We have special readers here on TGBE, especially of this post. You guys are looking for quality reviews and quality words. If you want whatever is trending and only that, you know already that this isn’t the place. There are many other blogs you could visit where they fight for the spotlight of being “the first” to bring you the new sound and fight over their exclusive releases. You can find all that noise somewhere else.
Here we share music no matter if it is trending or not. The only criteria is for the music to be of good quality and interesting. We will give the same amount of attention to a release of an old genre that is no longer trending or never was trending, as we will to something trendy that meets the requirements of quality. What matters is good music and creative writing. This perhaps being the lease creatively written piece published on TGBE, however is meant to be a declaration of our respect for our readers. We don’t want those looking to compete for fame in some new trendy sound. There are plenty of Facebook groups and other blogs for them. They are welcome here though just like anyone else is, because reading TGBE’s posts might expand their knowledge and desire for quality writing.
Our reviews aren’t one worded proclamations of the “sick!” and “dope!” kind, though we don’t stop ourselves from using these words, we just write more words around them to describe why it is “dope” and why it is “sick.”
My point for writing this is to show appreciation for you, our dear readers. We respect the musicians and composers we write about while we also respect our readers. We do so by writing posts that are more for the thinking type, for the true rebels and innovators, and for those who want to hear the latest interesting music from the underground scenes globally.
Thanks friends, and here my friends and mis cumbieros!
Now that Halloween is behind us, we embark on Dia De Los Muertos and the future. This week I encountered a lot of great music I’ve been saving up for this weekend. Instead of wasting more time let’s get to it.
Club De Baile C’DM, besides having a quick name to type, has always some interesting mashups and originals to share with the Cumbia Digital crowd. With the decorations still up and the face paint still being applied, this little beast fits in to the Dia De Los Muertos and post-Halloween vibe quite well.
Tribilin Sound is one of those producers I can always trust to release some of the dopest edits and remixes. He doesn’t fall short even the least bit here with his heavy Bass edit of Los Cahplillacs’ opus “La Marcha del Chullachaqui.”
The highly influential Lou Reed will be greatly missed. He passed away last Sunday at the age of 71. Normally with the death of a legend like Lou, when they die their sales skyrocket. I just hope that is the case with him. It is only fair to go crazy with new kids experiencing this master’s work and wearing his shirts while claiming to always having been a fan, like they did with Johnny Cash and Ray Charles. Lou Reed is up there with those guys, with Michael Jackson even.
4:20 Music Flavor shows his love for the creative genius in his “Sunday Morning” edit. This I must admit is my all time favorite edit by 4:20 Music Flavor to date.
My good friend KayGee hosts his radio show “La Selva Radio” weekly without missing a beat. He’s always having fun with his show and his mixes and it comes across quite well to the listener. This past week he had one of our close friends Rafael Aragon on dropping some of his own genius.
Bringing the tempo down and the experimentation up high is Óptica Salvaje with this incredible and interesting piece of work called “Wild Optics.” It isn’t fair to call it Cumbia but it has the influence in it among others. It definitely deserves to be here on FFC.
El Flying Monkey Records is the premium label lately. They have been signing some of the most sought after Nu Cumbia artists like FAUNA for example. And they keep the music coming. El $abor is the latest to appear with them. This remix is really awesome. The redrumming is spot on making it something I would play now. Good job El $abor, you nailed this one.
Petardo is a massive representer of Cumbia worldwide especially from his home land with Chicha. Cumbia Dub Club is his show he’s been hosting out of Germany for quite a long time now. His latest show represents Chicha in his unique Dub way of doing things. This playlist alone should draw you in.
The good mixes keep coming, all representing a unique Cumbia flavor. This one from the guys at the always very active and strong supporters, Mashup Mexico, features a lovely mix of many favorite DJ’s and producers of mine. Share this with your older family to show them what’s been happening these past few years.
Perro Agradecido is a cool band from Mexico City. I’ve shared videos of theirs in the past on other blogs. They are a band worth keeping your eye on. If I had the money I would fly them up to perform here in festivals. They carry on the classic Chicha surf guitar sound very well. You should check out more of their stuff. If you need a guide, hit me up and I’ll take you where you need to be.
This is a lo-fi recording of one of their songs “Asimismo.”
This one is a real trip. It starts out with a broken beat and when it gets going it quickly turns into one of the coolest experimental Cumbia tracks I’ve heard lately. This is some really cool stuff from Puño de Guiro. This is Something Tropical indeed.
I have been speaking with DJ V-Rock a lot lately. He throws Cumbia parties in San Diego called “Cumbia Night!” I’m going to head over there and check one of these out very soon. I hope to collaborate on something with him soon.
Here are a couple mixes from his Cumbia Night parties. These are right up my alley. I love DJ’ing these tracks.
You might remember last week when we promoted the upcoming Philthy Dronez album “Wepa Life” with an exclusive first listen to a couple of tracks. They were uploaded to the TGBE Soundcloud account and I can attest that they were well received. Philthy Dronez along with his cousin Beatinum and vocalist Jazzy Drone bring us Cumbia shout backs to the Cumbia styling of Fito Olivares. The single “Don Sandia” is the perfect example of this sound. The song is fun and filled with retro sounds. Based on past Philthy Dronez productions I was surprised by him going this route. His earlier work is very good, just very different. I swear by this because I share his tracks almost immediately after each one is uploaded.
Wepa Life is on its way to iTunes very soon but we are in a very lucky position, we can stream the album here now so you can get a great taste of what is to come. I imagine after listening to just two tracks off of Wepa Life you’ll take note to definitely purchase this album as soon as it is available (you can count on me to tell you when it is up on iTunes).
Let’s now share the music from Wepa Life with others so they can too become infected with the desire to purchase it. Dig in mis cumbieros this is music for you!
Another seriously excellent EP was just released too! Manduka dropped this dope gem recently on KONN Recordings. It’s titled “Mi Pollito.” It is four tracks of serious Cumbia goodness.
Mi Pollito is quite experimental sonically but maintains a good Cumbia vibe throughout. The first track, “Mi Perrito” is energetically paced and exciting but by the time the second track, “El Luchador feat Pablo Neruda” it chills out. Taking its time to allow Pablo Neruda’s poetic words to play out, the backing track is lovely and very special. I love the various sound effects and delays. They work melodically and make this tune a very special one.
The track “Mi Tierra” comes as the third track. It is a very fun and clever Cumbia Digital. The dynamics of this song are presented well with this production. It’s a minimal digital love affair, one that engaged me immediately.
The fourth and final track is a remix of Sonora palacio’s “Llega la Cigüña.” Manduka’s technique is very apparent with this one, the minimalist repetitive intro never tires me out and when the horns come in, just in time, the song takes off.
I’m going to do a little history lesson here this week. I know I promised to do this weekly but I failed on too many occasions to keep that promise. But I do promise to do it every now and then. This is now so I’ll do it, now.
I’m going with Los Shapis this time. Every time I hear Los Shapis mixed in by a DJ, it is always on vinyl (at least so far). But that isn’t the only constant, every time I hear Los Shapis I’m filled with absolute joy. Their music hits the emotional spot in me that makes me feel really good. There’s something about their melodies and their Chicha guitar playing that really reaches me.
Los Shapis broke through into the Peruvian mainstream back in 1981 with their very famous hit “El Aguajal.” That song in particular is the one that hits the spot for me. It was the first Los Shapis song I heard and still my favorite.
Friends of mine from Peru, my age and a little older, always say that this is what they grew up to because of their parents playing it. I had different experiences when I was growing up of course, but I can relate to that feeling. There are songs and bands that bring me back to my childhood too. Songs my dad used to play all the time mostly consisted of Kraftwerk, Tom Waits, Bow Wow Wow (believe it or not), Taco, Talking Heads and a plethora of other weird artistic Post Punk/Alternative/Kraut Rock/etc.
Los Shapis helped Chicha grow in popularity locally and across the continent.
Here I have the classic El Aguajal along with a remix I really like by someone who goes by the name “The_DJ Father.” It must be our dad.
Sonido Chichadelica represents Chicha out in Brooklyn. Here he has a classic “El Condor Pasa” by Los Shapis. Another great tune with a intoxicating bass and guitar playing.
I suggest strongly that you follow Los Shapis’ official Soundcloud to get more music. They haven’t uploaded recently but this excellent collection was shared a couple of years back.