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The November release on Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound is an early preview of the forthcoming album on Real World Records by Sidestepper, entitled Supernatural Love.
The stunning new album marks a radical change in direction for the acclaimed collective. Long acknowledged as the original progenitors of electro-cumbia, the cutting-edge blend of electronica and Afro-Colombian rhythms that has torn up dancefloors from Medellin to London and New York, the band's sound has spawned such young groups as Chocquibtown, Bomba Estereo and more -- many of whose members have played in Sidestepper over the group's evolution. The new album befits the band's reputation as innovators: organic, potent, rhythmic, and irresistibly danceable.
"It felt like the right time to go back to basics. A song and a beat, warm sounds and magic players," says British DJ/producer Richard Blair, who co-founded Sidestepper in 1996 and spawned a phenomenon. "Global club culture has become totally mainstream; I've grown bored of hearing the same kick, snare and hi-hat. I wanted to try something new, to see if it was possible to make a record with just hand drums and traditional instrumentation like shakers, sticks and flutes."