I like to think of Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo Destroyers as the latin boogaloo equivalent of Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings. Both are the sun at the centre of their respective musical solar systems but while Sharon Jones and co. are orbited by myriad rivals, Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo Destroyers to all intents and purposes are the global retro latin boogaloo scene. Not that our Ray allows this to sidetrack him into any Fania-ing around. El Ritmo De Nueva York is the descarga-style A side of the lead single from forthcoming LP Que Chevere while Let Me Tell Ya Bout The Boogaloo is the arguably even better boogaloo bullet on the flip.
(Out 24 February on Freestyle Records)