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Speaking of Cumbia

The sounds of Central/South American cumbia have become a bit of an interweb phenom over the past year. Zizek Tour 2008This is no doubt due in large part to the extensive coverage on /rupture’s Mud Up blog. There’s now a steady stream of underground, electronic-dance-music influenced (less folk/traditional instrumentation) cumbia tracks bubbling up, and the Buenos Aires, Argentina-based crew Zizek Urban Beats Club is now in the states on tour to promote their particular brand of the sound.

As it says on their flyers:

Argentina’s leading producers of digital cumbia, glitch folk, electro reggaeton, mashups and more.

These guys seem like good-eggs and what’s more, my friend DJ Refusenik who moved to Buenos Aires from Boston last year will be on tour Zizek at Sonothequewith the Club. They’re performing in Austin at SXSW tonight at the Iheartcomix vs. Mad Decent party featuring folks like Diplo, Simian Mobile Disco, Switch, Santogold, Amanda Blank, Flosstradamus, Blaqstar, Tommy Sunshine, Drop the Lime, Rye Rye, Har Mar Superstar, Roxy Cottontail, Nick Catchdubs, Klever, Scottie B, Fluokids, Dave Nada, Bird Peterson, and the list goes on and on. It actually sounds a little ridiculous.

Unfortunately I won’t be making it down to TX for that crazyness, though I’m psyched to be heading up for a gig in Mulwaukee tonight — Sublow Bounce ->. The other good news is that the Zizek Club will be here in Chicago next Friday at Sonotheque, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what kind of heat they bring. Here are a couple of tracks by artists on the tour.

MP3 Downloads

Frikstailers; Foonkie Boogie

Axel K Soundsystem; Cumbieton Rutero

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