So much for theｃ ｌ ｉ ｃ ｋ ｂ ａ ｉ ｔ part. Everybody is done with hypes and I don’t care if it is relevant or not to still talk about old memes on the brink of 2017. Cumbia will always be relevant so shut up. Same goes for vaporwave.
Usually, blends between genres occur when specific, different genres come to occupy an important role in the the cultural sources consumed by an individual, either by growing up with it, being part of a specific cultural environment, or by having any other kind of connection with it that sticks for some reason. At some point, somebody realises that a combination between the two genres is possible and starts experimenting, either as a joke or as a sincere expression of their reality. Usually somewhere in the middle. Like with any cultural translation, something is first imitated and then translated into the new context, developing a ‘homegrown version’ of something that may or may not start living a life of its own.
Vaporwave is of course no exception. I have pointed out before how vaporwave caters to a collective memory of long days of luxurious mall shopping with your parents, television commercials, videogaming and the first aquaintances with the life-changing influence of computers. This shared experience of growing up with these things is mostly specific to affluent, white, suburban Americans and don’t necessarily have the same subconscious connotations in other parts of the world.
CYBEREALITYライフ is one of the earliest ones introducing the genre to Mexico, fully integrated in the entirely internet-based, largely anonymous vaporwave scene. An old track from 2013, with all the tokens: slowed-down, chopped and looped soulful mall music, presented with mystifying Japanese script: nothing that gives away that this was made in Mexico. Nowadays he largely left vaporwave for a broad variety of other styles.
マクロスMACROSS 82-99, also doesn’t make any notable use of Mexican cultural elements and is even heavier on the pseudo-Japanese kawaii-disco flavour.
Munchi recently showed this video, dating from back in 2010, produced by video artist Rollz Royce for the T Tauri Trap House collective (which included artists likeZakmaticandChippy Nonstop) who experimented with tumblresque aesthetic net-trends, fused with sounds, predating ‘avant-garde club’, which leaned more towards global bass than towards the post-internet lineage of seapunk, vaporwave, meme-rap & cybernetic club. Even though I would now automatically connect these aesthetics to future funk vaporwave, the connection makes total sense, since these sounds in fact draw from the collective memory of growing up in the 90s but in the Latinx community.
One of the most obvious ways to give a Latin twist to vaporwave is to vaporise the homegrown versions of the kinds of music vaporwave is usually based on, like this edit of a 90s hit from the Mexican singer Luis Miguel.
And from there it is only a short step to vaporising cumbia. Mexican vaporwave producer A. Rivers recently released a mini album with 3 ‘made in Mexico’ vaporwave tracks, two of which are based on cumbia.
Mexico is not the only country where somebody got this idea, Falsorwave そして、通過 Chile is a Chilean channel with vaporwave edits of Chilean pop, some of which cumbia.
And a Reddit search of the terms vaporwave and cumbia led to this whole new attempt by a producer called Wiracocha, after the precolumbian Andean deity, to create a new microgenre ‘Incawave’, a blend of post-vaporwave ambient and Andes music. Personally I like post-vaporwave experimental stuff better than pure vaporwave so, clickbait or not, I really dig this!
A long while ago, I made a remark somewhere that bubbling could be seen as a kindof nightcore version of early dancehall and then Mexican cumbia rebajada would be a vaporwave version of cumbia. This was also realised by Redditor Newtype420, who postedVice’s cumbia rebajada documentary in /r/Vaporwave last year, which has lead some vaporwave-aware Latinx Youtubers to comment in ｆｕｌｌｗｉｄｔｈ to old uploads of cumbia rebajada channels.
Strikingly, pre-vaporwave cumbia rebajada has always had the strongest in Monterrey as well as in Mexican communities in Texas’ metropoles, where it has crossed paths before with Texas’ hiphop culture in general, and thechopped & screwed hiphop movement in particular, which has created an aesthetic that shares a lot of cultural DNA with the different elements that inspired vaporwave and sad-rap.
The question then becomes what is the difference between the cumbia rebajada that’s been around for so long and slowed-down cumbia edits presented as vaporwave? As WosX has pointed out, the way in which it is presented as an added, mystifying and recontextualising layer on top of the sound itself, is an essential element of what makes something vaporwave.
WosX’ recent educative short doc goes in depth into the defining elements that give the vaporwave family of related genres their disctinctive character **I personally do not agree with his assertion of inconsiderate, ‘google-translate’-style cultural approptiation (the way it is usually practiced in VAPOUR) as a positive way of cultural exchange**
This would imply that it is the representation of cumbia, as could be done with every genre, that ‘vapourises’ it, rather than simply applying ‘classic vaporwave’ techniques to cumbia. In that sense, ‘vapour cumbia’ is still in its infancy, but it has clearly entered its journey through the grinding mill.
Essentially the classic sound of cumbia rebajada, wrapped in vaporwave aesthetics, fromVaporguey
Also from Mexico, by an obscure humor channel, slowed down ‘vaporwave’ edit of Los Mirloschichahit Cumbia de los Pajaritos, presented in an eclectic aesthetic package that can refer at the same time to cumbia rebajada, sad trap and nightcore
Even though it is not consciously part of the ‘vapour’ umbrella, when it comes to slowing down cumbia with the purpose to create a displacing experience that is both nostalgic and unreal, this already classic cumbia dub edit by El Búho comes close to how a more refined cumbia vapour could be imagined.
On the visual side of things, the crew from Caballito Netlabel, where the designers have been conscious of vaporwave from the start, have experimented with more ambiguous, vaporwave-inspired yet uniquely different Latinx aethetics to accompany their digital cumbia sound.
Cumbia and tropical bass continue to advance all over the world this summer, with the genres being featured in many gigs and festivals this summer. As always, releases seem to pick up in September as artists come back from their interdimensional travels and return to work. This time is no different as enormous amounts of quality cumbia is to be found. Here are some choice cuts from this month!
San Ignacio – Casiotone Rosa LP (Casa Caos / Fertil Discos)
Proper deep tropical business from Argentina with San Ignacio’s new LP released in conjunction with two labels which are bringing out some great stuff recently: Casa Caos & Fertil Discos. They also invited several other artists to bring out some special edits for the occasion.
San Ignacio has managed to “incorporate his passion for literature and music” in this beautiful journey. The sounds are profound, really well produced, liberating a powerful atmosphere along the EP. Some tracks like ‘Os Ventos’ or Yule & JGB’s rework of ‘Ou Não É’ stand out for me, but I strongly recommend you listen through the whole thing; it’s a beauty !
Palenque Records Afrocolombia Remix (preview clips) (Galletas Calientes Rec.)
What a great surprise that was; I didn’t see that one coming: a 5 track remix series “to pay a tribute to Palenque Records who are celebrating 20 years of musical activism in 2016”. Galletas Calientes Rec. chose 5 artists who are currently moving the tropical / global bass scene around the world and who have now delivered 5 great remixes: Solo Moderna, Motin, Ghetto Kumbé, Dj Sabo and Rafael Aragon. All 5 of them have really managed to keep the essence and magic of the original tunes, and bring these traditional champeta & currulao rhythms straight to the dancefloor. It’s out soon on vynil on Galletas Calientes Records, so pre-order it while you can at: http://www.toolboxrecords.com/fr/product/26627/oriental-jazz-cumbia-gypsy/galletas-calientes-10/
Jhon Montoya – Chuquy (Barrio Lindo Remix)
Barrio Lindo en la casa! I always love his productions; they are so tight and create such a great atmosphere. This one has a lovely repetitive and catchy groove to it, just in place for that amazing flute to come in and hit the spot.
We had the pleasure of meeting and seeing both John Montoya and Barrio Lindo play live this summer on a ‘paradise beach’ in Croatia: it was simply fantastic.
Kike Pintos – Zorro Negro (Barrio Lindo Remix)
And here’s another remix from Barrio Lindo; the man never stops! This time he takes us on a journey straight into the Andes with a tribute to the great Kike Pintos. You can once more feel a superb ambiance building up in the tune, full of delayed details and heavy subs to bring the whole trip together. Love it!
El Búho – Cumbia de las Cosas Extrañas
I haven’t seen this new series that every one is going on about at the moment, but I’ll happily enjoy El Búho’s edit of the themetune. This edit is so potent; its strong psychedelic cumbia beat evolves so well with these incredible atmos and crunchy noises all around. I don’t know what else to say, it’s simply beautiful!
If you enjoyed the vibes of the last few tunes I mentioned, I really recommend you listen to this release, one of Lump Records’ latest ones. It has 2 awesome remixes of Jota Karloza’s ‘Om’. We’re moving one step away from the traditional cumbia beats but I’m sure alot of you will enjoy the deepness and heavyness of these remixes. They are both different and bring out distinctive parts of Jota Karloza’s original tune, which make them come together really well in this EP.
Lascivio Bohemia – In love with u
I think I just missed this one last month, but here it is incase you also missed it. Psychedelic cumbia business in the hands of the great Lascivio Bohemia. His productions are always so original, and so genuine. They are always evolving and moving around, bringing in darker elements when you expect it the least, grabbing you with them on the way. I can’t wait for this one to be released. Big ups!!!
Biomigrant ft Fredys Arrietaft & Toño García – La Muerte (Regional Label)
Last but not least for this month’s selection is this amazing tune by Biomigrant, which is part of his new album recently released on Regional Label. What a tune! The whole album reflects how Biomigrant has “inspired himself from the richness of rhythms found in Latin-America and amplified them with the power of electronic music”. Make sure you check the whole album out, and once more big ups to Biomigrant and Regional Label on this one!
And here’s a little extract of Biomigrant in full live flute business:
While we’re at it, here are some other sweet live sessions , documentaries, videoclips, etc… which have come out this month:
Picó: La Máquina musical del Caribe- La historia detrás de las máquinas
Sauvage FM – Cumbia Del Rio feat. W (Studio Version)
Live studio Ghetto Folk business from the French northern badboys ! Big ups !
Quantic at Manana Festival – Santiago de Cuba [Havana Cultura]
Here’s a short insight into Quantic’s trip to Cuba.
The musical delights of the month continue in shapes of mixtapes, which saw the light over the past few weeks. Here are some of them, with some amazing selections from all around the globe, always with a hint of tropical shakers !!
El Buho – Voodoocast 008 (Voodoohop)
Carnival in Barranquilla: A Celebration of Colour and Afro-Colombian Identity (narrated by Joe Galbraith) (Sounds And Colours)
Cal Jader’s Soy Caribe Mixtape – Love Carnival Sessions
Mr. Toé – Mixtape 028 – Festival Nómade Colombia
Make sure you check out this amazing festival that is currently shaping up in Colombia and getting ready for the 8th-11th December ! With another Nómade meeting in Chile in February 2017. All the info you need can be found on: http://www.festivalnomade.cl/
Two very big names in the industry have come together on this remix. You can feel the very warm, dubby bassline from Negro Dub which brings this cumbia to its true colours. Then we have the king of the cumbia and his accordion with this very unique sound and way of giving us the latin American feeling.
Swindle – Connecta Ft. Ricardo China
For my 2nd choice this month I wanted to bring one of my favorite producers from the last 3 years to the table. SWINDLE is a true underground veteran and keeps on lighting us with his UK bass music hits and then takes the time to produce beautiful pieces such as this one. His production is always very based on those tight drums and a very deep bass sound. You can feel the London vibe coming straight at ya!
Eyeunle: guiro para change – America afroindigena label
Here we have a very authentic and rooted cumbia sound with proper traditional instruments. I absolutely love this song. Not my traditional selection but when it comes to music made with such respect and truthfulness to its roots I just cannot stop getting inspired by its sound and spirituality. Out on the label America Afroindigena please go and get yourself this masterpiece on soundcloud for free!
Loko Bono – Sistema beat Andino Steppa remix:
Now you might know or not know that I come from the Dub scene and I truly love this music. Cumbia came along a long time after I started this love of music J So when the master Loko Bono comes forward to present us this Steppa masterpiece I just couldn’t control myself. I had to mix it and remix it for almost a whole night! The production is very nice and has totally managed to get to that Hard Steppa style, but for me what breaks it down is the vocal. This voice is truly a blessing from the sky.
Yo me Llamo Cumbia radio show – Tribilin Sound
So this is not the first time I share one of these podcasts and really they are all amazing J
I wanted to bring this one out because of two tracks which stood out for me. First of all the Loko Bono remix mentioned above and then the unreal track by Tribilin Sound called X E*vax – Hijas! It is a half breed of Cumbia and Juke together with a totally twisted melody pon top. Really dig the man´s work recently getting into more bassline vibes.
Shushupe – sarayacu taricaya ep:
Now listen to this kick and bassline starting this track. Fabulous track with those acid melodies coming in. I cannot stress enough how amazing the production for this EP is – very very potent indeed. I think this type of EP has a place within the tropical world but also on many other fronts such as Minimal techno – or even disco. Really clever and ear pleasing piece of music!
El Cifickzer X El Kombo Kolombia – El chavo banda se siente relajado (Hnry X Sonidero Sabotaje Edit):
Once again I mention the Rebajado Mix crew, Hnry and El Cifickzer I know J But honestly I think I´m developing an addiction to cumbia rebajada and well they just do real good works these days and it seems they are not here to stop. So we can hear the original vibes to this track by El Cifickzer and then those slight kicks coming in by Hnry! Really nice and smooth cumbia we have here for everyone to enjoy free of charge so go run tell your friends!
Rebel up ! Soundclash – Andres Landero – Rosa y Mayo (Rebel Up! Duckfood Remix):
Would you like some bassline cumbia for your ears ? Well if you have some huge bass sound system en casa please turn it up!!! This version by Rebel Up Soundclash of a classic cumbia is a real sound system artillery. Big ups and we hope they carry one bring in on some nice remixes or even original Cumbia tracks!
Now this all time player has come to us with a track that reminds me of a Totty style cumbiaton! Real nice groove on this one helped by this accordion and those breaks within the tune. You can also hear those samples coming in everywhere as the song plays which gives a real nice originality to the beats!
Cal Jader – Movimientos Nueva Colombia mix:
London Calling ? No its Colombia calling J
The mastermind behind the mighty events “Movimientos” has just landed in Colombia a few days ago from what I know and to promote his stay he delivered this sublime mixtape. I know this is the end of summer but for Mr Jader it seems winter doesn’t exist ! Special request on his travels!
Larry SKG : SmallFall – Jungler (Marimba Remix)
Getting to the end of my selection for this month but I couldn’t let you go before mentioning this amazing piece of music. I had never heard of SKG before, a producer from Greece. He has nailed it with this remix. I love the Marimba instruments and love this really ill sound he has blended with it. I´m sure a lot of music will come out from this very talented producer so keep your ears out.
And to finish off this real good month of Cumbia I wanted to introduce you to this band. It’s a duo, a very loco guy and a lovely female accordionist. Let’s say the guy goes by the name of Chongo Reinhardt and the lady of “ I mas”. Together, they form the all mighty Moonanga! We have had the pleasure of spending lots of time with them this summer and trust me they are full of new sounds and treasures coming out. Here is a presentation mix they made filled of classic and twisted dancefloor killers.
Part of a new remix LP on Tropic-all, this cumbia remix by Sonido Satanas delivers on all levels. Classic Mexican vocals combine with catchy synths and instruments and a groovy bassline in great style. Good tune for the dancefloor, arriba la bebida!
Lascivio Bohemia – La Visherita Flashera
Lascivio bohemia features again for a brand new electro cumbia release, la Visherita Flashera. A very organic buildup is followed by some more “villera style” electronic synths and leads to an eery, spooky drop. This is a great mix of potent sounds and has a very original side.
DJ Caution – Hot Steppa
This new offering from DJ Caution is red hot. A very sexy electro cumbia, dancehall inspired stomper, it brings great vibes whenever it plays. Badboy pitched down vocals ride a carribean, tropical drum beat while an amazing accordeons spices things up. Tune!
Pinduca — Mistura de Carimbó com Ciranda (iZem’s Tropical Discoteq Special Fix)
Izem presents a cool Little edit of a original brazilian gem. Heavy shakers, a sweet cumbia groove and a catchy melody bring this number into 2016. This is very fresh and very tropical.
The Rebel – Cumbia Dub
This little nugget carries its name perfectly, and manages to build an old school 70´s dub feeling into the drums with tasty guiros over the top. A classic dub bassline and some swirling synths round the track off. Big up!
Dunkelbunt – Duck Polk
I don´t think I had ever seen Dunkelbunt, Balkan and swing legend, make a entry into the cumbia scene. This is forthcoming on his album and is certainly an original beat. Just like the previous tune, this rides that fine line between cumbia and dub perfectly. The acid guitar sounds absolutely amazing – it will trip you out.
Thanks for listening and reading and see you next month!
WHITE TALLS is electronic project formed by Estefi Spark (F.L.O.W Altas Wachas) on vocals, Tropikore (Le Ronca) on programming and post-production and Cristian Del Negro (Faauna) on programming and vocals.
Since Hernan Ambrogi, a.k.a.Makina, left Amsterdam to move back to his home country Argentina, he hasn’t sit still. After four years of silence as a producer, spent to focus more on live projects, he is back with a breathtaking, sophisticated EP that fuses moving soundscapes and hypnotising drums with acoustic bandoneons, traditional percussion and mesmerising folkloric guitars.
The album is described as a journey into the inner world, a place where intimacy reaches its most intense form, a reflection on who we are from the perspective of an inhabitant of Buenos Aires. The music truly resonates with the cover design, showing the overwhelming vastness of the ocean. The inner world is much like the Atlantic on the shores of Buenos Aires, always just around the corner, yet truly realising it’s depths and howling magnificence can be frightening. And like the waves in port into the South American continent, our whirling inner world carries the testimonies of the histories that shaped us, including the suppressed ones, the restless waves that keep beating against at our convulsively fortified quays when we are alone. How else could I but immediately bring to mind Moro‘s San Benito EP, which uses the exact same metaphor, not for personal introspection but to confront Argentina as a whole with a gruesome chapter in its history: the systematic erasure of the African part of its national identity. Makina, in his own way, reconnects the indigenous with the African heritage, by means of cumbia and dembow influenced techno breaks, undeniably sharing in African origin.
Beyond that, the emotion breathing throughout the album is one of passionate connection. The inner world manifests itself as a resevoir of glowing sparks, wandering like lonely fireflies in a barren void, longing to be drawn into a tender tango with sparks from other inner worlds. This intimate sharing is the essence of poetry, expressed so touchingly by the Argentinian folk singer Atahualpa Yupangui in the track ‘La Universalidad del Ser’: the art of communicating existence itself, on all levels: intellectual, emotional and bodily. In that way, the introspective meditation evolves into a tantric dance of love-making.
The acoustic instruments were recorded by Makina himself, together with an international group of collaborating artists in Buenos Aires and in Amsterdam.
Over here, the weather is slowly starting to get better and when sun feels warm on your skin for the first time of the year, you know festival season will be there sooner than you think. Time for a teaser roundup with the first hot summer tunes that I’m really feeling. I tried to draw stuff from some different corners of music, varying between dancehall, EDM and the avant-garde club – already-famous as well as lesser known stuff.
The spotlight is on the dissappearing gap between bass & club flavours and vocal songs, not just in the realm of watered-down pop music but now everywhere between the mainstream and the deepest underground. True, the divide is artificial to begin with. As Gaika said in the not-yet-published Sonic Acts interview: dub, dancehall and hiphop are very digital genres where a separation between electronic productions and vocal songs has never existed. But the growing number of collabs where producers team up with vocalists to create songs opens up exciting new possibilities that we will definitely hear back in this year’s sound.
The track has been out for about a month already but last week they released the long promised music video. KD Soundsystem (f.k.a. Kuddedieren) from Haarlem and the Ghent based crew Soul Shakers are both pioneers in the terrain between global urban & bass rhythms, dancehall and reggae and accessible mainstream party vibes. Easily compared to Major Lazer or Buraka Som Sistema but, I would say, much more interesting and diverse in style. For their freshest hit, they teamed up with the formation ZwartWerk from Mechelen, who fuse the sounds of afrobeats & kuduro with Dutch rap. ‘Met Mij Mee’ is the best example of how sounds & approaches (tropical bass, EDM, urban mainstream dancehall, rap) that were still totally different worlds a few years ago, are coming together and shaping the popular sound of today.
DJ FASTA has been pushing this fusion since the beginning. His music is the quintessence of the sound that is heating up dance floors all over the clubs in the Netherlands. Especially now the influence of bigroom and American pop-deephouse is fading away, moombahton and afrohouse are now dominating in the urban-eclectic scene. His new banger ‘Soundboy’ together with DJ Superior, released this week, is one we will definitely hear all over the clubs and festivals this summer.
In the avant-garde club underground, this track has already achieved absolute anthem status in the two months it has been out. But this is one, like many of the NAAFI edits and tracks from the likes of Murlo, that have the potential reach much wider audiences this year. The incredibly catchy melody is the most perfect mainstream entrance into experiencing the unique conceptual texture designs – this one feels like the sonic representation of a lubricant gel substance – that make this kind of music so fantastic.
The Egyptian-Canadian rapper, RnB & dancehall artist Ramriddlz is an important newcomer who has been drawn into the spotlights last year by none other than Drake. I stumbled upon this banger through a repost and was immediately hooked on the vibrant blend of future-dancehall and OVO-esque cloudiness. Judged by the number of plays, likes and reposts, this track is already massive but it could and probably will become even bigger. I could totally see it reach absolute hit status, with a VEVO video. Hopefully we’ll hear this all over the place very soon.
Dotorado is back with a brand new banger, that came online just today. Since his eclectic Maluku EP, he has continued his multi-genre explorations with tracks ranging from dubstep-drill-kuduro fusions to kizomba ballads. But now he is back with the signature-sound that made him famous. #Afro-melodico is ready to evolve into a promising subgenre that combines the rhythmical subtlety of afrohouse, the explosive energy of kuduro and the epicness of popular hiphop and EDM. ‘My Song’ is the ultimate successor track to ‘African Scream’: a natural anthem with the potential to grow even bigger.
Gualtiero and Ray Mautar are names I’ve mentioned since the very beginning of my blogging time at Generation Bass and later again in my monumental moombahton zombie series. I’ve been enthusiastic about them ever since because they are, among several other important names, keep showing that the Dutch urban club sound that evolved out of bubbling, is still very much alive. The influence of Munchi is obvious, but it’s fascinating to see how subtly but deeply different Munchi is interpreted here, compared to most of moombahton out there. Loud and blunt, but nothing like bigroom house or festival trap, staying true to the roots in oldschool dancehall with a rawness that reminds of the original Portuguese underground. With ‘Panya’, the Dutch underground has fully embraced moombahton as its own and from that point, it can only get better.
Back in 2010, MC Nino collaborated with the influential crew K-Liber4life on the kizomba ballad ‘Geen Stress‘ that became a big hit on Curaçao. His dembow banger ‘Mi Kier Bo’, with Prince Maiki, was again an excitement on the Antilles in 2013. That’s why it’s extra exciting to see him join forces with Gabriel Rowano, still of of the most underrated producers in the area of mainstream oriented global bass. Rowano himself too has made a style switch over the recent years, from oldschool trance inspired, emotional moombahton to a more catchy, accessible party sound, ready for the big clubs and festivals. Big chance you will hear this around in the coming months, especally in the Netherlands. The long announced music video will be also released soon.
Yet another banger from the Dutch scene. Stiekz-o-matic is a new but already surprisingly established name I’ve somehow never blogged before. He became more active on soundcloud since a year ago, right at the time when I was getting fully consumed by the avant-garde club scene, at the expense of other things. I realise that’s a pity because in the mean time I’ve been missing out on the shift in the Dutch underground towards a blend of afrobeats, dancehall and moombahton. What strikes me most in this fresh collab with the eclectic EDM duo Dutch Flavourz are the synths: refreshingly different from the long worn-out lazer squeeks, yet electrifying and catchy. Combined with the vocals in papiamento by MC Roke makes ‘No Caba’ one of the most innovative moombahton tracks I’ve heard year. Add this to your sets and spread the new sound of the Dutch underground everywhere this summer!
Maxx Gallo, a vocalist and producer from Los Angeles who early on developed his catchy, vocal interpretation of tribal guarachero back during the heydays of the genre in a way that is much more underground than the 3BALLMTY’s pop hits, and at the same time much more subtle and accessible than the heavy peppered Texan sound. His newest release is part of the multi-genre ‘Electronica Global EP‘ by the Monterrey based label Worldwide, with tracks from Erick Jaimez, Yelram Selectah, Wost, Noizekid and El Catorce. ‘Equipo’ is a lush and sultry track that blends the summer-night atmosphere of deephouse with sensual vibe cumbia and dembow and the characteristic urban-latin underground flavour that makes Maxx Gallo a very promising artist, not just for 3ball or cumbia but in the current reinvention of Latin music as a whole.
Another deep, even more soulful tune here from none other than Ricky Vaughn, freshly uploaded on his new soundcloud channel after his old one apparently got taken down by Soundcloud. ‘The One Tonight’ is a unique track, combining the breezy beach flavours not only with an esquisite dembow beat but also with some of the ethereal, even angelic atmosphere found in sad and vapor trap. Whereas last year, there was a great divide between on the one hand great, exciting innovations remaining exclusively avant-garde and on the other hand the big bulk of accessible mainstream music stuck in its own commercial staleness. Tracks like ‘The One Tonight’ give me the feeling that this year, innovation and the potential to reach wider audiences will go ever more hand in hand.
The fantastic things that the Mexico City based bass formation Ghetto Kids has done for the popularity of global bass in Mexico, integrated with the homegrown sounds of 3ball and cumbiaton is something we’ve praised many times before. This year teamed up for the first time with a member of the famous 3BALLMTY, Dj Otto, for a perreo stomper that fuses the best of oldschool dembow, moombahton and Mexico City’s cumbiaton.
I preserved this one for the end… Nothing works better for a track to become an anthem than an incredibly catchy melodic hook that people on the dancefloor wil recognise immediately. This easy-listening banger from the Aalen (Germany) based global bass producer DjK-ev has everything to give it this effect on the dancefloor: the dancey chords, the flute and of course the delicious Indian sitar. With enough exposure and momentum, ‘India Takata’ can be THE summer hit of 2016!
Punto Rojo which translates as “Red Dot” is the new project of Adrian Lopardo and as the label says:
“In mixtures reflects the explosive combination of Roots contrast of modern rhythms, Afro-Latinos and urban beats using sounds wrapped with a powerful Groove. Since the end of 2014 currently writes notes on the blog CumbiaDub.com.
Currently he is integrating the Family Records Wakan Tanka, consisting of La Dame Blanche, Los Reyes de la Costa, El Barba Dub and El Hijo de la Cumbia.”
I haven’t heard a mixtape as hot as this emanating from the so called old skool “Global Bass” scene for quite some time. This is absolute Fyah!
01 Pie de hierro
02 Grito al sol
03 Veneno de serpiente
04 Sed de camello
05 Country jungle
06 Dembow rabioso
07 Acordeon del diablo
08 Baile en el manicomio
09 Sonriendo (Final Feliz)
Produccion musical: Adrian Lopardo Aka Punto Rojo
produccion ejecutiva: Wakan Tanka Records
Mastering: Emiliano Gomez
If you’re new to the blog then a Cumbia Rebajada is basically slowing down the beat of a Cumbia and here’s an awesome new mix by one of my new fave selectors from Mexico, Loris who pays her dues to this style of Cumbia.
Cumbia sobre el mar – El Búho (Edit)
Quimey Neuquen (Chancha Via Circuito remix) – Jose Larralde
Caracol (Chancha Via Circuito remix) – Tremor
Captain Planet – S.S Esfahan (Thornato remix)
Tecolotin – El Búho
Cumbia Malandra – Cholofonics
Cactus – COCOTAXI
Ch’uwa yaku kawsaypuni (Nicola Cruz Remix) – Luzmila Carpio
Yolanda (El Búho Remix) – Emir Buscon
La subienda (El Búho Remix) – Gabriel Ochoa
Luz de Cumbia (Loris Rebajado Edit) – Anibal Velasquez y Su Conjunto
Agradezco a Andrés Ramírez y David Echeverría por tanto conocimiento musical 🙂
Andrew Weatherall is indeed a legend of the UK music scene and he has just dropped this awesome mix for the Phonica Mix series. He has also done an interview to accompany the mix which you can read HERE.
The mix includes some really trippy & eclectic stuff from cumbia & jazz through to slow-mo Patrick Cowley cuts, afro rhythms from William Onyeabor and mid 80’s cold wave from Nagamatzu. I’m loving this.
01. Patrick Cowley – Cat’s Eye
02. Los Gaiteros De San Jacinto – Fuego De Cumbia Dub De Sangre Pura
I hope you get the joke in the title but that aside, this is a cracking and beautiful mixtape that this US DJ & Producer of mixed Indian/Columbian heritage has delivered for Mishthi Music. This has perfectly complimented my Saturday afternoon! It even includes some Electro-Qawali!
Maieli is one of the new generation of “Brown Power People” who are due to be making a mark in the scene alongside peeps like DJ Haram, 8ulentina, Foozool, Otina and many others and so keep a watch out, it’s already catching on. I think one of their main sources of inspiration comes from powerful & established players in the scene like Future Brown, Nguzunguzu & Fatima Al Qadiri amongst others.
And of course this mixtape is not “exotic” for GB readers but it might be for the likes of Red Bull lol!
Here’s what Mishthi Music have to say:
Time to ring in 2016 with an amazing tropical desi mix by Los Angeles DJ Maieli! For our sixth installment of our Mishthi Music Mixtape series, Maieli digs into her Colombian and Indian roots to create a mix that swirls Desi dance with hip shaking Latin sounds. The mix heavily features the lyrical talents of Horsepowar – for whom DJ Maieli produces beats for. Pulling tracks from the deeper sounds of Raxster, Adil Omar, Sikh Knowledge and as well as mixing in some classic filmi samples, this mixtape brings it hard.
Maieli – Untitled (Unreleased)
Timbaland ft. Magoo – Indian Flute (Pepeflinco Reggaeton Remix)
Sabo & Cassady – La Curura Remix
Maieli – Indo-Rain
DJ ANTZ – Don’t Taal ‘Em
Jai Matt ft. Dr. Srimix – Don’t Tell ‘Em (Dhol Remix)
Maieli – Last Call
Sikh Knowledge – Drunk Ali Khan
Aazar – Masala
Mahendra Kapoor vs. Uproot Andy – Sada Vasda Raje Punjab (Rafael Aragon RMX)
Horsepowar – Eyebrows on Fleek (prod by Maieli)
Shreya Ghoshal – Barso Re (from Guru) (Intangible Remix)
Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons – Lovers’ Eyes (Mohe Pi Ki Najariya)