The fourth release from future looking Latin American netlabel Antartek comes from Amsterdam based Argentine born producer Makina. Potro (which translates as horse) consists of four prime cuts of ‘Ghetto Folk/House/Pisco Sour/Cumbia'(!) Makina takes house music foundations and layers them with slices of chicha guitar, cut up cumbia rhythms and even a drop of swaggering […]Read more "Makina – Potro"
Auntie Flo, otherwise known as Glaswegian Brian D’Souza, has been making waves over the past year or so with his take on tropical/afro-house and DJ sets at the Highlife club night. His previous tunes ‘Goa’ & ‘Highlife’ were the first releases from club turned label Huntley & Palmers which was followed by this tune ‘Oh […]Read more "Sunday Mashup – Auntie Flo vs Los Mirlos"
Masstrópicas 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 […]Read more "Grupo 2000 – El Destape (Masstrópicas)"
‘Desde Perú…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 […]Read more "Peruvian Ritmos Psicotropicos"
This one comes from those excellent folk at Listen Recovery. Infopesa, the Peruvian imprint responsible for launching ‘Chicha’ back in the 1970s has a selection of its cover art from across the last forty years up on their Facebook. I have picked a selection of my personal favourites (click on them for a little audio […]Read more "INFOPESA Peruvian Cover Art"
The story goes that Alberto Maravi, the former head of the Peruvian label INFOPESA, first heard ‘Mulher Rendeira’ when he was working as a DJ in Brazil. Upon his return to Peru he believed the song would make a great first single for the chicha amazonica band from Pucallpa in the Peruvian Amazon, Juaneco y […]Read more "Mulher Rendeira – ‘Mujer Hilandera’"
El Sonido de Tupac Amaru, released through the Massachusetts based Masstrópicas label, is another Peruvian chicha retrospective which this time concentrates on the sound’s evolution during the 70s and 80s. The album is well-informed and meticulously researched by Masstrópicas label head Mike P with in-depth sleeve notes, including material taken from interviews conducted with some […]Read more "VA – El Sonido de Tupac Amaru"