Released: Jul 2012
Label: Soundway Records
Another day, another neo-cumbia Quantic one-off. But a deeper listen reveals that this cumbia revamp has a lot more going on. Created by Colombian artist Mario Galeano and Quantic, Ondatropica assembles a group of legends and upstarts who expand upon classic Colombian sounds and rhythms. The result? A swirling, fascinating party of an album that finds common ground between psych-punk and son, ska and champeta, saxophonist Michi Sarmiento and beat-boxer El Chongo. "Libya" even throws in a little Middle Eastern style. "Curro Fuentes" sounds like global chaos -- in the best way.