Fresh out the SXSW loony-bin, I’m filled to the brim with potential posts and inspiration. Never before has there been such a fusion of forces in one place, and I’m humbled to have been witness to all of it. A major conjoining force this week was San Francisco’s Cumbia party Tormenta Tropical, hosted by Disco Shawn and Oro11. They’re record label Bersa Discos has been recent home to digital interpretations of Cumbia, its artists reaching from Los Angeles to Buenos Aires. Linking sounds and artists must be their specialty, as an absolutely legendary line-up of artists ranging from Toy Selectah to Kingdom came through their showcase here at SXSW.
After the success of Tormenta Tropical and SXSW, it’s clear that the sounds of Cumbia are becoming embraced by other parts of the underground dance music world, and beginning last January Disco Shawn and a few other cohorts including SF-based Wireblock/Numbers artist Ghosts On Tape, Rollie Fingers, and Lazer Sword’s Low Limit have begun a monthly UK Funky/House party entitled Icee Hot. Already playing host to Martin Kemp, this month they have Shortstuff visiting, each of them producers just beginning to make strong impressions on the scene. Promoting his appearance is a mix of white hot tunes that are about as of the moment as you can get with these sounds. If you’re in SF this weekend be sure to make it out to this, it is Shortstuff’s first time the states, and a truly unprecedented visit for these artists.
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01. Dizzee Rascal “Brand New Day” (XL)
02. Terror Danjah “Air Bubble (Geiom RMX)” (Butterz)
03. Guido “Mad Sax” (white)
04. Machinedrum “SXLND” (white)
05. Roska “Squark” (Rinse)
06. Jam City “Let Me Bang RMX” (white)
07. Lemonade “Lifted (Shortstuff RMX)” (True Panther)
08. Egyptrixx “The Only Way Up (Ikonika RMX)” (Night Slugs)
09. Shortstuff “Fig Rolls” (Ramp)
10. DJ Dom “UCSM” (white)
11. SBTRKT “Sleep in Tokyo” (white)
12. West Norwood Cassette Library “What It Is” (white)
13. Untold “Come Follow Me” (white)