Ritmo Machine with DJ Chilly for KEXP Radio (7/12)
In New York City for the 2012 Latin Alternative Music Conference, Chilean hip hop pioneers Ritmo Machine will be stopping in at The Cutting Room tomorrow (7/12) to record tracks and interviews with DJ Chilly for broadcast on KEXP radio. A collaborative project between Eric Bobo and Latin Bitman, Ritmo Machine has created what LA Times called “its own new strain of soul music,” weaving together elements of afrobeat and cumbia with those of hip hop, jazz, funk and electronica.
Given the dynamic musical range achieved in the collaboration of Bobo and Bitman, the progressive blend that results should come as no surprise. Eric Bobo spent the early 90’s touring with the Beastie Boys, before joining Cypress Hill after meeting at Woodstock in 1994. A career percussionist, Bobo has recorded and performed with artists such as Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against the Machine, and Ella Fitzgerald, among many others.
Before releasing his debut self-titled album in 2008, DJ Latin Bitman represented Chile as an Olympic surfer. The blend of beach-inspired influences with that of hip hop and funk from nearby Santiago quickly caught the attention of listeners worldwide, landing tracks from his second album (released 2010) a spot on the FIFA soundtrack, as well as TV shows including Dexter and 90210. Bobo and Bitman hooked up at Lollapalooza, where Bobo was performing with Cypress Hill, and the Ritmo Machine was born. The duo recently released their debut album Welcome to Ritmo Machine with Nacional Records. The album, recorded in Argentina and dedicated to the 2012 Chilean student rebellion, boasts tracks featuring Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5), Ana Tijoux, P-Nut (of 311), Sen Dog (of Cypress Hill), Sick Jacket (of Psycho Realm) and Money Mark & Mix Master Mike (of the Beastie Boys). You can check it out here.
Be sure to check out Ritmo Machine perform live (and for free) this Friday at the Bandshell in Prospect Park at 6pm! Don’t forget to check back for more updates on tomorrow’s session!