We’re big fans of the weird new variety of cumbia bouncing around from Berlin to Bogota—we’re also big fans of the DJ/singer Coco Maria, so naturally a compilation by Maria that brings together Frente Cumbiero, the Meridian Brothers and the reliably great Swiss label Bongo Joe has our interest thoroughly piqued.
Out May 28, and available for preorder now, Club Coco brings together some of our favorite cumbianauts exploring the outer reaches of this beloved durable Afro-Latin style.
artists that Maria plays on her Worldwide FM show, “in many
ways, the tracks of the album showcase how these artists use music to
reconcile both their pride in Latin American and Afro culture as well
as their interest in being part of the cosmopolitanism of big
European cities,” the description reads. “Thus, each track adds a
particular detail into building a perfect soundtrack for a community
that is always traveling back and forwards between both regions,
always looking for songs that explore the furthest frontiers of
tropical music while staying true to the roots of their genres.”
Check out three of the songs here, and mull over whether it's worth a couple extra euros to get the vinyl in lovely blue.
It’s retro-futuristic; it's catchy; it's weird; it's on my list for next week’s Bandcamp Friday, wherein the site forgoes its normal fee.