El Hijo De La Cumbia - Genero Genero
Reviewed by Chano
El Hijo De La Cumbia is an excellent producer and composer of cumbia music - but cumbia music that’s inflected with all types of electronic music influences, as well as touches of other genres like rock. This album rips - the production is crisp, clear, and warm, and the songs really jump out of the speakers. Play some of these jams with your electronic music shows or with any set of music that’s upbeat and positive and oriented toward grooves.
Favorites: 1, 3, 4, 6, 8
RIYL: Cumbia, techno, mixed genre instrumental tunes
FCCs: None! Play all of them!
1. “Ritmo Realidad” (ft. Celso Piña + Alika y Nueva Alianza - 3:32 - Fun cumbia with some cool guitar tones and catchy accordion; Sick snare programming; The lyrics give a great overview of the history of Cumbia but in song! Working class internationalist roots!
2. “Huepaje” (feat. El Rama) - 3:31 - nasty synth bass line with the attack turned up (or down? I forget one makes it sound like it has a delayed attack.) Excellent sounding horns - upbeat just like the beat. Sick breakdown and then the beat comes back in.
3. “Che Revolution” (feat. La Dame Blanche) - oooh the bassline is very enticing, as are the effected (affected?) vocals that come in. This track feels poppy in a real nice vibey way. This one is a hit. The horns are nice af. The breakdown rap part is dope and totally fits. Mixed genre vibes.
4. “Que Te Vaya Bien” (feat. IMS) - 4:07 - Super catchy beat and singing about things not being your fault. Banging! Accordion rips. Very sick track - play it!
5. “Camino Sin Fronteras” - 3:52 - Instrumental jam for first few minutes of track. Dope tuba driving the beat. Real clean production - nice space in the track. Dig very much.
6. “Feliz Naranja” - 3:07 - i’m not sure how to classify this one - it doesn’t feel like cumbia but maybe I’m just too ignorant? As someone of Latin American descent I feel a little ashamed not knowing the genre - but I can say that it slays! Super positive vibes on this instrumental.
7. “Øka Dale” - 3:18 - instrumental jam. damn! This one has Nortec Collective vibes. Real sick. Melodica action. Upbeat and groovy but also has the vibe of being at a party at the time where you’re right in the middle of the peak of it - way before people start leaving but also way after people have arrived and gotten over that sort of initial awkward stage. Things have taken on a life of their own. That’s as close as I can get to describing my feeling of the vibe on this instrumental jam.
8. “Buen dia, Buenas Noches” - 3:26 - damn this one’s got an intense vibe; now it feels like the time where the party’s ending but you don’t want it to end. Really sick synths. Instrumental jam. Some guitars and heavy hitting drums. Dramatic in the best way!