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Posted by Chris on May 23, 2010 at 6:07 am  


as the weather begins to open up and before intense humidity slams it shut again, a window of cumbia. this is built from gigs of stuff i’d never got around to listening to. retroactive searching reveals at least a quarter of it came from mr /r. follow those tracks back up to here and here.

wordthecat – 37 minutes of cumbia

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Pedro Laza y su Pelayeros – Navidad Negra
Gabriel Romero – La Subienda
Reynaldo “el papi” Diaz y su Grupo – Fidelina (son)
Aniceto Molina – La Faldita Coqueta
Grupo Jalado – Cumbia Parrandera
Viento Calido – Ya No Puede Ser
Grupo La Cumbia-La Negrita
Los Daddys – Cumbia Negra
Majeza – Tu Heriste Mi Corazon
Los Askis – Amor Regresa
Los Shapis – Hombre Casado

Slight Return

Posted by Chris on April 19, 2009 at 2:59 pm  

Mark Morrison. returned with aplomb from nowhere. failed in an attempt to dodge community service by sending a lookalike in his place. apparently, while trying to return again got signed to a dodgy record label run by footballer Kevin Campbell (?). Sonido del Principe just upped a very nasty cumbia version of ‘return of the mac’ at his excellent generation bass blog.

MARK MORRISON – RETURN OF THE MACK (TINI DREAD vs SDP RMX) here in context. here in original.

tropikal romantik

Posted by Chris on August 4, 2008 at 8:37 am  

less haste more speed…

where i am now is muggy. tropical can mean something physical. cicadas crackling underneath. before i was where i am some nice people gave me some muggy music.

seb tells me ‘mooi oema’ is dutch-crole patois meaning ‘beautiful woman’. beautiful women deserve big vocals and busy drops.

Sonora Paramarera – Mooi Oema 8.9mb

j/r wrote a fair bit about this here. change keys and go. ladies free.

Damas Gratis – La Primera del Borracho (ta) 4.4mb

i’m not on the internets much where i am so i beg your patience for a while, & i won’t be able to weigh in on any rowdy super-intelligent bee fights ;)

3 grotesque 4 horns

Posted by Chris on July 10, 2008 at 11:58 am  

steal the way network presents:

nicolas and carla [episode 3]

opening theme

close up of an eyeball. slow zoom out to reveal a rat, then a gutter, then a street at night, light refracting through the mist and catching the huge stones on the side of a building above a cobbled street. we pan up to a window accompanied by the sound of distant bells. the camera moves over the balcony, through the double windows and into the room. pan around to the dresser upon which we see a picture of nicolas, carla and their newborn in a silver frame with fleur-de-lys detail. pan over this picture to two others. one of nicolas with his ex-wife and son, the other of a very serious-looking carla with her hands on the shoulders of a young boy in a starched suit. she is flanked by two men in similar suits, one old, one young. fade to white.

fade back to a cloudy sky above a silver birch tree. we pan down the length of the tree to see a suited man with his back turned. he is looking out over central Paris. the shot is held for about 30 seconds until he turns around. he is brushing his teeth with an electric toothbrush. in the background a wolf appears walking vertically down the trunk of the tree. just then the image is split horizontally by another image: nicolas sitting on the edge of a white-quilted bed feeding a child with a bottle. this is Carla’s POV shot. she opens her eyes fully and we follow her gaze around the room before rotating to the side as she turns her head to face the pillow.

–commercial break–

elk and horn home insurance

–return to programming–

the reflection of a church spire shines in yves st laurent’s glasses as he lies in an open, glass-sided coffin, unseasonal drops of ice caught above his ears. a hint of shadow appears at the edge of carla’s eye. it moves down her face, catching rainbow colours like oil in a car park. her child, still without a name turns to her and makes a whirring noise. close up of carla’s face. we hear an echo – the translation: “why does the metal stay?”. she re-assures her son: “the metal moves more slowly, but it moves the same direction”. music has been brewing extra-digetic for a while now.

the entire extended family is in attendance – nicolas’ ex-wife cecilia and their son, louis. raphael, the father of carla’s son, aurélien and raphael’s father jean-paul with whom carla was living when she started her affair with raphael. relations are not good between these people. pan out to tv cameras walking in front of nicolas and carla as they follow the coffin. cut to a vein on cecilia’s forehead, throbbing regularly. cut to raphael – he removes a gold ballpoint pen from his breast pocket and begins clicking it quickly. slow fade to the graveyard – a black cover is thrown off the grave, at that moment four white doves fly out, there is a crack of thunder and rain begins to fall. this is like a trigger for rafael. the camera follows him as, slowly shaking, he walks over to the graveside and picks up a gold bollard. he raises it above his head and brings it down on carla and nicolas’ son shouting: “the seventh brain shall not survive”. at the last moment carla extends her arm to block the blow – a clang of metal against metal resonates around the graveyard. close up of rafael’s face – he looks confused. his head is suddenly taken out of shot and we pan out quickly to see nicolas tackling him – “i am a man with nuclear power!” he shouts. from here on in it is a free-for-all. the funeral band strike up their horns. cecilia runs over to carla and jumps on her shoulders, pulling her hair. nicolas is now wrestling with rafael inside the grave. the rain begins to bucket down. rafael’s father jean-paul, not wanting to be left out, throws a punch at the priest. aurélien walks over to louis and tugs at his sleeve – “in which part of his house does god live?” we hear him ask above the marching band. jean-paul gautier falls to his knees a single sepia tear running down his face. nicolas and carla’s un-named son has stayed stock still through all this… the camera, which has been stumbling around the graveyard as if in a dogme film up til now, notices him and walks over, stepping over the prone body of the priest. close up of the boy’s face he begins to shout:

I do not claim here to be either a story-teller or a scribe. On the territory of dispossession, I would that I could sing.
I would cast off my childhood memories and advance naked, bearing offerings, hands outstretched to whom? – to the Lords of yesterday’s war, or to the girls who lay in hiding and who now inhabit the silence that succeeds the battles… And what are my offerings? Only handfuls of husks, culled from my memory, what do I seek? Maybe the brook where wounding words are drowned…

pan out from the boy’s face. the boy blinks. the image begins to fade then freezes as nicolas flies through the background tackling jean-paul gautier. fade to black.

closing theme


network image = erich berger – tempest (2004)

cecilia ciganer-albeniz

“i want a man with nuclear power”

dillinja – steal the way

ghost – reach out (rocksteady riddim)

sawako – petit garcon

guns and roses – november rain (video)

daddy y4nkee – ella m3 levanto

los hermanos tiuran – cumbia pa’ gloria – rebajada

*words from Assia Djebar’s L’amour, la fantasia

no airs but good airs

Posted by Chris on March 3, 2008 at 2:39 pm  


dubbed-out-cumbia/cumbia-ed-out-dub from Buenos Aires on ORO11′s new Bersa Discos label. providence brought us a load of mexicans & colombians last night. the zizek sound went down well.

Daleduro – Bombon Asesino

320k 6.6mb vinyl

this mp3 from here, theres a bersa discos mix there too.
new villa diamante mix also available to download at muy bastard or zizek records.

sobre el rio

Posted by Chris on July 20, 2007 at 4:33 pm  

Rupture’s show on cumbias rebajadas (pitched down cumbias) went out this week (listen here). It contains a half hour mix of cumbias rebajadas by Buenos Aires’ sonido martines (full mix in mp3 available here). Stay tuned to the show for a telephone interview with sonido martines with information on origins and the scene. Meantime other links to try for Buenos Aires-based cumbia-variations include FatPlanet’s po//st//s and this at Ghetto Bassquake. For the Monterrey connection try this hit by Celso Pina (produced by Toy Hernandez)

Super Grupo Colombia – Parajo Cenzontle 320k 7.7mb [lifted from Sonido Martinez's mix]




elsewhere attention should be called to this 2//part interview with the bug and this selection of remixes/reworks/tributes of/to Gyorgy Ligeti [via gusset].

oh and you know Iraq rinsed occupying power Australia in the Asian (football) cup last week. satisfying.

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