Tuesday, October 5, 2010
TATO TORRES & YERBABUENA-La Casita de Chema (Alala Records, 2010)
Now, how dumb is that? You guys have not heard of a thing called Google where you can type any bullshit made-up word you came up with and see how many hundreds of suckers around the globe are already using that as a band name?
Anyway, then I played the record and I was again disappointed because it was just traditional Puerto Rican music, and I was expecting some sort of modern fusion or at least something more funky (in a Bronx River Parkway kinda way). Ok, one of the tracks has a monumental drum break (that I'll probably sample), but still I'm not really that deep into Boricua shit.
But then I went on-line to see who is it that's putting out this stuff and I found out Alala Records is a fairly new label (they only have three releases that I know of) started by no other than the great Bobbito García, a DJ and old school hip-hop radio personality that I always admired. And to know that this legit Latino with a b-boy soul has started a record label that's releasing exclusively 7'' singles (my favorite format!), that got me way more excited than I ever was in the beginning of this post when I first encountered the record. I love 7'' singles and I'll buy any release in this format that's remotely "Latin but cool" and having the seal of approval of a taste-maker I respect, well, you can count me in as a regular customer, Alala Records. Keep 'em coming!