Posts tagged calypso

dOP – Greatest Hits

Even for the “saviours of house music”, naming your debut album as Greatest Hits seems a bit arrogant? Can these 14 tracks live up to the billing?

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Gecko Turner – Gone Down South

It’s been a while since we were dancing to Gecko Turner but whilst he’s been away, going down south has done him a world of good as Gone Down South blends his Spanish heritage with freewheelin’ funky blues.

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Jolly Boys – Great Expectations

The original Jamaican Jolly Boys are back and who the dickens would have thought that the sound of mento would be big with the kids in 2010?

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V/A – Palenque Palenque: Champeta, Criolla & Afro Roots in Colombia 1975-91

In short, its a compilation album on Soundway called Palenque Palenque: Champeta, Criolla & Afro Roots in Colombia 1975-91 – I’d say that was enough information to rush out and buy it, but if you need more…

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Billy Jenkins – I Am A Man From Lewisham

Billy Jenkins’ new CD I Am A Man From Lewisham got a hot reception when Jenkins was recently introduced by Libby Purves as a “Blues man from Lewisham whose latest and most significant gigs have been humanist funerals”!!! Is it enough to wake the dead?

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V/A Panama! 3 – Calypso Paname, Guajira Jazz & Cumbia Topica on the Isthmus 1960-75

Wow! Those boys at Soundway are really too good for us folks as here’s the third release in the Panama! series and there’s a hell of a fire down below.

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V/A – Tumblele! Biguine, Afro & Latin Sounds – French Caribbean 1963-73

As this is on the Sound Way label with a sub-title of “Biguine, Afro & Latin sounds from the French Caribbean, 1964-74″ can you imagine that this CD is totally excellent from start to finish? Well, I think I can say that it’s even better than that!

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V/A – Tropical Funk Experience

Following on from Nu-York, Brazil and Cuba, Nascente Records’ fourth “Funk Experience” concentrates on the genre’s influence in the Caribbean.

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V/A – Panama! 2 Latin, Funk and Calypso on the Isthmus 1967-77

Yet another essential compilation album that concentrates on the 60s-70s but this time it’s hot out of Panama on the always excellent Soundway label.

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Latin Dub Soundsystem – Latin Dub Soundsystem EP

By this time next year, everyone will know about Latin Dub Soundsystem and their genial host Nico Suave, we’re just lucky to have got in first (well nearly first).

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Black Britanyaa – The Windrush Vol.2

This is a journey into British musical culture with Windrush at its starting point with second and third generation Black Britanyaa’s at its centre today.

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V/A – Gypsy Groove

Every now and then the thin membrane that separates popular from eclectic is pierced and all kinds of interesting things slip through before the membrane repairs itself. This compilation celebrates a series of popular mash ups of Gyspy, Balkan and pop sounds from Central and Eastern Europe (and New York)

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Arrested Development – Since The Last Time

So how long has it been Since The Last Time we were getting down with Arrested Development?

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Sonny Rollins – Milestone Profiles

This year was the 40th Anniversary of Milestone Records and the saxophone colossus Sonny Rollins has been associated with them for all but five of those years

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V/A – Panama! Latin, Funk and Calypso on the Isthmus 1965-75

Soundway Records are best known for their crate-diggin’ compilations of African music. So can they pull off the same trick of releasing meticulously researched and beautifully re-mastered records but of a Latin tinge? ¡Claro que si!

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