Archive for January, 2010

LOS KENYA: A LATIN FUNK MIX PREVIEW

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

In anticipation of a new Heavy Latin Funk Mix that I will be releasing soon, I offer you a quick taste of what lays in store for that release.  The first song here will be prominently featured in the mix along with 60 minutes of some of the world’s rarest and heaviest Latin Funk jams.  Please stay tuned!

Here’s an excellent LP from Venezuela featuring Los Kenya, a popular Latin combo hailing from the coastal region of that country. Fronting the group was Ray Perez, a charismatic pianist and vocalist who also led the amazing Los Dementes. Click here to check out an excellent interview of Ray Perez by Roberto Ernesto Gyemant.

What originally attracted me to the LP was the track “Esa Mujer”, a frenetic combination of piano & horns atop funky Latin breakbeats. The song is termed a “Guajira Surf” on the LP’s back cover, and is about the coolest Latin song description I’ve come across. However, the raw boogaloo funk rhythms emanating from this track argue for a different title entirely!

But wait, this album has something else in store for the unsuspecting pair of ears. Beginning with a corny piano refrain, the monster “Al Trigueño” soon shoots off into the realm of jazzy salsa bliss; just the right environment for Señor Perez and his 88 keys to shine. The shear mastery of the Salsa being played on this track sons just about anything coming from New York City in this period, and strongly signifies the true salsa capital of the world resides further South! It builds up into an epic explosion of rhythm and horns that has far outweighed much of the music I have come across recently.

LOS KENYA: “Esa Mujer” & “Al Trigueño”
From the Volumen 2 LP (Discomoda, Colombia, 197?)

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HEATROCKS FOR HAITI

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

In light of the horribly destructive earthquake in Haiti this past Tuesday, two music/record-related online discussion forums are offering places to auction off rare records for donation to charitable causes doing relief work in Haiti.

The first one is going on at SOULSTRUT:

CLICK HERE FOR HEATROCKS FOR HAITI ON SOULSTRUT

And a second is going on at Waxidermy:

CLICK HERE FOR HEATROCKS FOR HAITI ON WAXIDERMY

Check them out and contribute something for auction if you can, or just place bids on something that looks cool. There is some serious heat being auctioned off, people!