Various Artists - The Rough Guide To Latin Disco (Vinyl)

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From its underground roots in the nightclubs of 1970s New York, disco music had strong connections to the city's Latino community. They provided many musicians, producers and labels making the music, as well as a large section of the audience dancing to it. Latin percussion instruments were at the heart of the disco sound and the strong influence of salsa can be heard in many tracks. One Latin music record company, Salsoul Records, would go on to be described as the greatest disco label of all time and, as disco conquered the world, Latino musicians in the Caribbean, South and Central America were swept along by it and began producing their own variations on the Latin disco theme. Disco music boomed for less than a decade and by the early 1980s it faded as newer musical styles came along such as new wave, rap, hiphop and electronic music. However, disco would not be forgotten and it was the inspiration and foundation for the next great global dance movement to emerge in the late 1980s, namely house music. By 2000, with a growing interest in the 1970s underground disco roots of house, a new generation of musicians and bands began to release music heavily influenced by those early Salsoul Records releases. The Rough Guide To Latin Disco features some of the legendary artists, musicians and tracks from the golden era of disco music, the 1970s, alongside some of today's new Latin disco inspired bands, musicians and producers. From the 1970s, we feature five tracks from the legendary Salsoul Records. These include two from Latin soul singer and disco pioneer Joe Bataan ('La Botella' and 'Latin Lover'), plus two from the Salsoul Orchestra ('Salsoul Hustle' and 'Ritzy Mambo'), the label's in-house band and huge disco stars in their own right. The final Salsoul track is 'Dancin & Prancin'' from master Cuban percussionist Candido, released in 1979 at the peak of disco's popularity. Of the non-Salsoul 1970s classics, we include 'Sunny' by New York salsa/funk band Yambu (a cover of the Bobby Hebb song), US-based Cuban flute legend Fajardo's hustle inspired single 'C'mon Baby, Do The Latin Hustle', and Colombian artist Wganda Kenya's cover of Carl Douglas's 1974 disco-soul hit 'Kung Fu Fighting', translated into Spanish as 'Combate A Kung Fu'. Post-2000, with the nu-disco movement in full swing, a host of new young artists began to produce music heavily influenced by the classic 1970s Latin disco sound. We present two of these new generation bands on the compilation, Los Charly's Orchestra from the UK and Jungle Fire from California. These tracks feature the trademark Latin disco sound - a four-to-the-floor beat, fingerpopping basslines, scratchy syncopated rhythm guitar and the heavy Latin rhythms. All proof that Latin disco is still alive today four decades on since it first exploded in the clubs of 1970s New York.

Limited Edition Vinyl + Download Card With Extra Music

An excellent compilation album. It features a number of classic latin influenced disco hits from the height of the disco era including Candido, The Salsoul Orchestra & Joe Bataan alongside rarer deeper cuts and several 21st century tracks heavily influenced by those disco & latin beats. A superb addition to any collection- the sound quality is very good and all at a fantastic price.

By: MuttonNoir

A1 Joe Bataan - La Botella (The Bottle)
A2 The Salsoul Orchestra - Salsoul Hustle
A3 Yambú - Sunny
A4 José Fajardo - C'mon Baby, Do The Latin Hustle
B1 Wganda Kenya - Combate A Kung F
B2 Candido - Dancin' & Prancin'
B3 Jungle Fire - Firewalker
B4 Los Charly's Orchestra - Everlasting Love

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