Owners of lowriders, take note: There’s a new soundtrack to your summer. Chancha via Circuito, the Argentinian producer best known for his throbbing, hypnotic cumbia digital, has released an album that may steal the trunk-rattling crowns from Dr. Dre, War, and Vicente “El Rey” Fernandez. Rio Arriba, the second official release from the producer (real name: Pedro Canale), joins pan-American cumbias with an electronic—but highly potent—strain of dub. Canale’s disembodied, sparse treatment of folk music (particularly his haunting remake of Jose Larralde’s beautiful “Quimey Neuquen”) induces chills and eerie fantasies. His signature is lumbering, deep-listening music straight out of an ancient-futuristic Las Americas that exists only in his imagination. But Canale’s forays into hip-hop and dancehall are virile, sexy, and heavy on the bass—perfect for that sloooow cruise at 2 a.m., either in Los Angeles or on the surface of the moon.
Chancha via Circuito performs with El G., DJs Mafe and rAt, and DJ Yeko at 8 p.m. at Judy Restaurant, 2212 14th St. NW. $8 in advance, $10 at door.