New Music: ‘El Retorno’ by L.A./Colombia’s Palenke Soultribe

By | 06 April, 2018

Palenke Soultribe, the Los Angeles-based two-man Afro-Colombian infused  electronica collective, have emerged from making new music the studio with a new single and lyric video.

“El Retorno” is a song influenced by traditional cumbia sounds fused with synths and rhythm machines. The lyrics tell the story of a typical adventurous immigrant who returns to his country after years of struggling abroad and rediscovers his youth’s romance and manages to relive it.

Founded by Juan Diego Borda and Andres “Popa” Erazo in 2005, Palenke Soultribe are considered pioneers of electro-cumbiero sounds and expect to release a new album, Sangre, this coming summer.

Much like “El Retorno,” fans can expect a “refreshed” sound in their upcoming album, Borda told a journalist for the California State University publication, The Sundial:

“You always want to refresh your sound, at least a little bit. The song still uses looped beats and synthesizers but it also has lyrics with the traditional verse and chorus structure. It’s a song about coming back into the scene, going back to work. We’ve been trapped in the studio, doing very little live shows.”

Read the whole Q&A, which covers their influences, the origins of the group, and other collaborations they have planned for their upcoming album here.

Watch the lyric video below and look out for the official video on their YouTube channel in the coming weeks:


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