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Queens, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | INDIE

Queens, New York, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2015
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"PREMIERE: Atropolis — “Adjust”"

Atropolis is the nu-cumbia/tropical bass project of Adam Partridge, an arranger, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and founding member of New York’s Cumba Mela DJ collective. Today marks the release of his sophomore album Transitions, the first on Cumba Mela’s newly launched record label.

The album draws from Atropolis’ interest in Afro-Colombian house, moombahton, dubstep, kuduro and nu-cumbia. It’s refreshing and balanced—equally perfect for lounging in the sun or an after-hours dance party. And while there’s a hefty enough dose of electro-booming to keep the bass-heads happy, the instrumentation and melodies still manage to be fresh and lyrical. There are a lot of great guest stars, Columbia’s Lido Pimienta is sweet as a peach on “Reza Por Mi,” French-Canadian-Latin MC Boogat throws down on “Pomporaso,” and it’s great to hear Si*Sé’s Carol C on ”Which Way to Go.” Colombian gaitero Darwin Escorcia, and cellist Brent Arnold also make appearances on the album.

We are happy to premiere his newest single “Adjust,” which has the upbeat Colombian cumbia compositional build-up similar to Uproot Andy remixes, the downtempo coziness of Chancha Via Circuito, and the almost nuevo tango, nu-jazz feel of Gotan Project. Enjoy! - MTV IGGY

"Atropolis "Urban Chief""

New York native Adam Partridge (a.k.a. Atropolis) pulls rhythmic cues from around the globe, and "Urban Chief"—taken from his recently released Transitions LP for Cumba Mela—embodies the international jumble of his hometown. Partridge's production references cumbia, modern bass music, and other worldly sounds while still managing to skirt any strict categorization. Instead, the cut starts with a mellow Latin rhythm, escalating to rapid, subwoofer-busting levels around the halfway mark, and then easing to a crawl in its final minute. - XLR8R

"MIDIval Punditz’s “Baanwarey” gets the remix treatment from Atropolis [Premiere]"

I’m super excited for this premiere today that we have of MIDIval Punditz‘s “Baanwarey,” because we’re having the chance to show you something outside of our regular sphere of genres we post, but equally as stunning.
“Baanwarey” originally brought in influences of pop and electronic sounds, bringing a light and fun vibe to stunning, (and I’m assuming) traditional-sounding vocals. The result was like a beautifully warped timeline that blended the sounds of the past and present, and it truly brought to light the vast wonder that is the technology age.
NY-born producer Atropolis flipped this and stripped back the layers, taking back the synths and highlighting on the vocals and keeping the stage on that. By doing so, he still manages to keep it light and fun like the Delhi-based duo, but also manages to make it entirely his own. I haven’t been able to stop playing this all day, and neither will you.
Check out the original, and the remix below! - EarMilk


Still working on that hot first release.



dam Partridge, also known as Atropolis, his electronically global infused alter-ego, mixes his degree and knowledge in music composition and ethnomusicology throughout his own productions and DJ sets.

It makes sense that a lifelong New Yorker has created a sound that encompasses the best of a number of musical influences the city has to offer. Since the age of 8, Adam was introduced to the classical piano, progressing to hardcore metal music at 14, and then falling in love with jazz guitar at 16. Soon after, Adam was digging into sounds from West and North Africa, the Balkans, the Caribbean, and South America, while simultaneously beginning to study music composition. Adam grabbed his first scoring gig for Eurovision at the age of 22. Years later, he created a fresh amalgamation of nueva cumbia, dubstep, moombahton, Afro-Colombian house, kuduro, and other styles, catching the ears of studied future world music professionals, Dutty Artz label heads Jace DJ/Rupture Clayton and Matt Shadetek.  This led to his debut self-titled album, Atropolis, which made it to #2 on the KEXP World Music charts of April 2011.

As an accomplished arranger, multi-instrumentalist, and composer, Atropolis became more drawn to DJ culture, as it compliments his growing tastes, allowing him to constantly incorporate new sounds in his productions and express his diverse and international tastes within his performances.  Adams intentions in music are community, operating on a local scale and connecting sonically on a global level.  Such are the intentions of Cumba Mela, founded as a DJ collective by Adam, Mike Tummolo (2melo), and Adams cousin Thor Partridge (Thornato) in 2010. Born among the Brooklyn underground warehouse scene, Cumba Mela lead the trio on a three-month tour throughout Colombia where they collaborated with a local artists such as Son Palenque, Sexteto Tabala, Los Alegres de Ambulancia, and many others. Palenque Records Remixed (recently released on Dutty Artz with Geko Jones) is one of the fruits from this trip.  Cumba Mela has also teamed up with Nickodemus, the father of infusing global influences with electronic elements. Together they throw the event, Bombeat, drawing large parties to a wide range of dancehalls, from clubs in Manhattan to raw warehouse spaces in Brooklyn. Cumba Melas most recent move of becoming a label is to further explore the various sounds from the world.

The first release on Cumba Melas label is Atropolis sophomore album Transitions, out on August 13, 2013. Transitions is aptly titled as it flows through Atropolis musical palette from one song to the next, keeping it moving for the dancefloor and rich in musicality for pure listening pleasure.   In addition to Atropolis stellar standalone productions, his special guests include French-Canadian-Latin MC Boogat on the tropical-tinged track Pomporaso. Carol Cs graceful vocals float on Which Way To Go. Columbias Darwin Escorcia plays gaita on Una Mezcla Costea.  Colombian-Canadian vocalist/visual artist Lido Pimienta tears up Reza Por Mi with colorful lyrics and an equally colorful music video to be released soon.  Rounding out the guests is cellist/composer Brent Arnold on El Pacifico.

In addition to his new release, Atropolis has releases with: Dutty Artz, Palenque Records (Colombia), Soundway (United Kingdom), Man Recordings (Germany), Kompakt (Germany), Nacional (US), and Sicario (Mexico)

Change is inevitable, and now that this world is more global than ever, Atropolis strives to provide a foundation for conscious music that maintains a dancing balance between global and local awareness.  Catch Atropolis on tour this summer in the US to support Transitions.

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