Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Chancha Vía Circuito
Chancha Vía Circuito is not one of those artists who grabs tons of headlines. The average clubber at Zizek is probably more likely to recognize Pedro Canale as the mild-mannered guy who runs the merch table every Wednesday night. Nonetheless, amongst local experimental cumbia DJs and producers, Chancha Vía Circuito is a name that garners lot of respect.
Taking his name from an old train service, Chancha Vía Circuito pulls from all kinds of Latin sounds to craft his music, including Colombian cumbia, Mexican sonideros and Argentinian cumbia villera. He also mixes in lots of acoustic instruments and sounds, giving his creations a more organic feel.
Earlier this year he released an EP called Kumbias Gauchito, an eye-catching offering with its distinctive train artwork (see above) and unusual size. For some reason Señor Circuito had the EP pressed up on mini-CDs. Go ahead and sample a couple of the songs.
Chancha Vía Circuito - Cumbia Malembe
Princesa - Con La Misma Moneda (Chancha Vía Circuito remix)
Chancha Vía Circuito is currently working on new tunes that will hopefully be released sometime in 2008. In the meantime, you can always find him every Wednesdsay night at the Zizek merch table. The man is also a sort of human encyclopedia when it comes to cumbia and other tropical sounds, so feel free to pick his brain. He is not going to steer you wrong.