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THE BONGOLIAN: Flatfoot Hustle

Flatfoot HustleAhead of The Bongolian’s sixth studio album, Harlem Hipshake, comes the video for LP track Flatfoot Hustle the first evidence of the Latin-percussive delights to be found on the forthcoming thirteen-tracker. Funky and densely layered, the track is drenched in horns, wah-wah guitar and bongos (naturally) and spotlights the Bongolian’s love for NYC’s sixties Latin soul scene and the
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OTTO DE ROJAS Y SU ORQUESTA: El Tema De Coco (Vinyl 7″)

OTTO DE ROJAS Y SU ORQUESTA: El Tema De Coco (Vinyl 7Still coming correct with the Latin 45 heat, Matasuna Records drop something of a follow-up to the label’s previous Otto De Rojas release of a few years ago with this brace of light-touch remixes of the Peruvian’s funky, Latin-disco nugget El Tema De Coco off 1976 LP Superéxitos Bailables. First up to twiddle the knobs is Retro Roland Riso going large on the drums with extra
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HAMMOND CLASSICS: Maculele 02

HAMMOND CLASSICS:  Maculele 02Hammond Classics seems to have been absent for nearly as along as it’s been since the last time anyone sent the monkey any Latin breakbeat tunes – but Maculele 02 shows there’s mileage yet in reworking South American rhythms. At three tracks long, this release is one cut longer than its predecessor and travels a similar path in giving some bass and breakbeat heft to ritmos afro-
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NICO GOMEZ & HIS AFRO-PERCUSSION INC: Chibiquiban b/w Chibiquiban (TONTON BOOM edit) (Vinyl 7″)

NICO GOMEZ & HIS AFRO-PERCUSSION INC: Chibiquiban b/w Chibiquiban (TONTON BOOM edit) (Vinyl 7?)Rating: ★★★★★ I bet you didn’t expect another Nico Gomez 45 re-release and accompanying edit so soon after the last one did you? Here’s one anyway though as super hot Gomez number Chibiquiban gets a vinyl 7″ outing – and it’s arguably even better.  Not least of the reasons for this is the fact that the edit on the B-side comes from Tonton Boom a.k.a Mr Boom which the
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ROCAFORT RECORDS: Mi Bomba Sono (CELIA CRUZ)/ A Bailar Oriza (JOEY PASTRANA)

ROCAFORT RECORDS: Mi Bomba Sono (CELIA CRUZ)/ A Bailar Oriza (JOEY PASTRANA) Rocafort Records release a double celebration of the work of Cuban songwriter Silvestre Méndez on this 45 release which features versions of two of his biggest songs. On the A side you get Celia ‘Queen of Salsa’ a.k.a. ‘Queen of Latin Music’ Cruz’s incendiary 1973 Afro-Cuban version of Mi Bomba Sono – backed by the legendary La Sonora Matancera. On the flip meanwhile Joey Pastrana
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Introducing: ORIGINAL GRAVITY RECORDS

ORIGINAL GRAVITY RECORDSIf you’ve been keeping your ear to Craig Charles’ Funk & Soul Show in the last year and bit, you’ll probably have heard any one of a string of dope 45s from Original Gravity Record‘s artists. Maybe soul man Floyd James and his band the GTs rings a bell? Perhaps you caught a vinyl 7″ from funky instrumentalist Melvin Craig, mod-fuzz act The Supersonics or the garage bluesy Labrats?  Are those names and
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NICO GOMEZ & HIS AFRO-PERCUSSION INC: Lupita b/w Lupita (BOSQ Rework) (Vinyl 7″)

NICO GOMEZ & HIS AFRO-PERCUSSION INC: LupitaLook sharp, here’s another re-press for Nico Gomez’s Lupita and this time it’s Latin-loving label Matasuna who deliver the goods. Everyone who knows anything about Gomez knows he was one of the greatest ever producers of funky Latin and Afro-Latin music as revealed by his 1971 LP, Ritual (on which Lupita can be found) along with his songwriting for Los Chakachas. And like Los
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JOHNNYPLUSE: The Break Out + Loud Places (Dub mix) free download

JOHNNYPLUSE: The Break OutNews of what’s next in the bomb-bay for Bulabeats comes mere weeks after the release of Zero The Desk’s The Secret Edits Vol. 1, as Johnnypluse announces forthcoming single The Break Out. While (on the one hand) this sees Mr Pluse return to his favoured sonic territory of bass-heavy breakbeat music, it also sees him escape from the pigeonhole by flavouring proceedings
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BOSSA 70: Si Voce Pensa/ Birimbao (Vinyl 7″)

BOSSA 70: Si Voce Pensa/ Birimbao (Vinyl 7Re-mastered straight from the original 1970s master tapes, two Bossa 70 tracks see the light of day once more on either side of the next vinyl 45 drop from Latin funk fiends Matasuna Records. Both covers, the super-rare and largely unknown A-side, Si Voce Pensa, only appeared on a 100-copy run of a promo 45 while Birimbao is lifted from the band’s self-titled debut LP of which only
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LOS SOBRINOS DEL JUEZ: Harina De Maiz / Corned Beef Hash (Vinyl 7″)

LOS SOBRINOS DEL JUEZ: Harina De Maiz / Corned Beef Hash (Vinyl 7Now then, how about some wah-wah fuelled Latin funk 45 action? Perhaps Los Sobrinos Del Juez’s Harina De Maiz from their self-titled 1974 album? Yes, that should do nicely. Of course on its original 45 release, this track was the B-side to salsa cut Mortifica. Now it’s an A-side what to make the B-side? Go with Mortifica but demote it? Or cop a different cut off the same album? It’s the second!
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