Havana Cultura // Stream Max Graef & Glenn Astro remix
February 24, 2016
We’ve got another track to share with you from the new ‘Havana Club Rumba Sessions’ album which is set to be released very soon. It’s a kickdrum-sprung workout from Max Graef & Glenn Astro that rides on the rough and ready beatmaking that’s long been their modus operandi.
The latest chapter in the longstanding relationship between Gilles Peterson and the music of Cuba, the album sees him explore the roots of rumba through a project comprising three parts: a feature length documentary, a collection of remixes and a free sample pack.
Produced in collaboration with Cuban rum maker Havana Club – that created the Havana Cultura platform to promote contemporary Cuban culture –, it’s another episode in a six-year relationship that’s already given vital exposure to different aspects of Cuba’s thriving music culture through the Havana Cultura album series*.
Unpacking the three main styles of rumba is a central part of the project: they are largely agreed to be guaganco, yambu and columbia. Peterson worked with the island’s esteemed rumberos to record authoritative versions of the three rhythms as well as discuss what differing meanings and origins are attached to each. The rhythms are the starting point from which the three strands of the project have diverged.
Where the film depicts the lineage descending from the working class communities of Havana and Matanzas to modern-day dancefloors, this other arm of the project allows for an exciting, global re-interpretation of rumba’s roots. The recordings of rumba’s three central styles were handed to a crop of producers working in the orbit of club music’s most interesting areas.
The result is Havana Club Rumba Sessions, collection of remixes as varied as you’d expect from a roster of producers plucked from locales spread from South London, Japan and beyond. It’s released March 11th on digital and April 1st on vinyl.
Pre-order on iTunes here.