Artwork by Ze Archnouf
So how are we all doing in this cold month of February? Probably freezing for some of you, but don’t worry, we have a nice & varied cumbia selection to warm you up !
SILLY TANG Selected:
To start this month I couldn’t have published anything else than this unbelievable acoustic video of Kumbia Boruka. I love the energy and vibes coming of this, I do feel like we miss some original cumbia bands such as this one and it seems like France has been the country many have based themselves in. Lovely, freezing bit of cumbia here, which honestly will make you melt! That trumpet! Come on! Pure love for this!
Now this is another real heart warmer but this one is a little hotter on the chillies! Once again Galletas Calientes comes back with an amazing release. This is the first single from Sunka album “Colombian Party”, released March 27 2017 on Galletas Calientes Records, featuriing Mc Jhon Pri (Systema Solar) & Marlen Obregón (Afrotumbao / La Mojarra Eléctrica). I have to say the production is so so tight! These heavy kicks followed by an unreal bassline and then the modern finish with those real subtle mid bass added in! I cannot wait for the whole project to come together because this is going to be off the roof! I´m sure they will be pre-releases appearing soon!
Just very quickly, but it had to be mentioned, this amazing live video where you can see the whole power of one of our favourite bands! Sidi Wacho coming to take over the world !
Hello to some quality tripped out world, with this track from El Peche. Honestly, this is some pure deep down production here. I have to say I have played this track on and on and I still find lots of new added surprises in the mix down. The fusion between these really electronic sounding beats and the Amazonian vocals is just so on point. And then this big fat bassline comes in and all you can do is brok-out hard! Very big tune, which you can grab from his bandcamp.
Here´s a nice mashup now! I was basically wondering through the internet, when I found myself cruising my whole lounge, dancing at one point and looked down and here it was, the mashup that you are hearing now. It’s from a producer from Mexico called Enrikisimo; it’s a great refix of a Campirana cumbia and the rapper called Comprendes Mendez and a little bit from a Uk band at the end which I cannot remember the name !
Sumohair always surprises me and I think that’s why I love his music so much. The ideas coming out of this producer´s brain are excellent and always brings me summer before its time ! So once again, Sumo Hair has smashed the granny out of this track, very subtle bassline on a subtle beat, with amazing vocals and this very addictive liquid mid which makes the whole sound very aquatic.
Ok ok, so I have to admit normally the slower part of this genre is excellent but not my priority to represent on here as my partners do an amazing job at it already. On this particular track I just got hooked at the beginning by its very continuous bassline and guitar groove. Only these two things! I promise to god! I have hooked my brain on it, so you can imagine, that when the flutes kicked in and the bassline doubled I just went mental. Very clean and dark track, coming from JAJA as a remix for the great Nicola Cruz.
Now onto the big boys with this one killer album from the all mighty Oscilador Bass directly outta Mexico! What can I say this album titled “Native” is a proper piece of artwork. The production is very very tight as always from him, the vocals and textures make you think you are actually within the Amazon forest and the artwork concludes this album by being a great piece of Cumbia history!
And when I said now with the big boys I didn’t mean only Oscilador! Here’s one of my all-time favourite producers for many reasons! First of all I think his sound are very futuristic and groovy for the cumbia genre, secondly because he is a truly real nice dude and finally because he lives in Britanny where I´m sure it is not the most tropical weather !
This track came out to help a great project, of which I will now talk about:
So this is something I do not really do, publishing my own work but this time it is to present this amazing idea by Fertil discos records and Folcore records. Please listen to the track but pay more attention to this:
Here is a sample of what we can make. Help us make history by reversioning the work of the Argentine musicologist, Leda Valladares, in a double-vinyl phonographic edition that will take you across the sound universe of ‘canto con caja’ from the Andean highlands to the electronic music perspective, through covers and remixes by featured producers and singers of the Iberoamerican scene such as Chancha Via Circuito, El Remolon, Tremor, Tonolec, Intiche, King Coya, Soema Montenegro, Miriam Garcia, Qechuaboi, Cherman, Nixtamal, Doma Tornados, among others.
Oh hello! Did you say cumbia? Did you say Dub? Well here I am then ! This mix is from the well-known Bombombum, and is true pleasure to the ears; trust me daddy! I do not know what this artist uses for his mixtapes but honestly they just flow out of his hands and into my ears. He has now released a couple of them in the last month so I present to you this one but go check his soundcloud for more delights!
Here´s another player in the game I would love to meet up as he seems to be a proper legend! Here’s a mixtape from Secta Selectah for our great friends from Radio Rebajado. I have been rinsing this mix for the last couple of weeks and I can truly say it’s a grower! At the beginning it sounded nice but nothing special but then after many listens now I can testify it is pure fayah!
And to finish this month I wanted to ask our readers: Who knows about Acid techno? Well I can tell you that Lascivio Bohemia has definitely heard something about it. This track has been staying in my mind for weeks now and I cannot wait to play it out to a mad crowd. I have to say that I truly believe he has magic in his hands and this is just the beginning of his musical career and life. I cannot wait for more works from him, for me one of the greatest cumbieros to come out in the last couple of years.
What a pleasure to start my selection with a new edit by El Búho. When you think you’ve already heard his best edits, he strikes again and comes up with this type of soothing progressive cumbia version. It evolves very slowly and subtlely, catching you on the way, and bringing in these beautiful touches and atmosphere he has.
Here’s a little taste of what Festival Nomade must have been like, in shape of a lovely compilation. This tune in particular is by M.RUX, a producer who I first heard of on Frente Bolivarista & Voodoohop, as well as in several wicked mixes he’s been uploading, and I must say I’m a big fan! This is another great example of how effective and powerful a repetitive and progressive approach can be. It feels like a slow tribal ritual of some kind, in a thick, humid and smoky environment: I love it!! Make sure you check out the whole compilation; it’s full of absolute gems, moving towards a slightly more electronic & deep side of the tropical jungle! Get the whole comp. on: https://nomaderecords.bandcamp.com/
I didn’t know the original tune but I absolute adore what Barrio Lindo did to it. It feels like he’s added some kind of deep underwater bassline to this moving voice, with a hint of shakers and flutes to top it up. It’s always a real pleasure to hear his new productions.
Another beauty has just landed on Shika Shika, and this time it’s by Guazu. His new Ep is amazing, but I must say that this tune got me in a different way. The percussions really create a powerful atmosphere with a set of emotive synths & melodies, and a beautiful marimba to top it off! It’s got the whole package: the vibes, the groove and the emotion!!
This is proper tropical African vibes straight from Toulouse with the all mighty Yeahman back with another banger! His productions are so tight and groovy; he just nails it every time! Keep an eye out for the badman, and check out the rest of this beautiful EP out on Carnibal Records with tunes from Nirso, Timboletti & Hammond Classics. You can purchase the full EP on: https://carnibalrecords.bandcamp.com/album/carnibal-016
Here’s a wicked preview of Lagartijeando’s forthcoming album – El Gran Poder – out soon on Wonderwheel Recordings. They describe his works as “psychedelic dance tracks (which) latch onto everything from traditional folk sounds from the Bolivian altiplano to the jungle beats of Brazil.” The charango loops give the tune a great vibe, accompanied by a beautiful sounding flute and chant, combining this traditional root with a wicked light & sunny dancefloor orientated beat. This album will be released on vinyl; you can pre-order you LP on: https://wonderwheelrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/el-gran-poder
There’s been a whole set of remixes of this tune floating about for a while now, but this one brings in a new and different flavour: it gets even deeper!! This is exactly the type of tune that deserves to be heard on a big sound system, to appreciate the full experience of how deep Eduardo Zambrano has just gone, with a feeling of old school Deep Medi vibe.
Yes yes ! I hadn’t heard anything from these guys in a while and I was glad to hear this wicked dubbed out new release. I love Dub in general, and have had the pleasure of hearing many different approaches to it, but these guys really nail it! They manage to mix all of these dubbed out little details, skanks and synths to a different beat & atmosphere than the one usually found in dub; these sounds take you deep into the tropical jungle rather than towards the usual Jamaican vibe, and it’s a really nice change!
Big ups to Rolando every time! For those of you who like us have had the pleasure of seeing his shows, guitar moves and beautiful shirts live, here’s a reminder of what it sounded like! And for the others: enjoy Rolando Bruno & his guitar, accompanied this time by ‘El Grupo Arevalo’.
We’re clearly moving away from the traditional cumbia here, and going towards the more electronic & housy part of this scene (which I am absolutely loving at the moment), with this new release on Tropical Twista Records by Kraut, which definitely deserves to be listened to; and here’s what Kraut has to say about his own work: “It doesn’t matter where you come from, music is the universal language to move, to feel, to dance without cultural boundaries. Universo sin Fronteras is a story about blending rhythms, melodies and cultures.”
Big ups to all the producers out there who bring out so many new sounds every month for all of us to enjoy, travel, dance or relax, and big ups to all you readers with whom we really enjoy sharing this post with every month.
March is just around the corner, and we’re already looking forward to hear what it has in mind for us.
Saludos from La Selva,