Leave it to DJ/Rupture and Matt Shadetek and their Dutty Artz label to be behind the scenes of this expansive collection of global bass music by New Yorker Adam Patridge (aka Atropolis). Oftentimes these hybridizations seem too trendy and disingenuous; however, Patridge substantiates his style with vallenato rhythms as well as the ever-present cumbia influence. Naturally, Colombia was on his mind. Vallenato, more reclusive than its rhythmic cousin, is similarly from Colombia’s Caribbean coast — the most noticeable difference being the time signatures.
As an ethno-musicologist, Patridge traveled to Colombia to document its folkloric music and record with its humble musicians, becoming one of the founding members of the Cumba Mela collective. Meanwhile, his background in music composition lends structure to his work as a DJ and producer.
The result is a studied and tantalizing Afro-Latin exposé. Whether rollicking accordions, shakers, or electronic sounds, Patridge pulls out all the stops to cultivate these tunes with a heartfelt sense of kinship. With pure instrumentals and tracks featuring the vocals of Uruguayan songstress Noelia Fernandez, the amalgamation of influences transcends the tribal to a multi-layered music extravaganza. Patridge shows that an element of surprise, when rendered with skill, can be awe-inspiring and daring.