Exciting news arrives from the Strut Records camp, as the label prepare a new compilation curated by London tropical disco selectors Sofrito entitled Sofrito International Soundclash.
Sofrito and Strut were collectively responsible for one of the most enduring compilations of last year with Sofrito: Tropical Discotheque which rightfully featured amidst our end of year Best Compilations & Mixes and more importantly shone a light on a collective responsible for some of the best parties in London and beyond. Given the widespread critical acclaim to that release, it’s little surprise that the tireless Strut would seek out Sofrito for a new compilation.
Due out for release at the end of July, the fifteen track Sofrito International Soundclash has Sofrito selectors Hugo Mendez and Frankie Francis digging “deep to bring you a one-of-a-kind selection of music from Trinidad, Colombia, Dominica, Congo, Cameroon and beyond.” Furthermore, the press release states that Mendez and Francis have included some exclusive material, including a previously unheard Owiny Sigoma Band track, a Tropical Treats edit and the unveiling of Grupo Canalon, a new project from Nidia Góngora, the vocalist from Quantic’s Combo Barbaro.
Sofrito’s go-to designer Lewis Heriz has once again been commissioned to oversee the design aspect of the release in his own distinctive style, and has also elected to “interpret Sofrito’s fresh perspective on the world” with a specially designed cut-out globe on a pull-out poster that’s included in all physical formats.
Strut Records will release Sofrito International Soundclash on Double LP and CD formats on July 24.
1. Lord Shorty & Vibrations International – Vibrations Groove
2. La Pesada – Cumbia y Tambo (En La Lluvia)
3. Midnight Groovers – O Ti Yo
4. Les Difficiles de Pétion-Ville – Fe’m Confiance (Tropical Treats Edit)
5. Owiny Sigoma Band – Nabed Nade Ei Piny Ka F
6. Mas Ka Klé – Lésé yo Palé
7. Kiland et L’Orchestre Mabatalaï – Pour Chercher le Magot
8. Bell’a Njoh – Ebolo
9. Concept Neuf – The Path (Sofrito Edit)
10. Grupo Canalon – La Zorra y El Perol
11. Les Vikings – Ambiance (Guhe Huiamo)
12. Sartana et Son Groupe Mistral – Information Par Le Mistral
13. Luis Kalaff y Sus Alegres Dominicanos – Agarralo Que Eso Es Tuyo
14. Afro Festival led by Fantastic Tchico Tchicaya – El Manicero
15. Melodica Teens Band – Mwekuru Muthao