Tribute Mixes
Latin

Tribute to HECTOR LAVOE – Selected by Asma

Hector Juan Pérez Martínez better known as Hector Lavoe aka El Cantante de los Cantantes is a Puerto Rican salsa legend. The iconic figure left Ponce at sixteen to settle in NYC and a year later was recording vocals for Willie Colon (Fania label co-founder). After lending his stupendous voice to a …

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Forgotten Treasure: Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam & Full Force “I Wonder If I Take You Home”
Forgotten Treasures
Latin Soul & Funk

Forgotten Treasure: Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam & Full Force “I Wonder If I Take You Home” (1985)

I’ve been telling anyone who will listen that Latin Freestyle is due for a re-evaluation. With the sci-fi electro of Cybotron, Hashim and Man Parrish explicitly informing a lot of today’s most interesting dance music production—its wiggly synths and mechanized funk percussion creeping into the Night Slugs camp’s output, among …

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Latin

In Memoriam: Raphy Leavitt – Puerto Rican composer, founder of “La Selecta”

I first heard “Jibaro Soy” on the “Pa’lante! Siempre Pa’lante” documentary about the Young Lords Party back in the day. As a kid who was strictly a Hip-Hop head I had no idea who was singing on the track. I actually thought it was Celia Cruz due to the singer’s …

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Future Classics
Latin

Future Classic: Quantic presents The Western Transient “A New Constellation”

via Tru Thoughts: “Quantic Presents The Western Transient is the latest project from Will “Quantic” Holland, bringing together a handpicked band of some of his favourite musicians to realise a set of new compositions paying homage to the rich, lively and intimate quality of the classic soul and jazz recordings. …

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Latin

Marcos Valle Radio Session + Interview on NTS

Absolutely brilliant radio session with Far Out Records on London’s NTS Radio with a very special guest in the studio. Legendary Brazilian singer and songwriter Marcos Valle shares some stories behind some of his key records and the history and social context of Brazil in the 60’s and 70’s. A …

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Latin

Mix of the Day: Daptone Podcast by Christian Martir

I was honored to have been asked by Daptone Records to do a mix for their Podcast series. It was the first time a “non-soul” mix was featured, so I had to represent. The mix goes from straight guaguanco to mozambique to plena. Essentially the soul music of Puerto Ricans. …

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Forgotten Treasures
Latin

Forgotten Treasure: The Har-You Percussion Group (1969, ESP Disk)

Uptown baby, Uptown. Once you pass the Upper West and East Sides of Manhattan you are quickly transferred to a whole new world. From Harlem up through Washington Heights and all the way into Inwood, the diversity of cultures and realities that you experience are what gives New York City …

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Forgotten Treasures
Latin

Forgotten Treasure: Eddie Palmieri “In Concert At The University Of Puerto Rico” (1971, Coco Records)

After watching Eddie Palmieri perform last week, I posted a picture on Instagram with the caption “I want to put Eddie Palmieri in a time capsule. So in case thousands of years from now Puerto Ricans no longer exist and they speak of us like they do of lost civilizations, …

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Dj Mixes
Latin

Mix of the Day: Discos Alma “Pana-Soul”

Latin rythms have influenced music throughout america but less is discussed about Soul music’s influence on latin music. Panama is a region overflowing with some of the finest latin soul ever put to wax but to put together a full mix of these songs is quite a digging feat indeed. …

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Forgotten Treasures
Latin

Forgotten Treasure: Azuquita Y Su Orquesta Melao “Pura Salsa” (1975)

This week’s choice was inspired by this past weekend. On Saturday I had the pleasure of playing with some of my favorite selectors in between live sets from La Mecanica Popular, Bixia 70 and The Frightnrs. Heavy tropical rhythms that had that converted mechanic shop in Brooklyn rocking lovely until …

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Future Classics
Latin Reggae

Future Classic: Ticklah “Ya Llego” feat. Mayra Vega

I can be a bit reluctant to “edits” and “versions” of certain tracks, especially classics. More often then not the edits tend to strip the original soul and flavor of the track and replace it with a monotone breakbeat or an ill-fitting rhythm. Back in the early parts of last …

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Forgotten Treasures
Latin

Forgotten Treasure: The Brooklyn Sounds “Libre:Free” (Salsa Records, 1973)

New York City birthed salsa. Back in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s when the first generation Nuyorican population was bridging Puerto Rico with Nueva York, the rhythms they gave life to, and equally gave them life, was salsa. It was an ill combination of various rhythms from Puerto Rico, …

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