Ahh 2011…here’s our little podcast where we look back to the grooves and sonic treats that left a mark on our ear drums this past year as we gear up for more Sonorama in 2012. We’ll look back to some very unique remixes for some of our favorite electronic artists, new acid folk music from Mexico, reissues of psychedelic delights from Peru to the soaring heights of Bolivia, funky re-edits, and new electronic fusions from Tijuana to Monterrey. Enjoy
1. Angeles Negros–Como quisiera decirte (Murcof remix) (Infine France)
First up is this really amazing rework of an already monstrously good track by Los Angeles Negros here getting the remix treatment by Mexico’s electronic auteur Murcof. Fernando Corona, the man behind Murcof has in the last decade established an awe inspiring sensibility for micro beats infused with classical experimentation that create aural landscapes that bring together the cinematic and the interplanetary . This remix comes as part of Murcof’s original soundtrack realeased earlier this year by France’s Infine label for Ivan Duenas 2009 film La Sandre Iluminada.
2.Gotan Project–Epoca (Chancha via Circuito remix)
Ten years ago France’s Gotan Project’s released their seminal debut La Revancha del Tango onto the world a decade later they’ve enlisted some of the top names in Argentina’s digital cumbia scene to rework the album for 2011. There are some really big names on this release, Chancha via Circuito, Frikstylers, Axel Kryger, El Hijo de la Cumbia, Bomba Estereo, among others, but what also makes this remix album unique is that they’ve avoided the standard remix formula: taking a handful of tracks and filling time with several (usually inispired) versions of the same track. Instead, each of the original tracks is only remixed once and the order of tracks is the same as the original Revancha, which nicely sequences the “remix” album and connects it to the orginal allowing the listener to experience the original album in a really fresh way. Our pick, Chancha’s remix flexes his usual love for bass heavy chunky cumbia beats with his usual sugically precise beats infused with the lovely female vox of Cristina Vilallonga on Epoca.
3. Juan Cicerol–Si, Si
4. Mandril–Sanza de los brujos (Discos del Condor/Germany)
Discos del Condor unearth another stunning set of psychedelic gems with this second volume of tunes from the mountainous lands of Bolivia. Like several explorations into South American psychedelia, Bolivia like other countries had their own unique shaking sounds often mixing local folklore and fusing it with fuzzed out workouts and rocking grooves and this comp. doesn’t skimp on delivering some top notch obscure psych treats. Mas Fuerza…
5.Los Destellos–Onsta la yerbita (Secret Stash Records/USA)
We’ve been playing this swirling psychedelic trip of a track from various comps from the last couple of years and at last it fell in the hands Minneapolis’ Secret Stash which have given the original source album the due reissue treatment. Enrique Lynch y sus Destellos can probably without much contest be the group that exploded the electric fusion of rock music and tropical sounds into one creating that singular Peruvian cumbia sound. This album a mid career release features the band definitely in their tropical element unleashing cumbias, guarachas, pachanga, psych rock and more with this release. “Boys and girls…your attention please….”
6.Bareto–No juegues con el diablo (Peru)
Mining the immensly rich catalog of Peru’s tropical masters like Juaneco y su Combo and Compay Quinto and infusing it with the raucous energy of ska this band has been rocking Peru for a few years now and are long overdue to tour the states.
Brooklyn’s Bastart Boots label unleashed this little EP of tropical reworks by DC’s Kidgusto here taking some serious South American influence and working some monster tunes for today’s dance floor. Colombia’s Afrosound get their disco funk cut Tiro al Blanco a very nice refix, Armando Hernandez’s driving cumbia con accordion gets a nice bossa rhythm track that gives it new life and Peru’s Enrique Lynch and his track Safari Salvaje gets down in a heavy Latin funked grooves full of chunky breaks and tasty horns.
8.Ocote Soul Sounds–Primavera
Led by Martin Perna and Adrian Quesada this cut from their latest LP Taurus finds the group further diving into new depths of dubbed out Latin sounds creeping into slinky funk territories with superior musicianship and production.
9.Pedro Sacedo y su orquesta–La vaca y el caporal
Quantic’s love affair with Colombia and it’s musical forms continues to express itself in more and more ways and thanks to this labor love he in conjunction with UK’s Soundway records bring the rest of the world a treasure trove of Colombian delights across 55 tracks. Mining dusty basements, old jukeboxes, and the deepest corners he’s managed to unearth some fiery hot rhythms that will definitely reward the listener. Considering that some of the sources were original 78 RPM discs you wouldn’t believe how insanely heavy and good some of these recordings sound years later. Cuuumbia..!
10.Maria y Jose–Rey de reyes
Tony Gallardo the virtuoso behind Maria y Jose has been scorching up many botas y guaraches with bumping percussive monsters since his 2010 debut Espiritu Invisible. This track possibly an early single from his next release could be seen as a definitive nod to the booming 3Ball scene continues to be shaking dance floors from Monterrey (hmmmmm “Rey de reyes”) all the way up to Texas and beyond.