Conceived and raised "under the California sun", the Quitapenas collective are the ultimate solution to anyone looking for the perfect Afro-Latin vibes. More specifically, these guys are among the only bands to offer a true and singular take on Cuban, Brazilian, Angolan and Colombian music styles. We've been impressed by them ever since their opening LP back in 2015, but this new 7" for the Names You Can Trust imprint has something truly special about it. The opening "Ya Veran" is undoubtedly lovely in every sense of the word, laying down an upbeat Latin tune for the summer fiestas, but we're particularly fond of "La Best" on the flip side; it's a masterful blend of melancholic Afro melodies, sweet tribal percussions and an altogether irresistible sort of groove. We love this stuff.
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