It’s been almost two weeks and I’m still thinking heavily about Lou Reed and his passing. I revisited a lot of my old musical influence, those who without their music my adolescence would have been very different. Lou inspired a lot of those who inspired me. But one thing stands out above all my thoughts, Lou never cared even for one second in his career for radio play, fame, fortune and all the other fallacies. The things many of us put value on, he didn’t. Fame is the big one too. Most of us are in it for the fame more than the love of the art. Sure everybody will deny it but trust me your Facebook updates say otherwise. Most of us are unconscious of this fact but it is true still. This is the main thought I can’t escape lately. Lou did it his way and didn’t care what anyone else did. He helped launch careers of those who did succumb to the fame bug, Bowie being one of them. I’m not defacing the image of Bowie mind you, it is very well known due to his own admission on many occasions that the 1980’s for him was a decade of “selling out.” He has said he was asleep for that decade, especially for the albums “Tonight” and “Never Let Me Down.” Bowie has lived long enough with a successful career to be able to admit this without fear of losing support from his fans. But Lou however, never “sold out.” He was true all the way to his last breath.
I have taken a personal vow this week to never succumb to producing any art, whether it be written words, music composition or even standing in front of an audience with a microphone lecturing or telling stories as I commonly do, for the sake of fame. I don’t care honestly. I’ll never compose a song the way it “should” be to fit in with what is popular at any moment. I don’t want fame, I don’t even care much for recognition of any kind anymore. I will only do what I want to do solely for the reason that I want to do it. I’m excited by this vow honestly. I’m going to let it all out with my work from now on. If the radio comes calling, I won’t answer.
Now let’s check out some of these Nu Cumbia songs I really like that were released, or came to my attention this past week. (I’m always listening).
La Gallera Social Club is the real deal through and through. These guys do exactly what they love and boy do they do it with class. They uploaded this new teaser video of them performing a little bit and I must admit seeing these boys in action is really something special.
Some of Don Beto’s beats were the first I downloaded as loops when I started composing Nu Cumbia music. I didn’t know who he was back then but I did know his name. When I finally put a face to the creator of the beats I was impressed. He has a great skill of taking old rhythms and breathing new life into them.
Recently he released an EP through KONN Recordings called “Recao.” Along with a video, this four track EP consists of very cool unrelated to each other, remixes.
Every once in a while I come across a very experimental Nu Cumbia that stands out from all the rest. Thus is the case with Komando Wachin. “El Tunel” actually gives the impression of traveling through a tunnel sonically. The sound effects are well used as the rhythm keeps driving forward like a vehicle going through a dark tunnel.
And now we visit our good friend and fellow writer here on TGBE, Piper Street Sound. He produced the new Dubconscious EP “Inna Different Light,” which will be available this December. But the single has been released already and it consists of three cumbieros you might know, Damo Naimad, Ale Cassis and myself. Along with the original track, an instrumental version and a Dub remix by Righteous Dub, this single brought out the creativity in all of us involved.
I am really pleased with how it turned out, I just hope Dubconscious is as well.
Hydro Selekter is back with a dope refix of “Fuego Le Vamos A Dar.” The reaffixing involved is very apparent and effective.
I don’t need to tell any of you how good it is to have something new from DJ Neber. Yet again he brings a classic old tune into the realm of Hip Hop or rather Crunk Cumbia. DJ Neber is one of the best who take this approach and I’ve known and heard many others who take classics on the decks and mash up Hip Hop beats well.
I’m bringing back Petardo Peru this week because he’s done it again. He’s taken a “Toto La Momposina” Cumbia Colombiana and brought it into his lab where he layered over new beats and effects, effectively.
Keeping with the Colombian vibes, Arturo Herrera, a name often seen here, dropped a very dope edit of the classic “En La Mar.”
Arturo’s Colombian dopeness doesn’t end there however, he also dropped this wild refixed intro and redrummed edit of Lucho Burmudez’s “La Gaita de Las Flores.”
It’s no lie that Tribilin Sound is among my favorite new producers in the Nu Cumbia world. I have favored the modern Peruvian sounds most these past few years. If you find yourself asking why, just check out this new track.
If you need more proof to see that Peru is where it is at these days, just check out another of my top favorite producers, Sonidos Profundos’ new original “El Terror.”
I have a day job that seriously consumes most of my time. I have to pay my bills to keep a roof over my head and food in my body as well as to afford to do all of this. No one hands me anything for free so I have to work to make it all happen. But even with this reality I manage to listen and collect music all week long. I do this for FREE because I ask for no payment and I do it because I want to.
I’m stating this just so you know how serious I am about what I do. This world I created called The Global Bass Experiment is my playground I share with others. And as most of you whom already know me knows that Cumbia is the main music I collect online.
So with that clear, let us continue, I’m not done yet.
DJ Pase has graced the pages of many Sexxy Saturday Cumbias when I was with Generation Bass (leaving that place has been incredibly good for me). And since starting Funky Friday Cumbia, DJ Pase has been featured a few times already. I enjoy his take on Nu Cumbia, I think it balances out all the faster remixes and originals. He shows his style of producing with his new remix of “Rolling In The Deep.” Sure we have seen many remixes of Adele’s chart topping tune but a good remix is always welcome. And none of the remixes sound like this one.
I should have come across Kumbia Beats long ago, but it’s never too late for good music. Even though this was uploaded six months ago it really belongs here. Kumbia Beats is incredibly creative. I have a couple from him that show this awesome creativity.
Or@lestyle is a Krunk as they come! He dropped this banger off a few days ago and man does it hit hard or what!
I’m always down to share Pedrolito Radioglobal’s mixes. He often mixes in tracks I missed out on and therefore opens my grateful eyes and ears to them. He gives us a gift of yet another “Dale Amor La Cumbia…” mixtape featuring some real giants in the Nu Cumbia scene, many who are friends of mine, friends I’m grateful for having.
And wherever I am blogging or even performing, Pedrolito is more than welcome to appear.
I was playing around with some concepts earlier this week. When I have some down time I like to play my guitar. Actually I play it when I shouldn’t be too. I have been hung up on this South Western vibe thing, this Duane Eddy meets Delta Blues meets Cumbia. So that’s what I did. I even through in some real local desert hawk calls.
One of the most experimental of us is definitely Tu Guaina. I never know what to expect except to expect something very different when it comes to his productions. Once again he impresses us with his creativity. This one is just too damn good!
I’m limited to only being able to share a link for this next one. I can’t find a way to embed it here but I strongly suggest you check it out. It’s from Bombombom and it’s a very lovely Cumbia Dub mixtape. Go to the link below and enjoy.
Make sure you come back after that mixtape because I’m not through yet and you don’t want to miss this one. Trust me it’s really really really good. Orihuela M.S.S. does it again with his new remix of Daft Punk’s “Something About Us.” Orihuela makes it seem like this was meant to be a Digital Cumbia all along.
Remember this is the home of El Guero Unico and I love this stuff here a lot. For the newest and best in Nu Cumbia you can always count on me and Funky Friday Cumbia to deliver. There are other places online and you of course should check them out too but just keep in mind all that I go through just to do this for you and for me.
Gracias mis cumbieros!