November 30, 2014

The Afrosound Of Colombia, Vol. 2

ARTIST: various artists
TITLE: The Afrosound Of Colombia, Vol. 2
LABEL: Vampisoul
DJ Bongohead, aka Pablo Yglesias, your go-to guy for all sounds Latin, has curated a gem in this collection of dusties from the archives of Discos Fuentes, Colombia’s largest record label. The first volume was more tightly focused on psych-influenced sounds (and there’s another great example on this set, track 22). Here the net is cast wider and the catch is much more varied. It’s Colombia, so of course there’s cumbia: 2 is tipica, 19 is a swinging big band. Also on the big band tip, 21 is straight brass band with clarinet, 14 is Afro-influenced, and 8 is just killer, one of Michi Sarmiento’s very best. Colombian salsa is a worldwide force: here we get salsa-fied flamenco by Fruko Y Sus Tesos (11), Willie Colon’s trombanga style via the Latin Brothers (17), and an early example of Joe Arroyo’s genre-crossing “joeson” sound (23). And for the cratediggers, Bongohead has unearthed one of Mexican Institute Of Sound’s best samples (20), and a thoroughly inexplicable chicha-like cover of the Bee Gee’s “Stayin’ Alive” (24). For depth of digging, breadth of genres, consistent quality and sheer overall pleasure, this is one of 2014’s best compilations.
TOP TRACKS:    2    8    11    14    17    19    20    21    22    23    24
ALSO RECOMMENDED: all of the rest of them

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