Frente Cumbiero // El Paujil

As we reach the last few hours on Kickstarter, I’m happy to reveal our last artist (for now 馃槈 )…Frente Cumbiero! The Colombian group will be creating a song by the wonderfully bizarre El Paujil or Blue Billed Curasow! This unique species found in the North of Colombia is recognised as Critically Endangered by the IUCN.

The Bird –聽El Paujil

The聽Artist – Frente Cumbiero

Frente Cumbiero‘s music is a journey through the darkest depths of cumbia, their mision – to take this entrancing Colombian genre and dance to the world! The band simultaneously celebrate the roots of the genre alongside pushing and embracing the new, no less than on their groundbreaking album with legendary Dub producer Mad Professor. Lead man Mario Galeano was also heavily involved in the globe trotting Cumbia all-stars group Ondatropica. Their own sound has a raw talent to it, succeeding where many fail in walking the line between the old and the new!

The Inspiration

“El canto del Paujil es poco mel贸dico, pareciera m谩s un rugido bajo y rasposo… no tiene una melod铆a musical… entonces hay dos opciones, o tomar mejor el contexto musical de la regi贸n de donde viene o intentar replicar ese rugido desde unos bajos sintetizados… veremos a qu茅 camino nos lleva su inspiraci贸n. “
“The song of the Curassow is not very聽melodious, it is more like a roaring bass…it doesn’t have a musical melody. So, we have two options聽either we take inspiration from the music of the region that this bird comes from or we try to replicate this booming sound with some synthesied basses. We will see down which path the inspiration takes us! “
Frente Cumbiero


Dengue Dengue Dengue // La Remolinera Real

NEWSFLASH: First things first…we made it! 100% funded on Kickstarter!

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Just a few days ago’A Guide to the Birdsong of South America’ passed the 100% mark on Kickstater thanks to some fantastic support from all over the world. We still have four days left to go so please back us if you can – the more money we can make the more we can give to Aves y Conservaci贸n!

We still have a flock聽of exciting new artists to reveal and are going to announce them one a day, until the end, starting today. So, drumroll please to welcome our first Peruvian group for the album – Dengue Dengue Dengue! The masked new-cumbia duo have chosen the unassumingly beautiful and critically endangered Remolinera Real or Royal Cinclodes (Cinclodes aricomae), found only in Peru and numbering between 50 and 250. Below the bird that will inspire them to make the track and some background on los聽Dengues!

The Bird – La Remolinera Real

The聽Artist –聽Dengue Dengue Dengue

Dengue Dengue Dengue are a duo hailing from Lima, Peru who have made a splash on the world of tropical bass聽for their bombastic live shows, bass crunching productions and refreshing reinterpretations of classic cumbia, chicha and Latin American sounds.

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Dengue Dengue Dengue! – La Alianza Profana

I am back from the land of the incredibly busy and catching up on the mountains of great music that has been awaiting my ear for the past month. Near the top of the list was the debut album from Peru’s masked cumbia viajeros聽Dengue Dengue Dengue!聽The duo have been causing waves, not just in Peru, but internationally for their fresh take on digital cumbia and performances聽at Lima’s聽TOMA!聽fiestas. Their two mixtapes (Vol. 1聽&聽Vol. 2) set a precedent for their fresh digital cumbia explorations, showcasing the producers’ talent for a good remix alongside their burgeoning production/dancefloor-science skills.

The culmination of these explorations is聽La Alianza Profana, one of only a few independent albums to emerge from the mass of tropical / digital /cumbia productions floating around Soundcloud these days. As much as I’d like to throw away the “digital cumbia” association, DDD’s album is threaded together with聽that聽rhythm in digital form making it hard to judge it as anything else. The album however shows why DDD stand out as two of the most interesting producers of their ilk, skilfully mixing influences from electronica, dubstep, dub, cumbia (of course) and god knows what else.

While聽El Remol贸n聽crafts聽multi-coloured ice cream nu-cumbia and聽Chancha via Circuito聽sounds like he’s聽drifting聽down a foggy rainforest tributary, DDD twist nu-cumbia into a much darker place. The basses are crunching, heavy and tight while the melodies are haunted and black.聽Simiolo聽and聽Chacalom聽(two peas in a pod) are stand out dancefloor killers while聽Chichon聽(personal favourite) is a hands in the air, heavy hitting slice of digital聽villera. Como Bailar la Cumbia聽manages to weave Funky House rhythms into cumbia, layering it with a floating melody that makes it sound truly fresh.

The album is clearly leans more towards the digital side than to聽rootsy聽cumbia but this is not to its detriment – it is DDD’s sound. It is clear that聽La Alianza Profunda聽is an album conceived, tested and made for the聽TOMA!聽dancefloor. It is also bluddy good聽ammunition for any budding digital cumbia DJ from Buenos Aires to Stockholm.

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Cantos Icaros (Masstr贸picas)

This is something a bit special. In May this year our favourite purveyors of Peruvian pearls, Masstr贸picas, recorded some performances of shamanic Cantos Icaros from the Peruvian selva. The recordings were performed by Sensacion Shipibo member Placido and will be released this week on limited edition (100 copies!) pro-dubbed casette.

Importantly, the release has been put together to raise funds for Placido and his family to build a new house after they were left homeless when their home burnt to the ground in August. Support a good cause and get five exclusive, magical, other-worldly Shibipo recordings for your collection.

The release is priced at $13ppd in the US and $18ppd to Europe and can be orderd by sending the amount to this paypal address:

The Huayno Murders

Thanks to Sounds & Colours for the heads up here. This mini-documentary, produced by VICE Magazine(!) looks at the spate of killings in the Peruvian Huayno scene. The most high profile of these was the murder of Alicia Delgado last year, supposedly stabbed by an assassin hired by her lover and fellow Huayno singer Abencia Meza. As well as exploring the tragic story of Delgado’s murder (which reads like a telenovela script), the documentary offers a great insight into the聽folclore and Huayno scenes, their roots and key figures such as presenter Chola Chabuca and Delgado herself. There is also a little article which follows the video on Huayno sensation Dina Paucar.

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Grupo 2000 – El Destape (Masstr贸picas)

Masstr贸picas are back (check out the previous release here) with another little gem of a release. Grupo 2000’s debut album, ‘El Destape’, originally released in October 1974, has become a much sought after diamond for collectors of classic Peruvian chicha. Virtually unknown outside of Peru, this re-release, taken directly from the seemingly endless resource of long-lost chicha master tapes, brings Tulio Trigoso’s grooving arrangements to many people’s ears for the first time.

Grupo 2000 – Notas de Colores

Grupo 2000’s chicha is up-beat, funky and fresh adding son/salsa (‘El Destape a los 2000’), jungle influences (‘El Ventisho’), rock ( ‘Notas de Colores’) and even what sounds like Peruvian Afro-Beat (‘Flor Tarapotina’) into the mix. This is of course accompanied by the usual fill of wah, melodic guitar solos, organ and guiro and is all held together by Tarapoto born Trigoso’s remarkable guitar playing. Grupo 2000 eventually changed their name to Sonido 2000 and continue to play to this day with Trigoso, now recognised as one of chicha’s greatest songwriters, at the helm.

‘El Destape’ will also be available come mid/late September on limited edition vinyl聽 with a ‘ ‘tip-on’ style Stoughten jacket’, quality photos and the customary in-depth background notes on the band and the release. For those of you who can’t wait, or just want to get their hands on the music, the album is available now on MP3 via Light in the Attic Records.

It seems Masstr贸picas has some exciting little surprises up its sleeve over the next few months so watch this space….

Peruvian Ritmos Psicotropicos

‘Desde Per煤…puros sonidos psicotropicos!’

Toma! is the latest project from Colectivo Auxilar, a collective of musicians, video artists, designers and artists. Following in the footsteps of ZZK Club in Buenos Aires, the Lima based Tropical Bass clubnight marries ritmos y tradiciones latinoamericanos (Cumbia, Chicha, Afro-Peruano) with Dubstep, Techno, Drum ‘n’ Bass, Global Bass and a club aesthetic. The visual/graphic is also well represented with live visuals on the nights and some quality graphic design for the promotion/website design etc.

As far as the music goes, Toma!/Axuiliar unite a new wave of ‘Tropical’ producers and DJs in Peru, offering a showcase for their sounds and the exploration of new musical directions. This group includes the likes of the fantastically named Dengue Dengue Dengue!, Elegante y La Imperial, Deltatron, and Sonidos Profundos (see below for some little musical gems).

Los Ribere帽os – Silbando (Dengue Dengue Dengue! Remix)

Sonidos Profundos – Al Tamboo (Instrumental Mix)

Elegante y La Imperial – Tarde

Deltatron – Algo en Tus Ojos