Forgotten Treasures

Ricardo Eddy Martinez “Expreso Ritmico” (1978, Seminato)

Latin Soul & Funk

via Phonica: Reissued from the Spanish version, Ricardo Eddy Martinez’s “Expreso Ritmico” is absolutely essential for… well really everyone!

Probably one of the best ’70s Areito releases of all time, this 10-tracker is for sure ahead of its time.

The entire record minus two tracks are all upbeat with afro-latin breaks, dope choral vocal arrangements, and chunky bass and conga lines, but don’t sleep, the lower bpm songs are great mellow gems. Gilles Peterson says: “If a Cuban record had come out on Sleeping Bag Records in 1982, I think it would’ve sounded a bit like this. It’s an eccentric middle ground between Latin-styled pop and disco”. Hot tip, careful!

“Expreso Ritmico” reissued October 27, 2017 on Seminato

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