I only knew about Congo Sanchez for his collaborations with DC's Los Empresarios but it seems like the guy has a pretty busy schedule contributing to the back-beat of many other high profile DC-based projects, including Thievery Corp., See-I and my personal favorites The Funk Ark. Then, somehow, he found some spare time to put out a humble EP as a solo artist, simply titled Vol. 1 and this 7'' single includes two of the tracks off that EP. I played it in my early warm-up set last weekend and it sounded great. These are subtle chill-mood grooves, very much in tune with the ESL catalog, Thievery fans will be pleased. I like it, but I'd much rather see him doing something more dancefloor-igniting, leaning more heavily into the funk side of it, you know, something that would feel at home in Fort Knox Recordings.
Anyway, it's a great positive sign that ESL is still putting out vinyl, considering they have been releasing a lot of very interesting stuff recently that definitely deserves to be pressed in this format. I'm talking about The Funk Ark, Novalima and Afrolicious.
Buy it HERE.