11 Songs, 31 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On Los Miticos del Ritmo, producer Will “Quantic” Holland leads a seven-piece group of cumbia and vallenato musicians in a set of originals and covers. The instrumental album is a nonstop, high-energy affair sure to set shoulders shimmying. Holland is particularly fond of old-school recordings, and this release emulates those analog documents. But the results don’t come off as studied; Los Miticos del Ritmo’s pleasures are straightforward and fun. “Cumbia Comejen,” with its fine accordion fingerings and insistent guira rhythms, gives you a good idea of what follows. The three covers are striking. Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” gets transformed into a shuffle with squeezebox bursts and tooting clarinet. Even better is a take on Michael Jackson’s classic “Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough,” maybe the best cut here. The closer is a cover of Gildardo Montoya’s “Fabiola,” which appeared on The Original Sounds of Cumbia. Check out the sly tempo shifts and exciting drum solo.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On Los Miticos del Ritmo, producer Will “Quantic” Holland leads a seven-piece group of cumbia and vallenato musicians in a set of originals and covers. The instrumental album is a nonstop, high-energy affair sure to set shoulders shimmying. Holland is particularly fond of old-school recordings, and this release emulates those analog documents. But the results don’t come off as studied; Los Miticos del Ritmo’s pleasures are straightforward and fun. “Cumbia Comejen,” with its fine accordion fingerings and insistent guira rhythms, gives you a good idea of what follows. The three covers are striking. Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” gets transformed into a shuffle with squeezebox bursts and tooting clarinet. Even better is a take on Michael Jackson’s classic “Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough,” maybe the best cut here. The closer is a cover of Gildardo Montoya’s “Fabiola,” which appeared on The Original Sounds of Cumbia. Check out the sly tempo shifts and exciting drum solo.

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