Tuesday, August 21, 2007
In my various ramblings about the Buenos Aires electrocumbia (or whatever you want to call it) scene, El Remolón is someone I have mentioned several times. However, as one of the more accomplished producers in the scene and one of the few with an actual release under his belt, he deserves a closer look.
El Remolón combines cumbia and other latin rhythms with the modern electronic sounds of glitch, IDM and minimal techno. With a heavy reliance on microsampling, his music is marked by a level of complexity and precision often lacking in a scene filled with DIY bedroom producers. In a larger sense, the music reflects an entire generation of Buenos Aires kids who grew up surrounded by traditional latin sounds only to become immersed in pulsing European electronic beats as soon as they started hitting the clubs. El Remolón manages to fuse these two worlds and also create a manicured version of electronic cumbia suitable for both headphone listening and the dancefloor.
Recently the CubikMusik blog enlisted El Remolón to talk about some of his musical influences. It is well worth checking out, not only to see what makes El Remolón tick, but also to scoop up some of the hard-to-find mp3s he sent along with his writings.
Earlier this year El Remolón released the Cumbia Bichera EP on Chilean net label Pueblo Nuevo, who have made the entire EP available for free download here on their website. I have posted the title track before, but I'll throw it up again for anyone who missed it.
El Remolón - Cumbia Bichera
New tracks can also be heard on El Remolón's myspace page, but where he really shines is in the club. Last month El Remolón put on an amazing live set at Zizek, which they have been kind enough to make available on their website.
El Remolón - live at Zizek
My only lament is that the only captured the first 22 minutes.