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Venezuela 70 - Cosmic Visions Of A Latin American Earth - Venezuelan Experimental Rock In The 1970s

Venezuela 70 - Cosmic Visions Of A Latin American Earth - Venezuelan Experimental Rock In The 1970s (CD/2LP, Soul Jazz, 2016)

English label Soul Jazz Records released this summer a collection of experimental rock recorded in Venezuela in the 1970s, at a time when oil was flowing in abundance and consequently culture rather well subsidized. However, this music had never really got out of the country until now, it's really a beautiful discovery. As for example the piece from Angel Rada, 'Panico A Las 5AM' : on a first...

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Tanbou Toujou Lou - Merengue Kompa Kreyou Vodou Jazz & Electric Folklore From Haiti 1960-1981

Various - Tanbou Toujou Lou: Merengue, Kompa Kreyou, Vodou Jazz & Electric Folklore From Haiti 1960-1981 (CD/2LP, Ostinato Records, 2016)

The fantastic archeological work of labels such as Analog Africa, Soundway, Strut and a few others surely must have inspired this compilation of Haitian grooves. The selection is sharp, but in the end built from a majority of unstoppable tunes on any kind of sunshiny dancefloor. The booklet is generous, with lots of photos, et the musical consistency is without blinkers. English DJ Hugo Mendez...

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Ocote Soul Sounds - A Pesar La Vida feat. Quantic and Chico Mann

Ocote Soul Sounds - A Pesar La Vida feat. Quantic & Chico Mann (7", Wonderwheel Recordings, 2016)

The last time Antibalas was in Paris, we had the chance to listen to a few new tracks from the Ocote Soul Sounds project - extracted from recent recording sessions gathering Martin Perna (Antibalas), Adrian Quesada (Brownout/Echocentrics) and Quantic (Tru Thoughts) — three of the most talented producers of their generations working together! After many months' wait, here's finally some vinyl news...

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Les Vikings de la Guadeloupe - Enko on Ti Tou

Les Vikings de la Guadeloupe - Enko on Ti Tou (CD/2LP, Heavenly Sweetness, 2016)

The famous band from the French Antilles in the 60s/70s is back with a new compilation, to be followed by a tour all over Europe. Selected by leader and saxophonist Camille Sopran'n, guitarist Guy Jacquet and bassist Pierre-Edouard Décimus (with some help from tropical DJ Hugo Mendez, among a discography of roughly 20 albums published since 1967, this best-of of what would next become Kassav and...

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Jorge Duran y su Jalea de Mambo

Jorge Durán y su Jalea de Mambo - Jalea de Mambo (7", Enlace Funk, 2015)

Based in Madrid, Spain and led by vibraphonist Jorge Durán, Jalea de Mambo gathers musicians from Venezuela, Cuba, Colombia and Spain. they're quite unique on today's scene, with their sound bringing back the latin-American jazz spirit of the golden 1950's mambo. Fresh & swinging, this 45 is all about sunshine retro vibes. Another great find from Spanish collective, label & magazine Enlace...

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Bio Ritmo - Oriza

Bio Ritmo - Oriza (7", Peace & Rhythm, 2015)

Far from a latin music experts, we can easily claim being surrounded by a few of them. That's how Paris DJs got in touch with salsa band from Richmond, Virginia Bio Ritmo a few years back, leading to the release of their digital single 'Picaresca' in july 2013, soon followed by an exclusive mix, and a year later by a masterful album released on Vampisoul, 'Puerta Del Sur'. An exclusive tune from...

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Tito Chicoma Y Su Orquesta - Guaguanco Con Tito Chicoma

Tito Chicoma Y Su Orquesta - Guaguancó Con Tito Chicoma (LP+7"/CD, Abanico, 2015)

Italian reissue label Abanico first appeared on this website last september with a great unreleased 1970s salsa album from Peruvian band Los Kintos. Here's the follow-up, another reissue licensed from the Mag label, a 1972 album from Don Roberto "Tito" Chicoma, also known as "La trompeta de oro" in Peru. Our first encounter with Tito Chicoma's music happened 3 years ago, thanks...

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Los Kintos - Vol III

Los Kintos - Vol.III (CD/LP, Abanico Records, 2015)

A package landed at the door coming from an Italian label… and inside a big surprise: an unissued 1970 album/LP from Peruvian band Los Kintos! The band was spotted recently only in the 'Bugalu Tropical Gozalo! Vol.4' compilation from Vampisoul in 2011, but they're one of the best from 70's Peru latin scene. Their first, late 60s albums, 'Los Kintos' and 'Tin Marin', are worth a few hundreds on the...

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Amy A Tal Vez Tu Amor

Amy A - Tal Vez Tu Amor (7", Soul Garden Records, 2015)

Amy A (Amy Akaoka), lead singer (and co-founder) in Japanese funk.soul band Q.A.S.B. for 10 years, is a huge Larry Harlow enthousiast and wanted to record a salsa album for years. This first 45 proves her idea was great since day one: sunshine rays hit instantly, as much as an irrepressible desire for getting up and begin to let go with furious latin dance steps!...

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Amara Toure 1973-1980

Amara Touré - 1973-1980 (CD/2LP, Analog Africa, 2015)

The 18th Analog Africa release (out june 22nd) is a compilation of Amara Touré, the enigmatic Afro-Cuban percussionist and singer from Guinea-Conakry, showcasing all of the 10 songs he ever released between 1973 and 1980. The compilation will be pressed as a Double gatefold LP & a 8-Tray CD. The first edition of the vinyl was screen printed in Greece. The 2xLP also includes a screen printed...

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