Chancha Via Circuito, El G, Sonorama | 858 Lounge | Dance, International | Chicago Reader

Chancha Via Circuito, El G, Sonorama Soundboard

When: Fri., April 22, 9 p.m. 2011

Buenos Aires DJ crew Zizek Urban Beats Club have earned their reputation transplanting well-traveled cumbias into the digital era, jacking up the already frenetic beats with booming bass and hypnotic loops. But on the recent Rio Arriba (ZZK), charter member Chancha Via Circuito, aka Pedro Canale, reaches for something broader and more meditative. He remixes traditional folk tunes sung by Jose Larralde ("Quimey Neuquén") and Miriam Garcia & Alicia Solans ("Pintar el Sol"), respecting the heart of the acoustic performances while undergirding them with a firm rhythmic musculature. His original tracks sometimes tap into folk traditions from the Andes and Bolivia—and even when they don't, they're much calmer and slower than ZZK's typical bangers, casting a kind of sedative spell that warps the rhythms of cumbia, dub, and dancehall. —Peter Margasak

Price: $15, $10 in advance

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