Hear more of Chancha Via Circuito on the new ZZK/Waxploitation release, "Future Sounds of Buenos Aires," out now!
"Chancha Via Circuito is a young Argentinian producer named Pedro Canale who makes music generally referred to as 'digital cumbia'-- a modern interpretation of a sound originally forged in Colombia when African slaves lived there during Spanish occupation. Rio Arriba is a dreamy, neo-primitive mix of chopped-up pan flutes, folk guitar, Coke-bottle percussion, and booming, electronically treated drums-- an almost shamanistic sound that carries its own landscape: underbrush, riverbanks, campfires. The melodies are simple and repetitive; the rhythms--or the standard cumbia rhythm, at least--have an uncanny quality of sounding like their upbeats are snapping back against their downbeats, firmly in step but rebelling against the next bar. They're hypnotic but jerky, a kind of rhythmic paradox."
From Mike Powell's review of Rio Arriba on Pitchfork