Artwork by Dar Al Naim
So here we go for this month´s edition of Sexxy Saturday Cumbia. The autumn is always a prolific period for musical releases, and as you will see below, this time has not disappointed. Check out a fresh selection of cumbia inspired tunes below:
Frente Bolivarista Vol.4 – Nômades
Has Christmas arrived a few months early? Well it certainly looks like it. This compilation has come out straight from the woods, after another great Nomade gathering, which was held in Germany not so long ago. The track list is simply perfect and includes some of my favorite producers of the moment such as Pigmalião, Vruno, Matanza, Spaniol, Dandara, Kurup, El Remolon, Intiche, and many others that I had the pleasure of discovering.
“Nomade is a festival, music label and artist collective seeking new sound territories merging the contemporary to the ancestral Latin America folk.”
Hit play and enjoy the whole lot!
El Remolon – Senderos (Fertil Discos)
So here it is, El Remolon’s new album released a few weeks ago on Fertil Discos. From what I read on their website, this work seems to be a new step for him, taking a new direction, slightly more experimental than his usual banging digital cumbia. The variety of beats and influences found in this album is really interesting: “It travels across rhythms and formats: acid sounds, house reminiscent bases, trap, deep voices, autotune and synthesizers that could either come from a minimal track or a cumbia villera”. I really look forward to hearing these new beats live on a big soundsystem.
PrΛ.Λ.H – Chamada Remixes (Nomade Records)
What a release! I must say I was already a huge fan of the original mix, so hearing so many new versions in the hands of Vruno, Pigmalião, RLHBSLCN, Dandara, Steffen Kirchhoff, Trippin Jaguar and Ninze was just one big auditory orgasm. They have all stayed quite close to the original vibe and structure of the tune, whilst adding their delightful touch to it, which brings them all together in one beautiful EP full of organic & deep sounds, and electronic layers thus creating new textures for our pleasure; and the good news is that their will be more similar projects to come.
P.r.Λ.Λ.H ~ Chamada (Jota Karloza remix)
I don’t really know why this one wasn’t released on the above mentioned EP but it definitely deserves a good listen. Jota Karloza is on my radar these days and has been coming up with some absolute gems. His remix is simply beautiful, with new crunchy details appearing here and there, enhancing his vision of the whole thing; he has also kept the original feeling and progression of the tune, and it works really well.
El Buga – Mini Conga Remixes (Regional Label)
Another remix EP was released on the all mighty Regional Label, including 6
great remixes by Larry SKG, DJ Nirso, VSKA, Mambisa, Bagre and Dúli. They are all really good in different ways, even though they all used the main flute and congas in similar ways to the original; but I must say I have a little ‘penchant’ for Dúli’s spaced out version.
I’m really enjoying the amount of remixes coming out recently, from all over the place; a proof of the constant exchange and will to share, explore and develop new ideas together.
coss – Nagual (El Búho Remix)
“Please enjoy this lovely collection of colourful music gems and take part of this journey thru time and space, silence and recreation.”
El Búho strikes again! I didn’t know the original tune, or any of the other 5 producers involved in this remix EP, but as always, El Búho has hit the spot! He always manages to create his own textures, taking you on a journey into his world. I love it.
Xique Xique – Xaxoeira (Nicola Cruz Remix) (Magic Movement)
It must be the month of remixes or something because loads are coming out from all over the place, and another great one has just landed! I loved the original tune and I must say that hearing the much-loved Nicola Cruz’s remix of it put a big smile on my face. It’s a really nice 4/4 progressive beat which slowly, but surely, gets you grooving, and builds up really well to a lovely 6 minute journey.
Universildo – Pru Etnico (Shika Shika)
Shika Shika is one of the labels of the moment, releasing beautiful journeys from all around the globe. This tune is part of “Botanas II” EP by Universildo, which if I understood correctly was made in collaboration with Chancha Via Circuito. I didn’t know anything about this project but loved it straight away and really look forward to hear more from where that came from. It feels like a deep shamanic dream into their worlds.
RAYADOR – Esquinas (WIP)
El Rayador is back! I hadn’t heard anything from him in a while and was really pleasantly surprised to hear this tune. A banging cumbia beat with a hint of hip hop and a fat bassline to get the groove going. Straight from Cordoba in Argentina, keep an eye out for this guy.
Nicolas Jaar – No (Other People)
So here it is, a cumbia beat in a Nicola Jaar album (out now on his new album ‘Sirens’). This had to happen; it’s probably his Chilean roots slowly coming back to him. I must admit that I wasn’t totally convinced when I first heard it, but I think it’s what we call a ‘grower’. The more you listen to it, the more you get it, and the more you love it ! I heard Jin Yerei drop it in one of his sets the other day in Madrid and that’s when I realized what a good tune it was.
Kumbia Queers – Una, Dos, Ultraviolenta
(Cover de Los Violadores)
After seeing them in what was probably one of the best cumbia gigs I’ve seen recently, I was happy to hear a new cover from the Kumbia Queers. The energy they have is impressive, and the fusion of genres they manage to create is just amazing: proper tropical punk business.
Izem – Hafa (Soundway Records)
For all the Izem fans out there you will be happy to know that his beautiful album ‘Hafa’ is now being released by Soundway Records ON VYNIL!!! And to celebrate the occasion, here’s a little freeby from them. You can order the vinyl directly from:
Lascivio Bohemia – Nos faltan 43
Many of you will remember the horrible disappearance of 43 students in Mexico about two years ago; a tragedy which is unfortunately not unusual over there. Lascivio Bohemia has decided to commemorate the event trough this tune and video. “No more state crimes in any country of the world”.
Download full EP at: https://lasciviobohemia.bandcamp.com/album/nos-faltan-43
Tremenda Jauría – Con tol deskaro
Straight from Madrid, these Kumbiaton lovers have been rinsing dancefloors and festivals all around Spain for the past few months, with a touch of punk attitude and a hint of autotune, which actually works really well! If you don’t know them get involved, even though I must say that the real effect of this band really comes out during their concerts.
El Camino de Leda: Recopilando a Leda Valladares (Fertil Discos // Folcore)
Some great campaigns are seeing the light these days and this is one of them. Fertil Discos & Folcore are teaming up for a tribute to the Argentine singer Leda Valladares’ works by working on vinyl release with works from Chancha Via Circuito , El Remolón , TREMOR , King Coya , Soema Montenegro , Miriam García , Paloma del Cerro , Barda , San Ignacio, SidiRum , INTICHE , Doma Tornados , Uji , Celeste Y Las Mil Jarillas, Camanchaca , Pol Nada , Juan Sorrentino , El Pastiche , Mutienigga, and Qechuaboi. I’m really happy to see more and more vinyls appearing in this scene. I won’t say anymore, apart from the fact that I really hope they reach their goal for us to hear the final result very quickly. Find all the info you need about this campaign on: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/el-camino-de-leda-compiling-leda-valladares-music#/
ZZK Films Crowdfunding 2016
Here’s another really interesting campaign to support. Also from Argentina, the ZZK family wishes to continue spreading their love for the Latin American culture but this time under a visual format. I mentioned their first documentary a few months ago on this blog, and really like the idea of seeing more of them, and getting more insight into this scene which we’re currently bathing in.
Support the campaign on: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bring-compelling-latam-stories-to-world-with-zzk-music-films#/
La Cumbia del Magic Conch Spell – Fanfare Concha Mama
I don’t really know what to say on this one, the video is so…..original.
Hit play and enjoy !
Like every month, on top of the incredible amount of releases we have the pleasure of sharing with you guys, here are some mixtapes for you to enjoy:
MATANZA – R.A.Z.A.
Sidirum – Skyy Vodka Mix 16
Bleepolar Mixtape 030 – Festival Nómade Colombia
Peter Power – Voodoocast 009 (Voodoohop)
Jhon Montoya – elita Milano Mixtape
Nixtamal – Mixtape for Inna di Mood & Groovalizacion
JULIO INTI – Sarradinha Parisina Brazilucinado
SILLY TANG Selected:
Los Mexaterrestres – Kumbia Galáctica (ft.DucNoize x Fricci)
Here we go for this month´s selection ! Very exciting time for all cumbieros as the September low has passed, and now we can start creating and getting used to our winter on this side of the globe.
This first track is from Los Mexaterrestres from their album called Kumbia Galactica ! great algum which as the name say covers a very deep spaceship type of cumbia and lyrics ! I personally love the effects and rapping over the rhythms, the heavy kicks on there with the little flute added towards the end to give it a special finish. Great job !
SAN PAOLO – Mágico González – ░░ ▀▀ ░░ тємplо░░ ▀▀ ░░
Our Madrid loco, very crazy and very sexy Magico Gonzales comes at us with this hybrid of a track. Very different from his latest work he takes us on a ride through various breaks, trap, reggeaton all followed by this Indian guitar chord. The bassline of this track is to watch out for as it is very stinky indeed. Magico Gonzales once again, coming with surreal material – music and video. Great work from this locooooooo!
Kumbia Boruka ft. Celso Piña – El Porro Magangueleño
So here we go up a level in my eyes as this is a track by a band I have been championing for a while, featuring the all-time master who is Celso Piña. I personally absolutely love this song. It has all the best components you would want in the perfect cumbia track. AMAZING instrumental as always from Kumbia Boruka and really deep, heart felt vocals. I cannot insist enough that if you have the pleasure to have a visit from Kumbia Boruka in your town go and see them, they are to Europe for me the essence of the cumbia culture and sound.
América afroindígena – Yuka – Las pilanderas (sesión en vivo)
To stay in this kind of acoustic and general rooted cumbia vibe here is a live recorded version of Yuka and a track called Las Pilanderas. I have posted about this label before, they are doing some great work putting out these raw recordings and sharing this original sound so we can really feel like we’re in the middle of the amazon. Please go and check them out, give them a like and a helping hand as we need more projects such as this one to keep this sound truly living on.
Vermilion Bird – Cumbia Mala (Wile Out)
So now we have been through the less electronic side of cumbia for this month, lets go deep and get ravey! Here we have a very dark tune by the Argentinian born, New York based producer Vermilion Bird. A dedicated member of New York’s global bass family, she comes at us with some nasty, moody cumbia, released via the While Out label. The title says it all really “Cumbia Mala,” evil cumbia. The production on this one is so deep. Lots of wicked bassline swaps and rhythm changes. I love the panning work and the horns really makes the tune sound vicious. Love it !
Niño Virtual – La barata fue de Elotes
You want to go in this month ¿ Really in ¿ Well go run tell your friend we have a new killer on the scene ! Niño Virtual with this killer track: La Barata fue de Elotes. What can i say this track combines heavy as bassline with heavy lineal breaks which keeps it Wells tructured and mental changes. I´m not sure how I have never come across this producer but trust me this is fire! The song makes me feel like ants are crawling all over me but in a good way J
STACKED – Rocky Wellstack x MAKI – Hechizo [ADE SPECIAL]
Now we’re all in, we can go further and keep on raving hard ! ha ! This is an instant hit. I know it is not totally cumbia and it has very heavy Moombathon influences but the original sample and for me the best parts of this tune are the cumbia instrumentals and cumbia beats. Then saying this the whole production on this is off the hook. These kicks and highs are just lush and well the vocal instrumental absolute killers when it comes to make you bum shake!
EL Barba Dub – “F…- .. N “
Ok on this track I have to admit as an English speaker first the title shocked me a bit and I didn’t want to post anything related to the bad word 😉
Saying this I know the man having worked on projects with him and I know how South American people say this word. No racism involved and in this particular tune it is actually based on humour. I don’t know if you have seen the videos shared by this dwarf who so badly wants to be a black person? (if not check them out,. Hilarious) Well this track is dedicated to that fella. You can diefenetly recognize the production from El Barba those breaks and this particular instrument he loves so much. Really nice and humoristic tune hermano J
NEGRO DUB – SNAPCHAT CHAT
This is a fun electro cumbia tune from Negro Dub. A sweet build up based around a high pitched up vocal leads to a funky drop where some amazing swirly synths and pads combine with a rolling, percussive cumbia beat to create a dancefloor smasher. Undoubtedly a great option for warming up the club!
Shushupe – Semarang (Tribilin Sound Remix)
Tribilin sound presents a new remix of a Shushupe tune, a heavy bass roller with a Indian atmosphere. Slow paced but with a huge sound, this is sound system cumbia. Eery atmospheres and hindu flutes create a dense, almost claustrophobic feeling, and round off the whole. Love it!
Orihuela M.S.S. – Esta Madre No Tiene Nombre Pero Se Baila Bien
We only just missed this one last month, so here it is! Stomping Mexican cumbia can be crazy, with a fine example here by Orihuela M.S.S . This track is relentless as it never stops growing, and the acid synths are absolutely rinsing! The drums are particularly great and have loads of wicked glitch / reverby FX. Check it out!
Orihuela M.S.S – 24 años de decepciones
I just couldn’t resist publishing this second belter from Orihuela M.S.S, as this is another journey of its own kind. Described as Cumbia Digital Acida, this will hit the dancefloor hard. As usual in his productions, synths are very present and always have awesome, intricate variations.
Bosq y La Candela All-Stars – Ron Blanco Con Coco ft. Luis De la Rosa Solá
Not strictly Cumbia per se, I still wanted to present part of Bosq´s new projects with La Candela All-stars. Described as Reggae salsa, this is a funky number with a great vocal “featuring the immensely talented lead singer of Orquesta Macabeo” and some beautiful instruments in the background!
Dj Brian Lopez – Dance With The Devil (Cumbia Remix)
And here we continue with the Mexican sonidero vibes, with some satanic cumbia! Its name says it all; this tune will turn you into a devil worshipper. Dance with the devil!
Erick Jaimez – El Cumbiambero LP
Here is a new Cumbia Lp by Mexican tropical master Erick Jaimez. It has a very Sonidero, rebajado feel all around but covers a variety of styles, from pure cumbialist, instrumental versions, to more minimalist, heavier, trappy styles. There are thirteen tunes so definitely something for everyone over the album. Boom ting!
Loko Bono Ft. Acapulco Zombie – (%_!_¨¨¨_779= Deep Latino $$HIT
And another Mexican banger to end this month´s selection! Here is Loko Bono featuring Acapulco Zombie with an atmospheric, hip hop inspired track.
We hope you have enjoyed this month´s selection!
See you very soon for some more crazy cumbia action.