Monsalve Y Los Forajidos “Abeja b/w Black & Decker” (Olindo Records)
via Olindo: Our first release comes from the Paris-based septet Monsalve Y Los Forajidos, led by Venezuelan bassist Raul Monsalve, the band is an amalgamation of sounds and influences that revolve around traditional afro-latin styles of music with a heavy dose of psychedelia, latin jazz, and funk.
Both tracks originally appeared on the band’s self-released “Volumen Dos” album, but are presented here on vinyl for the first time, re-mastered and cut at The Carvery in London. On the A Side, “Abeja” is built upon a mixture of the NY-style Mozambique rhythm, which had a crucial impact on Salsa made in Caracas; and straight up James Brown inspired funk. All rooted by the quintessential latin Clave rhythm to keep dancers locked in. The tune’s vocal chant “Va Volando Como E” serving as an uplifting mantra for Los Forajidos.
Black & Decker on the B Side was written by the band’s co-founder and former guitarist, Gustavo Guerrero. Originally intended for a short film about cooking, it is based on an atypical cha-cha rhythm on 15/4 time, with the Marc Ribot inspired guitar once again playing a key role in providing the band’s signature psychedelic touches.
Artwork by Gaurab Thakali
Olindo Records is born in London from the music obsessives behind Colectivo Futuro, a cultural node where art forms and people converge. The label will provide snapshots of the music championed by the label’s founders on their Boom Music show for Music Is My Sanctuary. With Olindo Records, we hope to cover a wide variety of music for and from the soul.