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EL COMBO BATANGA: Aji Gua Guao/ El Barrio En La Mirada (Vinyl 7″)

EL COMBO BATANGA: Aji Gua Guao (Vinyl 7Expect chilli-hot all original Latin funk on one side of the new single by El Combo Batanga. That’ll be Aji Gua Guao on which the Madrid-based crew leaven the groove with a bit of Cuban sauce and a spicy drum break in the middle that’ll have dancefloors rocking. On the flipside, providing a sonic counterpoint is El Barrio En La Mirada – a lilting slice of Latin soul featuring lyrics about the experiences of a Cuban immigrant
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SAM REDMORE: Tears (Vinyl 7″)

SAM REDMORE:  Tears (Vinyl 7There’ll be no crying over the new Tears 7″ by current Jalapeno Records hot property Sam Redmore who takes Giorgio Moroder’s 1972 cut and re-invents it through a Latin prism. And if the track name isn’t sounding all that familiar, maybe you know it better as the main sample source for that Organ Donor track on DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing LP – i.e. the only one DJs play. Full
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PAOLO APOLLO & ANTONIO NEGRI: Sambabila EP (Vinyl 7″)

A compact little slice of culture here as The Link Quartet’s Paolo Apollo gets his Brazilian groove on with dad Antonio Negri on the sticks for their 7″ Sambabila EP. No, they haven’t invented a new sub-genre, Sambabila is merely a portmanteau of samba (for obvious reasons) and San Babila – one of Milan’s most famous squares. Er – why? Well because while neither of the two have actually
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SAM REDMORE feat. ANDREA BROWN: Just Be Good To Me (Vinyl 7″)

SAM REDMORE feat. ANDREA BROWN:  Just Be Good To Me Before Beats International’s mighty Dub Be Good To Me, there was of course The SOS Band’s even mightier electro-funk chugger Just Be Good To Me. You can now make that a mighty trio with the arrival of yet another wildly different interpretation in the form of this one from Jalapeno Records’ man of the moment, Sam Redmore, who has gone for a cumbia-style take
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SKINSHAPE: Sua Alma (Manny Talvez & Alae remix)(Vinyl 7″)

Tanto Tempo-era Bebel Gilberto vibes on this new remix of Skinshape’s D’Alma-featuring Umoja LP track Sua Alma by Manny Talvez & Alae as they lose the jangly guitar and complex percussion of the original and replace it with something rather more languorous. D’Alma’s voice now takes centre-stage over a dreamy organ wafting alongside a minimalist beat. And if that doesn’t
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LA RETRETA MAYOR: Zambo (Vinyl 7″)

LA RETRETA MAYOR: Zambo Next from the Matasuna Records label comes this vinyl 45, featuring a re-issue of 1976 cut Zambo by Venezuelan outfit La Retreta Mayor.  It is lifted from the band’s eponymous debut LP and comes with a remix of said track to boot. The A-side features the original – a potent melange of Latin-influenced dancefloor jazz and funk – while the B-side consists of the remix by San Francisco producer King Most. This latter effort adds a new
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NÉSTOR ÁLVAREZ: Fuego/ THE SUPERSONICS: The Chosen One (Vinyl 7″)

NÉSTOR ÁLVAREZ: FuegoAs the promo for this one points out, while Original Gravity Records only came into being in 2017, the recording history of label boss Neil Anderson stretches back a lot further than that. Which is why this Néstor Álvarez/ The Supersonics 45 is part of the ‘Original Gravity Archive Series’ since it features one recording from 1998 (!) and another from 2010. On the A-side, Mr Anderson
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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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