Various Artists

Saturno 2000 – La Rebajada de Los Sonideros 1962-1983

Analog Africa • 2022

If you ever wondered where a producer like the revered Uwe Schmidt aka AtomTM plus 2000 other pseudonyms could have ever come up with a project name like Los Samplers, you might find it on this compilation. »Saturno 2000: La Rebajada de Los Sonideros 1962-1983« introduces the slowed-down cumbia rhythms of Mexican sound system operators. The material used comes from Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. The post-processing was done in Mexico. A little bit, but really only just a little bit, in the same way dub producers in Jamaica created completely new versions from reggae songs. The principle of the »songs« used for this is always essentially the same: to the slow, slithering rhythmic framework comes a melody from a home organ, a very simple synthesiser or a guitar. In the case of the Peruvian Manzanita, already presented elsewhere, delay gives the latter a heavy psychedelic feverishness (and something also irritating by the sound of mixed in clinking glass bottles). Whether one or the other melodic encore also comes from Mexico is hard to say. In the end, it’s the tempo that counts, and that just does something to you. And Los Samplers? Well, the first track on the compilation comes from a troupe that has given itself an exceedingly idiotically sounding name: Los Dinners.