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BAHAMA SOUL CLUB: The Havana Remixes (2017)

BAHAMA SOUL CLUB:  The Havana Remixes Having established a popular latin breakbeat insurgency with their recent Havana ’58, Bahama Soul Club don’t appear to have had any trouble recruiting like-minds to join their cause. This has culminated in The Havana Remixes – on which a set nine-tracks deep is delivered by an eight-strong unit of guerrilla producers consisting of Smoove, Suonho, Jack Jointz, Opolopo
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ONDATROPICA: Cumbia Especial (MANOSJMT edit)(2017)

ONDATROPICA:  Cumbia Especial (MANOSJMT edit)There was a time a couple of years ago when you could barely move for breakbeat edits of Latin tracks – all of them good, not a few of them cumbia-based and for some reason, many of them done by Greek producers. Lately though, such fare has been thin on the ground. Luckily, Manosjmt is here to fill the gap in the market with his edit of Ondatropica’s Cumbia Especial. You’ll note from
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TIMEWARP INC: Tropicaliente EP (2017)

TIMEWARP INC:  Tropicaliente EPTimewarp Inc. (a.k.a. Timewarp Music’s head honcho Angelos Stoumpos) takes a well-deserved break from producing and putting out other people’s music with the Tropicaliente EP in order to put out some of his own. The opener and title track works up some latin-reggae heat with French language vocals from sometime Basement Freaks
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BASEMENT FREAKS: Tribal & African Percussion Sample Pack (Black Octopus)(2017)

Short of tribal and African percussion samples? The cupboard bare of balafons and devoid of djembes? Can’t spy any shakers, track down any talking drums or discover any congas you haven’t used already? We’ve all been there. Thank the lord for Basement Freaks‘ George Fotiadis then who, with the assistance of Smokey Bandits‘ percussionist Nick Tourbis, has knocked out (pun
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LA MAMBANEGRA: Ma Parece Perfecto/ Barrio Caliente (2017)

Rating: ★★★★★ If you were paying attention back in November, there’s a strong chance you may have caught the latin heat of La Mambanegra‘s blistering twenty-first century take on 70s NYC salsa combining elements of funk and hip-hop in the shape of La Mamba Te Invita. Now, with album El Callegüeso y su Malamaña in the offing, the crew, who hail from Cali, Colombia, unleash two
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LA MAMBANEGRA: La Mamba Te Invita (2016) 7″ and video

la-mamba-te-invita-laIt’s got more energy and colour than an upturned kick-drum full of branded, fruit-flavoured confectionary – say hello to La Mambanegra’s video for new single La Mamba Te Invita on which they invite you to get downright latin funky with the salsa breaks. The band, who hail from Colombia, haul the 70s sound of Fania Records bang up to date with an injection of hip-hop and
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DOCTOR STEREO: Vamos Pa Quito (Breakers Version) (2016) Free download

vamos-pa-quito-doctor-stereoAutumn blues? Got the sniffles? Raining outside again? Buenos Aires-based producer Doctor Stereo prescribes a fat dose of latin-flavoured b-boy breaks on which boogaloo pianos vie with horn stabs, electric bass, clav and a rolling almost omnipresent 115 bpm breakbeat. Why? Because party time is any time and any time is party time of course! British readers may be particularly
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BROOKZILL! feat. COUNT BASS D: Saudade Songbook (2016)

Saudade Songbook BrookzillRating: ★★★★★ What happens when you get old school hip-hop royalty like Prince Paul, Ladybug Mecca and Don Newkirk together with veteran Brazilian hip-hop emcee Rodrigo Brandão. Or, to put it another way, what happens when you get Brooklyn together with Brazil? You get Brookzill! fool! And first single Saudade Songbook is every bit the sultry culture clash groove you’d expect
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THE HARRY BELLS: Kingman Island EP Remixed (2016)

Kingman Island Remixed EP The Harry BellsI hope you’re in a calypso/ latin beats mood for here are The Harry Bells (Washington’s foremost – and for all I know the only – horn and bell tribute to Harry Belafonte) getting the remix treatment from MB favourites Daytoner and Honest Lee along with Kid Gusto and Sol Power All-stars. Daytoner applies a rolling drum break to Coconut Woman for that extra lilt, Sol Power All-
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VARIOUS: Carnibal Records 014 (2016)

Carnibal 014 Various PalovAs the planet suddenly feels less safe than it has done since 9/11 and the ignorant, with tedious predictability, have been manipulated by rich and powerful bullshitters into scapegoating anyone ‘foreign’ or unlucky enough to be on benefits instead of, say, the ever so slightly more cuplable rich and powerful bullshitters, it may well be that you feel the need for something a bit cheery in
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