12 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Bogotá’s long-running electro-cumbia act embraces a new direction on this mostly acoustic excursion into tropical worldbeat. UK ex-pat Richard Blair summons his crew of Afro-Colombian percussionists and singers, replacing drum ‘n’ bass cumbia instrumentation with traditional shakers and kalimba. The result is a multilayered tribute to Caribbean orquestras, exemplified by hypnotic opener “Fuego Que Te Llama,” where flutes slowly amass and propulsive hand drums churn onward. While the vibe remains organic, Blair does insert some digital tricks, from dub edits pulsing away on “Magangué” to trippy psych drones on “Song For The Sinner.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Bogotá’s long-running electro-cumbia act embraces a new direction on this mostly acoustic excursion into tropical worldbeat. UK ex-pat Richard Blair summons his crew of Afro-Colombian percussionists and singers, replacing drum ‘n’ bass cumbia instrumentation with traditional shakers and kalimba. The result is a multilayered tribute to Caribbean orquestras, exemplified by hypnotic opener “Fuego Que Te Llama,” where flutes slowly amass and propulsive hand drums churn onward. While the vibe remains organic, Blair does insert some digital tricks, from dub edits pulsing away on “Magangué” to trippy psych drones on “Song For The Sinner.”

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