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Model: Rosa Leyva, from the Peruvian cumbia girlband Vanessa y las Tremendas de la Cumbia

Cumbia is very sexy music. It sounds obvious, but when I checked out Munchi’s fantastic Cumbia XXX EP again for Munchi Day, I thought it the perfect chance to show why this weekly roundup is called SEXXY in the first place!

There was so much cumbia this week that I didn’t manage to finish it all yesterday. But I hope you’re still in that Munchi-vibe. Because nothing in the world is more ‘SEXXY CUMBIA’ than Munchi’s cumbia-XXX EP: 5 unique, crazy tunes, where cumbia meets 3ball, dembow and, above all, porn! Man, this is totally legendary already after 4 years! POW !!

When he released this, Sexxy Saturday Cumbia was just starting to become a regular thing and still had to become the tradition that it is today. Sometimes it was written with a tripple XXX, sometimes it was not cumbia but, well, QUMBIA.. I haven’t seen the variation SAXXY Saturday cumbia yet tho.. but this looks kinda awesome! Should actually do it soon!

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The intense sexxyness of cumbia, pretty much on par with reggaeton, challenged only by baile funk and stripclub twerk-rap (maybe). But it has deep roots in the aesthetics of Latin American popular music. Nothing new really. In fact the girls in the vids have hardly changed, only traditionally-looking greying men with accordions have been replaced with guys in their 20s with the newest fashionable baseball caps and sneakers.

This song from the late 90s from the Colombian singer Gabriel Romero is pretty much the visual style of a lot of popular cumbia that has been around at least since the 70s..

Now compare this with this fresh new release from the Argentinian urban-cumbiaton artist El Apache Ness that came out this week.. Get this banger here for your latin sets this summer!!

And for who’s not such a fan of the formula ‘men performing, surrounded by a bunch of titties ‘n ass’, in the Andean countries, glamourous cumbia-pop girlbands, are immensely popular! This is a live performance from last year of the group Vanessa y las Tremendas de la Cumbia!

When looking for dance-tutorials for the Monterrey-style cumbia last week, this popped up in my suggestions list and just wanted to share it. ‘Cumbia Callera’ is an award-winning arthouse movie from 2008 that tells the story of a sex-addicted, socially retarded upper-class nerd who becomes obsessed with a seXXy barrio-queen from Monterrey’s characteristic cumbia-subculture. If you manage to sit through an almost unbearable amount of skillfully built-up awkwardness, it is a pretty brilliant, artistic and enjoyable movie with great soundtracks from the king of Monterrey’s cumbia, Celso Piña. Definitely a must-watch for every transnational bass fan!

But let’s move on to the mixtapes now!

The weekly mix for Regional Label is delivered each week by another heavyweight of the nu-cumbia scene. This week Yelram Selectah befalls the honour! Of course Yelram wouldn’t be himself if he hadn’t done it in his own unique way. This eclectic mix of different transnational bass flavours like moombahton, zouk bass and trap takes cumbia to a whole next level ! A great bunch of Generation Bass’ favourites are featured in these 45 minutes of tropical madness, from the Tijuana border right into your speakers !!

Exta Machine has a created a second soundcloud acount recently which I didn’t follow yet. That’s why I missed this nice mixtape last week with mainly tracks from his own oeuvre.. always proudly presented by ‘Los Machines’!

https://soundcloud.com/extadj/25-minutos-de-pura-cumbia-exta

On the lookout for new stuff I discovered KayGee, a French-British nu-cumbiambero living in Spain. For fans of the more organic approach to nu-cumbia  this will definitely be  the ultimate chill Sunday-afternoon listen! You can spot Censo Piña’s soundtrack of the above posted movie in this mix..

https://soundcloud.com/kaygee_discosduros/un-gringo-y-una-cumbia-en-un

We’ve got again one EP release this week, but a fantastic one !!

QTZLCTL, nam after Quetzalcoatl, the feathered-serpent god from prehispanic Meso-American mythology, is a new transnational bass collective and label that focuses on deep, organic and funky tribal/tropical bass. This week they released the newest EP from El Búho, with 3 absolutely delicious tracks: two original mixes and a remix by QTZLQLCTL‘s own Nicola Cruz, from Ecuador!

For the single releases I continue with Erick Jaimez, whom I often blog at the end because of the ‘closing banger’-energy in his style.. But no need for a club warming-up on a Sunday afternoon so now I’ll start with this right away!

released four new cumbia tracks, plus a 3ball one that will be part of the first next 3ball roundup I’ll post..

But here now, four times Erick Jaimez at his best, from downtempo to uptempo, and with just the right amount of trap and ‘crunk’!!

https://soundcloud.com/erickjaimez/erick-jaimez-siempre-la-pi-e

https://soundcloud.com/erickjaimez/small-crunk-cumbia-mix-free-dl

https://soundcloud.com/erickjaimez/erick-jaimez-maiz

https://soundcloud.com/erickjaimez/pegao-erick-jaimez-crunk

Of all my favourite cumbia producers, Malefics is one I easily overlook as a blogger constantly bombarded with the newest stuff every day. His previous release is from almost half a year ago and I just re-listened the rest of his list and realised again how unique his style is. ‘Dumbia’, a rougher form of electronic cumbia, and ‘post brutalism’ an eclectic mix of many other underground sounds. Especially his experimentation with metal vibes and vocals is amazing. All these elements again come together in this new song: ‘Moskito’.

There are few things that make me so happy as encountering cumbia, or something that sounds a lot like cumbia, outside the transnational bass scene. Not every reader of SSC may know HEFTY. But you do know that darker styles of music are my second love after transnational bass. And dark techno is definitely on that list. HEFTY is a quite famous name in the world of dark techno. This week he released a ‘spooky downtempo’ tune.. but when I heard that percussion, with a delicious cumbia syncope in it, combined with a more Middle-Eastern kinda sound, my mind was blown!  ‘The Enemy Within’ is DEFINITELY my favourite track of this week! Grab it for free and play this in all your digital cumbia, zouk-bass or Arabtronics sets!!

https://soundcloud.com/hefty/hefty-the-enemy-within-90bpm

Now we’re on a slow-dark trip, I also had to share this tune, which I escaped my radar a couple of weeks back, from the Mexican experimental acid-cumbia artist MareaBoba: ‘Remolinos Chinos’, (“Chinese Cyclones”)!

Dj Caution blew my mind yesterday with this absolutely fantastic, mysterious-deep Andes-cumbia track!

https://soundcloud.com/dj-caution-3/alma-vieja

And Dj Sitlaly from Mexico did this mysterious-deep tune, spiced up with some vintage-vibe erotica sounds. I’ve blogged a couple of these kind of tracks now over the last months and this seems to be a whole new style, with the synth-organ and oldskool synth-vox sounds. I’ll dive deeper into this for next time!

https://soundcloud.com/sitlaly/corazon-reluciente

Etoro, a transnational bass and electronica label based in London, will release an acid bass next week featuring, among other things, one clearly cumbia-flavoured track.. I’ll keep you updated about the release, but here you can already enjoy the preview!

This underground-acid stuff often comes very close to an 8-bit kinda vibe.. For chiptune fans there is also this brilliant, minimalistic 8-bit cumbia experiment from Sonora Rumbatron, the ideal soundtrack for a nostalgic Sunday afternoon with a good old retro-game on your smartphone!

Last week we already saw how powerful a cumbia sonidera groove can be when spiced up with heavy bass sounds. This new release from the cumbia bass formation La Furia con Lujuria, from Oaxaca Mexico, is another excelent example with here too, extensive use of retro-futuristic gameboy-bleeps!

Nostalgia can come in different forms.. going back to 90s digitalism is one thing, but lying down in the smoky, loungy vintage sounds of 50s/60s oldskool soul-blues is on a whole different level. Turbo Sonidero Futurístico helps you to do just that, with this delicious cumbification of Donnie Elbert’s first hit ‘What Can I Do’.. ‘Que Puedo Hacer?’!

https://soundcloud.com/turbosonidero/que-puedo-hacer

El Infamoso Dj Gecko announces that this passionate ‘kumbia editada’ tune will be his last free release. Of course his tracks are worth paying for but for and we will of course continue to promote his stuff.. But for now, grab this for free!

https://soundcloud.com/djgecko77/kumbia-de-las-bandas-editada

And Dj Rayo from Argentina is planning to take some tracks off his soundcloud list to work some more on them and also upload more mixtapes instead. As a preparation, he already gave us this short snippetmix from his own work!

https://soundcloud.com/colombianfreemix/colombian-free-mix-sound-mix

Sonido Negro is another remixer from Argentina whom I didn’t know before making this post. This is his newest release, spicing up sampled cumbia with a heavy energetic kick. If you’re into quite traditionally sounding edited stuff, the kind of cumbia that is often written with a ‘K’, you can download his whole, extensive list for free!

https://soundcloud.com/sonido-negro/mujer-endemoniada_koly-arce_s

No club preparation to do, but still I preserved a couple of euphoric bangers for the end of the post…

Starting with the Madrid-based Guatemalan tropicalist Meneo. His track reminded me that three days ago (20 March) was the International Day of Happiness. It may be because in Holland people are not so much into these kinds of international days, don’t know why.. but it just all passed me for some reason. But here a special, happiness-inducing cumbiaton banger.., accompanied by a crazy, arty music video..



More massive cumbiaton from Yordan Flex Mexico in collaboration with Dj Kano Mix.. This is extra dope because it’s a transition from Mexico City-style cumbiaton to moombahton !!

https://soundcloud.com/yordan-moombahton/el-gusanito-dj-kano-mix-and

Cumbiaton from Argentina is also represented with this new track from DJ TAO!

On his other Soundcloud account he uploaded this powerful dubstep remix of his own cumbiaton tune ‘Fumando Pasto‘! Not exactly cumbia but a still the perfect addition to any cumbia or transnational bass sets!!

But the happiest dancefloor bangers of this week come from Exta Machine, with this excellent remix of the nu-ska-reggae song ‘We Are Many’ from the French transnational band Zompa Family..

https://soundcloud.com/e-xtadj/zompa-family-exta-machine-mx

..and from The AlfreDJ Project who did three fantastic, super-catchy pop-cumbifications of this week:

Of Flo-Rida ft. Pitbull‘s ‘Can’t Believe It’..

https://soundcloud.com/dj-alfre/cant-believe-it-cumbiadigita

..of the official Latin remix of ‘Blurred Lines’, featuring J Balvin..

..and of the ultimate 90s summer-tune, Inner-Circle‘s ‘Sweat’ !!

That was it for this week !

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