Maniphest: Scratch Samba (Fat City, 1999, Mystic Brew – The Main Ingredients EP Pt. 2)
All the Mystic Brew releases were super-solid anthologies, mixing up everything from indie underground hip-hop acts to wicked remixes to reissued funk tracks. This came off one of their “spare” EPs and while it’s not quite as “samba” as I might have been lead to expect, it’s still good enough to move on the dancefloor.
365 Days of Soul, #63
Fruko Y Sus Tesos: Mi Rio Cali (Fuentes, 1977, El Patillero)
Colombian salsa album.
I’ll say this until I’m blue in the face but I will never, ever tired of the Fuentes’s salsa duro sound of the 1970s. Even on this, one of Fruko’s less collectible albums, the whole vibe is just incredible.
365 Days of Soul, #62
Claudia de Colombia: Los Ejes De Mi Carreta (CBS, 1981, Enamorados
Colombian rock album.
Best as I can tell, this is a cover of “The Axels Of My Wagon”, originally by legendary Argentinian folk musician Atahualpa Yupanqui. But by the early ’80s, someone decided to hook up Claudia with some funky psych elements. It’s enough to burn that wagon down.
365 Days of Soul, #61
Ray Barretto: Chihuahua (Roulette, 1963, 7″)
Somehow, after all this time, I’m still discovering how much Barretto I still need to be listening to. Baby steps y’all. Or better said, chihuahua steps. (But no, seriously, this is great).
365 Days of Soul, #60
Los Diplomaticos: El Pito/El Borrachon (Fuentes, 196?, 19 Exitos! Vol II. )
Latin dance album out of Colombia.
I love this kind of sh__ so much: popular Colombian band doing a cover medley of Joe Cuba and Ray Barretto. The “El Pito” cover is ok but when the song switches into Barretto, with those pianos? This is me.
365 Days of Soul, #59