Review: Resense have declared that they intend to stave off winter with these two new tropical party jams. They might just do it too, with the hip shakin' gyrations of sizzling Cuban/reggae hybrid "Mambo Perez", and the guttural flow of Audry Funk on the hot-blooded cha-cha joint "Ego".
Review: The latest in this series of releases from the Greek label sees a mix of mashed up hip hop and jazz, such as on the Balkan swing of Palov's "That's All Folks" and Doctor Stereo's "Let's Begin The Show". Also well worth checking out is Monetrik's soul gem "Barbeque".
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".
Review: The latest from the Greek label Carnibal sees their stars Plaov and Panama Cardoon lend their nu-funk and Latin/cumbia production skills to an epic version f "Popcorn", as well as fusing in hip hop/bashment energy on "Summer of a Fool".
Review: Last year Greek duo Panama Cardoon released their Hasta La Wiggel album, a selection of music that combined broken beat and folky melodies with nu jazz, dub and rapped vocals sung in a choral similar to Nelly Furtado. Their style is now remixed for the hot nights of a Latin summer, with Rafael Aragon turning in a perfect remix to close a night with. Giorgos Bratanis's Cayetano project delivers a percussive clink that chimes in his remix to "Desoes", while English language makes an appearance in a 'dirty dog' funked-out, calypso and soulful rework to "Don't Let Me Go" - as for a drum and bass addition, leave that to Katakana Edits signing Vida G.
Review: Despite being a staple on the Carnibal release schedules, this is the first non-compilation release for Panana Cardoon since Oye! back in 2011. Recent material included the breaky Eurodance of Bosporus Thief, but here on "Hasta La Wiggle" we get a different mix, including Latin shuffle-core ("Senor Pepe"), breaky vintage movie soundtrack funk ("Monica"), feelgood pop-reggae ("Upnaked") and even the reggaeton hip-hop hybrid "Don't Let Me Know".
Review: According to the exuberant press blurb accompanying this debut release, the Bonfido Disques label has a "vision towards nostalgic exotic disco and Afro-Cosmic house remakes". In practice, that means a floor-focused mixture of chunky, housed-up, dub-flecked Afrobeat (Panama Cardoon's defiantly peak-time ready opener "Olofufu"), canny rearrangements of bouncy South African kwaito/bubblegum fusion (Fixed Angles' "Tabou"), bass-heavy jazz-house re-imaginings of Afro-Cuban jazz classics (Sirhan's superb "Le Flute"), and drum machine powered Afro-synth shufflers (the mid-80s Mediterranean flavours of "Anole" by Chico and Bianca). It all adds up to an impressive debut packed with cheery, imaginative, off-kilter edits that you'd be wise to check out.
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: With this, their latest split release, Resence Records prove that there's always love for a party-focused mash-up. First up, "Feelin' Roll" sees Panama Cardoon mash up Mr Scruff and Wayne Marshall to create what they claim to be 'a guaranteed hands-in-the-air, boom-bap bounce drenched in organ riffs and island vibes', and who are we to argue? "Do Your Stuff" meanwhile is only part mash-up, with Resence's very own Sono Rhizmo reworking Miami funk-soul dude Mr Perculator (aka Perk Badger) for a trumpets-and-back-beat vintage-modern party sound.
Review: This EP from the Dirty Dubsters camp executes a single idea incredibly well: to apply electro-swing rhythms and production techniques to a bunch of old Latin records, be they Brazilian mambos, Cuban stompers or punchy sambas. The results are very floor-friendly, with just the right balance between the horn-heavy, Latino authenticity of the source material and the contemporary beats, breaks and effects. All four tracks appear 'tried and tested' and sound like they could create pandemonium if dropped at the right time. If we had to pick a highlight, it would probably be the gritty, breathless opener from Smugdruggler - though Panama Cardoon's Tito Puente-ish "Shingaling" isn't far behind.