Musica del Alma

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  • Los Vampiros de Enrique Olivarez MP3

    Coming straight out of the laid-back Central Valley, California town of Stockton come Los Vampiros, one of the tightest Latin bands in the area during the early and mid 1970′s.  Fronted by the charismatic Enrique Olivarez, Los Vampiros played smoking hot cumbias and rancheras to lively crowds around California and even enjoyed modest success in Mexico.  They released only two LP’s and a handful of ...

    23.08.2010

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    23.08.2010

  • GUEST POST: DJ Sport Casual MP3

    This week DJ Sport Casual, a well renowned DJ from Brooklyn, hits us with some heavy Central American Latin Funk Rock! Make sure to check out his website and listen to all the killer mixes he’s posted. -Slim Jenkins ——————————— Picked this LP up sometime over the summer from a New York area flea, just another long shot that ended up...

    18.08.2010

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    18.08.2010

  • Back from Vacation = Latin Funk Fire MP3

    Back in action after a long break of working and traveling in Colombia, an absolutely mind-blowing country! I managed to find some cool records during my time down there, so stay tuned for a heavy mix or dedicated Colombian music post! For now, I wanted to return to form with some hard-as-fuck Latin Funk for everybody. Porfi Jimenez is no stranger to Musica Del Alma, as I’ve already featured one of his songs...

    26.07.2010

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    26.07.2010

  • Diverse stuff from Nicaragua MP3

    I’m always intrigued (but never surprised) by the sheer diversity of music that was pumped out of Central America in the 60′s and 70′s, whether it’s from El Salvador or Panama. My latest reminder of this comes from a group called Los Hermanos Cortez, who hail from Leon, Nicaragua.  The notes on the back of their Aqui Los Exitos LP insinuate that they formed while in University there, and ...

    09.05.2010

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    09.05.2010

  • GUEST MIX: GESI by Gravelheadwrap MP3

    Guest mixing today is my homie Chris aka GRAVELHEADWRAP, who decided to pick out his favorite tracks from one of Cuba’s coolest bands, Grupo de Experimentacion Sonora del ICAIC (GESI for short). Comprised of great tracks from four of their albums from the 1970s, this mix is a great introduction for those of us (me included) who may have slept on GESI for whatever reason. Thanks, Chris! And viva GESI! -Adam...

    03.05.2010

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    03.05.2010

  • NEW MIX: “Dame El Rock” MP3

    Today I offer you all a short but sweet mix of Latin treats from all over the western hemisphere; from the Bay Area of California to El Salvador to Uruguay! The first mix that I’ve done for my own site (I know, I know), Dame El Rock is the first installment in what will surely be a continuing series that seeks to expose some of Latin America’s forgotten rock hard gems.  At times funky, psychedel...

    15.04.2010

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    15.04.2010

  • HERMANOS MP3

    Vytas Brenner, whose family originally emigrated from Germany to Venezuela after the fallout of WWII, has taken a long musical journey.  From Caracas to Spain to Tennessee, Brenner soaked up a diverse assemblage of musical styles before cementing his craft onto vinyl for the first few times.  His 1974 album entitled Hermanos (the second in his discography) is an experimental tour de force, with a couple highlig...

    06.04.2010

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    06.04.2010

  • Hot New Colombian Music MP3

    Here’s a fiery new cumbia from Colombia leading up to the weekend! Systema Solar is easily one of the most exciting acts at SXSW this year. Check out their website: www.systemasolar.com Mp3 here.

    04.03.2010

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    04.03.2010

  • Picking up the Crumbs MP3

    This week we have an interesting LP from Florida: Sincerely Antique. Miami’s token Latin Rock band a la Santana, Antique (aka The Antiques) were a popular regional act that also explored the heavy psych and funk sounds prevalent at the time. The main draw of this LP (at least for me) is their epic version of the sure-shot Laura Lee classic “Crumbs Off the Table”. Pounding Latin percussion and he...

    01.03.2010

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    01.03.2010

  • LOS KENYA: A LATIN FUNK MIX PREVIEW MP3

    In anticipation of a new Heavy Latin Funk Mix that I will be releasing soon, I offer you a quick taste of what lays in store for that release.  The first song here will be prominently featured in the mix along with 60 minutes of some of the world’s rarest and heaviest Latin Funk jams.  Please stay tuned! Here’s an excellent LP from Venezuela featuring Los Kenya, a popular Latin combo hailing from ...

    29.01.2010

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    29.01.2010

  • Tighten Yourself Up for 2010 MP3

    Just in time for 2010, Los Johnny Jets urge y’all to tighten yourself up for the new year with a raw and fantastic cover of the Archie Bell and the Drells classic.  Coming from the seemingly endless vault of Mexican covers of popular American soul and funk songs from the 1960s and 70s, most of which are quite forgettable IMO, “Apretado (Tighten Up)” relishes in its own grittiness.  Bass, drum...

    30.12.2009

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    30.12.2009

  • Guest Post: Reynaldo # 2 MP3

    Joining us again is Reynaldo, who today supplies us with a killer mix of Pachanga, Charanga, & Guaguanco to keep you dancing through the winter! Rey runs two of the finest Latin music/record sites online: the Latin Vinyl Junkie blog and his own Rare Latin record gallery. -Adam ———————— LVJ Guaguanco, Pachanga, and Charanga Mix (LISTEN / DOWNLOAD) I’m...

    13.12.2009

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    13.12.2009

  • Back in Form… MP3

    …with some Cuban Funk Fire! Sorry for the delay, but here we go again with a bangin LP on the Areito label. FA-5 have many things to offer on this LP: dirty takes on American Funk and Disco songs, heavy b-boy breaks (you’ll have to track the album down to see what I mean), and some straight-up tight musicianship. Check out their song “Salga y Baile”, which is a loose rendition of Kool and ...

    08.12.2009

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    08.12.2009

  • From Panama to Puerto Rico MP3

    So it’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Panamanian music, and this week we have one of the best combos out of the country doing their own thing with both originals and covers. I’ve had this album for ages, but I get more enjoyment from it with every listen. Check it out to hear why. “Puerto Rico”, originally an Eddie Palmieri tune from his shit-hot album Sentido, starts the album o...

    13.11.2009

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    13.11.2009

  • Boogaloo en Peru MP3

    Yeah, its been comped to death, but I couldn’t resist throwing this up anyway!  Coco Lagos hails from Peru where he was a successful percussionist in his country during the sixties.  Joined here by an All-star line-up of MAG studio players (including Alfredo Linares on piano!), Coco and crew devise a sensational set of hot Latin tunes for their Ritmo Caliente album.  This 45 features two of my favorit...

    31.10.2009

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    31.10.2009

  • Gallina Funky MP3

    Apologies for the long gap in posts, but I got the swine flu! Back on track with some crazy fresh Latin Funk covers supplied by Mexico’s very own Comparsa Universitaria, yet another group coming from our southern neighbor that specialized in covering popular songs from the US. Here we have them doing the “Funky Chicken” by Rufus Thomas and “Chicken Strut” by The Meters, putting their ...

    23.10.2009

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    23.10.2009

  • Babalonia: Take 2 MP3

    Building off of my first post on this site, we have an alternate version of Ricardo Marrero and The Group’s seminal Latin Funk/Disco classic “Babalonia” (appearing on the Don Records 7″).  This one comes from the Yu Qui Yu 7″, and is far slower and groovier than the other take.  Many of the musical elements are different, including a wah wah keyboard and the enlisting of a skilled...

    03.10.2009

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    03.10.2009

  • Descarga Para el Alma pt 2: North vs. South MP3

    Yo, apologies for the posting hiatus, but I’m back in action now. A simple premise: 1 album from New York City with two hot descargas & 1 album from Colombia with two hot descargas.  Both include versions of “Mondongo” plus one more descarga each. Now, I love the Latin sounds that emerged from NYC from the 1960s and 1970s to death, but the output that came from our southern friends down in P...

    29.09.2009

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    29.09.2009

  • Chicano Power MP3

    Otherwise filled to the brim with popular Rancheras and cheesy Baladas, the Chicano Power LP by Little Joe and the Embers contains one notable exception.  Check out their hard and heavy version of the Santana classic “Oye Como Va”, itself an adaption of an earlier Tito Puente song.  The lead guitarist must have been fully feeling the Chicano Power because he gives Santana himself a run for his money...

    11.09.2009

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    11.09.2009

  • Paraguayo Psychedelic Soul MP3

    Back this week with some excellent soulful South American psych.  Los Jokers hail from Paraguay, a small country (by South American standards) nestled in between Brazil, Argentina and Bolivia.  Recorded here on the Argentinian Parnaso label, Los Jokers give us the spectacular “Solamente Soul”, the clear winner on an otherwise hit or miss LP. I first heard “Solamente Soul” on a mix by DJ ...

    02.09.2009

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    02.09.2009

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