Cumbia De La Piedmont (PSS #38)

by Piper Street Sound

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Piper Street Sound is at it again, expanding on 2011’s Chicha De La Piedmont with this genre-bending follow up. This time the auteur in Mansfield is in full display, productions taking wide swings of energy and genre across single tracks. Things get a bit down-and-dirtier on this album, the second in a geographical series of releases tracing the land of the Southeast U.S. towards the Gulf of Mexico, and the evolution of Latin music into the multi-faceted spirit of the 21st century.
The last LP in the series saw airy, mountainous Peruvian music descend into Dubbed-out Jungle. Similar trajectories are reflected in this work, though the starting altitude is appreciably lower. Rather than presenting whole indigenous types of music devolving over time into Mansfield’s characteristic stew of electronic and natural instrumentation, here the producer is in full psychedelic swing from the opening bell, the excellent single Balam (Bear Rider’s Cumbia). The album is a textbook example of PSS’ dazzling swirl of influences and ability to pull you along into unseen territory.

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released March 8, 2013

Album notes by Russ Bledsoe
Art work by Nat Emmett

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Piper Street Sound Atlanta, Georgia

Piper Street Sound (Matt Mansfield) is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and sound engineer with a speciality in Dub Reggae. Matt maintains a studio in Atlanta and works as a manager for the Latin American label ZZK Records.

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