Review: Greek label Carnibal flirted with the electro-swing thing early on but by now on their 16th release, they have settled into a more tropical/Latin groove. This latest collection features four artists who are simply bursting with creativity. First up is Nirso with the Hispanic hip-hop grind of "4 Meninas", next we get a folk/baile/tropical crossover jam, "Road To Ayounda" by YEAHMAN!, then some sultry and possibly ritualistic cumbia vibes on Timboletti's "E Ele Demoragy". Lastly, we get the searing, intense percussive moods of "Declaration Of War" by Hammond Classics. A thrilling EP.
Review: Greek electro-swing label Carnibal bring more heat with their eighth release, a label comp featuring a host of familiar names. On "Bosporus Thief", Panama Cardoon delivers an electro-house style jam, but with extra chunky beats and enchanting Turkish melodies. Senor Griff works his magic on "Ni Aae Na Vilayat Kuriay" resulting in a pleasantly bizarre electro/cumbia/Bollywood hybrid. Hammond Classics provides a catchy electronic reggae joint "Stepping Higher" and only Pavlov seems to stick with the Latino-isms for his "Bedbug".
Review: Billed as 2013's biggest collection of reggae-fuelled party tracks, this madcap collaboration between New York's own reggae star Tuffist and newcomers Soul Rebel, DJ Tzinas and Bluntskull whips up new creations from some of reggae's finest tracks. From Toots and the Maytals to The Ethiopians, Soul Rebel, DJ Tzinas and Hammond Classics work together to bring a new flava, while Tuffist's jungle vibes and Bluntskull's breakbeat hype provide fresh new sounds to get the party skanking. Don't underestimate the power of reggae to get floors filled across the country, this series confronts non-dancers and shuns bad feelings. Embrace the party jams!
Review: For this release, Greek electro-swing label Carnibal don their best man from Del Monte hat and jet (well, use a propeller plane) over to Havana for some vintage Latino thrills. Here Carnibal regulars Palov and Panama Cardoon team up for the lazy, steel drums and trumpet romp of "Vamos", Moetrik conjures up the Three Amigos on the traditional sounding "El Carino!", it's a cumbia-samba hybrid on Hammond Classics' "Cumbiamba" and Senor Griff rounds things up with the more modern, cumbia/moobahton-style roller "Cerro Rico".