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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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CHRIS SULLIVAN presents: THE WAG Iconic Tunes From The Wag 1983-1987 (2016)

The Wag Chris Sullivan Iconic TunesForget Studio 54, surely the most debauched club in living memory has to have been Soho’s Wag club – the place everyone spent most of the 80s trying to get into despite a door policy so tight that a young KRS One even had trouble getting in on the night he was performing there. If you did make it in however, you could rely on a heady cocktail of music industry and showbiz alumni
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FREDDY Y SUS AFRO LATINOS: Maltrato (DJ DSK edit) (2015) Free download

Maltrato DJ DSK edit Freddy Y Sus Afro LatinosNow then, what about a bit of free latin naughtiness before NYE? Who doesn’t like a bit of that? In this case it’s DJ DSK‘s edit of Freddy Y Sus Afro Latinos’ Maltrato. There’s no suggestion that the 70s original has received any maltrato here though as our man goes for a subtle beat tweak delivering boom-bap oomph and creates a party-starting shimmy in the process. Which
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KUHJO: Habanera Swing (2015)

Habanera Swing Kuhjo digitalRating: ★★★★★ Here’s a well-deserved and long overdue digital release for Kuhjo‘s 2011 seven inch latin hip-hop booty drop Habanera Swing. Anyone who caught it on wax will know that this application of Afro Rican vox to a latin beat is hotter than snorting ground Scotch Bonnet peppers off the breasts of a Cuban lap dancer during a climate-change induced heatwave in
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