When RICHIE HELL moved from Buenos Aires to Miami in 2015, he saw how the gumbo limbo tree’s bark peeled off, like a snake shedding its skin. He saw it as a positive sign, nature supporting this new beginning.
His new full-length "The Gumbo Limbo Experiment" is an album that takes you to another place. Richie– an avid record collector, DJ, and musician since his teens– mixes and merges musical elements from across the space-time continuum: Afro & Balkan beats, traveling blues, future soul, ‘90s house, Spaghetti Western sounds, samples and field recordings, mermaid calls and mantric chants. With homages to jungles, cannabis, inner strength, and other life forces, it makes sense that his music comes across as spiritual. Richie also joins forces with a number of guest artists, a reflection of his live shows which feature a full band and guest vocalists. Peruvian psychedelic cumbia legends Los Mirlos join him for “Amazonia”, Argentine singer Martes provides her sultry, soulful vocals on “Going Nomad” & “Revelations”, and on the weed anthem “From The Earth”, Atlanta rapper Black Bobby reminds us that cannabis is a gift from nature.
The vibrant, distinctive album art is by renowned visual artist Francisca Oyhanarte, Richie’s wife. His sounds became songs, her visions became images. From Miami, for the universe, "The Gumbo Limbo Experiment" offers a variety of beats to chill, dance and groove to, for fans of Quantic, Khruangbin, Polo & Pan, Red Axes, Thievery Corporation, and beyond. Richie Hell makes world music that is otherworldly.
released August 14, 2020
Produced by Richie Hell, Manu Moreno and Gurtz.
All tracks written by Richie Hell, except "Going Nomad" (R. Hell, Martes), "Revelations" (R. Hell, Martes), "From The Earth" (R. Hell, Black Bobby).
"No Hay Sol" contains fragments of "Lam Plearn Kiew Bao" by Chanpen Sirithep.
Richie Hell: Bass, Electronics, Lead Vocals "No Hay Sol"
Martes: Lead & Backing Vocals on 1,2,3,4, and 5.
Ignacio Nuñez: Percussion
Manu Moreno: Piano, Synths.
Gurtz: Synths, Electronics
Los Mirlos: Guitar and Vocals "Amazonia"
Black Bobby: Lead Vocals “From The Earth”
Mariano Repetto: Drums “Revelations”
Mixed by Gurtz
Mastered in NY by Dietrich Schoenemann
Recorded in Miami, FL 2017 - 2019
Pressed at Sunpress Vinyl
Art by Francisca Oyhanarte
Design & Layout by Kent Hernandez
Many thanks to Miami for becoming my new home and being such an inspiration; Buenos Aires for making me who I am; Lolo Reskin for seeing me and makin' it happen; Francisca for being my soul's fuel.