Various – Saturno 2000 - La Rebajada De Los Sonideros 1962-1983 (Vinyl 2LP)

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Various – Saturno 2000 - La Rebajada De Los Sonideros 1962-1983 (Vinyl 2LP)

Label: Analog Africa

Cat No: AALP094

It all started in 2010. I had asked Eamon Ore-Giron - aka DJ Lengua - if he would be interested in compiling a Latin project for Analog Africa, and if so, if he had a theme in mind. He replied, "Have you ever heard of Rebajada?" The question mark above my head, together with the wall of China, must have been the only other object visible from out of space because Eamon, probably noticing I got paralysed, continued, "Rebajada in Spanish means "to reduce, lowered". It's basically Mexican sonideros (sound-system operators) slowing down the beat of a Cumbia to create a much more tangible music to dance to. I'll send you a mix I made last year and let me know what you think." And so he did.

That mix was called Rebajada Mota Mix and I began listening to it on a loop. Although I was not immediately hooked it was intriguing from the get-go, and so I kept listening until magic began unfolding. Slowed down music allows you enough time to hear right through it, revealing itself in ways I had rarely experienced before. Everything became more transparent and I was noticing sounds normally only perceptible by bats. A near psychedelic experience. That mysterious mix included a few Ecuadorian songs by Junior y su Equipo - aka Polibio Mayorga (a cult figure in the sonidero scene), a couple of Mexican tunes, one Colombian, and various Peruvian songs, undoubtedly the driving force behind this project.

The sonidero who brought Peruvian and Ecuadorian music to Mexico was the legendary Pablo Perea from Sonido Arco-Iris, and although his fingerprints are all over the compilation Saturno 2000, this selection of songs in rebajada is exclusive to DJ Lengua. With the exception of a few classics from Polibio Mayorga and La Sampuesana – the queen of all rebajadas – most of these songs were probably never performed as such before, let alone released.

CLICK TRACK TO LISTEN 

A1  Los Dinners – Sampuesana
A2  Junior Y Su Equipo – La Borrachita
A3  Manzanita –  Paga La Cuenta Sinverguenza
A4  Hugo Blanco Y Su Arpa Viajera –  Infinito
B1  Manzanita Y Su Conjunto –  El Jardinero
B2  Los Feos –  Feito Parrandero
B3  Junior Y Su Equipo –  Bien Bailadito
B4  Los Santos –  Saturno 2000
C1  Lucho Gavilanes –  La Danza Del Mono
C2  Conjunto Típico Contreras –  Capricho Egipcio
C3  Los Gatos Blancos –  El Chacarero
C4  Los Atomos De Paramonga –   Pa' Oriente Me Voy
D1  Junior Y Su Equipo –  Alegrate
D2  Grupo Celeste –  Todo Lo Tengo De Ti Menos Tu Amor
D3  Los Ecos –   La Fuga Del Bandido

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