Max Pearl’s Cumbia De La Lagunilla Mix

By 31 January, 2016

Brooklyn-based DJ and writer Max Pearl is spending time in Mexico City these days, and his time there has netted us a short and sweet mix of cumbia from all over Latin America.


Max Pearl

“Cumbia de La Lagunilla” is the result of a metro trip to La Lagunilla, one of the largest open-air markets in Mexico City.

“You can pretty much buy anything there: antiques, fake Nikes, mid-century modern furniture, porn DVDs, whatever,” says Pearl, a native of the New England area. “When I got there I bought an extra-large michelada and made my way into the maze in search of bootleg MP3 compilations so I could bring some hot tracks home. What I ended up finding was a couple of USB sticks for 130 pesos each filled with thousands of cumbia, salsa, son, cha-cha-cha, and mambo tracks, mostly from the ’60 and ’70s. I combed through many, many hours of extremely low bit-rate files and made a mix of the most flaming hot vintage cumbia tunes for your listening pleasure. Buen provecho!”

Listen to the mix below, and keep up with Max Pearl on Twitter.

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