It's Cumbia time! Born in Colombia, this addictive fusion of Afro-Caribbean and European musical styles is the latest global dance music phenomenon.
Cumbia is the rhythm that can be heard all across Latin America in both its traditional form via vintage recordings from the last century, and in new crossbreeds with hip hop, reggaeton, ragga, house and grunge coming out of Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, LA, Puerto Rico and beyond. Featuring cumbiaton anthems, housed-up bangers, gangsta-style ragga hits and several original stomping classics all selected and blended by hugely respected London DJ Russ Jones (aka 'The Hackney Globetrotter'), 'Arriba La Cumbia!' is the wildly exotic, irresistible, sizzling hot sound of now.
Closely associated with the 'Balkan Beats' movement, through its mixture of traditional global rhythms with fresh contemporary production.
Features an exclusive new, cumbia-influenced track from celebrated UK house music duo Basement Jaxx (XL Recordings)
Vintage Columbian cumbia is represented by original masters including Alberto Pacheco, Los Guacharacos and Lito Barrientos.
(4 stars) A panoramic view of cumbia's guises and disguises...Columbia's most popular musical style...these selections are the cream of the crop. -- Songlines, (Sue Steward), November/December 2008
A fertile swamp of glorious beats...as good an intro as any to the crazy caliente ritmos...coming to a dancefloor near you. -- The Observer Music Monthly, (Peter Culshaw), November 9, 2008
Segues between electronica and fine vintage accordion-backed songs from such classic performers as Alberto Pacheco...it's a great dance album. -- The Guardian, (Robin Denselow), October 31, 2008