Thursday, May 3, 2012

REMOLINO DE ORO (Domino Sound, 2012)

This obscure New Orleans-based record label specialized on reissues and compilations of old, weird, foreign stuff on vinyl, released a first cumbia collection a couple of years ago. This is like the sequel.
When I say obscure label, I mean, they are either too old school or they wanna play the secretive game and keep it in the DL. I could not find a website anywhere, no mention of them on the usual social networks, even finding a decent quality image of the record cover on google took me a long time. So I don't know if they are just not internet savvy, or they simply play a complete different game of promotion that I don't understand. But somehow their albums get out there, in abundant quantities, and probably that's all that matters to them, and relying on word of mouth.
Anyhow, this is simply another compilation of golden-age Discos Fuentes stuff. Classic northern Colombian dancefloor tracks from the cumbia family, heavy on the percussion (plenty of breaks) and with great quality mastering. Some of the tracks are all-time favorites that many vinyl cumbia collectors might already have from the classic 14 Cañonazos series from the '60s and early '70s, but it's worth having them in this clean remastered versions if just for DJing purposes only. These are accordion-ridden cumbias by the true legends, like Andrés Landero and Calixto Ochoa from that era before big band brass arrangements started to bring cumbia closer to the salsa format and arguably making it cheesier. I only wish they included some liner notes or something.
On a side note, the cover collage art used the photo from the classic ¡Nos Fuimos! by Los Corraleros De Majagual, the same one that inspired me to name Bondi Blaster's debut EP ¡Lo' Juimo! I always loved that cover.

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