Friday Finds: Peruvian Psychrock, Psychedelic Cumbia & More

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Enjoy the weekend with new music releases for the week ending June 25, 2021

As new music drops continue to happen on Fridays (mostly), and because Bandcamp Fridays are no more, I’m simply here to share the good stuff…

La Revolución y La Tierra by Santiago Pillado-Matheu

This is the soundtrack for the documentary by the same name which has seen surprising success after becoming one of the most viewed Peruvian documentaries. The film depicts the struggles for land and citizenship following the Agrarian Reform enacted in the late 1960’s. The soundtrack for the documentary is by sound artist Santiago Pillado-Matheu, who also founded the psych-rock band El Hombre Misterioso. For the documentary, Pillado-Matheu creates important backdrops creatively utilizing Andean and electronic sounds. The recording is also available as a limited-edition vinyl.

Cumbias Decadentes by JÇÃO & Caracas Dub

Take a cumbia-fueled trip, in different styles, with DJ/producer JÇÃO, founder of High Budub Sound. This four-track EP is available now on the Switzerland-based label, Hawaii Bonsaï Records.

Cumbias Psicodélicas: Vol. 1 by Ayahuasca 

Wow! This is one badass compilation of rare Peruvian cumbia, funk, psych and Latin soul from the ’70s. Originally released on January 1, 1970, and now available via the comp masters, Lima-based label repsychled, there are 14 gems on this album, featuring artists like Los Escaramujos, Grupo Santa Fe, Ranil y Su Conjunto, and Los Radiantes, among others.

XPUJIL by Nova Materia

Nova Materia is one of our favorite projects because of their quirky, brilliant and abstract electronic/industrial sounds. On this occasion they are releasing a 40-minute piece that brings together music, psychoacoustic trance and field recordings, some of which were obtained using binaural microphones. Talk about trippy genius! This is why we can’t help but love Eduardo Henriquez (Chile) and Caroline Chaspoul (France), the unique minds of Nova Materia.

“Brisas” by Cruzloma ft. Humazapas

Argentine label ZZK Records has just released one of the singles off ZZK Sound Vol. 4. and it’s by Ecuadorian duo Cruzloma in collaboration with the indigenous Andes band, Humazapas. This new volume “offers an introspective journey into the inner space between artist and audience, a reserve of shared history and sensibilities, a non-linear temporality from which the creation of a baguala with drum and voice, sung to the mountain spirits, and a digital production of synthesized sounds and samples, are the same and unique creative act, reconciling our presence as the intersection between the sky and the earth.” As we say en español to things that make us go whoa: No pos, wow!

Sandra Treviño is a music journalist, DJ and radio host living in Chicago. Listen to her on the radio Friday afternoons on 91.1FM Vocalo and every second and fourth Monday at 6 PM CST on 105.5FM Lumpen Radio. she is also one half of the female selecta duo The Ponderers. #futurerootz #theponderers #djangelfuk

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