Label : Indie
It’s hard to imagine a music form more ‘alternative’ than global contemporary. By its very nature and definition alone, it is diverse; simultaneously reaching far a field while triggering internal impulses of familiarity. But, even in this vast pool of talent and imagination there are over-riding forces at play; always separating, grouping, converging and aligning patterns of sameness. It’s likely a human thing. Categorization is the way the brain works and we seem to do it instinctively. Is that why we get a thrill, a jolt out of the truly alternative? The underground music scene in Bogotá, Colombia has always been good for these kinds of surprises. Festivals like the city’s Rock Al Parque are considered among the best and most leading edge in the world.Emerging on top of this creative dog pile is Skampida, 12 year veterans of Colombia’s underground whose (get this for a handle) Psycho Roots, Klezmer, Power Ska, Ragga Punk, Champeta Reggae is igniting the collective spark of the next generation of Central and South Americans. Appropriately, their new album for 2011 is called Inflammable. Skampida is insanely percussive and can change gears from polyrhythmic bounce to head-bangin’ guitar crunch so fast it would drop a lesser band’s transmission. Skampida even throw in some Middle Eastern flair to shake up the mix further, with the unmistakable doink of the dumbek on one of the disc’s high points, De Que Manera. Other immediate conflagrations on Inflammable include the opener, Barreto and Dejala.
Category Worldbeat Album Reviews by Cal Koat