Balam (Bear Rider's Cumbia) EP (BOR016)

by Piper Street Sound

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This stratocaster-driven instrumental track combines hints of African guitar styles with cumbia percussion and vintage drum machine programming atop Piper Street Sound’s ever present dub/dancehall/jungle base. Melodic, wistful, fuzzy guitar leads float along dreamily supported by a bed of dubbed out reggae drums and deep dub basslines. Washes of sound effects and squelching synths cut jagged paths across the sonic picture. This transnational melange manages to sound natural and also gently push at the boundaries and borders between electronic music, latin music and dub.

"When one thinks of cumbia and dub and how well they work together they will surely soon think of Balam (Bear Rider’s Cumbia) by Matthew Mansfield of Piper Street Sound. This is the first single off of Matthew’s new album Cumbia De La Piedmont, a follow up to his first installment Chicha De La Piedmont. It’s a perfect marriage of cumbia and dub mixed with unique production techniques and excellent musicianship. Soon after the release of Cumbia De La Piedmont all who see themselves as professional producers or professional listeners will know the name and skills behind Piper Street Sound."
-John Newell of Generation Bass and

This is not authentic or traditional Cumbia by any means, though this track is a collaboration with one of Atlanta’s finest Latin percussionists Santiago Junca, who anchors this music with its roots in Afro-Colombian rhythms while Mansfield plays the other instruments. This is a new combination of sounds, developed in its specific place and time--Atlanta in 2012-: a city that sits perched on the Piedmont of the ancient Appalachians, looking over the coastal plains to the Atlantic ocean and the Caribbean in a time of expansive musical technology.


released August 21, 2012



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Boom One Records (BOR) is an independent label that focuses on Bass Culture: Reggae/Dub, Electronica, and World Music. BOR has an international artist roster with bands and producers from the USA, UK, Jamaica, France, Italy, Argentina, Russia, USVI, Zimbabwe, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Netherlands, Mexico, and Japan. ... more

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