Saturday, June 18, 2011
DOCTOR STEREO-La Cumbia Perdida (Names You Can Trust, 2011)
I was expecting with great anticipation the new Frente Cumbiero, but instead I got this one by the virtually unknown Doctor Stereo. First I was like huh? Who the fuck is this? I mean, I think I know pretty much everybody doing sample-based cumbia back in my home country, Argentina, and I've never heard of this Doc, by the way, is the Stereo part of his name a reference to Bomba or Soda? Or neither?
Then I realized that it was actually a new alias of a well known DJ/producer called Ezequiel Lodeiro, who you may remember from last year's must-have release El Latinazo on Love Monk 10'' single. He's also the host of a highly regarded soul music party back in my hometown.
"La Cumbia Perdida" is a nice little piece, based on the percussion-heavy Colombian cumbia of Discos Fuentes beginnings (think the breaks of Los Teen Agers, Pedro Laza, Climaco Sarmiento, Sonora Cordobesa, etc) so it pretty much falls into the same category of Frente Cumbiero's release, but with a much cleaner, as in less excessively over-layered production style. Very different from the average ñu-cumbia that's been coming out of Argentina since the Zizek boom.
I haven't played it in my sets yet, but I'm leaning more towards playing the remix on the b-side because it has the addition of some afro-beat guitar that makes it delightful.
Buy it here.