Various The Roots Of Chicha

Chicha, a generic name for any fruit juice throughout South America, is urban cowboy music that arose in Peru in the late ’60s and early ’70s. Born from the migration of rural Andean folk to the capital of Lima during that time, this street-level hybrid music was a true mongrel, so much so that this music, according to compiler Oliver Conan, has never been tapped as "music for export” and has remained un-compiled for non-Peruvian ears since its inception. Based on the cumbias of neighbouring Colombia, Cuban rhythms, Andean melodies and American surf, twang and wah-wah guitars, these "psychedelic cumbias from Peru” more than live up to their billing. It’s a mystery how these country folks could have produced a hybrid that is so heavily reliant on foreign influences that the country of origin fades thoroughly into the background, but that just adds to the excitement. There’s a stone cold Tarantino soundtrack waiting to happen here. These tracks are wildly inventive and utterly forward looking, like the kind of music Manual Galban produced in Cuba, but even less beholden to their influences. "Muchetitos Del Sol” has a Johnny Cash-meets-Moog vibe, while "Linda Munequita” has that long-form tape delay that Lee Scratch Perry made famous. This comp is badass all the way through, yet another example of the worldwide youth culture of the ’60s manifesting itself through druggy pop hybrids. This is recommended if you like all the Vampisoul Peruvian comps of the same period. (Barbes)