SEXXY SATURDAY CUMBIA – NOVEMBER

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This month, La selva moves into winter cumbia style, with bigger warmer basslines  to keep everyone cosy at home and on the dancefloor! There are loads of amazing tunes out, here is a selection of the best below! We hope you enjoy!

 

Silly Tang selected:

Carmelo Torres

http://uonset.com/es-ES/descubrir/52-world-music/357-carmelo-torres

To start this month Sexy Saturday Cumbia, some very sad news indeed, but that we can all help towards. The great maestro Carmelo Torres got his sweet accordion robbed last week. Here is a page where you can actively participate in the buying of a new one for him. Even if you cannot put any money, share it! A very good cause for a much needed artist

 

Lascivio Bohemia – La Visherita Flashera

To follow getting on some deeper vibes via our champion Lascivio Bohemia ! Once again he comes through with a delicate but very hard hitting cumbia called, La Visherita Flashera. The production behind this man is top notch every time but in this one we can feel the drum patterns being really worked on. Very spooky synth or instrument noises which would have blended perfect into your Halloween fiesta.

 

San Ignacio – Os Ventos (Fertil Discos)

I wanted to stay within deep cumbia and what better track to bring you than this one by San Ignacio! Also on a great label which I have had the pleasure of meeting the owner, the great Jin Yerei . Normally not my type of music but this track caught my ear via its guitar strings and deep kicks. Very soothing tune indeed.

 

Stereo Beaver – Pelicula (Folcore)

Let’s stay down there within the deepness for a while eh! This is an altogether bomb of a compilation compiled by the mighty label Folcore. Lots and lots of good tunes on here but a couple have really grabbed me. I’m not sure what exactly pointed me in choosing this particular track apart from the way it has been put together. I think the lay out is absolutely on point. And as the winter is settling here in Madrid this melody goes perfectly with the clouds passing by.

 

Nixtamal – Eru Ara (Folcore)

So people will start saying “your French, his French” you campion him a lot! Well lol I have actually never had the pleasure to meet Nixtamal and I can tell you I would love to! Now to come back to music and production (no hippie business here). This track also to have come out on the Folcore compilation first of all has vocals which reminded of the very famous French film “The Chorists” even though I’m sure it’s not taken from there. That’s what grabbed my ears first and then the pushy mids Nixtamal always brings in his tunes are larger than life. Lovely drum work, but oh god I love this bassline!!!

 

Poupa Honk – The Great Dog (Folcore)

So this month for me Folcore came and did it properly, and I know personally that next month they have plenty of other surprises.

So this track is by a producer I didn’t know before, which really interested me because he has come through with a whole album of various beats. I love strings and kicks so you will understand why I chose this one to present this album.

 

Loquera Tradición – Santa Muerte

As you might have realised, I dig a lot of acoustic Cumbia and I truly respect its foundation. Where here is a cumbia track which blends at first the very sharp acoustic sounds and then drops into a slow digital monster! Never came across these guys but I love the way they combine the old and the new.

 

El Remolon – Radio Gladys Palmera

Here I wanted to present this fabulous video of the great El Remolon which I met last month. This video has been shot in the studios of a great local radio called “Radio Gladys Palmera” which I really respect for all there efforts and work. To come back to the video this is from his new EP on Fertil Discos called Senderos. A very political piece of music if you ask em and here an superb version of the track called “Guerreros del Amor”.

 

Aztek 732

Was it Halloween this month passed? Well yes it was if you weren’t already aware… No this mix is no joke! A person I had the pleasure to meet about a year ago has dropped this killer skilled mixtape for all our Halloween musical needs. I have to say sometimes in the Cumbia world we encounter some djs which are good but not topatop, well here is an ill mixed session by Aztek732!

 

Dj Masaya

Cumbiah! Mixtape (Selected and Mixed by Dj Masaya)

https://www.mixcloud.com/estebanmasaya/cumbiah-mixtape-selected-and-mixed-by-dj-masaya/

Just a little mention of this real nice mix from our good mate my Dj Masaya ! Look out for its filled proper nice cumbia hits and as always very smoothly mixed from the most famous moustache in the cumbia world.

 

Rafael Aragon

And to finish my month´s selection who else than our top shotter badboy Rafael Aragon. Real tropical vs Bhangra gangster this time he has come to run it with this tight little mix dedicated to the Colombian folklore. It is filled of rudeboy styles and proper dapper tunes. (Hopefully Mr Rafael would have got the joke) No seriously this is an excellent mix to get more Colombian musical culture within you!

 

Coconutah selected:

6Blocc – Ragga Cumbia 4

Bass music producer 6Blocc presents a “round of cumbia edits of classic reggae and dancehall classics”. What a great release! I have been secretly hoping to have cumbia edits of these classics for years, and here they are! Brought together by heavy bass and trappy cumbia beats, this is sure to get the dancefloor grooving!

 

Angeles Azules – Cumbia Suavecita (Nacho Libre Remix)

Digital style! Atmospherics, synths and guitars take you on a journey into digital cumbia as a stylish beat pumps in the background. Sound good? This is cumbia suevcita remix by Nacho Libre.

 

Dengue Dengue Dengue! – The Enemy (Sonidero Sabotaje Bootleg Remix)

Here´s a nice little edit of Dengue Dengue Dengue´s the enemy, remixed into a slow cumbia sonidera style stomper. It keeps the vocal hooks and the atmosphere while radically switching the beat up – the guiros are pretty relentless and the result is hypnotising.  Check out Sonidero Sabotaje!

 

Jairo Mendez & Tropikore – Peru Bass (6to Aniv. Cassette Blog)

Bass cumbia in full glory with Jairo Mendez & Tropikore distilling a cut of dirty, bassy cumbia, full of their signature sound. Wobbly bass lines are matched to perfection with a funky guitar and choice vocal cuts, while a heavy guiro rounds it off. Check this badboy out!

 

Kaygee selected:

Kike Pinto – Mi Corazon (El Búho Edit)

What better way to begin my month’s selection than with an edit by El Buho. I will probably be repeating myself when I say that he has once more managed to bring in his world to the original tune with smooth and deep touches all around whilst keeping the original folkloric vibe. It’s an absolute beauty !

 

El Búho – Pehuenche (Gente De Los Piños) (D R O S S E L)

And this month El Buho delighted us with another release, which came out on an amazing compilation: ‘VAgabunden Teil 1’. The whole tune is incredible, but I’m sure you will notice how the subs just take you to the next level. I simply recommend that you press play and enjoy the journey. And don’t forget to check out the whole compilation, which has loads of great tracks including a wonderful one by San Ignacio.

 

Cigarra – Hilda (Dj Nirso Edit) (Tropical Twista Records)

This is a beautiful spaced out edit by DJ Nirso. It has a lovely electronic approach to the usual cumbia beat, with a load of atmospheric shakers and cowbells to enhance the trip. It’s always a pleasure to hear Nirso’s works. Make sure you check out the whole Remix Ep on https://tropicaltwistarecords.bandcamp.com/album/cigarra-l-mbica-re-edits-tropical-twista-records-2016

 

INTICHE – Zurka (Cassette Blog)

Now this is hot hot hot !!! Cassette Blog have just released another one of their banging compilations, celebrating their 6th anniversary, and Intiche landed with this incredible bass business. The progression in the whole tune is amazing; it takes you, slowly but surely, into a profound undergound atmosphere.

Grab the whole compilation for free on https://cassetteblog.bandcamp.com/

 

King Coya feat. La Walichera – Tierra de King Coya (ZZK Records)

Yes yes yes, King Coya is back ! Here’s the first preview of his forthcoming second album on ZZK Records. This tune shows a great mix of traditional elements mixed in with heavy kicks, basslines & spaced out synths for an all in one wicked tune, leaving us eager to hear the whole album in 2017.

 

LA VIDA ES DURA (versiondub) INTI ZIMAN

Some of them drop cumbia bass, and Inti Ziman has just dropped Salsa Bass !! Absolute rinse out ! I love how he has maintained most of the salsa rhythm and added a fat bassline to it.

 

Bert Kaempfert – Afrikaan Beat (Time to beat)

So this is not cumbia, nor salsa, but I’m sure a lot of view here love a bit of Samba, and especially when it has a hint of drum’n’bass added to it ! Straight out of Madrid, Time To Beat always releases some really nice sunny and groovy dnb edits. Make sure you also check the salsa dnb edits he has on his soundcloud.

 

Ondatrópica – Hummingbird

Ondatrópica are preparing a new album, ‘Baile Bucanero’ on Soundway Records or 2017 and it’s looking tasty.

 

Tropical Frequencies: A brief history of Peruvian cumbia (Native Instruments)

Native instruments are coming up with interesting short videos recently, including this one, with a little introduction into part of the traditional Peruvian cumbia sounds.

 

Like every month, as well as he great amount of releases that have come out, there has been a huuuuge amount of lovely mixtapes from all over the place for us to enjoy, and here are some of them:

 

Dj Nirso Mixtape 031 – Festival Nómade Colombia

 

Kazike en Estado de Trance Mixtape 032 – Festival Nomade Colombia

 

San Ignacio – Camaronbrujo Mixtape #002

 

El Remolon en La Selva Radioshow

La Selva Radioshow - 08.11.2016: BUMBAC JOE & EL REMOLON

https://www.mixcloud.com/LA_SELVA_radioshow/la-selva-radioshow-08112016-bumbac-joe-el-remolon/

 

Barda – SKYY Vodka Mix 18

 

Dr Gato – En la montaña

 

See you next month for some more cumbia action!

 

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Essential EP’s #12 [DOUBLE EDITION] – Side B

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Part 2 of Essential EP’s #12

SIDE B

12. Vol.1 (Onda Trax)

The Onda Group is a New York based collective which includes Track Meet’s Ynfynyt Scroll and Escape From Nature’s Orlando Volcano focused on embracing the holocene. Onda Trax Vol. 1 is the first mini-compilation, which might mark the beginning of Onda Trax as an album, containing tracks by Ynfynyt Scroll, Orlando Volcano and nar that all take a melancholic, melodic approach to dominican dembow, dancehall, baile funk and 3ball. Looking forward to more releases from them in the future.

>> DOWNLOAD <<

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13. Gan Gah Chaâbitronics EP (Lowup Records)

I saw the Moroccan born, Brussels based producer Gan Gah recently in Rotterdam, at Pantropical’s event organised together with the Arabic film festival in Rotterdam, playing next to Rocky B the Tropikal Camel, Deena Abdelwahed and Rebel Up!‘s Dutch member Duckfood. Amidst the current wave of Middle Eastern & North African club music with semi-mainstream acts like Acid Arab on the one side, avant-garde political acts like 8ULENTINA and Dj Haram on the other side of the spectrum and the Arabic side of ‘global bass’ in the middle, Gan Gah is the perfect bridge. Following last year’s Souktronics EP, which had a lot of club, kuduro and trap influences, Chaâbitronics stays even closer to the characteristic chaâbi sound and bouncy triplet rhythm found in traditional and pop music all over North Africa and the Middle East.

>> BUY ON BANDCAMP <<

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14. Jason Hou原 (Origin) (dohits)

Jason Hou is a Bejing based producer and member of the dohits label & collective which has been on our radar since last year summer. Their output is impressive and it’s hard to select which releases to include as essential. I chose for Jason Hou’s more experimental and dark-percussive EP, which connects in many ways to the recently introduced gorge genre.

Like gorge, 原 (Origin) is a return to nature and the most elemental aspects of existence – in this case, human existence. Homo sapiens’ propensity for ritual, creation, community, narrative, violence and reproduction is expressed with a blend of relentless club & techno drums, bright polyrhythmic percussion, traditional chants and deep subs.

>> BUY HERE <<

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15. Ziúr Taiga EP (Infinite Machine)

The Berlin based producer Ziúr is one of my personal favourites this year. Both her ideas about the politics of citizenship and her intense, industrial club sound resonate intensely with how I’ve been reflecting on existence since a long time now. Developing her  personal style since a while now, connecting to, yet subtly distinctive from the Berlin avant-garde sound represented by players such as JANUS or _WDIS, ‘Taiga EP’ is the first crystallisation of it in the form of an EP released on the Canadian-Mexican Infinite Machine label. The EP contains 4 original productions, one featuring RIN, and two remixes provided by the posthuman futurist Born in Flamez and the Australian visceral club deconstructionist Air Max ’97.

>> BUY HERE <<

Also check out and >> BUY << Ziúr’s newest release, only accessible via Bandcamp >>

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16. wave 002 (wavemob)

If you want to know about the wave genre, which we didn’t introduce on the blog I halfheartedly gladly forward you to this pretty insightful High Snobiety article. Needless to say, if something is on High Snobiety before it is on generation bass, it is either not interesting enough, or we haven’t done our job right. Or both. In this case it’s somewhat in the middle. But in short, wave is an intense, melancholic blend of trap, sadboy rap, witch house, cybernetic grime and vaporwave, which has been around in online undergrounds since as far back as 2013 but was lifted into the spotlights last year by futurebeats heavyweight Plastician and his terrorythm label. In retrospect I think we slept on it mainly because of my own tunnel-obsession with avant-garde club and because of its quick affiliation with the futurebeats-scene, which we also skipped almost altogether. But despite all this, I’m really feeling the heavy, emotionally touching vibe of wave and am fascinated also by the strong IRL-URL community vibe going around in the scene.

wavemob is one of the central, if not the single most defining label & collective of the movement, that released their first official compilation. wave 002 is the follow up, with 13 new, original productions from the wavemob members.

>> BUY <<

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17. Keiska Powerpoint EP (CREAMCAKE)

Internet culture has always had its obsessions with bygone sounds and subcultures. This year it’s trance, gabber and metal which are being devoured by the grinding mill. CREAMCAKE is a Berlin based avant-garde label, specialised in precisely capturing these shifts and trends in digital culture through music. ‘Powerpoint EP’ is the debut of the Finnish post-internet producer Keiska, who tunes into the melancholic echoes of 90s and 00s rave culture, bending the escapist angelicism of trance and eurodance into eerily alienating melancholic ambient music, contrasted with intense, deconstructed beats and dystopian samples.

>> DOWNLOAD <<

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18. DRIFT KINGS [GT Edition] (DRIFT KINGS 漂流 公達)

Next to the grinding mill spit-outs of trance, metal and hardcore, there is also an obsession with racing cars and motorbikes in the aesthetic underground of tumblr, in the wake of health goth fashion and broader cyber tech aesthetics. The new producer collective Drift Kings takes this aesthetic trend to a more serious level. Like their first kickoff compilation, this follow-up release is again entirely dedicated to the conceptual vibe of car racing and its videogame simulation, with tracks, named after cars, filled with racing samples and immersive trance synths.

>> DOWNLOAD <<

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19. crapface :):):) (Palettes)

We’ve also entirely slept on the wave of hyperpop/bubblegum-bass that gathered the attention of the music magazines for a couple of years now, especially the stuff from the PC Music label. The hype has almost entirely faded out now, but an underground scene of producers that are fabricating a distinct, cotton-candy-like sound from sources like contemporary pop, nightcore, rave, k pop, RnB and bass music, is continuing and evolving further. The Canadian producer crapface is one of the defining names from this movement and his most recent album ‘:) 🙂 :)’ is at the same time an insightful display of where the post-PCmusic underground is moving as well as lots of fun to listen to.

>> DOWNLOAD <<

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20. Cepillo Cuevas Que se Sienta EP (Handiclap Records)

The Mexico City based producer Cepillo Cuevas has always been an eccentric frontrunner in the world of moombahton and global bass, not following popular templates but developing his own ever evolving and diversifying, yet consistent style. Now global bass as a movement of mutually supporting producers, DJs and bloggers, has largely diffused into different directions, Cepillo Cuevas is more relevant than ever now. ‘Que Se Sienta’ is the kind of moombahton EP I have always dreamt of, staying true to the tresillo groove, while drawing in sounds from new-age ambient, cinematic-epic music and dark rave-techno, giving a whole new twist to the entire genre with each track.

>> DOWNLOAD <<

https://soundcloud.com/cepillo-cuevas/sets/cepillo-cuevas-que-se-sienta

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