Archive for the ‘Descarga’ Category

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!



Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

This LP was easily the find of the year for me. My top want as I headed down to Colombia earlier this summer to do some digging. It’s a legendary salsa record from a part of the country that was producing super deep cumbias at the time, making it stick out from the rest of the famed Candelazos Curro series all the more. It’s not the rarest record I got all year, nor the cheapest score, but it really doesn’t get any better than daydreaming for months about finding a record on a digging excursion, then pulling it on your second day there.


Los Seven Del Swing: “Silencio” (Philips, Colombia)


Los Seven Del Swing: “Descarga Improvisada” (Philips, Colombia)


Los Seven Del Swing: “Celoso” (Philips, Colombia)

Hot Re-Release: GRUPO 2000 + Michael Piggott Interview

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

East of the towering Andes Mountains in the cities and towns of Peru’s Amazonian jungle region, a prolific music scene emerged in the 1960s and 1970s.  The rubber boom in the 20th century saw massive migration to the area from a diverse array of enterprising laborers from the Americas and abroad (even Sephardic Jews from Morocco came to the area) in search of work.  This, adding to a significant indigenous population already living there, created an interesting cultural milieu to say the least!  The popularity of guitar-based cumbias and guarachas from Western Peru by bands such as Los Destellos and Los Diablos Rojos had an important influence on these Amazonian groups (think Los Mirlos, Juaneco, etc), but the music they created was quite unique with an incredible range of styles.

Searching out these lost Amazonian classics is Michael Piggott, who has been releasing tons of great Peruvian gems through the Light in the Attic imprint (Ranil y su Conjunto Tropical, etc).  His next project is an LP entitled El Destape by an obscure group named Grupo 2000 who were led by guitarist Tulio Trigoso.  I interviewed him recently about this recent reissue project, Peruvian music industry of the 60s & 70s, and about the Peruvian reissue game in general.

PRE-ORDER the LP here!




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 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.



Guest Post on Super Sonido

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Hey everyone, make sure to check out Sonido Franko‘s blog Super Sonido, where I have a guest post!  Sonido Franko and friends are posting up a hot 45 everyday for the rest of February, head over there ASAP and support!



Boogaloo en Peru

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Yeah, its been comped to death, but I couldn’t resist throwing this up anyway!  Coco Lagos hails from Peru where he was a successful percussionist in his country during the sixties.  Joined here by an All-star line-up of MAG studio players (including Alfredo Linares on piano!), Coco and crew devise a sensational set of hot Latin tunes for their Ritmo Caliente album cialis forum.  This 45 features two of my favorite tracks from the album: “Guajira Boogaloo,” a smoking dancefloor cut with a massive 8-bar break & “Descarga Jala Jala,” an energy-packed descarga of high potency.  Take a listen and see what you think!

Coco Lagos y sus Orates: “Guajira Boogaloo” b/w “Descarga Jala Jala”
From the MAG 7″ (196?)


Descarga Para el Alma pt 2: North vs. South

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Yo, apologies for the posting hiatus, but I’m back in action now.

A simple premise: 1 album from New York City with two hot descargas & 1 album from Colombia with two hot descargas.  Both include versions of “Mondongo” plus one more descarga each.

Now, I love the Latin sounds that emerged from NYC from the 1960s and 1970s to death, but the output that came from our southern friends down in Panama & Colombia raises the bar considerably in pure style.  The poorer recording equipment & inferior quality vinyl used in these tropical countries gives the music an unmistakable rawness and heaviness.  Not just that, the groups were looser, more creative , and waaaaaay more willing to take risks.

Case in point here.  Los Corraleros were a Cali-based group of talented players that traveled to the Big Apple to gig and record a few albums on more occasions than one.  Esta Si Es Salsa is the product of one of these transcontinental journeys, and includes a hot version of Frankie Nieves‘ killer “Mondongo” (from The Terrible Frankie Nieves album on Speed records) navigate to this website.  Their take on this classic descarga begins loosely, familiarly following the original’s structure, but soon enough breaks into a piano solo that far outlasts that on the Nieves version.  It’s as if the piano player from Los Corraleros is attempting to say to his counterpart: “oh, you think you can play?”  If their style wasn’t South American enough, they throw in an accordion for good measure!

I’m also including “Ten Cuidado” and “Don Eliseo” from each respective album for your listening/dancing pleasure.


The Terrible Frankie Nieves: “Mondongo” & “Ten Cuidado”
From the S/T LP (Speed  SM-105, 196?)

If you like these songs make sure to cop the rest of this classic Latin album, remastered and rereleased by Nieves himself.


Los Corraleros: “Mondongo” & “Don Eliseo”
From their Esta Si Es Salsa! LP (Discos Fuentes, 196/7?)


Descarga para el Alma (pt. 1)

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

As promised here are a couple of nice Descargas, a style of Latin music I have been deeply in love with for quite some time.  The word Descarga itself means to explode or unload in Spanish, and really it describes the music perfectly: descargas are often uptempo and freely organized allowing musicians to release bursts of style during numerous solos throughout a typical song.  The results are an absolute pleasure to listen and dance to!

First up is a song off of the classic Boogaloo Frog LP by Johnny Zamot, a famous Latin musician from Puerto Rico who made his name in the New York Latin Jazz scene of the 1960s.  The backbone of many descargas is a solid piano riff (or bass line), and “Descarga Zamot” has a killer one matched only by the potency of the horn section.  I just wish the track lasted longer!

I also wanted to throw in an earlier example of descarga, this one coming from 1960 Cuba in Julio Gutierrez“Descarga Caliente”.   Roughly 17 minutes long, the song preserves a raw energy throughout its entirety and remains interesting even after this extended of a period.  You’ll want to stick around for the whole show.

The best part about all this is there are countless really great descargas out there just waiting to be discovered.

Johnny Zamot: “Descarga Zamot”
From his Introduces the Booglaoo Frog LP (Discomoda/ 7.11 Records, Colombia, 1974/196?)


Julio Gutierrez: “Jam Session (Descarga Caliente)”
From his Cuban Jam Session volume 2 LP (Panart, 1960)


Guest Post: Age

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

For our next installment in the Guest Post Series, San Jose-based DJ/Collector Age unleashes a massive mix of eccentric Latin cuts teaming with SABOR.


El Fantasmas Espejo pic

El Fantasmas Espejo mix (Part 1 of 2)

A Collection of Various Latin Records from all over.
(Balada,Salsa,Rock,Psych,Chicano Anthems,etc)

**Note: These were all donations from a former radio station dj at K*** FM
(And out of respect and his request, will remain Anonymous)

All records were part of this large collection that I was given (with the exception of “Carlos Ramos & His Orq Fuego” which just seemed appropriate to have as the last track).  This is Part 1 of 2, so please enjoy and stay tuned for the next one!

Adrian (age-snufone)