Yes yes y'all...this is the one installment of the Levi's Pioneer Sessions series that I'd been most looking forward to. And, as expected, it does not disappoint. Olé, olé, olé!
Twenty-one years after Technotronic created a dancefloor masterpiece with Pump Up The Jam, Bomba Estereo have re-crafted the song in their unique big-beat, bi-lingual style. It sounds like Bomba Estereo doing Technotronic's Pump Up The Jam, only totally fresh and relevantly modern.
Maybe it's the gorgeous weather today, or maybe it's some under the skin-surface desires, but if you look at the last two posts, and then top it off with this "third in a row of tropical riddim rad radness", you'll see a bit of a trend emerging. We already know my love of beastly riddims, but London boy Sumsin just went and tossed us "sumthin sexy"...nay, sexpot. Wipes brow emphatically now.
The latest in his socamerenguetek-stylings, Sexpot Riddim is a steamy and slinky filled with the whispery coos, oohs and aahs, courtesy of Frannie Buckles. It's like a smoothly minimalistic sense-pleaser with cat-like purrs and pauses.
I can't talk any more about this, because I'd need to excuse myself to a dark dance floor. Or the like.
Equally awesome is his Socasummerengue mix, which is an hour of upbeat tropically-funky beats. Alright, now back to our regularly scheduled beastliness.
Hola donde queso mi amor! I don't know what any of that means, but those are like the only Spanish words I know, and with Chernobyl getting ready to reveal his Le Cheval EP, I'm starting a mini-Carnivale here in Beastonia right now. I don't think I'll have any opposition, especially after you give your ears to these beats. Olé!
Furthering a tropical gypsy house sound that is spreading like wildfire lately, Chernobyl realized that his homeland in the south of Brazil has similar sounds to offer. In the state of Rio Grande do Sule (near Argentinia), musicians use the accordion in tango tunes that invoke sounds of eastern Europe. Le Cheval mixes this gaucho-goodness with a baile-funk beatbox and a cool contemporary vibe.
Also on the EP is Hooli-Gun-Yo, a colloaboration with Bazooka Boom form Moscow. The dudes combine their ironic post-apocalyptic zombie gangster raps with Russian folk elements.
Dancefloor fix-ups of the title track come from Horatio, Cavalo Horse, Lorcan Mak and Yolanda Be Cool. Chernobyl's Le Cheval EP is out June 16 via Exploited. Get a taste below.
My favorite "electropical" outfit is the Colombian-sprouted Bomba Estereo. Managing to pull from their Cumbian roots with a modern day sensibility and, generally speaking, some of the funnest live performances we've seen this year. And the fun times keep rolling on, now that they've got a new video for us to get all googly-eyed over. Ooooh yeah.
Aguasala comes from their 2009 album, Blow Up. Honestly, since I hadn't heard the release until this year, I'd almost be prone to toss it on my year end list of best of the past 12 months...but that wouldn't really be fair would it? Instead, we'll say, hey, this album is a "killer sick sexy awesome" slice of the rad and be on our way.
But not before letting you in on the video. That would just be rude.
Now, dance! On a beach. (or at one of their upcoming tour dates...which you can find below the clip.)
June 12 – Bonnaroo Music Festival (Latino Alternativo Tent) – Manchester, TN June 14 – KRCC Festival @ Colorado College – Colorado Springs, CO July 21 – Samba Bar – Boston, MA July 22 – Kimmel Center For The Arts – Philadelphia, PA July 23 – Celebrate Brooklyn @ Prospect Park – Brooklyn, NY July 24 – The Getty Museum – Los Angeles, CA July 25 – Stern Grove – San Francisco, CA July 26 – Millennium Park – Chicago, IL July 26 – Green Dolphin – Chicago, IL