lulacruza – Uno Resuena (Nicola Cruz Remix)

Well I couldn’t go a month without mentioning Nicola Cruz.

In this case, it’s like a dream come true: a tune that I love and have used in my mixes remixed by one of my favorite producers. The original tune by Lulacruza was already great, but once more, Nicola Cruz has managed to create his own vibe around it, by adding some really interesting and potent touches to it. You can notice how he blends the original drums into some lovely electronic funky and crunchy sounds, and plays with the guitars and synths in a really nice way.

This tune will be part of a Orcas Remixed Vol. 1, which will be released in January 2016 and will feature artists such as El Buho, SaQi and Sleepers Work. Other remix volumes of Lulacruza’s Orcas album will be released this year, which we will make sure to bring to your attention, They will feature artists such as King Coya, Chancha Via Circuito, Desert Dwellers, Paul Feathericci, San Ignacio, David Last, Montoya, EVHA, and more.

 

TheNuLatAmSound Ep. 1 – ZZK Records

Here’s the first episode of a promising new doc series created by ZZK Records. In this episode, the focus is on new sounds emerging from Ecuador, featuring artists such as Nicola Cruz, Quixosis, Evha, Huiara, Juan Diego Illescas, Ivis Flies, and Mujeres de Luna who bring the traditional sounds of Ecuador to our dancefloors. It’s great to get more detailed insight from that scene, as we, spectators from Europe, discover more and more sounds from that side of the world.

 

Dengue Dengue Dengue – Remolinera Real (A Guide to the Birdsong of South America – Rhythm and Roots)

We will finish off this month’s selection with this brand new amazing psychedelic visual trip created by Joery Santos Gómez, based on Dengue Dengue Dengue’s tune ‘Remolinera Real’, which was released some months ago on Rhythm & Roots, on the album and beautiful project created by El Buho: A Guide to the Birdsong of South America.

 

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Rafael Aragon – Jose (Cassette Blog)

Waow Rafaaaaaa! What a tune our good friend Rafael Aragon has brought us on the “Casette Blog” label. A very energetic latin trap style that will get any dancefloor down to the groove. It is not a cumbia in such but I had to include this “temaso” in this month´s selection.

 

Sumohair – Colombia Chiquita (Compton Edit)

https://soundcloud.com/sumohair/colombia-chiquita-compton-edit

Would you like a lowrider cumbia? Well here it is! This lovely piece of music was put together by Sumohair and I really like the gangsta feel to it. Brings it back to the streets where this music originated – but on a 2015 note 😉

 

Los Ilusionistas – Las Limeñas (Bigote Edit) (Cassette Blog)

There he is – our national Bigote! And he has come to us with such a powerful track. Again on the cassette blog compilation, this hit is pure sensual, cumbia greatness. I have had the pleasure of playing it since it has dropped and no joke people go crazy to this anthem!

 

DJ Duro – Zumbaye (Original Bass) (La Clinica Records)

Here we find a much more refined song, from DJ Duro. Once again, this is a dancefloor killer because of the many factors this beast of a tune brings to the ear. The vocal is an absolute work of art, and the pre-post production of equally great talent! Big up and for all to enjoy ?

 

DjDus – El Borracho

Esos borachos!!! For all the heavy drinkers, here’s a classic type cumbia brought to us by Dj Dus, one of El Dusty´s aliases. I love the way it brings drunkenness and cumbia together. A very well produced cumbia classic.

 

Staycore – Ayida Weddo (Mobilegirl Remix) (Salviatek)

Once again this is not a pure cumbia style but I had to bring this song and artist to this blog, as I just love it so much. It is like a classic blend of reggaeton and grime-garage together. The style is minimal but works a treat with obscure sounds and dark fusion.

 

Coconutah selected

 Miss Bolivia – Bien Warrior (Dj Caution Remix)

Madrid´s tropical scene is on fire at the moment and this remix by DJ Caution showcases one of the many sides of the scene, with a cumbia dancehall remix with some sexy carribean flavours. This combines an old school dancefloor with Caution´s personal cumbia touch to great effect. Big tune.

 

Carlos Vives – Rosa (Lascivio Bohemia selva-ritual-mix)

This is a lovely floaty, soft remix of a Carlos Vives classic from Lascivio Bohemia – this brings some deft psychedelic touches through some very softly textured drums and a swirling accordeon melody. Love it.

 

Tropical Twista Vol. Dois (Tropical Twista Records – 2015)

This is Tropical Twista Records´s second compilation and it definitely packs some serious punch, featuring a global combination of established and up and coming artists, and gathering funky ethnic influences from all of the continents. This is very fresh to mix as individual tunes but also has a nice continuity when listened to as a whole album. Must see release!

 

MAMA DIASPORA “Collection” (EP) – (2015 Singles)

Tasty EP by Mama Diaspora with a nice mix of dirty, electronic cumbia that has a stepping dancefloor vibe. It is tastefully finished off with some lovely balkan vocals and instrumentals that glide seamlessly across Mama´s nice tropical breakbeats. Kolo Richki is a mechanical cumbia roller.

 

We hope that you enjoyed discovering the selection just as much as we enjoyed preparing it.

Don’t forget to lock in to our radio show over the next couple of weeks, we will be celebrating in true Selva style, and we have some great surprises in store. All of the tunes above and many, many more will be represented.

La Selva wishes you all the best for the end of this year, and the beginning of the new one.

May the tropical force be strong again in 2016!

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Safari in het Bos & Chancha Via Circuito [Event Review + Interviews]

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Before I went to the art-festival Watdajel, I didn’t know that there has been a thriving party going on in my very own town for many years, bringing tropical vibes onto a dancefloor, deep in a secret forest. Every time people go there, they enter a magical world, hidden behind the leaves of the trees where the organic percussion and menacing bass sounds, the forest air and the warmth and happiness radiating from the visitors and the DJ’s are blended together into one amazing experience that can only described with one word: Safari!

This time, 20 November, it was too cold for an actual forest. But the entire dancefloor of the cultural event centre ACU, was transformed into one big, foggy rainforest. On the lineup were, next to the Argentinian heavywheight Chancha Via Circuito, Utrecht’s homegrown global bass formation Kako Da Ne, Utrecht’s alround tropical legend Café de Calaveras and of course Safari’s own DJ’s Prace & Booze’em.

As usual, I was late and just missed Kako Da Ne’s opening set. When entered the vibrant dancefloor-jungle, I was greeted by bird-sounds and the deep, organic grooves of Chancha Via Cictuito, second on the list, who moved back and forth between deeper, thoughtful and more passionate vibes, varying between cumbia, 3ball, zouk, and amazing digital folklore that goes beyond any categorisation. Whenever a fantastic beat dropped, people ululated and uttered ecstatic sounds out of pure joy. Café de Calaveras, in turn, raised the tension, heating up the atmosphere with a number of popular reggaeton, dancehall and Dutch bubbling classics that gave just the necessary spark of familiarity for people to be drawn into the groove completely.

The atmosphere was absolutely unique: a pinch of dancehall/urban, hippies with bubble blowers and Latin American folk. And of course the ever-present students on a night out, either because they’d been going to the party many times already or sticking around because the vibes were so good.

I had the chance to talk to the organisers again and recap what we talked about, back at Watdajel. And my amazement with what they managed to build up was only stronger now I saw it in front of my own eyes.

S: “It all evolved out of another underground party called Generator, which focused on different styles of music. That was at least about six or seven years ago. There was some Balkan and tropical involved back then but also a great deal of electro and other stuff. It was a little bit of everything. But at a certain point we decided to go ‘all tropical’ and turn the event into something fresh, which had to have a new name too. Once we sat down together in the garden, brainstorming about the new concept and what came to mind was Safari! It just hit us, that was exactly what we wanted to offer to Utrecht: something else, tropical sounds, a fresh trip away from the ever repetitive techno and electro of the underground in this city!

GB: How did you manage to build such a strong followers base, especially in a city like Utrecht, where most people are students who just want to get druk and don’t really give much about music?

S: We come from the world of illegal underground parties, which have always thrived in this city. The secret of their success is that they build entirely on personal social networks. We don’t advertise, don’t target the main party public, aren’t that much around on the web. We hardly ever use Soundcloud, LOL… Yet on the other hand, we maintain close contact with many people here, locally, who know that our parties are great. Advertisement goes from mouth to mouth and people usually like it so much that they keep coming back every new edition.

GB: Are you saying that people loved the sound of global bass and kept coming back?

S: Pretty much.. Especially girls were infatuated with the grooves of cumbia, dancehall or kuduro. And when girls have a good time, guys will follow automatically, haha. People even liked it too much so had to make sure that the party wouldn’t blow up too fast and lose its character. That happens to a lot of successful concepts. We’ve barely had any negative experiences, apart from gigs being cancelled and stuff like that.

GB: But I hear that this all happened a long time ago.. how did you ever find out about this music?

S: (DJ Booze’em) My brother got into it first. He gave me some things that he thought I just had to listen to. In the beginning I had to get used to it. It was different from anything I’d ever heard, but on a second listen, I realised it was great, something that more people deserved to hear. In fact we were one of the first ever that I know of who went into this kind of music in the Netherlands. Blogs such as Generation Bass didn’t exist yet, it were just ideas spreading from one DJ to another. And once you’re in this, the rest follows. We supported moombahton on our events right from the moment it was invented. We booked Fellow without knowing they would later become such a big name. That’s just how things happen, and they’ve always turned out right for us.

GB: With such a long history of succesful organising, is there anything in all those years you are most proud of so far?

S: Well, as I said, we don’t actually want to grow too big. Many events that started out like us have blown up and get caught up into this hyped world of commercial nightlife, often destroying themselves within a couple of years. We like to avoid that and keep it small and underground. That’s also why we try to know all our visitors in person with our Facebook account. But that too creates very nice situations. One thing that directly comes to mind is Oscilador Bass, who performed in my backyard on a private party, all dressed up with his iconic TV-mask on, in a garden in Kanaleneiland, on walking distance from your house actually. Such things are legendary. And now with Chancha Via Circuito, that’s also an achievement we are very happy about.

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Right after his gig, I also had the wonderful opportunity to talk to Chancha himself and ask him what inspires him and how he came to develop such a unique style. A style that doesn’t even allow itself to be described by ‘global bass’. Rather, it is an intricate mixture of diverse folkloristic, ancestral music from the Andes, with deep, almost meditative electronic soundscapes.

CVC: One of my biggest inspirations is nature. I love to go into the forests and the mountains and be surrounded by the splendour of it. My other inspiration are the sounds of the streets, the music that you hear coming out of the houses everywhere when you walk in the villages and on markets. I try to soak in all these experiences.

GB: And how are is your music received? Is there a lot of attention for digital folklore? For example, is there anything like a scene you consider yourself part of?

CVC: In terms of reception, it is actually going quite well. Attention for what we do is increasing a lot lately. If you’re talking about a ‘scene’, the experimental Latin-electronic Zizek Club nights in Buenos Aires have been around for quite some years now and they were very successful. These events grew into the label and booking agency ZZK Records, where I am also signed. Other ZZK artists are acts like Frikstailers, El Remolón and La Yegros, who are all touring all over the world right now.

You saw my last album, ‘Amansara’, you may have noticed too that there I collaborated with Barrio Lindo and with Sidirum, two other artists who are doing very well in this genre. And the link between my work and traditional folkloric music is also very direct don’t forget Miriam Garcia, an indigenous Argentinian folk singer, she is amazing.

GB: And outside Argentina?

CVC: I’ve been around lately, playing my music in different places, and what I can say is that people’s response is usually very enthusiastic, even beyond what I expected. Even though the style may be a bit unfamiliar, from what I have experienced, people are usually feeling it almost immediately. Exactly like you saw here, the atmosphere was amazing. I don’t actually know how many of them already knew me before tonight but you could feel that they definitely had an amazing time.

GB: Anything more that we can expect from you in the future, something that our readers can already look forward to?

CVC: Well, in terms of music, I just released the album ‘Amansara’, shortly ago. That was a very big project, production-wise. Right now my focus is on touring and DJ-ing, communicating my music directly to people on the dancefloor. I like to alternate these two things a bit.

GB: We have readers from all over the world, where do they need to be to see you live on this tour?

CVC: On the Chancha Via Circuito facebook page, there is a scheme with all the dates and locations. Of course it would be great if people would come to see me play!

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I was tired and even though I planned not to, I stayed (it always ends up like that somehow), chilling with the organiser of Watdajel, dancing and explaining visitors the word on my snapback, ‘cumbia’, until the lights went on and the Safari-trip had come to an end. With a smile on my face, I walked back into the cold night.

The date for the next edition isn’t known yet but we’ll keep you updated!

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Check out some pictures here!

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The lineup

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If it can’t be in a forest, we just make one!

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Kako Da Ne in action

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No safari without a good camera!

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Me represenging Generation Bass (badass UMB-skull on my shirt just out of view..)

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Chancha behind the desks

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Chancha chilling in the crowd

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DJ Prace chilling with the organiser of Watdajel

SafariNevermoo

DJ Edgar Nevermoo

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Café de Calaveras rocking it!

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What was left of the camera at the end of the night..

Sexxy Saturday Cumbia – New Era

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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.

Enjoy:

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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”

Fall Sessions #1 – Cumbia (Mega Roundup)

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This may have been the longest time ever I’ve left you without cumbia. I didn’t count but I think it’s been more than a month. So how else could I start my new Fall Sessons series, a continuation of my (End of) Summer series, than with a cumbia edition?

All the great stuff that has been released since last time is simply too much to jam into one post.. But everything that you really have to check out is here!

News

If you’re directly involved in the cumbia scene you’ve probably see this buzzing around already:  a new cumbia/latin bass channel has been launched this month. In his interview, Makina talks about his German friends. These certainly include the two german tropicalists, René Gamez a.k.a.  Skrupersounds a.k.a Sonidero Sin Dinero Sound System and Pocho Gonzalez a.k.a. Dj Gonzalez, who now  joined forces to create a platform that supports upcoming producers from Latin America. The goal is to establish a closer connection, an “underground runway”, as they call it, between the scene in the homelands and the German global bass community. This will not be limited to music only, but also other artforms are part of the long term planning. And we from Generation bass are enthusiastic to help them forward!

Kumbale, which combines the virtues of a label and a soundsystem, starts with an impressive list of releases from more and less familiar names, which include Exta Machine, El Catorce and El $abor. You will definitely hear more from them soon!

Mixtapes

We´ve got a lot of everything and mixtapes are no exception. I just needed to share them all.

Let´s start with UMOJA, the Dutch duo, one half of which I just saw live at Fantástica. The other half was booked that same night at a tropical party in Portugal, organised by Musicbox Lisboa. Judged by this exclusive mixtape, that night must have been equally warm and joyful!

https://soundcloud.com/musicbox_lisboa/baile-tropicante-umoja-exclulive-mix

The Amsterdam based tropicalist El Búho, Spanish for ´The Owl´, is one of the most unique nu-cumbia producers worldwide. His downtempo, atmospheric blend of deep-dub sounds with organic percussion and bird sounds makes clouds of thick, Amazonian jungle haze and thin Andean high land air steam right out of your speakers. This delicious mixtape was recorded on Graefenthal IV Kloosterestival, a meditative electronic music festival in and around an old monastery, organised by event platform 12inchCity in collaboration with INI Movement!

Dash Slktr is a global bass alrounder from Cali, Colombia who loves pumping, sensual dancefloor beats. This month he featured in the new edition of Regional Label‘s legendary mixtape series with an energetic blend of cumbia, moombahton and zouk bass!

Pablo Borchi, owner of our great sister-blog Cassetteblog and one of the minds behind Mexico City’s most successful global bass party Day Off, was featured prominently in Noisey Mexico with an inverview and a mixtape session. If you read Spanish, check out the great interview with one of the most active pushers of the global bass movement in Mexico. If you don’t, you can continue directly to the music!

Pedrolito Radioglobal is back with a new session of cumbia mixed with other global bass flavours, this time recorded live from this summer’s Goulash Disko Festival in Croatia!

Albums/EP’s/compilations

We´ve also got many albums and EP’s in store. Take some time to listen through them because they all deserve a special place in your sets and in the playlist on your phones.

Lima´s global bass nestor Tribilín Sound is one of those artists who really take the movement to a whole new level. Next to experimenting with different styles, he knows how to bring an idea to perfection, resulting in excellent quality music that keeps blowing my mind release after release. This 9 track album blends his deep, organic-futuristic style with a variety of mostly downtempo flavours!

Andrés Digital is another nestor in the scene. The German cumbiambero embarked on an extensive project, collaborating with a wide array of artists. First of all vocalists from different corners of the global bass world: the Colombian digital cumbia alrounder Masilva, the German dancehall Mc Longfingah, the German afro-Latin band Mama Limón and the Peruvian singer Inti Irie. Besides, the original tracks have remixes by names such as LATA, chong-x, Dany F and Yelram Selectah.

The album, named ‘Andrés Digital y su Conjunto Extraterrestrial’, was published two weeks ago by the Mexico-City based netlabel Tropic-All

That same week, he also published an equally great EP, ‘Racordando’, on the Venezuelan-Peruvian netlabel El Flying Monkey Records!

The Argentinian producer Chancha Via Circuito is known for his mesmerising organic-chill style. Now he is back with a fresh and absolutely impressive 11-track album that mixes dreamy, organic Andes sounds with stunningly deep electronic vibes. Although most of the tracks are solo productions, guest appearances are made by the Canadian-Colombian indie-Latin vocalist Lido Pimienta, the Argentinian ancestral-folk singer Miriam Garcia, the Argentinian rapper Sara Hebe, and the Argentinian electronic folklorists Barrio Lindo and SidiRum. Another nice thing, with two tracks taking the chacarera rhythm, this nice, downtempo Argentinian folk rhythm seems there to stay in global bass, let’s hope for more in the future!

Just 3 days ago, the official album saw the light, published by the Brooklyn based label WHONDERWEEL Recordings. Grab it on Bandcamp, and don’t forget to check out the two video’s there!

Orihuela M.S.S. is an experimental post-futurist who is equally inspired by glitch art and underground internet culture as by Mexican cumbia sonidera and ‘global bass’. That creates a unique combination of styles and vibes, perfectly displayed in this self-published 7-track album ‘Piñas_para_todos.rar’: a musical pineapple-stand on a hypnotising Mexican market in cyberspace.. Grab the album here on his website!

https://soundcloud.com/oriihuela/sets/pi-as_para_todos-rar

After a month without a cumbia roundup, there are of course many new artists I want to introduce. The first is CumbiAp, a dark-edged tropicalist from Peru, who released a great 2-track mini EP 2 weeks ago!

And just two days back, he uploaded two remixes of tracks from his previous EP that came out half a year ago .. But that EP is so good that I had to share the original here!

Single releases

Let’s move on quickly to the single releases now!

Qechuaboi is back! While much of his recent work explores other styles, here some amazing experimental cumbia-dub-ton!

Rafael Aragon cumbiafied this absolute banger by the French dancehall-reggae artist Taiwan Mc , for his new remixes EP ‘Heavy This Year’, which you can grab here!

Erick Jaimez is also back with many new tunes! I selected two but make sure you check the others out as well!

https://soundcloud.com/erickjaimez/erick-jaimez-como-la-baila

https://soundcloud.com/erickjaimez/erick-jaimez-cvmbia-trvp-lord

Then now my absolute favourite treasure-find: deep vapor-trap cumbia from the Mexican channel Snu Music!

The Granada based tropical futurist Bigote is the man behind one of out favourite latin-tronic channels: Caballito Netlabel! He cumbiafied a trap banger by XVII. The original has just been released as an EDM.com exclusive!

Panikooo unleashes halloween with this deliciously dark tune that came out already last month!

LaEpidemiaDeLaCumbia remixed an amazing chill ambient-folk tune by the multi-talented Turkish composed and musician Omar Faruk Tekbilek!

Dj-negro-dub throws some heavy, energetic bass sounds into his cumbia groove!

Sumo hair blends cumbia with deep wobbly grime, a perfect combination that never gets old!

https://soundcloud.com/sumo-hair/cumbia-grime-original-track

Qapac is an experimentalist from Peru whom I’ve blogged, I believe only once before. His new lush, soulful and slightly melancholic track delivers the perfect Sunday afternoon chill-sound!

https://soundcloud.com/qapac/unconditional-love-frequency

And here some nice latin-psychedelism from El Teclado de Eliazz!

DjGeomix is a 3ball producer who makes some excursions into cumbia once in a while, often choosing remixes of reggaeton. Check out this cumbification of Jean Paul ft. Farruko‘s summer hit of this year, ‘Passion Whine‘!

https://soundcloud.com/mundosonidero/passion-wine-cumbia-remix-farruko-ft-sean-paul-rulits

Let’s also share another huge reggaeton connection here.. If you’re into reggaeton, you must have seen already that the Puerto Rican duo Plan B released a bass-inspired cumbiaton banger this month: ‘Mi Vecinita‘!

DJ TAO is back with many new cumbiaton vocal edits, I selected this one as my favourite!

As usual, I’ll close with some happy, accessible feelgood-tunes!

Fede Flores made a remix of Vatos Regios‘ ‘El Solterito‘ sunny, tropical grooves for all!

CumbiaDrive produced a happy retro game-flavoured 808-cumbia tune!

The Mexican formation Friccardos cumbiafied Magic!‘s hit ‘Rude‘!

https://soundcloud.com/friccardos/magic-rude-friccardos-jesus-estrada-remix

And, under his on name, Fricci (1/3 of Friccardos) turned Kelis‘ classic hit ‘Trick Me‘ into tasty cumbiaton!

https://soundcloud.com/friccii/kelis-trick-me-fricci-refix

SELECTA MAD MAX – Zouk Bass VS Ragga [Mash-Ups]

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Selecta Mad Max from Birmingham has been shaking dance floors for quite some time. Blending Reggae, Dub and Dancehall with modern electronic styles he found the perfect balance between tradition and vanguard. Using a great spectrum of Global Bass music, Selecta Mad Max is doing very inspiring and innovative work which you can follow on his bi-weekly world music radio show on Kane FM , 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month from 3pm-5pm, with shows uploaded to his Mixcloud.

Generation Bass is proud to present you this new work which consists of Mash-Ups “inna quickfire fashion” of the most iconic Dancehall artists like Shabba Ranks, Simpleton, Chakademus & Pliers, Cutty Ranks, Red Dragon, Capleton and Tumpa Lion with the heavyweights of Tarraxo and Tarraxinha, Dj Marfox and DJ Karfox  The Zouk Bass uplifting producers JSTJR, Dance Kill Move, Two Sev and Sabbo and  including the cosmic sounds coming from the Argentine Chancha Via Circuito. This is for me the most interesting take on mixing Zouk Bass with other styles this year. Lots of people ask how Zouk Bass can be blended with other styles, well I guess Selecta Mad Max has one of the best answers and you can have it for FREE now.

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Tremor – Huella (Frikstailers Rmx)

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We spoke about this track just the other day saying the original was one of the most inspired tracks of 2013 thus far.

Well, here now is one of the first remixes by the ever dependable Frikstailers who give it a dubby vibe and you can grab it for free:

Also check out the instrumental version and the Chancha Via Circuito remix too.