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Dengue Dengue Dengue // La Remolinera Real

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

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… Read More

Cantos Icaros (Masstrópicas)

This is something a bit special. In May this year our favourite purveyors of Peruvian pearls, Masstrópicas, recorded some performances of shamanic Cantos Icaros from the Peruvian selva. The recordings were performed by Sensacion Shipibo member Placido and… Read More

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… Read More

Grupo 2000 – El Destape (Masstrópicas)

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… Read More

Peruvian Ritmos Psicotropicos

‘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… Read More

INFOPESA Peruvian Cover Art

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… Read More

Sunday Mashup – Bonnz vs Flor Sinqueña

Bonnz, the drummer from Mexican alternative band Hello Seahorse, released an instrumental track ‘Tengo Barba’ a few days back via Soundcloud. He offered it up as an instrumental for MCs to rhyme over and I thought I would put… Read More

Mulher Rendeira – ‘Mujer Hilandera’

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… Read More

VA – El Sonido de Tupac Amaru

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… Read More