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GUEST MIX: DJ Sport Casual

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Despite New York City’s grim situation these days in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, Brooklyn-based DJ Sport Casual hit me up with this killer mix of wild Afro Latin goodness appropriately titled “Afro Latin”. Exploring an esoteric array of African and Latin music, the mix includes everything from Colombian Highlife played by midgets to a psychedelic cumbia about E.T.!

Light one up, play it loud, and don’t forget to have a drink in honor of all our friends in NYC having a difficult time right now!

 

DJ Sport Casual – Afro Latino
Future Funk guest mix for Musica Del Alma

Tracklist:
Mandela
El Evangelio
El Regreso de E.T.
Lucky El Rastrillo
Shango
Brisas De Cartagena
Sabor a Selva
Si Dios Fuera Negro
Esa Morena
Muamba, Banana e Cola
D.K. Njohera
Loumusu
Periquito con Arroz
Paloma Blanca
Tumba Hombres
La Cocha Pechocha

NEW MIX: Cumbia Costeña

Monday, October 15th, 2012

I am happy to finally unleash the fruits of an incredible trip to the Caribbean coast of Colombia (La Costa) earlier this summer. Along with my partner in grime, San Antonio’s own Alex LaRotta, I hit up record spots from Antioquia to Soledad looking for the deepest Cumbia and heaviest Salsa I could find in a month’s time. Since returning back home stateside, the result is my latest mixtape called Cumbia Costeña: a seamless mix of heavy accordeon & flute destruction. Featuring songs from famous Vallenato musicians like Alejo Duran to more obscure Costeños like Heber Macias, the mix attempts to provide a non-stop, beat-matched exploration of the musical patrimony of the storied Caribbean coast of Colombia.

I highly recommend you crack a nice bottle of Aguardiente or Rum before you press play!

Cumbia Costeña by DJ Slim Jenkins
A Musica Del Alma Mixtape Production

Alejo Duran y su Conjunto: “Cumbia Costeña” (Fuentes)
Heber Macias: “Cumbia Linda” (Cupido)
Alberto Pacheco: “Santo Domingo” (Fuentes)
Los Corraleros de Majagual: “La Butifarra” (Fuentes)
Anibal Velasquez: “La Cumbia de Guatapa” (Discos Colombia)
Anibal Velasquez: “Mi Cumbia” (Union Musical, Venezuela)
Simon Mendoza y su Cordobesa: “Goza Marucha” (Philips)
La Monteria Swing: “La Pua” (Fuentes)
Catalino de Barranquilla y su Combo: “Tambores de Mi Tierra” (Orbe)
Juan Piña y sus Muchachos: “Zapatico Viejo” (Fuentes)
Lito Barrientos: “Oye Mi Cumbia” (Tropical)
Edmundo Arias y su Orquesta: “Venenosa” (Sonolux)
Rufo Garrido: “Se Baila Asi” (Philips)
Toño y su Combo: “Cumbia Soberana” (Philips)
Sonora Curro: “El Pajaro Prieto” (Philips)

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As mentioned above, my friend and fellow vinyl enthusiast Alex LaRotta was an indispensable digging companion on this trip. He has also just released a Cumbia mix, this one just as earth rumbling as Cumbia Costeña. It’s called ¡GUEPA CARAMBA! and it’s hosted on the always-fresh Nertorious Audioblog.

Have a listen!

GUEST MIX: Funk Nocturno by Morris

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Chris Morris was kind enough to share this nice mix of Cuban Funk with us, which he recently prepared to hype his new website Expreso Ritmico devoted to the beautiful art featured on Cuban LP covers. Take as listen below to a combination of the heaviest funk tracks from the storied Caribbean isle of Cuba, a country whose impact on Música Latina can never be overstated!

Expreso Ritmico, a website dedicated to Cuban album art and design, started as an idea a few years ago. It wasn’t until early 2012 that I was able to press the ON button and launch the website. Slim Jenkins and others have been of great support and contributed many albums to the growing gallery of Cuban Music since. Slim Jenkins and his Música del Alma blog have hosted a few of my Cuba-related mixes in the past for which I am very grateful. I put together a new one, a celebration and sneak peak as the first in a series of mixes for the upcoming Expreso Ritmico blog. -Morris

Funk Nocturno by Morris
Expreso Ritmico: 01

Grupo Irakere: “Bacalao Con Pan”
Los Chikichaka: “Suspirando Por El Chikichaka”
Juan Pablo Torres: “Son A Propulsion”
Ricardo Eddy Martinez: ‘Tamba Iya”
Los Brito: “El 4-5-6″
Grupo Monumental: “Limitacion”
Los Reyes ’73: “Adeoey”
Los Van Van: “Mi Ritmo Caliente”
Orquesta Riverside: “En Casa Del Trompo No Bailes”
Juan Pablo Torres: “Que Se Sepa”
Juan Pablo Torres: “Cacao”
Grupo Los Yoyi: “Tu No Me Puedes Conquistar”
Ricardo Eddy Martinez: “Te Quedas”
Sintesis: “Con La Luz Del La Manana”
Grupo Los Yoyi: “El Fino”

Guest Mix for Soul Bonanza (Japan)

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Just wanted to plug my latest Latin mix, which the cool folks at Soul Bonanza are hosting for me.   The mix, entitled “Me Gusta Como Bailas”, is a combination of my favorite styles of Latin music all in one: Pachanga, Cumbia, Descarga, Funk, Salsa, etc from places like California, Ethiopia, Colombia and Cuba!  Make sure to check back to their site for the best in Tropical sounds from Latin America, the Caribbean & Africa.

Click here to listen to the mix!

 

NEW GAITA & CUMBIA MIX: Sabor y Ritmo (DJ Slim Jenkins)

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

I’m just back from vacation and inspired to start posting regularly again. This mix has been sitting on the back burner at Casa Musica since I made it this past summer after returning from a brief digging trip to Colombia. It’s finally time to let it loose!

Some of the heavier things that I ended up finding on the trip were the Gaitas (think brass-heavy uptempo Cumbias) from labels like Tropical and Fuentes. The ferocious big-band, wall-of-brass sounds that are featured in this mix fit nicely together so I decided to put them alongside some other classic cumbias for your listening pleasure. The result is Sabor y Ritmo, the latest mix from DJ Slim Jenkins & Musica Del Alma. Gozala!

 

DJ Slim Jenkins – Sabor y Ritmo

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TRACKLIST:

Sonora del Caribe: “Barranquillerita” (Discos Fuentes)
Edmundo Arias: “La Luna y El Pescador” (Codiscos)
Ramon Ropain / Combo Bonito: “Caracol” (Sello Vergara)
Pacho Galan: “La Funeral del Labrador” (Tropical)
Pedro Laza: “Monteria” (Discos Fuentes)
Ramon Ropain / Combo Bonito: “Cumbia Endominante” (Sello Vergara)
Los Playeros Del Caribe: “Cumbia Marina” (Melody)
Heber Macias: “Marly” (Cupido)
Los Tiburones: “Descarga Tiburones” (Tropical)
Ariza y su Combo: “Descarga en Saxofon” (Tropical)
Pedro Laza y sus Pelayeros: “La Magdalena” (Discos Fuentes)
Manuel Villanueva: “Mi Calabazao” (Tropical)
Banda 20 de Julio de Repelon: “La Chamaria” (Tropical)
Lucho Bermudez: “Mi Pueblo” (Silver)

NEW MIX: DESCARGANDO

Monday, January 31st, 2011

This week I’m back with a new mix of heavy Descarga / Mambo / Latin Jazz for your dancing feet. I’ve been obsessed with this sound for a while now and decided to express that love with a mix for you all.  Some classics and a few obscurities in there, from places like Cuba, New York City, Puerto Rico, Los Angeles, Venezuela, and The Bahamas.  There is a heaviness about this music, like when you hear it you can almost step into the sweltering venues where these jams were played 50+ years ago and warm up against the wall of brass emanating from the band stand.

The first half of the mix is made up of Mambo-Descargas, then I try to cover some other ground with a beautiful set of descargas from the The Bahamas, some cool West Coast vibes-led Latin Jazz, two classic NYC / Cuban Descargas, and even an uptempo mid-70s salsa track from Venezuela to keep things interesting.

Hopefully this will make up for my lack of posts lately!

DESCARGANDO by DJ Slim Jenkins

*No tracklist for now*

GUEST MIX: Cuban Funk by Gravelheadwrap

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Happy holidays to all my readers across the globe!  This week we have a very special mix by Gravelheadwrap, who has contributed Cuban heat here in the past.  I love this mix of classics and rare tracks from Cuba’s Areito label.  Enjoy!

Cuban Funk by Gravelheadwrap

Juan Pablo Torres – Y Que Bien
Juan Formell Y Los Van Van - Llegue, Llegue
Grupo Monumental - Limitacion
Los Reyes ’73 - Adoey
Grupo Monumental – Si, Para Usted
Grupo Los Yoyi - Del Copacabana A
Los 5 U 4 – Seis Igual A Seis
Grupo FA 5 - Paso Sin Mas
Juan Pablo Torres – Rompe Cocorioco
Juan Pablo Torres – Pastel En Descarga (Super Son)
Los 5 U 4 - Baila, Ven Y Baila
Grupo Irakere – Quindiambo
Grupo FA 5 - Salga Y Baile
Grupo Los Yoyi – Paco La Calle
Raul Gomez – Dacapo
Juan Almeida – Ritmo Abierto
Grupo Irakere – Juana 1600

GUEST POST: Doisn’s Panama Soul Mix

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

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This week we have a very special guest mix by Germany’s DOISN.  This mysterious lad has dropped a heavy and LONG set of ultra-rare soul tracks from the isthmus of Panama.  An intrepid traveler no doubt, DOISN has been to Panama numerous times in search of adventure (and vinyl), and has agreed to put together a mix exclusive to this site.  Believe me, these records are near impossible to find — even in Panama — so put your seat back and cruise around to these rare sounds….

Firme!

Lowridin’ Round The Isthmus — A Panama Soul Mix by DOISN

TRACKLIST:

Los Mozambiques – “Lonely Soldier”
The Exciters – “Yo Que Nada Tengo”
Duncan Bros – “Dreams Pt.1″
Los Mozambiques – “El Niño Y El Pero”
Los Silvertones – “Eso No Puede Ser”
Los Mozambiques – “No Llores Mas”
Los Silvertones – “Navidad Sin Ti”
Combo Los Morenos Alegres – “Mia”
Lucho De Sedas – “Propiedad Privada”
The Soul Fantastics – “En Ti”
Los Silvertones – “Call Me By My Name”
The Beachers – “Something Deep Inside”
Los Silvertones – “Oh Gee”
The Festivals – “At Least I´ve Found My Love”
Los Mozambiques – “Mi Deception”
The Soul Fantastics – “Aint No Sunshine”
Los Mozambiques – “Shaba Shuba”
The Beachers – “Which Way You Going Billy”
The Exciters – “Prisoner of Love”
Los Mozambiques – “Mendigo”

+ Bonus Tracks

Guest mix for SOFRITO

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Make sure to check out my latest Heavy Latin & Caribbean Mix, which the kind folks at Sofrito have posted to their great site.

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE MIX!

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GUEST MIX: GESI by Gravelheadwrap

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Guest mixing today is my homie Chris aka GRAVELHEADWRAP, who decided to pick out his favorite tracks from one of Cuba’s coolest bands, Grupo de Experimentacion Sonora del ICAIC (GESI for short). Comprised of great tracks from four of their albums from the 1970s, this mix is a great introduction for those of us (me included) who may have slept on GESI for whatever reason. Thanks, Chris! And viva GESI!

-Adam aka Slim Jenkins
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Grupo de Experimentacion Sonora del ICAIC was formed in 1969 as an experimental collective of musicians by Alfredo Guevara, who then was president of the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry. The idea was to get back to the roots of Cuban culture. But also, the group was founded on the same experimental ideas as the Tropicalia movement from Brazil. So, GESI took to Nueva Trova or “new song” and experimented with jazz, rock, samba, and electronics. Known Nueva Trova artists in the group included Silvio Rodriquez, Pablo Milanes and Noel Nicola.

This mix is a sort of “favorites mix” made up of the groove-oriented side of Grupo de Experimentacion Sonora del ICAIC.

I want to thank Adam for giving me the opportunity to share a guest mix and post.

-Chris

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—- DOWNLOAD THE MIX HERE! —-

1. Grifo
2. Cuba Va!
3. Radiografia de una Apariencia
4. Vocacion
5. Sondeando
6. Repentino
7. El “Bala”
8. Comienzo El Dia (Daniel Viglietti & GESI)
9. Bachiana Popular Cubana No. 2
10. Cancion Con Todos