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Novalima - Karimba Diabolic Remixes
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Karimba Diabolic Remixes


Released: 8th July 2013 | 14 track house album

Wonderwheel Recordings is proud to present Karimba Diabolic Remixed, a brand new remix album from the Peruvian future roots collective Novalima. Founded by four friends from Lima with a shared passion for both traditional Afro-Peruvian music and modern DJ culture, Novalima searches for the common ground between past and future, between tradition and innovation. Being one of their home countries hottest exports, (where they have gone platinum) their efforts have a helped bridge the divide between the Peruvian mainstream and the Afro-Peruvian community, a minority population that has struggled against discrimination and the threat of cultural dissolution for generations. Outside of Peru, Novalima has garnered critical acclaim from mainstream and underground media alike, a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Album, and a featured spot in cult filmmaker Robert Rodriguez's hit Mexploitation movie Machete.

Here on Karimba Diabolic Remixed, Novalima has hand selected some of their favorite remixers to re-interpret last year's Karimba album to their own vision. The choice of remixers also reflects Novalima's global appeal in the Latin diaspora worldwide. The UK is represented with well known West London producer Seiji's heavy synth-based four-to-the-floor reworking of Mamaye, and UK / Brazilian supergroup Da Lata giving us a rootsy swinging version of Malivio Son. As it's recently become a hotbed of Latin infused dance music and culture, California is heavily represented with remixes from KCRW / AfroFunke DJ and Los Angeles mainstay Jeremy Sole fleshes out Macaco into a smooth call and response affair. SF based Acid Jazz legend DJ Smash delivers a squelchy, bouncy version of Diablo, while Bay Area veteran band Afrolicious freaks Zarambe into a dancefloor joint equally influenced by house music and Fela Kuti. LA/NYC DJ Sabo reinterprets Diablo with his signature deep and dirty Moombahton style, while Thievery Corporation's Rob Garza takes Festejo into swirling, psychedelic house vibe. NYC DJ producer and Wonderwheel label head Nickodemus takes Mamaye into bass and percussion heavy dancefloor territory, while Novalima affiliated DJ collective Coba Soundsystem deliver varied takes on Festejo and Malivio Son. Also included are remixes from Barcelona's AndyLoop and Los Chicos Altos and deep house producer Xacosa. As an added bonus, the album contains two brand new, unreleased Novalima tracks - Payande and Diablo.

"“Novalima weaves electronica and dub into percussion-driven lines belted out by Guerrero about slavery and ultimately, freedom. There are few other bands who look like they are enjoying the music they’re making as Novalima.”"
Wall Street Journal
"“ It's a pleasure to travel the world with these cool and savvy global music maestros.”"
NPR - All Things Considered
"“Afro-Peruvian vibetronica crew tasteful and tame, but thankfully too skittery for full chillout mode”"
Spin Magazine
"“The sound they create works equally well in a crowded club of dancers, in the living room, or out in the open air enjoying the sun on your skin.”"
National Geographic
"“It's amazing what a cohesive sound the Lima-based band Novalima makes considering they created their initial sound while its four main members were living in as many cities: Lima, Barcelona, London and Hong Kong. Though danceable, their music is in no way bound to club clichés, preferring an organic approach kicked by beats that flicker and skip”."
NY Daily News
"“ If this doesn't make you want to get up and dance, you might want to check your pulse!”"
Christian Science Monitor