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VARIOUS: Peru Bravo: Funk, Soul & Psych From Peru’s Radical Decade (2014)

Peru Bravo Tiger's MilkTiger’s Milk Records delivers another long cool draft of classic South American vibes here in the shape of Peru Bravo or more accurately, Peru Bravo: Funk, Soul & Psych From Peru’s Radical Decade – to give it its snappy full title. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Peru’s ‘radical decade’ was more or less the rest of the planet’s radical decade too – i.e. the ten or so years with 1969 at its epicentre that came to an end when a very unfunky military junta cracked down on turning on, tuning in and dropping out.

In the decade up until 1974 however, it seems that Peru’s capital Lima was a hotbed of funk, soul and psych fusioneering which gave rise to the gems on here – which include such delights as Jeriko’s frantic psych-rock latin shuffle version of Hey Joe, Los Texao’s Spanish language guitar wig-out version of Don Covay’s Sookie Sookie and Los Holys’ organ and all-over-the-place-drums take on The Meters’ Cissy Strut. Far out man…
(Out now on Tiger’s Milk Records)

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