In the latest issue of Fania's newsletter, produced by Giant Step, Latin perussionist and DJ Snowboy shortlists his top 9 favorite Fania tracks. Stream them here.
In addition, download a free MP3 of "Me Tienes Loco" from Ismael Rivera's Greatest Hits.
Goodies also include articles on Tito Puente, Héctor Lavoe's La Voz, and a trivia contest to win a four-disc Lavoe box set.
Check it out here.
With the release of their finally-completed album Enter the 37th Chamber, El Michels Affair steps out of the shadows of the retro-soul trend and establishes their status as one of the most exciting and versatile bands in modern recorded music.
In 2007, their two smash 7" singles featuring instrumental reinterpretations of the Wu-Tang classic songs "C.R.E.A.M." and "Bring Da Ruckus" prompted a contract with indie hip hop powerhouse Fat Beats Records to record an entire album of Wu-Tang Clan interpolations.
Led by saxophonist/organist Leon Michels and producer/engineer Jeff Silverman, El Michels Affair began as a loose collaboration of session musicians (including members of top-selling acts Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, the Budos Band, and Antibalas) that looked to blend some of the vibrant quality of soundtrack records with the recording aesthetic of early reggae, and the rawness of 60's rock--they called it 'Cinematic Soul.'
Stream "C.R.E.A.M.," "Uzi (Pinky Ring)" and "Can It All Be So Simple" here.
Today, D.A. Wallach and Max Drummey of Chester French release their debut album that Pharrell Williams calls, "genius." The duo traces an aesthetic lineage from Beethoven to Brian Wilson, from Les Paul to Prince to, well, Pharrell, who signed them to his Star Trak label. Together, they see walls coming down with a new generation inspired by innovative artists like Gnarls Barkley and OutKast.
Chester French's Love the Future is as delightful as it is ambitious. The glorious "She Loves Everybody" mixes sensibilities equally drawing on Motown and power-pop. "Beneath the Veil" throws country twists into hip-hop aesthetics. There's a curtain-raising "Introduction," and a couple transition pieces ("The String Interlude" and "Country Interlude") to help tie it all together and stress that this is, overall, far more than just a collection of songs, but a whole statement.
Click here to listen to tracks and watch "She Loves Everybody."
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Combining musical versatility, instrumental prowess, beautiful vocal harmonies and a superb rhythm section, the Easy Star All-Stars focus their latest album in the series of reggae reinterpretations on The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Entitled Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band, it follows the best-selling tribute album releases, Dub Side of the Moon (2003) and Radiodread (2006), as well as Until That Day (2008).