We are no means experts in nor do we feel even remotely qualified to even draw attention to the breadth and depth of the music, composition and mixing techniques that YANGA explores but they and this are so fucking good! Further, in a attempt to reach out far and wide and learn more about the music the world has to offer, 2019 will be a year of exploration for Indie30 – and here’s one of the first clumsy attempts to do so.
Last week saw Los Angeles based Afro-Latin & Caribbean inspired outfit YANGA release their amazing two volume single set Liberate Volumen 1 & 2. Consisting of four thrilling musical constructions shaped by the myriad polyrhythms of Afro-Carib music of the Colombian coastal variety (cumbia, garabato, tambora and zambapalo), each track is as accessible as it is seemingly effortless and natural. There’s a carefully crafted psychedelic sheen or rub applied throughout that gives of the vibe of a 70s vintage tropical landscape. This allows the music to cleverly straddle the deeply euphoric line between the past and the future with two feet firmly planted in the here and now.
YANGA is characterised by the deep talent of the its summary parts; the authoritative and super smart vocals of Eddika Organista (El Haru Kuroi), the multifarious compositional melodies of accordionist John D’Alessandro, the crafty winding bass work of Eduardo Arenas (Chicano Batman) with Marcos Garcia (Antibalas, Chico Mann, Here Lies Man) washing things through mixing boards in Arenas’ studio. Together, they render Libérate a brief but intensely satifying musical document.
Listen to the hypnotically relentless rumble and shuffling rhythms of Volume One opener ‘Encendemos’ below while you can find fellow Volume One track, the shuffling glow of ‘Solo Un Poco’ in our Folk/Country/Latin Playlist using Spotify here.
Get a copy of both volumes on 7″ vinyl here through Brooklyn label Names You Can Trust.
Tracklist – Libérate Volume I
2. Solo Un Poco
1. Ron Con Limon
2. La Veterana
From the 2 volume single ‘Liberate Volumen 1 & 2, Names You Can Trust.