Tomorrow, March 29th, Strut will release Fania Records 1964-1980: The Original Sound Of Latin New York. The double-disc compilation features a 32-page booklet with full Fania label history, memorabilia, album artwork and many previously unseen photos from the Fania archive. And for you collectors the vinyl is on the way soon with a double gatefold LP also from Strut.
Taken from Strut's retrospective of the hugely influential Fania Records check out "Pa' Bravo Yo" below . This is one of the biggest hits vocalist Justo Betancourt achieved on the label. An infectious cut lead by his deep vocals, the song first appeared on his 1972 album of the same name. See the tracklist after the jump.
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.