Wednesday, September 8, 2010
WILLIE COLON & HECTOR LAVOE-"Aguanile," Toy Selectah Remixes (Fania, 2010)
Now, my antagonism with salsa dancers, might have been misunderstood with a disliking of salsa music itself and the truth is that in recent years I've gotten a lot more interested in salsa music, especially the old school Fania catalog from the 70's, when salsa was still very Afro and very "street" (before it became "whitened" and bastardized to make it more radio friendly and commercial in the format of "salsa romántica," ew). And of all old school salsa masters, Willie Colón is definitely my favorite.
Well, guess what, Fania Records is releasing a series of remixes of their classics and this first one was done by no other than the remix master himself, Toy Selectah. I like the Willlie Colón's "Aguanile" original because of its heavy afro percussion, but I think I'm liking these two dubby remixes a lot more because Toy pretty much removed all the dance potential off the song, transforming it into something completely different, a sort of shamanic cosmic trip. I don't know of his original intentions, and I don't know about Toy's feelings toward salsa dancers, but for me at least, having taken a great dancefloor-packer like that and turned it into this is a huge FUCK YOU! in the faces of all those annoying dancers with their silk shirts and those shiny shoes. Thank you Toy, you made my day!
Buy it HERE.