Wednesday, 24 February 2010
Yo Majesty's! ex-tour DJ, Orion, who hails from Austin, Texas, is a big cumbia fan. According to XLR8R, Austin is one of the homes of cumbia in the States which is new to me. Anyway, Orion has put together an album of cumbia refixes called 'Carajo Colombia', and it's really quite good. Thankfully, unlike some of the other cats in the genre, he doesn't fuck with the originals too much. An extra kick here, a touch more bass there, and that's it. The thing about cumbia, is that most of, if not all the tunes are good enough to stand on their own two feet. I don't really see the need to retouch them to make them more accessible for hipster parties in Brooklyn. I mean, you wouldn't start messing around with a Lee Perry track, or some rare Ali Farka Toure cut would you?
The album can be downloaded in its entirety, and for free here.
PS. There's more mentions of Barranquilla, Santa Marta and la costa caribe than you can shake a stick at.