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Wonderwheel Records  on 2018-04-19

Chancha via circuito : Bienaventuranza

Chancha Via Circuita is arguably the artist responsible for the emergence of a fragmented and oft-indistinguishable sound that characteristically blends Latin folk music with electronica. His new album takes his otherworldly patchwork of samples, voices and drum loops to new heightened levels; profound and proudly South American.

Formerly signed to ZZK, Crammed and now on US Wonderwheel Records
Chancha Via Circuito - a Buenos Aires native named Pedro Canal - released his first album Rodante in 2008 which opened the floodgates by pushing the borders of cumbia listeners weren’t even aware existed.

He’s gone on to release other highly acclaimed albums such as Rio Arriba (2010), which Resident Advisor described as ‘aural magical realism’, and Amansara (2014), which catapulted him onto acclaimed international stages and received praises from Pitchfork to the New York Times.

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‘aural magical realism’ Resident Advisor

'fascinating theatrical sound lecture blending both traditional and modern Argentine music' Boiler Room

'hypnotic and immersive' Pitchfork

'A young producer who emerged from Argentina's avant-garde "digital cumbia" scene with one of the most hauntingly beautiful albums of 2010' Thump

Four years later, in the midst of some very notable global turbulence, Chancha Via Circuito brings us his highly anticipated new album Bienaventuranza - a word that essentially means bliss. Replete with his signature touches of Andean instruments (think lots of flute and charango), the folkloric elements on this album blend fluidly with danceable and digestible electronic beats. He’s been cooking this record slowly, with unprecedented amounts of care and in a much more collaborative manner than his past albums.

Appearing on the album are heavy hitters in the digital cumbia scene, including Mateo Kingman, Kaleema, and Lido Pimienta, all of whom contribute their highly distinguishable sounds to the natural flow of the album. Most of these collaborations came about almost effortlessly. La Victoria is a track that blends cumbia, dancehall, and a bit of mysticism - carried by Lido Pimienta’s luminous voice, Colombian Dancehall wizard Manu Ranks happened to be in town and slipped into the song naturally. Kawa Kawa came from an improv jam during rehearsal one day with Kaleema (Heidi Lewandowski) and Federico Estevez (percussionist in Chancha Via Circuito). Niño Hermoso, which is lyrically a fable, sounds the way it does because Pedro saw a video of Gianluz (Gianluca Zonzini), who he knows from dance classes, singing a song from Pocahontas on Youtube.

Bienaventuranza is as Chancha as it gets - with elements of cumbia, dancehall, folk and house, crystal clear production, and collaborations that are evidently natural and genuine, the record holds true to the sound that Canale has played such a huge part in creating. Since the release of his last album, the digital folk scene has also grown exponentially. From a new generation of producers to more listeners in unassuming parts of the globe, Pedro has been humbled to see the sound develop - and proves with this album that he’s grown swiftly alongside it.

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