GRUPO 2000 LP by Masstropicas; words by Renz De Madrugada
This LP caught me off guard, unlike the Ranil and Tupac, which was anticipated by the Peruvian invasion of listeners, followers and diggers.
Masstropicas comes again with righteousness in releasing music that could have been lost and forgotten. Grupo 2000 is no stranger to the explosion of “Musica Selvatica”, in this case from Tarapoto, Dept of San Martin in Perù’s Amazon region.
It was back then during the golden years of Virrey Records when SONIDO 2000 came out. (Grupo 2000 Formerly Known as Sonido 2000), the band Sonido 2000 became part of INFOPESA changing their name to Grupo 2000.
Really, I don’t know much about the group, is a very obscure LP/Group out of Perù not just the Jungle region.
I could have done my research and shared what I’ve learned. But in this case I’ll let the music speaks for itself. Masstropicas will release extensive information about the group which will be included on the LP packaging, created and designed by Tunchi of LimaFotoLibre (http://limafotolibre.com/)
Once again, is a nostalgic feeling when I hear music from my land that perhaps even the people from Perù have not experienced yet… The sound of Grupo 2000 is unique. The beauty of having the music not only remastered, but also reissued in its original content, LP. Is a treat for the create collection, specially knowing how hard is to find a good clean and playable LP in Perù.
From the moment I played the 1st track “La Ronzampa” in my truck, the LP had me captivated. I been a Juaneco fan ever since I heard “Ya se a muerto mi abuelo” back in 2005 when I returned back to Lima after 15 years of absence. I was expecting something similar or in the same alley. But let me tell you, GRUPO 2000 is not the cliché Cumbia Selva band as Juaneco or Los Mirlos, nah!. This band had something else under their sleeves. Rock, Funk, Soul, Psych, Cumbia and I even heard a bit of Brazil influence. And why not Brazilian influence, the Amazon region is one of the most integrated areas that shares land with Brazil, so there is a lot of cultural similarities, from the influence of sounds to the food and living traditions.
Grupo 2000 not only brings a new old sound, it also shares with us the diversity that Tarapoto was back in the days, bringing that guitar party psych ayawascar sound to the stereos and boom boxes all over the Amazon Region.
I’m sure somewhere in Lima, “Sonido 2000” was heard back in the 70’s and 80’s. If it wasn’t for INFOPESA…
The green cover sleeve with the vintage photo and the fonts used are a cherry on top to this wonderful tracks by Perù’s own. I can only say that this LP will be on my record back for quite sometime, along Ranil and El Sonido De Tupac Amaru.
…The beauty of reissuing old LPs, is the fact that you can go back in time and experience the music with the physical item and info in your hands. Labels like Masstropicas gives us that experience… To go back into time and put our self in the shoes of a party goer, dj or just a listener… in the jungle back in the 70’s and 80’s!
Music like this, is not made any more. The essence of recording a live band is been lost. This recordings are extremely rare to the Peruvian ear and outside. They are now part of the soundtrack of our life.
Mike Pigott, Founder of Masstropicas, has made sure to select the most neglected and forgotten sounds from the vaults of INFOPESA (Peruvian Music Label), as well as meeting with the makers of this amazing LPS. Mike will continue to discover, reissue and share with the world the sounds that was once PERUVIAN JUNGLE MUSIC.
Renz De Madrugada