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SEXXY SATURDAY CUMBIA WITH LA SELVA – HERE WE GO WITH THE MARCH EDITION
As usual, it is a pleasure to present March´s edition of Sexxy Saturday Cumbia. An incredible variety of incarnations of cumbia await below – cumbialistic sounds abound this month, from the most natural to the strangest you will hear in a while, organic bands as well as dirty electronic beats. It´s a true delight to realise that we keep discovering new names and new influences, and that cumbia keeps on surprising us week after week.
Silly Tang selected:
Julio Inti – Afrolatinbass Venenosa Vol6
I wanted to start my monthly selection with an amazing selection from Julio Inti. A big producer from Paris who has been bringing real freshness to the scene. This mix boasts a good range of new and old sounds, and especially contains a track from my hermano Coconutah!
Culemba – Nunca Pares De Explorar
Here we have an AMAZING new project coming out of Spain which my good mate Sr Luftansa is part of. A group called Culemba, composed of instrument players and digital beat makers. The sound coming out from this group for me is a real grower! They really take so many influences I love it. From dubby beginnings with a hint of chicha guitar and a groovy bassline. Amazing song, big ups familia!
Coconutah – No No No Remix
Here it is! I have been hearing this badboy tune for sound checks and mixdown checks but it has finally arrived here and as a free download! My selvatic brother the all mighty Coconutah drops this killer dancefloor tune juste as the sun starts to shine here in Madrid. What to say very addictive sample to start with, a very complex drum pattern which could remind us of some of the trap snares coming out these days, and sublime horns as backing. Big up my main man!
KayGee – Tropical Sucio mix
This is the dark side of my second main man and all round player Kaygee man dem ! This fine mix was recorded in our studio for a live session. I really dig the futuristic touch that runs through this selection. I think Kaygee has gone far, the mix is well designed and titghly assembled. I personally love Kaygee´s darker side !
A Toda Madre – Tumba (Caballito Netlabel)
Here we have it, the fine EP brought to us by caballito by the legendary Atodamadre ! Some very experimental tunes which have a balanced influence of tropical and cumbia – this could make any mental patient normal again ? I really dig how everytime the badman from Donostia looks to reach new heights and is not scared of breaking boundaries. This very dark and atmospheric tune could remind us of the beginnings of DMZ or NAFFI. Big ups pirata!
Nazar – Tyranny (Track Meet)
Now what do we have here? A cumbia hybrid brought to us by the very fine producer called Nazar, a track titled Tyranny. As you have probably noticed over the months, I love fusional music that brings essences of cumbia and other darker electronic music. This track is a HIT ! Some very acidy parts and a constant drum pattern followed by a hefty bassline. A delicious piece.
Grita – Drog 16 – Club Súper Sol Mixtapes
Mmmmmmezclada y editada en el estudio de Club Super Sol en Granada. This mixtape has the dark and obscure vibe that hits me deep within. It is a blend of cumbia, electro, reggaeton and porn, all in one to make you sweat, have sex or dry in the sunlight. Very very interesting selection coming at us from El Drog!
Los Gaiteros De San Jacinto – La Cumbia Es Pa’ Gozar
Mathias aka Galletas Calientes who is a legendary Dj and label owner from france but now residing in Colombia has brought us this magnificient piece of vinyl on Galletas Calientes his own label. Such a pure and original vintage cumbia sound, this is a piece of plastic which will go very fast so try and get your copy asap!!!
Tremenda Jauría – Esta noche
To finish my selection, I wanted to bring to your attention the band called Tremanda Jauria. They have been rocking Madrid and the whole of Spain, and I´m pretty sure they are about to rock a town very near you very soon! This clip is from their track called Esta noche, a pure cumbiadelic tune with gorgeous vocals and a really nice post production sound. Big up guys !
Jin Yerei – Foráneo, Calido, Pasmoso (Fertil Discos)
I have slowly been discovering Jin Yerei’s sounds here and there, and just got completely englobed into them with this album, which came out as Fertil Discos’ fifth instalment. I love travelling through music and this has taken me straight from my desk in Madrid to an incredible journey through dense, atmospheric and mystical rainforest paths. All the sounds are so deep, and so well produced. It’s a real pleasure to listen to the entire album as a whole.
Rodrigo Gallardo – Agua De La Tierra (Pata De Perro Rmx)
I am a big fan of the original tune, and a big fan of Pata de Perro, so this was just perfect for me; Pata de Perro has made a wicked groovy and dubby version of it ! They have kept most of the actual tune and added their dubbed out touch and instruments to it and it works really well. I have seen a few videos of the band in Mexico and would really love to hear and see all this live. Make sure to check out their soundcloud page where you can find two other new tunes, as well as a great ‘Buenaventura Mixtape’ !
Lulacruza – Orcas Remixed Vol. 3 (Black Swan Sounds)
It’s becoming a habit and I love it: once a month for the past few months, we have been getting new remixes of Lulacruza’s Orcas album, and this month, they have done it again, with remixes from Desert Dwellers, San Ignacio, Brian Mayhall, and El Remolon. The diversity found in all these remixes is insane. I was actually surprised to see Desert Dwellers appear here, and was really happy when I heard their remix of Uno Resuena. Enjoy!
Lulacruza – Uno Resuena
And while we’re talking about Lulacruza, here’s a new video clip. This tune deserved it’s own video clip. Love it !
Duli – Litoral Ep (La Chimba Discos)
This was completely new to me and what a great surprise ! Andean Bass with heavy guiros, and even heavier kicks, in some kind of psychedelic digital chicha space machine. Take all that and add some fat basslines and you get it ! It’s amazing, and these synths are just banging ! And to top it up, you can enjoy a dembow remix by El Buga, as well as the Inti Kunza Tropical Austral Dub Remix.
History of Colour – Calidoso (Shika Shika)
We had the pleasure of enjoying El Buho and Barrio Lindo’s first collaboration in their project ‘History of Colour’ a few years back with their release on ZZK Records, and now they’re back with another EP, ‘Calidoso’, and it’s one beautiful journey “inspired by slow-dance and flitting between andean folk, marimba, electronica and organic sounds.” (Shika Shika). They have created a great project together, in which both of their sounds, vibes and production touches get together to create the unique atmosphere found in this EP.
The digital download is free but if you want to grab this release on Vynil, please support their campaign and reserve your advanced copy: https://qrates.com/artists/shika.shika/items/11661?show_complete=true#
And while we’re talking about Barrio Lindo, check out this video: “a visual representation” of his Kayak Break EP: https://vimeo.com/158534959
Magico Gonzalez – Pc Futbol (Caballito Netlabel)
Not much is known about Magico Gonzalez, but he has just landed on Caballito’s Netlabel with some heavy Chip Tune Cumbia Bass business ! The whole thing is really interesting, there’s no other way to put it: he mixes typical PC sounds with fat 8bit beats and electronic mayhem and it works! The whole Ep goes from cumbia to reggaeton, with a bit of tribal, merengue, and dubstep; but the guiro is always there !!!
Silly Tang Ft Marta Margaix – Cumbia De Calais (Migrant Beat Foundation)
This is our Silly Tang’s input to one hell of a compilation, which was released this month “to raise money and awareness for those in need who have been displaced by war and oppression in their own countries”.
I’m glad to see him throw the Cumbia into the compilation, with a nice deep & progressive approach to his beat! The vocal is perfect!
Silly Tang’s tune is the only Cumbia beat you’ll find on there but please make sure you check the whole compilation out: support the cause and enjoy a wide range of amazing tunes, going from dub to glitch-hop https://migrantbeatfoundation.bandcamp.com/
Sidi Wacho – Salam Wacho
Check them out ! A perfect blend between Cumbia, Balkan and Rap, even though they prefer to describe it as “a popular expression made in Lille (Fr) & Santiago (Cl) with committed texts which ‘sting’ and remind us that “La Lucha Sigue”.
They manage to blend all of the previously mentioned genres so well, and bring it all to life in this video, also promoting the release of their first album !
Having grown up in France and having seen the direction that part of the French music hip hop scene has been taking, I must say I’m really happy to see a French rapper involved in this project ! Saidou , Jeoffrey (MAP), Juanito Ayala, Boris Viande, DJ Antu, Fred “El Pulpo” Savinien are all involved in many other projects but this one is looking tasty !
Candeleros – Chicha y Wanton (Tierra Candela)
Another great band to keep an eye out for right now, and good friends of La Selva, are the Candeleros. Straight outta Madrid, they are ready and eager to make you dance. Here’s an extract from one of their last concerts in Madrid. This song in particular is some kind of journey from Woodstock to Beijing stopping through Colombia & Venezuela; it has it all !
Nicola Cruz – Prender El Alma (ZZK Records)
Enjoy this great psychedelic video of Nicola Cruz’s ‘Prender El Alma’. I’m sure most of you will have listened to this tune many times and will enjoy these visuals to enhance the journey into the andes.
And just in case you missed it, La Yegros’s album has just popped up ! King Coya’s production is really tight, as always ! These guys are going global, they’re spreading the tropical vibes everywhere, making many people aware that this scene actually exists https://www.soundwayrecords.com/Shop/DownloadDetails?rid=SWR_RE_99
Aurita Castillo y su Conjunto – Chambacu (El Buho Rio Edit)
“a trip down a tropical river” sounds about right for this one of several of el Buho´s new edits. Tastefully revisited with his usual dubby touch, this one adds deep, hypnotic jungle atmospheres to the original, all while keeping the original vibes, melodies, and of course that unforgettable flute that doesn´t seem to ever get old.
Real Cumbia Activa (RCA) – La Cumbia De Reynaldo (Original Mix)
Another big dubby cumbia banger, this will go down as well on a sweaty dancefloor at 3:00 in the morning as it will to warm up a festival on the beach in the up and coming season. This is a true electronic cumbia beat and comes along with thumping bass and beats as well as some lovely trippy dubby sounds and fx. Great Style by RCA.
Camanchaca – TC2000 (Tribilin Sound Remix)
Tribilin Sound´s remix of TC2000 from his alter ego touches upon another style of digital cumbia. This is an electronic, techno infused beat from start to finish, and is one of these really progressive, slowly evolving, entrancing riddims. Big atmospheric pads combine with Tribilin´s rythmic guiros and percussions to great effect, taking the listener into a hypnotic roll.
Doña Chona (Los Tioz Edit) (Worldwide Mx)
Newly released on Worldwide from Monterrey, a label in full form at the moment. This is a heavy cumbiaton which starts with a stupendous build-up and drops into moombah cumbia mayhem. Dancefloor rinse out for sure.
Kuppo – Via Lactea (El Buga remix) (Shango Records)
Out on Shango Records, and “Electronic Afrotropicalismo” is what they stand for. It is certainly a catchy term and the music really doesn´t disappoint, in this case a remix by el Buga, “Via Lactea”, a Afro tropical cumbia that showcase some catchy african guitar riffs combined with afro-colombian beats, a great combo!
Xuxa Santamaria – Conquistador (Turbo Sonidero remix)
Big up to Turbo Sonidero for the weird and wonderful beats, in this a remix of “conquistador”. I love it when the guiros kick in, great laid back psychedelic spooky vibe with some brilliant mallet type percussion. The twisted vocals add to the tension and atmosphere, and some dark swirling synths and FX round the tune off. Good trip into the wilderness!
We hope you enjoy the selection and see you next month for some more CUUUUUmmmmbia!