Sofrito (Hugo Mendez & Frankie Francis) have rejoined forces to create a brilliant compilation of rare African and Caribbean music called International Soundclash.
Calypso artist Lord Shorty puts it down and brings us back to the basics of soca on "Vibrations Groove." The song is a playful piece by piece demonstration of all the layers of sound included in this classic style of Caribbean music - pretty freakin' cool.
First known for their legendary tropical warehouse parties in East London, Sofrito quickly exploded and began rocking festivals and beaches across the world. Now, 5 years after their inception, Sofrito (Strut) is gearing up to release their first compilation, Tropical Discotheque, on January 18th. Comprised of DJs Hugo Mendez and Frankie Francis alongside The Mighty Crime Minister, Sofrito has consistently combined the serious vinyl hunter’s ear for amazing records with the know-how to throw a great party, rocking dance floors worldwide since their inception in 2005 with a mixture of vintage tropical grooves and exclusive dubplate edits.
Tropical Discotheque is a collection of 15 unmixed tropical grooves, both old and new, ranging from raw cumbia, heavy Congolese soukous, bassline calypso and cosmic highlife. Highlights include an exclusive cumbia by Quantic, "Cumbia Mochilla", a new edit of a rare Victor Uwaifo disco cut and firing Carnival jams from old-timers Roaring Lion and Mighty Shadow.
Enjoy this wonderful and rare track off the compilation titled "Arrete Mal Parlé" by Fair Nick Stars, a band that rose to fame in the 1970s throughout the French Caribbean, originating in Guadeloupe. Also if you are interested in the artwork please check out the video interview with the club's graphic designer Lewis Heriz after the jump.
We're fast-forwarding the Gilles Peterson World Wide radio show to catch up, which means you get 2 shows at once today. That equals 4 full hours of high-quality GPWW.
In May 5th's show, Gilles features 40 magical tracks, including some of his clear favorites like Gil Scott Heron, José James, Quadron andSBTRKT along with new ones like Twilight Tone, Kyle Hall, and Ezel.
Moving swiftly along to May 12th's show, Gilles starts with a new track by Cee-Lo called "I Want You," written by Jack Splash. Then he gets into some Betty Davis, Fatima featuring Dam-Funk, Sofrito, Nas & Damien Marley, and new music by Paul White, Addison Grove, and Karizma. (And listen for the Giant Step shoutout - swoon!)