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Welcome to SEXXY SATURDAY CUMBIA April Edition with la Selva!
It´s almost summer here in Madrid and many other places, so people are getting up and ready to get it on! This calls for an excellent cumbia tracklist to bob along to, so here we go with this month´s selection.
THE SILLY TANG selected:
iLLBiLLY HiTEC ft. Sonido Satanas – Suena
The first track of this month´s Sexy Saturday cumbia is a total hit by absolute hit makers. I have had the pleasure of meeting Sonido Satanas and trust me these guys are the tits. It has also been a while following Illbilly Hitec and all I have for their productions is love and respect. They always produce amazing drum work, and this banger really shows mutual work between the two gangs.
Chucko – Cumbia Pal Body (Original Mix) [ClubSocialTropical]
An excellent Ep brought to us by Club Social Tropical. A very ragga orientated cumbia which drops into a wobble bass. For sure, a dancefloor killer and very tight post production. I had not come across these guys yet, so watch out they are on fire!
Meia-lua – Lord Breu (PRAGATECNO djs)
This is the 2nd time I post on this particular producer and I love the lineal but potent work he does. Lord Bleu ! Oh lord have mercy ! This is a grower and for a sure a very Dj friendly track. For anyone who loves progressive type music this is for you. Real nice track siir ?
Candeleros – Chicha y Wanton (Live Sala Juglar) (Tierra Candela)
Oye oye esos Candeleros ! Our mates Los Candeleros have put up this live version of their first hit single Chicha y Wanton. I particularly like this version as it ends on a sublime dubby outro. Big ups guys lovely live work.
Dazed Dog – Lao Lao
I absolutely love this type of crossbreed music making. Here we have a tight Chilean type intro that breaks into the weirdest and nicest bassline. Dazed dog made this tune free download, so I would suggest to jump on the occasion and grab a bargain banger !
Niggas In Paris Feat YEYO PEREZ (Remix ADRIAN ZA) (Kumbale)
Our brother from Pacha Mama familia, the one and only Secta Selecta brings the hit of this month for me. Featuring our good friend Yeyo Perez, this tune condenses two worlds. The world of Cumbia and the world of Rap music so well. I truly recommend you grab yourself a copy of this marvellous Ep.
Winick – No Comprendo
Our Russian friend Mr Winick loves his darker styles, and this is how we started chatting to each other. On this Ep he presents a proper hybrid of Cumbia which, in all honesty, could just be translated as Russian cumbia styling. Lovely production and very interesting ideas. Check it out !
Taiwan MC – What A Joy (Baja Frequencia remix) (Chinese Man Records)
Here we have the latest remix by the French southerners Baja Frequencia. It’s so hot, it’s very hard to handle ! Trust me daddy! From day one I loved almost all their productions and tracks, and they have gone all out for this DiskoDub Ep remix. Oh what a joy it is to hear this track on repeat 😉
Los Pirañas – Festival Festina Lente discos en *matik-matik*
To finish this month´s selection I wanted to include this live by Los Pirañas. Amazing group which could remind us of The Meridian brothers – or even Los Candeleros. I love the way their band sounds tight but at the same time very laid back. And the entire guitar part just takes me on many journeys ?
Lascivio Bohemia – Afro Andes EP (Edmoon Records)
EP of the month ?! EP of the year ?! If you haven’t heard it, get on it now ! I have had it on repeat for the past 3 weeks, at home, in my car, and when we play out ! Amazing ! I think the great thing about this ep is found in the length and progression of each tune: they never stop evolving, developing and surprising you until the end with new rhythms and broken beats. It’s a powerful experimental electronic trip into the deepness of the Andes ! add some stunning vocals, some Afro touches and a hint of bass and you’re there ! I could go on and on about this EP, I love it, so I simply recommend you hit play and enjoy the while lot. Big ups Edmoon Records & Lascivio Bohemia for this release !
Matanza – Existencia
Ok so this is clearly moving away from the traditional Cumbia, but I am sure a lot of you will enjoy these beautiful sounds as much as I did. Great new tune from Matanza: progressive, organic & tribal journey ! The vocals and the instruments are perfectly accommodated into this deep electronic surrounding. The production is so tight, as always. And to top it off, a remix by Nicola Cruz: proper crunchy business ! (that cowbell is wicked). You can feel his touch adding to the groove whilst keeping the original essence of the tune ! I’m a big fan ! This was announced as the first extract of Matanza’s forthcoming album “Existencia”, so keep your ears open for more sounds !
Lulacruza – Orcas Remixed Vol. 4 (Black Swan Sounds)
For those of you who read this blog on a monthly basis, you will know that it’s a pleasure for me every month to discover 4 new remixes of Lulacruza’s Orcas album (now on Vol 4 of remixes) The first one this month, in Montoya’s hands: boooom ! Proper deep underwater bass business ! So thick and profound ! I can’t wait to hear it on a big sound. That’s another wicked version of ‘Uno Resuena’ to enjoy ! Following a similar chilled vibe, but with less bass, hehe, there’s EVHA remix of ‘Lagunita’: it sounds acoustic and pure ! Really nice. As for Feathericci’s downtempo version of ‘El Agua Abarca’, I really enjoyed the progression in this one – with a nice housey drop half way through. Finally and with a different approach to the others, you can also enjoy a groove to Duke Mushroom’s electro/club remix of ‘Comandante’.
Santos – [10/2/1950]-[23/3/1994]
So this new Santos tune appeared a few weeks ago ! Hell YES ! It’s some kind of Psychedelic tropical spaced out experience ! It’s amazing ! The echoes, the highs, the space business, the fat bass, everything builds up to these amazing ‘Santos synths’ !
San Ignacio – Lo único que hay es el Amor Remixes (Sub Klub Recodrs)
I just about missed it when it came out last month: a really interesting release by San Ignacio, spreading the love, with 3 remixes. The tunes are all really different from one another, but really work together as a release. They go from San Ignacio’s deep eletrobass tropical vibe, to Relo’s chilled touch, to Black Mandingo’s tropical disco twist, finishing with a great dubby remix by Señor Chancho. Nice one !
Saudade – Bonga & Cesária Évora (Thomscat Remix)
I don’t really know how to classify this but that doesn’t matter, it’s a lovely remix, with a wicked progressive gentle beat slowly taking you all the way ! Lovin’ the vibes, even though I think this deserves to be enjoyed on a sunny beach, maybe in or very close to a hammock.
El Búho – The Day Is Mine (special mashup)
It seems that there’s always new tunes from El Buho to share with you guys, he never stops, so hear we go for this time, with a nice chilled ‘owl bass’ mashup, or more precisely: “A Saturday inspired mashup of a wonderful arpeggic 90s harp sample with some ghostly-sweet vocals, a bit more harp and a some swirling bass 🙂 “ as he says. I’m pretty sure this one would fit right in with the previous hammock possibility I just mentioned.
Cumbia de las Flores – Nochi & Jleon (Video Oficial) (Caballito)
You remember when we mentioned the wicked remix EP of Nochi & Jleon’s Cumbia de las Flores released on Cabaillito ? well here’s a brand new video for our pleasure. I’ve said it before but I really like seeing the visual aspect of things taking shape with today’s sounds ! It adds yet another approach and experience to the whole thing. And it’s true, we all love visuals
On another note, it seems that ZZK are launching something new, and it’s looking tasty: AYA RECORDS. http://ayarecords.net/
Please take a look and spread the word. Their work with ZZk has been and still is incredible & revolutionary, and i’m really looking forward to see what they have in the pipeline with this project. There are already 3 sounds that you can discover on their page: Mateo Kingman, Evha & Rio Mira.
Sauvage FM – Cumbia Tierrabomba feat. W (Studio Version) (Vlad)
Oh yes, and to finish off, here’s the badman Sauvage FM ft. W in a wicked studio version of ‘CUmbia Tierrabomba’ ! Big ups to these guys and what they bring to that part of France !
Cholazo sound system – Cholazo
This is a stunning introduction to Cholazo sound system from Chile. A nice slice of psychedelic cumbia fully complete with swirling guitars, flutes, chopped up vocal samples, and a nice steady backing groove. The progression of instruments hits the spot and keeps the tune vibing right up until the very last beat, and contrasts with the more electronic drums. Boom tune!
Arrabalero – Llorando-en-monclova
The flavour of the month is definitely twisted and psychedelic as we follow on with a huge tune by Arrabalero. This is hypnotic cumbia trance and really takes you on a trip between the spacey synths, the rebajado vocals and the huge drum mix. You end up cumbia-lobotomised and slighty confused 🙂
Latin bass Mexico Records Volume 5
Another wonderful compilation from Latin bass Mexico Records, expect a variety of different flavours spread over 4 volumes. There´s enough music here to have a full blown rave and there some real nice cuts over the compilations. Check it out, get on the download and rave out! In the meantime, here are some choice cuts:
The Silly tang feat Itus – No Surrender
Huge tune from the Silly Tang featuring Itus, this is a cumbialist dub bomb ready to explode at any time. The intro is hypnotic, with a mix of trippy sounds, beautiful cwind instruments and drums that create an awesome cumbia atmosphere. When some bass drops you´ll feel it, this goes deep down into the deeper regions of bass with an awesome dubby flavour. Temazo!
Tropical Yisus – Volando
Volando by Tropical Yisus is definitely another trippy number. This is fast, body shaking tribal cumbia that will set the dancefloor alight. A pounding bass rides the rhythm whilst eery FX and noises stimulate the listener´s brain in strange places. Check it out!
Jhon montoya – Cumbia de red
Jhon montoya is on full form and as usual his music is very beautiful, and blessed with a sweet organic touch – Cumbia de red combines layers of guitar / charango riffs and solos with deep synths and some soft druims to great effect.
Thank you for reading – we hope you enjoyed the selection and look forward to next month´s even sunnier edition.