Ritmo Realidad (feat Celso Pina & Alika Y Nueva Alianza) (3:22)
Huepaje (feat El Rama) (3:30)
Che Revolution (feat La Dame Blanche) (3:40)
Que Te Vaya Bien (feat IMS) (4:09)
Camino Sin Fronteras (3:51)
Feliz Naranja (3:04)
Oka Dale (3:19)
Buen Dia, Buenas Noches (3:13)
Review: Despite being based in the frequently snowy surroundings of Malmo, Sweden, El Hijo De La Cumbia is one of the hottest producers of "nu-cumbia" around. "Genero Genero", his first full-length for ten years, is said to be the product of a decade spent "travelling the world, learning and absorbing new styles and rhythms". These varied influences and inspirations can be heard throughout the LP, which supplements his usual nu-cumbia rhythms and vocals with sounds and instrumentation more often found in tango, reggae, Afro-jazz and heavy dub releases. It's a blend that makes for alluring and entertaining listening, suggesting the album will hold up to many repeat listens.
Review: East Village hustlers Forro In The Dark have a reputation for being one of the most interesting fusion acts of recent times. Over a string of critically acclaimed albums, the core trio of Guilherme Monteiro, Mauro Refosco and Jorge Continento has developed a signature sound that effortlessly joins the dots between Forro (a danceflor-driven style from North Eastern Brazil), rock, psychedelia, reggae, jazz, folk and much, much more. It's the kind of thing that shouldn't work, but as Sandcastle, their first album for two years, conclusively proves, it's a recipe for sunny, summery success. Trying to accurately describe the myriad of directions that album takes is devilishly difficult; suffice to say, it's a superb and life-affirming set.
Black Pumas - "Look At My Soul" (feat Kam Franklin) (3:27)
Review: Two years ago, Nacional Records released "Look at My Soul", an album from funk-soul multi-instrumentalist and producer Adrian Quesada that featured a wealth of guest performers. Here the LA label revisits the project, offering up two of the album's most potent cuts on "45" for the very first time. Veteran Latin American Texan Johnny Hernandez stars on superb A-side "Ain't No Big Thing", adding his gravelly but emotion-rich voice to a languid chunk of jaunty, horn-heavy 1960s style soul. On B-side cut "Look At My Soul", Quesada's psychedelic soul band Black Pumas are accompanied by righteous soul diva Kam Franklin on an even more emotive, organ-heavy chunk of end-of-night soul. By the end, we guarantee you'll be holding a lighter aloft and singing along with your eyes closed.
Review: LA 12-piece Jungle Fire live up to their name, being dedicated to the roots. The band's fusion of firesome Afrobeat and blisteringly tight traditional funk is wholly authentic, fully physical and ultimately arresting. From the gradual development and cinematic narrative of the title track to heavier, sweaty jams such as their Fela cover "Comencemos" via more laid back introspective funk such as "Chalupa" and "Snake Pit", this is what a band who know exactly what they're doing sounds like. And it sounds amazing.
Review: Since first pricking the collective consciousness at the dawn of the decade, 12-piece ensemble Jungle Fire has released some killer fusions of funk, Afrobeat, and more tropical dancefloor flavours. Jambu is their second full-length, following the release of acclaimed debut album Tropicoso in 2014. As vibrant, colourful and hedonistic as you'd expect, it sees the Los Angeles' band lay down a series of scorching original compositions built around heavy funk grooves, bold Afrobeat horns, and the kind of intricate, layered percussion more often found in vintage Cuban dance music. As usual, you'll find nods to numerous South American styles amongst the Afro-funk throw-downs, ensuring a set that doesn't settle on one sound for any significant length of time.