Deeply funky psychedelic-surf guitar jams from Ranil y Su Conjunto Tropical (Ranil and his Tropical Band). Ranilâ€™s Jungle Party (re-released for the first time by folks at Masstropicas and limited to 1,000 copies) brings back from the past the much loved popular music of Peruvian cumbia.
For the uninitiated, Peruvian (or Amazonian) cumbia was to Peru as TropicÃ¡lia was to Brazilâ€”a 1960s â€“ 1970s popular music style that mixed (often irreverently) traditional music with those of African and the West. Hailing from the Belen district of Iquitos, nestled within the heart of the Amazonian rainforest, Ranil and Co. were definitely digging on some Western Surf music while keeping alive the traditional highland â€œhuayÃ±oâ€ dance music.
On Ranilâ€™s Jungle Party, Ranil and his Tropical Band keep things in a mellow, funky mood with some heavy psych-surf guitar workouts. The result is a style mash-up not unlike that of African â€œJujuâ€ or â€œHigh-Lifeâ€ music, popularized by the incendiary Stratocaster guitar playing of King Sunny AdÃ©. In fact, think of Ranilâ€™s Jungle Party as King Sunny AdÃ© jamming with some Andes dudes while on vacation in Peru. Dig?
Stand out tracks include â€œMarlenitaâ€ with its highly melodic guitar riff and frenetic percussion and â€œChinito ruloâ€ which grooves in an Eastern drone / psych fashion and the beautifully melodic electric 12-string of â€œTus cabellosâ€. Itâ€™s largely an instrumental affair but Ranil steps up to the mic for â€œDenuncia a tu PÃ¡tronâ€, â€œEl maniceroâ€ and â€œCarboneroâ€.
Masstropicas worked with Ranil on this vinyl LP re-release (his records were originally produced and released by himself on his own label) and we look forward to more in the future.
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