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Chancha Via Circuito – Rio Arriba


Chancha Via Circuito’s new album, Rio Arriba, has been a Fool’s Paradise favorite for the past couple of months, so we thought it appropriate to share the goodness. The “cumbia digital” scene has been growing steadily for the past few years, and Chancha Via Circuito along with the rest of the ZZK crew from Buenos Aires have played a huge part in bringing this new form of cumbia to the masses. “Rio Arriba” is the second full length album from Chancha Via Circuito and shows him furthering the crisp clean organic sound production into an expansive midnight cumbia netherworld. “Rio Arriba” seems similar to an opiate induced sleepwalk through that movie Legend. Time for that 21st century cumbia….weeebeeee

Preview the whole album below. Or go HERE to make it yours.

Also don’t forget to check out the Chancha’s exquisite Los Pastores Mixtape he did for XLR8R earlier this year.

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Sonido Martines


The afternoons are getting hotter and hotter and it’s becoming the perfect time to bring out the cumbia. And Sonido Martines’ mix Sonambulo Orientalista…perfect 20minute cumbia joyride. It’s a vinyl mix of straight Amazonian cumbia from the old days. The psychedelic era brought the demand for amplified instruments and that mixed in with folk traditions helped create some electrifying sounds. This mix is like a window into the golden age of cumbia. And if you like this, be sure to check out the Roots of Chicha compilation.

Here’s what it says about him on his MYSPACE:
SONIDO MARTINES is South America’s finest cumbia selector & tropical crate-digger. In his mixes cumbia rubs up against chicha, vallenato, dancehall, and hiphop, as well as latin urban beats from all over. He’s a tireless record-digger and a sought-after remixer, known for turning classic (& obscure) cumbias into dancefloor bangers. He based in La Paz, Bolivia, but travels travels widely around South America looking for records and DJing, especially in Lima (Peru), Bogota (Colombia), and Buenos Aires (Argentina).

Check out the El Sonambulo Orientalista mix

And here is a remix with Fefe he did of a classic by Los Destellos….

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Jauneco y su combo


In the 1960’s this band with a few others from Peru started a genre called Chichas.

Peep game.

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