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Here we go with March´s Sexy Saturday Cumbia selection. Summer is coming and there are millions of tropical cumbialistic goodies about. Here is this month´s finest – we hope you enjoy:
The Silly Tang selected:
Baja Frequencia – Que Calor
So this month I had to start my selection with this 100% HIT! From start to finish, this piece of music is pure dancefloor attitude and warmth!!! QUE CALOR!!!???
I have to say my good friends Baja Frequencia sent me this on a preview and I had the pleasure of rinsing it out on many dancefloors and oh my god, when that juke madness kicks in people go nutsoid! No joke! This production is getting Baja Frequencia onto bigger platforms and this hit is coming out on a double sided 7inch press on the all mighty Chinese man records.
SUPERSAN ft. Princesa – Musica Del Barrio
One of the best Djs I have ever seen out (in Goulash disko festival) and a truely nice person have come in combination between Panama Cardoon (Carnibal) and Mister Kentro (Balkan Riddims). The whole album is called “Half man, Half Clap” and is full of wonder, all recorded across various parts of the world. This particular track is probably the most cumbia orientated one hence why I chose it. A wicked featuring with a singer called Princesa this is for me THE summer hit J
Massive Attack – Teardrop (Tribilin Sound Remix)
Hit after hit I´m telling ya! We can definitely see that spring has arrived as all the major and minor cumbia producers are bringing the big guns they have been cooking for us all summer. I think every single post I have made in this blog has contained a track by the teacher aka the Tribilin Sound! This particular remix of his went straight to my heart, being from Bristol this anthem has had a lot of impact within the music panorama in our home city. Also I really love the way this is a pure cumbia but still as so much texture, put the volume up listen to this thin crackle, the heavy bass mid that comes in at the beginning, LISTEN TO IT J enjoy guys!
Sonora Machaca – Señora Mamacha (Regional Label)
Now for the first Ep of this month, I present to you the trio Sonora Machaca, the name itself it a hit J This Ep out on the world famous Regional label was cooked by Lufo (Bass), Qechuaboi (Rythm) y Rolo (melodies). I totally recommend, at first listen in the morning for pure energetic effect, the track titled “Ayahuasker”. Pure acid madness rince out. Really really love this Ep big ups J
A M A M B A Y 100 000 – El Leones
This producer has been very very consistent in bringing clean, quality and interesting cumbia rythms. On this particular track he has brought a lot of people to work together, here is the list of participants: Worked in the Studios Lauzanette, In France, music written by : AMAMBAY 100 000, lyrics: El Fino / Eskina Qom. Many of a time a I do not get to meet the people I publish on this blog, but this time Amambay 100 000 will be in Europe from May and hopefully we will be able to hear those lovely horns live in our radios how J
Ambivalent – R U OK (Kraut’s Minimal Cumbia Version)
Still carrying on with the big guns I have chosen to publish this track because I think the simplicity but the curves on this stems are amazing. I had never come across a Kraut track that had these cumbia fills but I have to say I love it. The very slowed down vocal also adds a lil “rebajado effect” which always hits my inside J Very nice track for a opening tune or maybe a dark after party 😉
Thornato – El Oro De La Tolita feat. Grupo Taribo (Wonderwheel Recordings)
One of the biggest players in the game has brought out his musical genius to us once again. I have been a fan of Thornato for years and always loved his work. When I heard he was bringing new material I got very excited and now I cannot stop playing it out or in my home all the time. I think he has really grasped the struggle sound that makes this music so beautiful. In Madrid here we sometimes say that my hermano el Coconutah is the Marimba king, but here he is getting some challenges by the Thornato. Very very big track indeed for everyone to enjoy J
Sunka – Colombian Party (Galletas Calientes Rec.)
So Who Knows about the big mighty producer SUNKA now? Who knows about Galletas Calientes? Well I do and you all should to by now! I have posted a preview last month so I wont say to much on this apart from, run go tell your friends.
Kazike en Estado de trance – cumbia de la buena para Conspiraciones tropicales en la 88.6 fm.
This is an honour, a privilege and of course a pleasure to present this mixtape to you guys. I have a lot to say about this mixtape as it has a lot of angles to be covered. First of all the man behind it is my cumbia teacher. Yes you heard right, before meeting Kazike en Estado de Trance about 6 years ago now I had no idea what cumbia was. So imagine my excitement when he recorded this mix to present different types of cumbias to us. Now then to talk about our posse, crew called Conspiraciones Tropicales. We have started to run a weekly show on every Friday from 21h till 22h. You can get logged in at 88.6 FM. You will hear a lot of quality music and projects from all of us down here in the wild Madrid city.
Dj Guaguis (Ali Gua Gua) – FOREVER ALONE
Now now now J A Mexican female producer I have never come across but that I really like. The beat production is amazing and I thought I would post a little something of her works. It seems like she is very female orientated which I believe is a must in the cumbia and all musical world. You can hear a very deep cumbia production with hints of electro resonating in your ears. The vocal is pure protest and romance which I believe is a pure cumbia combo 😉 Big ups Dj Guaguis!
El Cifickzer- Kumbia Impresionante (Rebajado Mx)
Mr El Cifickzer and Rebajado mix did you say? Well it seems this way! So here it is this cumbia producer -who I love the simplicity of – is bringing us a very very dark cumbia with hints of murder, blood and satan J A very basic selection for all your sunny summer sets J No honestly this track has a lot of dark vibes and me like it.
Cerrero feat. Lucía Pulido – Pedacito de esperanza (Nicola Cruz remix) (llorona records)
WAOW ! Nicola Cruz strikes again. This is an absolute tuuuune ! It has a catchy deep & dense bassline with a relatively minimal but potent beat all brought together with Lucía Pulido’s chant !!! And that flute/gaita just hits the spot ! This tune has been on repeat for the past 8 days, and will stay as so for a good while.
(P.S: check out his soundcloud, where he’s dropped some very sweeeeet previews of forthcoming releases)
Mr Toé Feat Bima Inuma. – NOSOTROS
We move on straight into another journey, but this time in the hands of Mr Toé. I always love his work, and he has once more shown his skills. He has a very ritualistic and repetitive approach, which brings in a slow trance feeling, bringing you right into the middle of the jungle with all these lovely atmospheres.
AUMA – A Thing Called Cumbia (Edmoon Records)
We’ll stay into the deep vibes and travel with Edmoon Record’s forthcoming new release: AUMA.
“AUMA is mestizaje, is water and oil, is traditional ecuadorian music and strange sounds of the future.” This track is a preview single of his upcoming debut album, to be released in april, leaving us eager to hear the rest.
ElPeche – Rosas Bandidas (Pigmalião Remix) (Tropical Twista Records)
We’re moving towards a slightly more electronic and dancefloor approach to today’s scene, and this is a great example of how well it can work. It’s part of an ElPeche remix EP that has just been released on Tropical Twista Records, and Pigmalião has really managed to fuse his imprint into an already incredible tune.
Álvaro Llerena Martínez – Vaca Paria (Rafael Aragón Remix) [Premiere THUMP]
And while we’re on the dancefloor, let’s keep on skanking with this great remix by our beloved friend: Rafael Aragon ! We’ve all heard him rinse out dancefloors with this massive build up for a good while now, and I never get bored of it. You can finally enjoy it at home, with an exclusive première on THUMP.
Lagartijeando – Antofagasta de la Sierra (El Búho’s Diurnal Remix) (WONDERWHEEL Recordings)
Another great release on Wonderwheel Recs.; this label has been dropping some great material recently and it looks like there’s loads more to come. This one is a remix of one of Lagartijeando’s tracks from his forthcoming album by the one and only El Búho and as always, he ‘s nailed it. It’s a really atmospheric yet rhythmical tune, with really pure and crispy sounds; I love it !!!
Felipe Granda – Janaxpacha (Canal Dub)
The journeys don’t stop this month ! This track is part of an incredible 2 part compilation, which you can download and enjoy for free thanks to Canal Dub !!! Absolute big ups for these compilations, which always bring out new and different rhythms & sounds from all over the place, and have brought to me many new artists who I didn’t know (thank you!). For example: Felipe Granda, with this track. We enter a darker side of things, with a crunchy and profound vibe, echoed & synthed out to psych-up the whole thing beautifully.
Barrio Lindo Feat. Lulacruza (Shika Shika)
Make sure you click on the above link and enjoy this premiere of Barrio Lindo’s forthcoming album on the all mighty label Shika Shika, featuring the wonderful Lulacruza for this track. Keep your ears out for the whole thing, it will be dropping in digital format on April 6th, followed by a limited Vinyl edition.
Quantic & Nidia Gongora – Que me duele ? (Tru Thoughts Records)
Aie aie aie ! Pero que me duele ? When my sister sent the link of this tune after it just showed up on the web, my day started with a full buzz of sunshine and positive energy, and I’m sure a lot of you here with enjoy this bit of curulao! The vocal is stunning, the rhythm is insane, the marimba is next level: It has it all !!! This is our first taste of what’s to come on Quantic’s forthcoming album, and it’s looking great.
Pata De Perro – Live @ TBF2016
For those who like a bit of live business, here’s an extract of Pata de Perro’s performance last year. A wonderful mixture of afro-caribbean sounds with a lovely dose of dubbed out effects, synths and guitars.
La Dame Blanche – Dos Caras (feat. Celso Piña & Serko Fu)
So this one was a great surprise for me. It’s not usually the type of rhythm and vocals that do it for me, but I don’t know if it’s Celso Piña’s dubbed out accordion that did it or what, but it’s FAT !
Polymiller- Cumbia Vocoder
And while you’re on youtube, you must check this spaced out disco cumbia business; just enjoy the experience.
Yo soy la Cumbia – Teaser – Documental
Here’s another great insight into Cumbia for us to look forward to, with an hour long documentary, which will be brought to us by YO SOY LA CUMBIA.
Nicola Cruz – Danza De Vision (Multi Culti )
Another tune from Nicola in this month´s edition, I know. However this one is a tasty flute based groovy cumbia – Im sure it sounds banging on the dancefloor! The lovely flute riffs are complemented by a pulsing cumbia rhythm that makes great use of percussion to get the flow going. Check it out!
Jin Yerei – Vos Solo (El Remolon Remix) (Fertil Discos)
Part of Jin Yerei´s “Foráneo, Cálido, Pasmoso” remixes (part 1) that features versions from Barda, San Ignacio, dj DJ Karen, and Camanchaca (amongst others), this version of vos solo by El Remolon is a great electro cumbia re-dub of the original that will really get you travelling. Light and airy highs and pounding percussion accompany the arpeggiated synth beautifully, while added synths add to the psychedelic atmospheres. This tune, as well as the rest of the album, is amazing!
Jin Yerei – Introspection (Cha.Cho Remix) (Fertil Discos)
So here we go with part two, with killer tunes by another selection of awesome artists from around the globe. Here is Cha.Cho´s of Yin Jerei´s “Introspection”, a deep tribal affair better enjoyed at high volumes and in an inebriated state. Trippy, squelchy synths and syncopated percussion ride rolling high hats; this is fat! Big up to all artists involved.
Baru – The white elephant
Travel to a very deep, dark place where the sun is just about to rise with Baru´s white elephant. Didjeridoo, Balafons, and organic percussion create a lovely melodic layer that contrasts with an awesome “underwater” feel. Sexy cumbia beats pulsing underneath round it all off nicely to create a great atmospheric track.
Tropikore – Pa bailala en kimono (Feat. Rocko Akordeon & CBass) (Le Ronca Records)
Here is a killer dancefloor cumbia by Tropikore featuring Rocko Akordeon & CBass. This will rock any party with a fat cumbia techno vibe, some distorted, cut up vocals, some dirty mid range growls and wobbles, and a huge sub bassline! Check it out!
Pico Gallo – We Cum In Piss Drownnwu -ściągać, pobierać !!!
Dark and disturbing vibes here by Polish producer Pico Gallo. “We cum in piss” is a take on the famous sample from Mars attack, complete with an original, rolling cumbia beat, and some extraterrestrial synths and basslines. It certainly sounds like Alien abduction – come and ride the spaceship!
Saludos a todos, and see you next month for more delicious sounds !!!