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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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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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