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Tribilin Sound’s “Underground Cumbia” Is Dance Music For The Year 2099

Peruvian producer injects cumbia with a dose of tropical bass.

June 12, 2015

Tribilin Sound, also known as Álvaro Ernesto, is a DJ and producer based in Lima, Peru. He’s part of a musical movement in Lima that’s bringing cumbia, a traditional style of music originating in Colombia and popular throughout Latin America, to the club. A few of Ernesto’s tracks appear on the forthcoming compilation album Peru Boom: Bass, Bleeps & Bumps from Peru’s Electronic Underground.

“Underground Cumbia,” which The FADER is premiering today, is five minutes of downtempo electronic goodness: “It’s my personal redemption of cumbia style from a futuristic perspective of artists like Juaneco and Los Mirlos,” Ernesto told The FADER. “It’s like cumbia to humans of 2099.” It’s easy to picture club-goers of the future dancing to it—it's just as invested in the classic syncopated rhythms of Peruvian cumbia and chicha as it is committed to futuristic electronic flourishes. Look out for Peru Boom, the full compilation of music from Tribilin Sound and others, due in the U.S. on June 30th via Tiger’s Milk and Strut Records.

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