Los Miticos Del Ritmo “Los Miticos Del Ritmo” Soundway Records
Will ‘Quantic’ Holland is a deeply rooted musician in one of the most special areas of this world for sound: Colombia. This is the origin of cumbia and Will’s studio band Los Miticos Del Ritmo has achieved one of the most authentic modern cumbia sounds I have ever heard with the release of their self titled debut. Strapped with his accordion and some of the best musicians of Colombia, Los Miticos Del Ritmo runs through unlikely sources of covers that are as raw and authentic sounding as the many original numbers present. It’s unreal how much of a time portal this is into the foundations of analog recorded cumbia. Will ‘Quantic’ Holland might be the only person alive who could have constructed the circumstances that brought this album to Soundway Records. Cumbia!
From the sweltering tropical depths of Cali, Colombia Will ‘Quantic’ Holland’s studio band Los Miticos Del Ritmo (The Mythics of Rhythm) return with an album of hip shaking, dancefloor quaking instrumental cumbias. Released on CD, LP and download on the 30th April. The LP is 100% analogue and comes with an original screen-printed front cover designed by the London based artist Lewis Heriz.
Assembled using vallenato and cumbia musicians living in Cali, Los Miticos del Ritmo are a 7 piece studio band put together by British musician, producer and now Colombian resident Will ‘Quantic’ Holland.
Covers of Queen’s ‘Another One Bites The Dust’, Michael Jackson’s ‘Don’t Stop’, The Abyssinians reggae classic ‘Satta Massagana’ and Gildardo Montoya’s ‘Fabiola’ (as featured on Soundway’s ‘The Original Sound of Cumbia’ sit along side original cumbias on this feel good, house party cumbia LP.
Recorded in Will’s home studio in Cali, his approach was to produce an album with the aesthetics of 1960s tropical recordings made in Colombia and the Caribbean. Careful attention made to preserve the analogue quality of the recording at every stage.
‘The idea of the record was to record something that sounded like a lost cumbia classic,’ said Will in a recent interview with Soundway ‘Like something dug out of a Barranquilla basement after decades of humidity and dust. In a modern climate of mashups and sampling, it seemed refreshing to record something with musicians doing covers and approaching new ideas for cumbia, rather than rehashing old tricks.’ [...]