El Dusty is the latest project from Corpus Christi-based producer, Dusty Oliveira. Operating behind the mixer and console, he’s considered by some to be the inventor of cumbia electronica. What Lee Scratch Perry is to reggae, Dusty is to cumbia. A composer, arranger, and ringmaster, Oliveira reinterprets the principals of the Jamaican sound systems of the 1970s, mashing grimey, electro bass sounds together. In his live performances, he invites a panoply of MCs, singers, musicians, and other DJs to join the stage.
As a nu-cumbia pioneer, El Dusty translates the Southern Texas border experience into new barrio anthems where the MPC2000 sampler and chopped clips of Latin music history collide. Set to drop on September 18th, his Trapanera EP marks the first of his collaborative projects since signing with Universal Records’ new division AfterCluv. It showcases a turntablist tradition that links Latin classics with the new generation of bass-heavy soundsystem and hip hop cultures. Trapanera EP is a true showcasing of El Dusty’s bi-cultural border identity and the cumbia crunk movement that he’s found a home in.