Jose Luis, London’s Latin Mr Big turns his hand to the art of compilation making to deliver three big, bad slabs of music that will have purists gnashing their teeth and everyone else shaking their thing
Resiste is the new Latin & World Music spin-off label of Resist Music, the UK’s leading independent dance/compilation label and brainchild of Resist’s James Horrocks and London’s leading Latin music DJ/Promoter Jose Luis.
Resiste aims to showcase a plethora of Latin American artists not currently represented outside North America as well as present a selection of well-crafted, beautifully packaged compilation CDs starting with the highly accessible Carnaval series.
Carnaval is the first compilation series to focus on the up-tempo, beat-driven, Latin fiesta soundtrack and is the antithesis of the Latin Chillout and Latin Lounge CD.
The Carnival series features a combination of contemporary and classic party tracks that are currently dominating Latin dancefloors Worldwide as selected by Jose Luis, the UK’s most influential Latin DJ.
The first batch of Carnaval CDs includes Brasil Carnival, Cuba Carnaval and Salsa Carnaval.
From the Tropicalia exiles living in London in the 60s to the current generation of drum & bass DJs that have become household names, The UK has adopted and been adopted by some of the most famous Brazilian stars of the last 40 years. Brasil Carnival recreates the spirit of multicultural, vibrant and danceable Brazil, by selecting tracks at once accessible to the non-Brazilian ear and loved by Brazilians themselves.
Brasil Carnaval is the first compilation to cover so much of Brazil’s musical spectrum yet still remains accessible to the non-expert. Whether you like samba, bossa nova, funk, house, hip hop or D&B, there is something for everyone here.
Cuba Carnaval is probably the most consistent and varied Cuban compilation ever released in the UK and is the first collection of Cuban music to offer the best pick of such a broad spectrum of Cuban styles. The album is endorsed by London’s Carnival De Cuba taking place on 16/17 June 2007 in Southwark Park, which drew a staggering 88,000 revelers in 2006.
Cuba Carnaval is a taste of some of the most exhilarating sounds and artists from the last 50 years. It spans Cuba’s own indigenous creations of son, salsa, mambo, guarachá, danzón, Mozambique, conga, cubop and timba to its unique spin on genres such as jazz and reggaetón, the latest Latin genre to hit the dance floors. Starting with Issac Delgado’s ‘La Vida Es Un Carnival’ to put you in a carnival mood, the party continues with La Lupe, the Edith Piaf of the Hispanic Caribbean and her highly spirited version of ‘Fever’ and that’s followed swiftly by Ibrahim Ferrer, the legendary singer with Buena Vista Social Club performing ‘En que parte de Cuba Nacio el Son,’ from his album Tierra Caliente.
Taken as a package these three albums favour the fresh and the street over the safe and the cannonical at every turn.
Unlike many salsa compilations, Salsa Carnaval has no fillers. Each track rocks; has been and still is a hit and Jose Luis claims this is the finest salsa compilation available. With the majority of the tracks being released for the fist time in the UK, this compilation will become a classic of the genre.
Two giants of Latin music, Celia Cruz and Tito Puente, get together on a memorable song ‘Rumberos del Ayer’, its very groove the answer to why Fania was the most successful Latino label ever.
Then, salsa goes global as Yuri Buenaventura, teams up with Algerian Raï music maestro Faudel to deliver the classic ‘Salsa Raï’. Africa’s most famous salsa band, Africando features with the remix of ‘Yaye Boy’. You’ll also find UK based Alex Wilson with his own special r&b-salsa fusion cover of Chaka Khan’s ‘Aint Nobody.’ London-based Colombian vibraphone Dorancé Lorza gives us the flavasome ‘Sabroso’ (Tasty), from his acclaimed album ‘Salsa Pa’ Tí’. Our personal highlight is the unique ‘Pantera Mambo,’ Pink Panther goes Mambo (no, seriously, you have to listen to believe HOW good this is) by Colombia’s young band Orquesta La 33.
Taken as a package these three albums favour the fresh and the street over the safe and the canonical at every turn. Monday night salsa dancers might be a little taken aback by the diversity of music out there but invite your Latin mates round for a party and put these babies on and see what happens.