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Ocote Soul Sounds - El Nino Y El Sol

the best of 2005 part 1Ocote Soul Sounds & Adrian Quesada - El Nino Y El Sol
(CD) Airesol ASCD006, 2004-08

Info :
Hiver 2004. De retour du mexique en direction de Brooklyn, Ocote Soul Sounds, ou plutôt Martin Perna, flûtiste et leader d'Antibalas, LE groupe new-yorkais responsable de la renaissance de l'afrobeat de Fela, voit sa bagnole au colza tomber en panne et finit par passer 2 semaines à Austin, chez son pote Adrian Quesada, lui-même guitariste et leader de Grupo Fantasma, un big band latin/fusion, à mi-chemin entre Los Lobos et la Mano Negra. Le hasard faisant bien les choses, les deux compères assemblèrent le matériel disponible, mimimal: MPC 2000, flûte, percussions, guitare, basse et claviers, et se mirent au travail... Une dizaine de titres de cet album proviennent de ces sessions, dans un esprit très détendu, plutôt acoustique, mélangeant sans vergogne toutes sortes de saveurs hip hop, salsa, funk, jazz, afrobeat et downtempo. 3 morceaux de funk danceflooresque, enregistrés à New York avec l'aide de deux potes de chez Soul Fire, Nick Movshon (batterie) et Leon Michels (guitare), complètent parfaitement le tracklist et l'assemblage final est un feu d'artifice d'afro-funk latino-psychédélique complètement sidéral. Un petit bijou. Le disque n'est pourtant pas distribué en France mais heureusement il est possible de le commander sur le site d'Antibalas et dans quelques boutiques en ligne...

Tracklisting :
01. Ocote Soul Sounds - Tamarindio
02. Ocote Soul Sounds - Dedication T.V. | Download MP3
03. Ocote Soul Sounds - Esto No Se Acaba Aqui
04. Ocote Soul Sounds - Divinorum | Download MP3
05. Ocote Soul Sounds - Ora Como Rey, Manana Como Quey
06. Ocote Soul Sounds - Justicia
07. Ocote Soul Sounds - Vals de la Despedida
08. Ocote Soul Sounds - La Lucha Sigue
09. Ocote Soul Sounds - Where Is the Love?
10. Ocote Soul Sounds - Learn to Let Go
11. Ocote Soul Sounds - Greniudos
12. Ocote Soul Sounds - Look Sharp
13. Ocote Soul Sounds - Paz y Alegria

Discographie Ocote Soul Sounds :
Divinorum/Look Sharp 7" (2003) Fruitmeat/Giant Step
El Niño y El Sol with Adrian Quesada (2004) Airesol
Tamarindio/Ora como Rey, Mañana como Güey 7" (2005) Freestyle
Electric Tides (2005) Ocote Soul Media

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Press release :
El Niño y el Sol is a collaboration between Martin Perna (Ocote Soul Sounds) and Adrian Quesada. They are founding members of two of the world's most successful and progressive afro/latin/funk big bands, Antibalas and Grupo Fantasma, respectively. Antibalas (Brooklyn, NY) has been credited with reviving the afrobeat sound popularized by Fela Kuti. Grupo Fantasma (Austin, TX) has been called "the adventurous musical offspring of Los Lobos and Mano Negra".

Being longtime fans of each others bands, Martin and Adrian gathered one afternoon in 2003 in NYC for a brief recording session. The two remained in touch, trading music and ideas via phone and email for the next year until winter of 2004, when a road trip resulted in Martin being stranded in Austin, TX for two weeks.

In winter of 2004 Martin Perna embarked on a eco-utopian roadtrip involving a Mercedez-Benz running of vegetable oil from Brooklyn, NY to Michoacan, Mexico. On his way back to Brooklyn, the car broke down around Austin, TX where he stayed for over two weeks at the home of Adrian Quesada. It was a matter of days before they realized they should take advantage of the time and record at Adrian's home studio, Level One Studios. They began to work on ideas using minimal equipment, including an MPC 2000, flute, guitar, bass, keyboards and percussion and the groundwork was laid for El Niño y El Sol. The result would begin to blur the boundaries of the music that inspired them-soul, funk, afro-latin music, hip hop and movie scores. Some songs were based off instrumental hip hop tracks, others were recorded entirely live. To round out the album, a few songs recorded over 2 years ago by Ocote Soul Sounds in NYC were added. Among them is "Divinorum" which has been released as a 45 on legendary NYC DJ Bobbito's Fruitmeat label and has been a hit at DJ Rich Medina's afrobeat parties. Another hard hitter called "Dedication TV" had been written and recorded over a year before by Adrian Quesada based on a sample of Martin's flute from their 2003 sessions! The music was then compiled and sequenced together in 2004 to complete the album.

El Niño y El Sol is a unique collaboration - a ficticious soundtrack to a movie about a young boy trying to get to the sun, a document of a specific moment in time and of two musical contemporaries joining forces to create beautiful instrumental music. Martin and Adrian will continue their busy schedules with Antibalas and Grupo Fantasma. The album will be availalbe all both bands' live shows and will be distributed through Groove Distribution.

Ocote Soul Sounds is a group that is sometimes a solo project and sometimes a full-on group. Lately, I've been working alone on two records, "Electric Tides" (June 2005) and "June Tunes (forthcoming Sept. 2005).
Together with Adrian Quesada of Grupo Fantasma and Nick Movshon and El Michels of Soul Fire, I made a record called "El Niño y El Sol", which is more of a psychedelic and eclectic latin funk sound with mostly live instrumentation. Adrian and I have another one in the works, hopefully to be done by the end of 2005.


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