Originally posted on Fat Planet.
originally from colombia, cumbia has spread far and wide over the centuries, permeating deeply throughout central and south america. contemporary strains can be heard throughout pop, hip hop and reggaeton, but it’s also now infiltrating into more experimental waters as artists weave the sound into electronica, techno and other club genres. not to be confused with the more pop-orientated ‘tecnocumbia’, this new strain of electronic cumbia is represented by a wide field of seemingly mostly argentinian artists such as axel krygier, daleduro, oro11 and el remolon.
el remolon, aka andres schteingart (also known as drole) cites his reference point as argentinian ‘shantytown cumbia’ or ‘cumbia villera’, a subgenre born in buenos aries and popularised throughout the 90s. in el remolon’s hands, it’s mutated into a new hybrid that balances traditional rhythms with electro, dub, reggaeton and minimal tech. the cumbia bichera e.p. (available to download at the peublo nuevo netlabel) features four original tracks in this vein alongside five remixes – four of the title track alone. in his work as drole, schteingart plays more heavily on a clean minimal tip – you can download his latest ep at germany’s tropic netlabel.