Yesterday, a thread popped up on Facebook about a question that is, I think, troubling all of us: why is music today changing so incredibly fast? For anyone genuinely interested in promoting or producing new sounds and ideas, it can be a true nightmare. The experience comes closest to some absurd action flick: avoiding obstacles on top of a recklessly rumbling train, constantly jumping on board of the next ramshackle bandwagon in order to stay ahead of everybody else. And with a bit of bad luck, you have to fight a couple of epic kung-fu duels at the same time.
So much for extended metaphors. But it makes one wonder where times have gone when genres still had time to built a faithful following, and artists were more concerned with maturing in their own style than with the constantly hounding pressure of the so called ‘next big thing’.
And this is where the secret power of cumbia comes in. Because, Discussing all this with Café de Calaveras yesterday, I realised that the history of nu-cumbia shows why the end of an inflated fad doesn’t need to be the end of the world. Cumbia has been among the focus genres of Generation Bass all the way back to its first start, early in 2009. It’s hard to prove but I would be confident to claim that cumbia has been one of the most stable and consistently blogged genres here. At least, Sexxy Saturday Cumbia has been in existence since May 2009, and, luckily, is still with us today. Going strong as ever.
Some time along the way cumbia too has probably passed through the phase of being labelled ‘the next big thing’. But, especially when you include all the different scenes in different parts of the world, nu-cumbia or whatever label you give it, has remained a dedicated and persistent community of fans and producers. And the constant stream of catchy, carefully crafted and wildly diverse tracks has doubtlessly been a goldmine of inspiration for neighbouring bass genres, whether it is moombahton, zouk bass or even twerk.
That is why we will keep sharing the newest cumbia every Saturday!
Before I open with this week’s mixtape, I couldn’t but share a track that should have been part of in last week’s post, for quite self-evident reasons…
This cumbia remix of Boogat & G-Flux’ ‘Moviembre’ from Superpendejos‘s was only released a couple of days to late to be included..
The mixtape comes from El Timbe, who brands his own style of transnational bass as ‘timberism’. And you know what? Timberism is my thing. It freely moves from reggae-cumbia to cumbimuffin to cumbia edits of famliar bangers. The ideal mixtape to prepare for a fun night out!
Then we go to Yelram Selectah. We haven’t seen new work from him over the last couple of weeks, but now he’s back with at least two new cumbia tracks: a cumbia edit of Alt J’s ‘Fitzpleasure’ and a crazy (very ‘Yelramesque’) Dragonball-Z inspired experiment!
Hydroselekter, whom we saw last week with a cumbiamuffin-villera fusion, makes us happy this week with this extremely laidback reggae-dub-traditionalistic cumbia:
More laidback cumbia-dub comes from Elmulato, with another subtle edit of a cumbia classic.
Stereo Revuelta stays even more faithful to the traditional cumbia vibe, but adds a hiphop sample on top of it.
Good cumbia-hiphop has also been released by the San Luis Potisí based DJ Neber. If you’re a fan of catchy cumbia-hop beats, either with or without rap, these four tracks are a perfect addition to your collection.
Clicking around the fringes of my soundcloud networks I also came across a couple of interesting artists I have never consciously noticed before.
I am especially enthousiastic about Sonido Mamalón‘s downtempo, groovy deep-dub-techno inspired ‘astro cumbia’ track, in collaboration with La Cumbia Lucha.
His slow cumbia-hiphop track ‘Balas Perdidas’, with Mc Agorazein, is a great tune as well.
I also found artists whose latest tracks are a bit older but nevertheless worth bringing under your attention.
Maty Paty y su morciband is/are a still quite unknown cumbia artist (judged by the number of soundcloud followers), about whom the channel gives no further information. Google wasn’t of much help either, unfortunately. But musically this was a great surprise. The music sounds performed and recorded organically with probably a fair deal of improvisation. All of the music is worth listening but this one is my favourite: fusing a romantic, jazzy piano composition with a delicious ‘off the cuff’ cumbia guitar and subtle percussion. Unfortunately the tracks are not up for download.
That is different for the free netlabel Latin Bass Mexico Records, which brings a nice list of cumbia, moombaton, and latin electro tracks. Here the most recent example!
I finish with a couple of bangers to warm up for the club.
The first comes from the Dominican bass producer Mediopicky, known for his contributions to moombahton and one of the most important exponents of mambo-bass. Now he’s released his first cumbia track, with a fair amount of twerk-energy!
What would a Saturday night be without having heard the latest tunes of Erick Jaimez? Well, I won’t let you wait any longer. The choice is between trap and house again, whatever suits your mood best…
And to make the warming up complete, here you’ve the newest ‘bawl along’ song of the Los Angeles based multigenre latin-urban-pop artist Roy Star.
Let me see those hands up in the air yo ! See you all next week !