Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Short Reviews Roundup

Yet another batch of instant, lazy, uninspired reviews collected in one post just to make people that send me free records happy. Keep supporting independent artists and record labels and don't forget to buy vinyl whenever available. 

NICKODEMUS feat. SAMMY AYALA-Baila a Tu Manera [Whiskey Barons Remix] (Wonderwheel, 2013): I wasn't very impressed with last year's Nickodemus release Moon People, but this one here brings him straight back to the Nickodemus we all loved six, seven years ago. I don't know if it's the guest vocalist, Sammy Ayala, who I have no fucking idea who he is, or if it's the Whiskey Barons that have that midas touch to make everything funkier, but I love this 7''. I can tell for sure it's gonna remain on mandatory rotation on my sets for a while. Buy it HERE.

DOCTOR STEREO-Jet 2 Panama/Hágalo (G.A.M.M., 2013): Argentina's Ezequiel Lodeiro, a.k.a. Doctor Stereo, has recently become the most sought-after producer/remixer from his country. At least I'm absolutely sure no other Argentine DJ had his music pressed on vinyl by so many of the  the most prestigious, DJ-oriented record labels in the Northern Hemisphere. After being released by Lovemonk, Resense, Names You Can Trust, Bastard Jazz and Jack To Phono, he now drops this indispensable rework of the Mandrill classic "Hágalo" with an even funkier instrumental flip-side on this 12'' released by Sweden's kings of bootlegs G.A.M.M. Buy it HERE.

NOVALIMA-Karimba Diabolic Remixes (Wonderwheel, 2013): Nothing will ever be as awesome as Novalima's Afro, for obvious reasons; they used all the dope classic Afro-Peruvian songs there. After that, the only thing they had left was to dig deeper into more rare tunes or create their owns, which sure, it's a lot more interesting from the artistic point of view, but none of their original creations have the effect that "Machete" and "Mayoral" have when you play them at a party. Anyway, this new collection of remixes redeems their latest album, Karimba, which was a bit too rootsy for me, bringing it back to the dance floor with reworks by a who-is-who of todays most prestigious remixers. No mentions of vinyl yet, but you can get the digital release HERE.

SAOCO Vol. 2 (VampiSoul, 2013): I'm definitely not an expert on this kind of Puerto Rican music, probably the total oposite. In fact, I don't even know what saoco means, I'm pretty sure it's not a Spanish word, that's all I can say. This is the second volume of a compilation put together by Spain's VampiSoul dedicated to bomba and plena, some pre-salsa, heavy percussion-based Afro-Boriqua music. Unfortunately they sent me a digital promo, and this is where I'd like to have the vinyl instead so I could read the liner notes instead of embarrassing myself with such a lame, waste of time of a review. Order yours HERE.

GEKO JONES & ATROPOLIS PRESENT-Palenque Records Remixed (Dutty Artz, 2013): I don't know who or what Atropolis is, but Geko Jones is mad cool and deserves all my props for his mixes and remixes. Anyway, here he put together for Dutty Artz a compilation of remixes of Afro-Colombian music produced in the Atlantic Coast. It's a lot closer to West African music than cumbia and very upbeat. These are all high-octane dancefloor igniters guaranteed, specially the ones by Captain Planet and So Shifty. No talk about vinyl. Buy it HERE.

BACHACO-Bachaco (Delanuca, 2012): Remember Locos Por Juana before they got rid of the band and became a ñu-cumbia soundsystem? Bachaco pretty much follow that same formula, in the sense that they are a party rock band playing a mix of reggae-ska-cumbia tunes with bilingual lyrics and some rap here and there. Oh, and they happen to be from Miami, FL, so I guess this must be a quite popular style there. There's definitely some strong cumbia-based numbers there that I assume must explode when they're played live, like "Jamaican Cumbia," "Cumbia pa' la nena" and the El Gran Silencio-reminiscing "Culebra." Nothing super edgy or innovative there, but still, fun stuff. The album also comes with some forgettable moments, like the corny romantic number "Mi sol" (which could easily hit with the mainstream Latino crowds) and the retro-rock-en-español cliché-filled "La Ola." Still better than 90% of the crap that plays on commercial Latin radios in the US so it gets a pass. Buy it HERE.


Ken said...

Big ups to the review on Bachaco, they're an excellent live band which is difficult to get across on record. I guess they would have to bring the audience into the studio with them...which could happen. Ed take note.

manu said...

Que tal. Muy buena reseña, solo una aclaracion. Palenque records remixed no son remixes de la costa pacifica de Colombia sino de la Costa Atlantica. Son grupos de San Basilio de Palenque, algunos dicen que fue el primer pueblo negro libre de America y la semejanza con la musica Africana se debe a que es un pueblo con una fuerte raiz africana (fundado por esclavos negros).

andujar said...

Sammy Ayala, singer and percussionist with Cortijo's band for many classic years, RIP.