‘Grito’ by new Dutty Artz member, Riobamba

By 04 September, 2014

Good news often comes in twos (or is it threes?) and Riobamba has dropped a new mix in the same week that she announced she was joining a new crew. The DJ, whose real name is Sara Skolnick, and now calls New York City home, is the newest member of the Dutty Artz collective.

Riobamba tells us she created the 30-minute mix, “Grito,” as a response to her year spent in Bogotá, Colombia, and as a loud, clear call for autonomy and self-determination in the global digital music culture.

The mixtape opens with an original sound piece reworking Youtube news clips and field recordings from the campesino strikes that shut down Bogotá for weeks in 2013 as an outcry against multinational interference. The mix then takes a frantic trip through acid dembow, crashing baile funk, screwed ruidosón rave undercurrents, and unreleased material from fellow Boston DJs, Rizzla and False Witness.

“The selections challenge the listener to reconsider their expectations for Latin@ dance music, and pay homage to unhushed howls of decolonized club culture,” Riobamba says.

Download and listen to the mix below, and follow the latest on Riobamba at her website.

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