Mindblowingly beautiful electro-andean from Luzmila Carpio on ZZK records

Wow. Mindblowing weekend. Absolutely HUGE tropical night at Rambunctious Social Club on Saturday night. Made great new friends in Chris Tofu and Cal Jader. Had a great Sunday recovery session with Cal talking about music and the people who make it. He just alerted me to this incredible project on Buenos Aires based label ZZK. It’s by a venerated Bolivian singer from Potosi called Luzmila Carpio and features seven tracks remixed by some of the best known talent in the ever snowballing Electro-Andean music scene. ZZKs Chancho via Circuito and Wonderwheel’s Tremor have cracks at the whip as does US world music ace Captain Planet. It’s everything I hoped would emerge when I started the Nueva Andina soundcloud group whilst I was still in travelling in Peru. This is raw, honest and authentic huayno k’alampeado music from Potosi district blended with modern electronica. I absolutely love it. The electro-andean movement is gaining pace.

Do yourselves a favour. I’ve included the Soundcloud mix of four tracks below for ease of listening. Go straight to Bandcamp and get yourself the full seven track LP. It’s only a minimum seven dollars….pay more! These kind of projects deserve support.

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Rambunctious Social Club – Chris Tofu and Cal Jader guest in a southwest rum shack carnival tropical special!!

We’ve got a tropical special going on at Rambunctious Social Club tomorrow night in Totnes. Delighted to be welcoming a giant of the UK alternative festival circuit and electroswing pioneer Chris Tofu. We also have the owner of Movimientos Records and leading light in the UK tropical scene mr Cal Jader. Aside from that there will be the usual blend of reggae, ska, cumbia, samba, salsa, electroswing, balkan and a fair dose of straight up jazz. The night will be hosted by resident DJs Lee Hodges and myself. Cannot wait! Doors open at 8pm.

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Kanaku y el Tigre – Alternative indie/folk pop from Peru.

For those who thought Peru was all about psychodelic chicha and cumbia, here comes a timely reminder that Peru has a proud history of keeping up with whatever alternative musical phenomena are going on elsewhere in the world. This Lima based duo called Kanaku y el Tigre have just signed to Strut records in the UK in association with the delightful Tigers milk records. I absolutely love their videos. I remember Nick Gold of World Circuit records commenting on the difficulty of foreign language music crossing over in the English speaking world. The Manu Chao’s and Buena Vista artists tend to be the exception to the rule. Could this band have it? They seem to have something special. Check this video out from Lima. Reminds me of my wife and I doing a wacky races style charge down the pacific coast highway in 2012. Colombia to the Chilean lake district in three weeks with my wife 5 months pregnant. Happy days. Check out Strut records for their new LP Quema Quema Quema. https://strut.greedbag.com/buy/quema-quema-quema-0/

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Pervian digital cumbia scene

Just got sent this by Dj Caution from Ovni Guaraje. I’ve been following some of these artists for a while through the Nueva Andina group that I curate on Soundcloud. The hardcore electronic stuff is a little too much for me but I really love some of the old remixes of Amazonian chicha by bands like Los Destellos and Los Mirlos. I’d love to see some of these guys taking on the other forms of peruvian folk music. They have such an incredibly rich and diverse range of styles. Almost every region has it’s own distinctive sounds. Although people associate Peru with zamponas (panpipes) and quenas a lot of their music is actually heavily string led. Harps, guitars, charangos and a lot of violins. Peruvian huayno has a lot of accordion in it was well which is something you rarely hear in Bolivia. I’m working on a remix at the moment through Sounds and Colours magazine from a French field recording artist called Vincent Moon who has an amazing catalogue of field recordings from Peru. Will put up a link in the next post.

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Bosq’s Fruko Remix!

Just got a heads-up on this little freebie from my old Jelly Jazz partner Pete Isaac. Bosq is churning out some great remixes at the moment. This is set to become a new regular on any dance-floors that I’ll be spinning for. (By the way do feel free to comment on any of the stuff I post. I welcome discussion and opinion as long as it’s constructive and respectful.)

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I just rediscovered a series of films I posted on Youtube whilst travelling across South America. Exhibit one. Vallenato from the streets of Tolu in Colombia. On the promenade facing the caribbean these guys were playing for aguardiente and the sheer fun of it. Happy days.

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Afro perfection!

In a rare fragment of time snatched to browse some music I just discovered this gem of an LP that I had missed from 2013. Check out the remixes on tracks 10, 12, and 13. Afrobeat heaven.

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EBS recordings. The modern sound of Brazil.

I love it when a bout of opening doors in Soundcloud turns up a whole rich new roomful of music. I stumbled on some remixes by Tahira that I loved. As it turns out, he has a label and specialises in music with one foot in classic Brazilian sound of artists like Gil Gilberto or Marcus Valle, and the other foot in the contemporary dance music. Here’s one of many Brazuca EPs available on Bandcamp. Enjoy. Perfect for taking the edge off the increasing northern hemisphere chill of approaching winter.

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Wonderwheel recordings go Andean with Huella by Tremor.

This is a project close to my own heart. Since being in Bolivia and Peru for about 6 months a while back I’ve been curating the Soundcloud group Nueva Andina. It’s a platform for experimentation with Andean forms of music. I’d like to open people up to the wide and beautiful diversity within Andean music…it’s not just about new age pan pipe CDs.

This group Tremor contributed a track to the group called Caracol a while back. Nicodemus, founder of Brooklyn based Wonderwheel records, (aside from being one of the nicest most positive and encouraging people I’ve ever had the good fortune to spend time with), has an astute ear for marketable music from all over the world. I’m delighted he has picked up on this. The track Huella is in a vocal style particularly heard up in the north of Argentina in the region of Salta and the stunningly beautiful Quebrada de Humuaca. The other track Tarkas is played on something like a recorder and is a much more traditional western altiplano sound conjuring up the wild freezing landscapes of volcanos and saltpans. Hopefully it will add to the growing interest in Andean music.

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