Back in the day bands were always coming up with their own dances and rhythms that they hope would catch fire. In the early days of El Gran Combo they had something called Mazucamba. It’s a fun tune that starts out very danceable, but then get’s a little nuts when they virtually decide to switch the speed of your turntable up to 45rpm. Hold on.
It’s been over 24 hours since Vulture published their interview with the greatest living producer of modern music, Quincy Jones and I’m still tripping off what I read. If you haven’t read it yet, it’s by far the wildest Q&A your eyes will ever encounter. I’m not exaggerating even by the slightest. Quincy let’s loose like a cannon revealing shit I wasn’t at all prepared for. As a nod to this 80 year old legend letting loose here’s the track Hummin’ off the record Gula Matari that was referenced in the interview.
There’s lots of roads that lead one to purchasing a dusty old record from a bin of hundreds of others. For this LP by Los Cuñaos, I saw the cover of this viejo wearing shades playing a violin and I knew I had to take it home (Miami ✈ Oakland). Upon first listening I realized I purchased some contemporary Venezuelan folk music and was feeling like I came up short—until I reached the last song on side B—an absolute killer Joropo tune. Nothing sweeter than when the last track saves your record purchase.
Including the inside gatefold here as there’s always a decent chance someone responds with “Hey that’s my tio in my mom’s old apartment!”
This record by the prolific Calixto Ochoa is well over 40 years old and it still holds up like the day it was released. I love everything about this song. Without fail it lifts my mood and has me dancing around my living room. This one of those records I can happily listen to on repeat.
When was the last time you listened to some 80s Funaná? I’m just going to assume it’s been too long and rectify that by pulling this dope record from Jose´ Casimiro. In case you’re not familiar Funaná it is traditional rural music from Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) that got modernized in the 80s with synth instruments. If you dig this here’s another excellent Funaná record from Bulimundo we posted a while back.
I think it’s been years since we’ve shared anything from the Caribbean/South American nation of Suriname. Finding Kaseko records outside of Holland isn’t easy, so it’s always extra special the few times I come across these maxi-singles like this one from The Cosmo Stars who were considered one best Kaseko bands ever.