Mr Bongo presents this amazing 2CD collection of classic originals from the Fania label and their first ever remixes. It contains the sought after and sold-out 12” singles, featuring remixes by such contemporary heavyweights as Gilles Peterson, DJ Format, Louie Vega, Bugz in the Attic and many, many more who have enhanced the catalogue with their own unique sounds.
Like many American stories, the tale of Fania comes from the boroughs and inner city barrios of New York City. Along the way, Fania artists mixed a cornucopia of styles that transcended the boundaries of traditional Latin music and set the path for the genres of salsa, boogalu, Latin R&B, and afro-Cuban jazz.
On the remix CD Radio 1 DJ, Brownswood Records label boss and all-round music guru Gilles Peterson offers up a great mix of Nora Morales, alongside Brazil’s electronic trio of the moment, funk carioca outfit Bonde de Role who have worked with Diplo and now signed to Domino. Hip hop pioneer DJ Format has produced a storming mix of the Dave Cortez tune which was a previous sell-out 12”. Along with Masters at Work’s musical legend Louie Vega’s eleven minute re-working of Hector Lavoe, 4 Hero produce a beautiful remix of Ralfi Pagan in their inimitable style.
Other interesting inclusions on the release include the infamous ‘I Like It Like That’ by Peter Rodriguez title track is well known from the Odeon cinema ident. I would check out this compilation mainly for the originals rather than the remixes, but regardless this is a tasty two CD combo.
Release date: 9th June.
CD1 – The Remixes
CD2 – Originals
02. I Like It Like That – Peter Rodriguez (Aaron Jerome Remix)
03. Happy Soul With A Hook – Dave Cortez (DJ Format)
04. Plastico – Willie Colon & Ruben Blades (Bugz In The Attic)
05. Mi Gente – Hector Lavoe (Louie Vega EOL)
06. Take Five – Roberto Roena (Nicola Conté)
07. Saona – Nora Morales (Gilles Peterson & Sinbad)
08. O Elefante – Ray Barretto (SHH)
09. Boogaloo De Johnny – Johnny Pacheco (Quantic)
10. I Didn’t Want To Have To Do It – Ralfi Pagan (4 Hero)
11. Steady (Fuji) – Fania All Stars (Andy Smith and Keith Lawrence)
12. Morris Park – Lenni Sesar (Bondé De Role)
13. Fever – La Lupe (Sinden)
14. Feel Like Making Love – Ricardo Marrerro (Ashley Beadle)