Quantic (AKA Will Holland) has something of a history with cumbia. Over the years, he’s a done a great deal to unearth the music’s overlooked history, including everything from putting together some of the best compilations on the market to- with the help of compatriot Frente Cumbiero- pulling together Ondatropica, a generation spanning Colombian band whose album we glowingly reviewed last year.
He’s been a little bit quiet as of late, which is why we were delighted to see that he had released “Tipica Sound”, a mix of vintage Panamanian cumbia from the 50’s and 60’s. The vibe is more laid back then much of the Colombian material from the period, with a bit less of a percussive rush, and more of a gentle swing. The mix is also spiked with some particularly excellent female vocalists, which is always nice. Check it out!
And for our take on Panama, check out our visit to the isthmus in “The Panama Beat!”