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VOODOOCUTS: El Chino/ Mambo Mambo (Vinyl 7″)

VOODOOCUTS: El ChinoLook out – it’s maracas at dawn time as Voodoocuts returns with Juice On Wax Vol. 2 and a double helping of Latin action!  A man with form when it comes to edits and extensive experience of source material that hails from Caribbean to boot, his new drop follows 2017’s Vol. 1 B-side reboot of Nico Gomez’ Loopita with double Latin action on 45 – El Chino b/w Mambo Mambo. The
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VARIOUS: It’s A Good Good Feeling: The Latin Soul Of Fania Records (The Singles)

It's A Good Good Feeling: The Latin Soul Of Fania RecordsMention Latin soul to anyone and the word ‘Fania’ won’t be far from anyone’s lips since the label is as synonymous with the genre as Stax and Motown with soul and Trojan with reggae. Now, Craft Latino (the part of Craft Recordings which has oversight for the Fania Records back catalogue) has announced the release of a massive box set of Fania singles encompassing the
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THE BONGOLIAN: Harlem Hipshake + video

THE BONGOLIAN:  Harlem HipshakeRating: ★★★★★ When The Bongolian’s most recent LP, Harlem Hipshake, arrived last autumn it was quite obviously a goldmine for singles. By some way the monkey’s favourite Bongolian LP ever, it channels the funky Latin sounds of late 60s/ early 70s sound of New York and few tracks more magnificently than the title track. This monster begins with just the faintest shades of Pete
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THE ALLERGIES: Move On Baby/ Are You Ready (Vinyl 7″)

THE ALLERGIES: Move On BabyRating: ★★★★★ It’s another massive single from Bristol kings of the funky breakbeat dancefloor, The Allergies, who put the moves on you (baby!) with new 45 – er – Move On Baby b/w Are You Ready featuring Andy Cooper and Marietta Smith. The first of these suggest the boys’ have taken careful note of previous successes at filtering their uptempo party breaks sound through a Latin
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PHIRPO Y SUS CARIBES: Comencemos b/w Mi Moooto (Vinyl 7″)

PHIRPO Y SUS CARIBES:  ComencemosMatasuna Records bring that funky Latin heat again – this time with a double helping from Venezuelan Porfi Jiminez’ Phirpo Y Sus Caribes outfit. The A-side Comencemos is a cover of Ginger Baker-powered Fela Kuti track Let’s Start upping the tempo very slightly and subtly Latin-ising the feel of the track. Arguably even better is flip Mi Moooto, a Jiminez original that, as the title
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ALFREDITO LINARES: Vol. 2 The Colombia Years (Vinyl 7″ Boxset)

ALFREDITO LINARES: Vol. 2 The Colombia YearsRocafort Records’ Latin release schedule continues apace with the arrival of a new boxset of Alfredo Linares tracks – this time with our man travelling under the diminutive ‘Alfredito’ and entitled Vol. 2 The Colombia Years. It is the sequel to Vol. 1. which focussed on Linares’ MAG label-material and is once more in triple vinyl 7″ boxset
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MANKOORA: Sonór Tropicàl (Vinyl 7″)

RENEGADES OF JAZZ: Sonór TropicàlRenegades Of Jazz returns to his experiments in tropical sounds under his Mankoora alter-ego after a short break of – oohh – only nine years or so with new vinyl 7″, Sonór Tropical. On the A-side, the title track is an understated piano-led Latin-jazz breakbeat shaker served with a side of violin and a deceptively chunky bassline.  In fact, it’s exactly like a Latin version of those early
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QUEEN MAB: Roll With The Punches

QUEEN MAB: Roll With The PunchesSometime of Kitten & The Hip and before that Freak Power, Ashley Slater is a man as likely to be working on a solo project or featuring on someone else’s work.  But whither hast thou been of late, Mr S? Working on a recent guest vocal spot? Nope? New guest trombone spot? Nope? Ah, well then, perhaps here I hit it true – Queen Mab hath been with you! Or more correctly, you are half of
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NESTOR ALVAREZ: Llamar A Los Bomberos! b/w Carlos Papas Grandes (Vinyl 7″)

After a busy year last year, Nestor Alvarez delivers more Latin 45 heat at the start of ’21. And when I say Nestor Alvarez, I mean, of course, Neil Anderson – head honcho at Original Gravity Records for whom ‘Nestor Alvarez’ is merely one of multiple noms-de-plumes! Naturally, uptempo Latin funk instro A-side, Llamar A los Bomberos, is so caliente with its flute-led antics of percussive and percussive
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FRED RAMIREZ: Hold On I’m Coming (Vinyl 7″)

FRED RAMIREZ: Hold On I'm Coming (Vinyl 7Neither a double entendre (at least an intentional one) nor an expression of exasperation, Hold On I’m Coming is, of course, famously the refrain of Sam & Dave’s soulful 1967 declaration of support for a desperate loved one. And on this latest Matasuna Records 45, it is transfigured through a Latin jazz prism by Fred Ramirez. An instrumental, the cover showcases Ramirez’s formidable piano
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