Disco Cumbia / Ritmos Colombianos

A 2 track latin rap/hip-hop single (7m 12s) — released August 29th 2011 on Breakin Bread
A slice of sunshine as Chris Read gives us Latin beats for the dance floor. Breakin Bread take another steer in the direction of the Latin diaspora to follow up the success of the DJ Zeph Batidas Latinas releases that were the sound of the summer in 2010.This time round the Breakin Bread crew head from Cali, via Birmingham to join forces with London based DJ and producer, Chris Read.

Chris, a collector of hip hop, funk, soul boogie and related beats and jazz based music since the late eighties first came to prominence as a club DJ through his 10 year role as resident DJ and promoter at Substance in Birmingham (one of the UK's largest and longest running hip hop and funk nights) and a 2 year spell as mix DJ on BBC Radio 1Xtra. During recent years a steady output of high profile mix albums has allowed Chris to DJ around the globe. Chris has also played a few times at Breakin Bread parties so he knows the vibe and is a perfect addition to the Breakin Bread roster.

In the past year Chris has joined the ranks of the BBE label putting together mixed compilations for the both the label's 15th Anniversary and the 10th Anniversary of their acclaimed Beat Generation series. Chris is also hard at work in the studio producing a new album for BBC New Urban Music Award winning band 'Maylight', a seven piece outfit fusing jazz, soul and electronics featuring the vocal talents of Tru Thoughts' Lizzy Parks.

SIDE A – DISCO CUMBIA
'Disco Cumbia' is disco tempo cut of Latin flavour to get the crowd going. Effortlessly fusing funky hard hitting disco drums with Cumbia rhythms and a touch of Batacuda, the track delivers the atmosphere of the street party with a distinctly traditional vibe. A captivating bass groove, catchy vocal hooks, attention grabbing horns and the underlying sound of the carnival spirit make this a well rounded fusion of traditional and modern Latin styles.

SIDE B – RITMOS COLOMBIANOS
Neatly complimenting its A Side counterpart, 'Ritmos Colombianos' takes a similar Cumbia backdrop and applies it to a loose drum heavy mid-tempo B-Boy rhythm that is no less effective on the dance floor. Again utilising the bass groove as its driving force, carnival whistles, funky brush drums and horn stabs all make an appearance in the mix. A regular appearance in Chris's DJ sets for the last year, this track has tried and tested dance floor credentials.

Disco Cumbia is set on to appear on a forthcoming mixed compilation of modern Latin cuts which Chris is currently working on for the BBE label.

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