October 9th, 2007

Sonidos Aburridos Bastardos!

If I thought something was poppin in the state of Denmark, I have no idea que pasa en Argentina.

The ol’ blogosphere radar has been registering lots of blips from that southmost outpost in South America. I mentioned the Frikstailers a little while back, for instance. And of course, there’s the whole cumbia rebajada movimiento, which seems to have strong routes thru Buenos Aires.

Recently I’ve been digging (into) lots of “local” mashups from that neck of the woods. & I like how a lot of them depart from the tried-and-true calculus of recognizable-acapella + recognizable-instrumental, even if that gets them closer to sounding like “remixes” than “mashups” for most of us. (We need not split hairs on that count, at least not again.) Instead, these Argentinian mashaperos weld (relatively) familiar acapellas to backings by some fine up-and-coming Argentinian beatsmiths. Pretty soon every city will be doing this (we hope). Currently, Córdoba is representin. Buenos Aires también.

To wit: check out Villa Diamante’s mash of Calle 13 and the Frikstailers (two of my LatinAm faves!) over at MuyBastard. As he puts it, “como buen mashapero,” Diamante goes a little further with this mix, adding his own touches to the ol’ A + B formula —

Villa Diamante – Frikstailers vs Calle 13

Notably, MuyBastard also points us to a nice’n’noisy remix of Calle 13’s “Cumbia de los Aburridos” over at Sonidero Nacional’s space.

I say notably because that’s the same Calle 13 track I’ve been screwing with myself of late. So allow me to close this post by getting in on the sharing: here’s a screwed’n’chopped’n’dubbed versión I’ve been improvising in some recent rebajada sets I’ve been working on —

wayne&wax, “Cumbia de las Rebajadas”


  • 1. rajah  |  October 10th, 2007 at 12:04 am

    I’ve been enjoying the mashaperos of Buenos Aires recently too. Oro 11 has some cool mixes.

  • 2. rajah  |  October 10th, 2007 at 12:05 am

    Cumbia de las Rebajadas is very nice

  • 3. Dave Refusenik  |  October 10th, 2007 at 1:44 pm

    hey wayne,

    i know we never officially met, but i’m a friend of jake and tony’s from boston and have djed beat research a few times. currently i’m living in buenos aires and preparing a giant multi-genre mix which will have a bunch of artists from BA on it… this city does have a great scene, here are some more artists i would recommend:

    oro11 – as mentioned above, he is making some of the most forward-thinking cumbia-influenced beats and mashups out there, even though he’s american

    tremor – glitchy electronica mixed with folklore

    el remolon – kind of hypnotic cumbia slowed-down house.

    el hijo de la cumbia – best straight-up cumbia producer we’ve got. his stuff KILLS live.

    and for some classic cumbia villera check out pibes chorros and damas gratis. some of the keyboard sounds these bands have are completely insane.

    that’s good to get you started, and i look forward to finally meeting you in late november when i play beat research again… i plan on doing an exclusively argentine set, so it should be fun! definitely shoot me an email if you wish…

    un abrazo, y saludos a tony

  • 4. wayneandwax  |  October 10th, 2007 at 1:50 pm

    Thanks for the tips, Dave! I’ve run across a lot of the artists you mention in my myspace travels, and since I didn’t have the time to do a more comprehensive post, I’m grateful that you give them a shout here. (And I appreciate your descriptions, too.)

    Can’t wait to hear your Beat Research set in late Nov! Sounds fantástico! & do let me know if you mix your “giant multi-genre set” down to something mp3able —

  • 5. Dave Refusenik  |  October 10th, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    for sure, i should have an mp3 in the next week or so.

    what to expect:
    cumbia, dancehall, thug-rave, a little arabic music, 80s pop, baile funk, b-more, french-style electro, grime, dubstep, hyphy, Rammstein, and Elvis.

    bam! haha

  • 6. wayneandwax  |  October 10th, 2007 at 4:06 pm

    Villa Diamante writes (via email):

    ey, wayne more links of buenos aires people
    various fragments of djsets live at zizek in mp3

    2 mashups album in mp3 of Villa Diamante

  • 7. Villa Diamante  |  October 11th, 2007 at 2:58 pm

    Villa Diamante say: : )

  • 8. wayneandwax.com » G&hellip  |  October 24th, 2007 at 10:04 am

    […] Sure, this is about (the insidious distinctions of) connoisseurship and perhaps there is no getting past that (indeed, expressing a taste for Bourdieu itself stands as a form of distinction within an academic economy of ideas and status), but I really would like to think that what I am doing here on this blog, even when I’m boosting an Argentinian mashapero or an African-American DJ, is much more than engaging with the “hipster” economy — that somehow my own (hopefully explicit and reflexive) exercise of taste on this blog, not to mention as a DJ or professor, has more to do with calling attention to critical blindspots and ways of reading (or not reading) contemporary culture than with a kind of unreflective circulation of the new (black) that largely serves to boost my own status. Call me naive, but don’t call me a hipster. […]

  • 9. Raffa (frikstailers)  |  January 16th, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    “exercise of taste”
    that’s it! that’s what life should be all about, all the time..

  • 10. wayneandwax  |  January 16th, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    thx, raffa. i like the idea of constantly “exercising” our tastes, esp if it refers less to imposing them on others (if implicitly) and more to stretching and working our own sense of what’s good & why —


I'm a techno-musicologist, internet annotator, imagined community organizer.

I left my <3 in the digital global, but I reside in Cambridge, MA, where I'm from.

I represent like that.

wayne at wayneandwax dot com

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