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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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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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