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.
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.
Silly Tang selected
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)
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.
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!