Catalina Maria Johnson

International radio broadcaster, bilingual cultural journalist, music curator

By Catalina Maria Johnson

Producer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and composer Adam Partridge, also known as Atropolis, creates a sound that mashes up nueva cumbia, dubstep, moombahton, Afro-Colombian house, kuduro, and other global beats.

He and cousin Thor (aka Thornato), part of a Cumba Mela, a three-member DJ collective, will bring their distinctive grooves to the Township, 2200 N.Chicago Ave., on Friday at 10:00.

We chatted with Partridge from his home base in New York City about the sources of his inspiration, which includes a three-month tour through Colombia, and Cumba Mela’s recent transition to becoming a label and further explore the various sounds from the world.

The first release on Cumba Mela’s label is Atropolis’ sophomore album Transitions, which is a wonderful example of textured, rich music that maintains a dancing balance between global and local awareness.