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Psychedelic Disco Cumbia

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    LOCOBEACH is the musical moniker of the NYC supergroup comprised of José Luis "Cheo" Pardo on guitars/vocals (Los Crema Paraiso, Los Amigos Invisibles), Neil Ochoa on congas/percussion/electronics (Chicha Libre, Los Crema Paraiso), Joshua Camp on accordion/keyboards/vocals (Chicha Libre, C.A.M.P.O.S., One Ring Zero), Edward Marshall (La Muy Bestia Pop) on bass, and Fernando Valladares on timbales & drums (Guaco). The dynamic group has forged a sound blending cumbia pop and Latin disco with a psychedelic edge and their debut album is aptly titled Psychedelic Disco Cumbia. Cheo explains that “after doing a fair share of live shows and getting the band tight we thought it was time to make a record. We wanted to work it old school; try the tracks live, make them tight, bulletproof and then get in to the studio.” The results are diverse, fun, and infectious with classic cumbia meeting psychedelic rock, as well as disco, funk, and Latin house mixed with surf and spaghetti western influences to build a cohesive LOCOBEACH sound that equals “dance music for your brain.”

    Psychedelic Disco Cumbia came to fruition in a very New York way between busy schedules and recording in tight spaces. Joshua elaborates, “Cutupra Studios, which is co-owned by Cheo and Neil, is a very small space, amazing considering the number of records Cheo has recorded and produced there. The bulk of this album in terms of basic tracks was recorded in just a few hours in the morning when we all had full schedules and quickly dispersed before even listening back to see what we captured. We were pleasantly surprised by the performances when we finally had a chance to listen back to that days work. It’s a testament to how tight we had gotten from all the live shows and the talent of the band and how good we all sound together in a very small room!” He adds, “This band reflects the diverse/international city that we all live and work in. The fact that you have musicians from Venezuela, the United States, and Mexico [guest drummer/vocalist Karina Colis], working and writing together and bringing all of our different perspectives and commonalities to bear on the songwriting and sound. This can only happen in a place like New York!”

    Many of the songs on the album strike a unique balance between classic cumbias, Latin dance music, and psychedelic influences. The kickoff track “Dream of the Bell Flower” really gets into the classic cumbias peruanas of groups like Los Mirlos, Los Wembler's and Los Destellos with a psychedelic guitar groove. The title is a reference to a family of flowers that grow in the Amazon all of which have various medicinal and hallucinogenic properties. “Six on the Stairway to Seven” is another composition with classic cumbias peruanas and 60’s psychedelic rock in mind. The title playing with references to some very famous classic rock songs, of course. “Javelin” comes from the point of view of the colonized and marginalized. Sung in English with a deeper message, but still a danceable vibe.

    “The Devil is a Charmer” is a single already out and brings in some of the band’s favorite surf and spaghetti western influences on the tune; Ennio Morricone, The Ventures, and Dick Dale. The next single from the album is “Rata” which is influenced by chicha music. The song takes cues from the Peruvian scene and their use of electric guitars. The lyric refers to “so-called friends” that don’t behave and go behind your back, a.k.a. “rats.” For the DJs and late night sweaty vibes head to “Guaracheo” for a cumbia house track that goes off on the dancefloors.

    The album is a perfect introduction to the LOCOBEACH sound, but only leaves you wanting to see them live. As Joshua states, “We are a well-oiled dance machine! People that have never heard of us before, will be up and dancing within the first song, we’re confident of that. At the end of the day we are a dance band and it’s our job to get the audience moving.” Comes with download card.

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Mira quien llegó, mira quien llegó Es la que te gusta, mira quien llegó Pásala pa’ aca, sácala a bailar Que esa vino sola y tú estás acá Mira quien llegó, mira quien llegó Es la que me gusta, mira quien llegó vengase pa’ aca, no la miren más Que esa vino sola y aquí está papa
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Guaracheo 03:43
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Javelin 07:27
No cage to hold these thoughts No plan of not getting caught As we fight for our lives They turn away from our cries It’s the worst of our fears Our hunting grounds have disappeared Different stars in their skies Different colors in a stranger’s eyes I will take a stand with my javelin I will take a stand No cage to hold them back No plan of counterattack Our numbers dwindle down A kingdom loses it’s crown Different stars in their skies Different colors in a stranger’s eyes They’ve brought us so much pain There’s no shame in making them feel the same I will take a stand with my javelin I will take a stand
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Rata 02:50
Broder, me jodiste eres una rata Lo que tú me hiciste, no se le hace a un pana
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The devil is a charmer, He smiles and dances the samba. You better run baby, run baby, run baby, run! He slides in through your doorway. He’ll talk you into letting him stay You better run baby, run baby, run baby, run! The devil in a sauna, Around him swim the piranha… You better run baby, run baby, run baby, run!
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You’re a wretched angel with a silent temper Indian Summer field of colors spinning like a record. Cast off your melancholy clothes, taste the sunshine while you can. Dissolve into a careless pose, a million roads that lead nowhere. Ring the alarm Call a truce For we haven’t even been introduced. I’m a copper wire twisted ‘round a seashell, Useless and uncommon, kept beside an inkwell. A conversation that is trapped, inside a clockwork figurine. A love completely off the map, made of smoke and gasoline. Ring the alarm Call a truce For we haven’t even been introduced.

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released October 25, 2019

Dream of the Bellflower (J.Camp)
Mira Quién Llegó (J.Pardo)
Six On The Stairway to Seven(J.Camp)
Guaracheo (J.Pardo)
Javelin (J.Camp)
Success On The dance Floor (J.Camp)
Rata (J.Pardo)
The Devil Is A Charmer (J.Camp)
Kakalapapanga (J.Pardo)
We Haven’t Been Introduced (J.Camp)


LOCOBEACH is
Fernando Valladares: Timbales and Drumkit
Neil Ochoa: Congas and Percussion
José Luis Pardo: Guitar and vocals
Joshua Camp: Keyboards, accordion and vocals
Edward Marshall: Bass

Guest Musician Karina Colis--Timbales and Vocals on Rata, We Haven’t Been Introduced, The Devil Is A Charmer, and Success On The Dance Floor

Recorded by José Luis Pardo and Joshua Camp
Produced and mixed by José Luis Pardo
Recorded at Cutupra Studios, New York, NY

Mastered by José Blanco

Tracks 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10 Joshua Douglas Camp/Calle Del Campos Publishing, BMI
Tracks 2, 4, 7, 9 Jose Luis Pardo, Afro's Enterprises Publishing, ASCAP

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Locobeach is cumbia pop; latin disco with a psychedelic/spaghetti western edge. This supergroup of a band is comprised of Jose Luis Pardo on guitars/vocals , Neil Ochoa on congas/percussion/electronics, Joshua Camp on accordion/keyboards/vocals and Edward Marshall on bass., Fernando Valladares on Timbales & Drums. Dance music for your brain! ... more

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