Review: A treat for lovers of soulful Latin grooves here, as Cape Verdean marno legend Cesaria Evora gets the remix treatment from three of New York's finest, nearly eight years after her death (at the age of 70) in 2011. Francois K & Joe Claussell's Body & Soul Mix is up first and is dripping in world and jazz flavas, with Evora's Portuguese-language vocal sitting alongside gentle piano chords, mournful trumpet and fluttering, flute-like synths, all underpinned by rolling house beats. Francois K & Eric Kupper's Main Pass uses less of the organic instruments and rides a more tribal rhythm, making it the pick for dancefloor play in less specialist clubs.
Review: Next up on Gilles Peterson's respected Brownswood imprint is New York City legend and purveyor of spiritual life music Joe Claussell, in collaboration with Cuban singer Dayme Arocena. Her second album Cubafonia was released last year on the label and was 'a tour through the deep-rooted rhythms permeating her native Cuba.' Her work encompasses the rich, diverse musical makeup of the country she grew up in and looks outward to the world that she's spent the past two years travelling. Claussell's Sacred Rhythm Mix of "Yambu" is a right scorcher that reaches near tribal moments, as those syncopated polyrhythms entrance you beneath Aracena's powerful and soaring vocals. Completely evocative and life affirming stuff right here!