Peterson worked with the island’s esteemed rumberos to record authoritative versions of the three rhythms as well as discuss what differing meanings and origins are attached to each. The recordings of rumba’s three key styles were handed to a crop of producers working in the orbit of the most interesting corners of club music, allowing for an exciting, global re-interpretation of rumba’s roots.
The result is Havana Club Rumba Sessions: a collection of remixes that’s as varied as you’d expect from a roster of producers spread across locales as wide as South London to Japan and beyond.
Berlin-based Max Graef & Glenn Astro deliver a kickdrum-sprung workout that pays testament to the free and easy hip hop beatmaking in a style that’s long been their m.o.; Motor City Drum Ensemble’s four-to-the-floor arrangement loops things up into a hypnotic slow burn; Japan’s Daisuke Tanabe & Yosi Horikawa tease out the rhythm to a careful balance between percussion and undercurrents of bass; France’s débruit ratchets up the tempo in a beautifully polished rework that slots the click of the percussion into a steady bounce; Pablo Fierro takes things in similarly intense fashion in a pared down mix geared for the dancefloor at peaktime; Canada-based Poirier keeps things steady with delicate melodies adding an emotive edge.