Four years ago, with the idea of exploring the richness, power, and diversity of the Colombian tropical sound, British sound excursionist William “Quantic” Holland and cumbia activist Mario Galeano aka Frente Cumbiero masterminded a plan. As a band, it resulted in an instant classic formed by old and new school names, an experiment recorded in Colombia’s own Studio One, Discos Fuentes, in true analog fashion, a triple deluxe vinyl and gigs everywhere, from Glastonbury to New York’s Lincoln Center.
All this and, of course, a rum-fueled version of Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man,” sang by the musical gurú of the band, Mr. Michi Sarmiento, sort of a costeño Little Richard:”I Ron Man.” (“Me Rum Man”).
Now, Ondatrópica is back with more sonic adventures.
“Colombia’s favorite supergroup is back with more sonic adventures.”
“Ondatrópica prizes the present as much as the past… fusing cumbia with electronics, dub and psychedelia.”
– THE NEW YORK TIMES
“A fantastic sound… executed with tasteful verve.”
“They’re not only creating something new, but re-creating an old sound in the 21st century.”
“What’s perhaps most striking about Ondatrópica is that its mix and match of styles and eras is hardly an exercise in kitsch.”
– LOS ANGELES TIMES