The Afro-Sound of Colombia (Vampisoul Records)
The British label Vampisoul consistently puts out quality reissues and anthologies of the best in global soul, so its no surprise that their 2-CD Colombian collection is fantastic. The album compiles the best of Afro-Colombian cumbia, boogaloo, and tropical funk from the 60s and 70s put out by the legendary Disco Fuentes records. - Marlon Bishop
Calle 13 - Entre los que Quieran (Sony U.S. Latin)
Louis Head says these Puerto Rican “geniuses” have long been set aside as yet another reggaeton act, but that’s way off. This is one of the most creative acts in today’s Latin music, and you can’t confine Calle 13 to any single genre. - MB
Chico Mann - Analog Drift (Wax Poetics)
“At long last, Chico Mann releases his brilliant first full-length CD, and it sounds like nothing else out there. The former Antibalas guitarist fuses the early proto-hiphop sounds of 80s electro and freestyle with Nigerian afrobeat and Spanish-language hooks to create a sound both vintage and cutting-edge at the same time.” MB.
Choc Quib Town - Oro (Nacional Records)
“The highly- anticipated debut album from this Colombian hip-hop trio, who hail from the country's lesser-known and underdeveloped Pacific Coast, won the group a Latin Grammy for Best New Song. Choc full of infectious hip-hop beats fused with the currulao and the other marimba rhythms of Pacific Colombia.” MB.
Joan Soriano - El Duque de la Bachata (IASO Records)
“Irresistible bachata gems from one of the most charismatic and talented young stars on the Dominican scene. Sweet vocals, sultry grooves, and super-tasty acoustic guitar riffs.”
Joe Cuba - El Alcalde del Barrio (Fania Records)
"’The Mayor of the 'Hood,’ Joe Cuba, Spanish Harlem boogaloo extraordinaire, passed away one year ago. To commemorate, Fania has put out 2-disc boxed set of beautifully remastered Newyorican Latin funk.” MB.
Luisa Maita - Lero Lero (Cumbancha)
“A splendid international debut from a rising star out of Sao Paolo. The voice is soft, but powerful, and the material draws expertly on traditions within modern song forms.” BE.
.Pablo Aslan - Tango Grill (ZOHO Music)
“New York-based bassist Pablo Aslan has long been a leading voice in the tango scene in the U.S., as leader of of New York Tango Trio and Avantango. With Tango Grill, his experiments fusing classic tango with modern jazz reach their highest level of maturity yet.” MB.
The Roots of Chicha 2: Psychedelic Cumbias from Peru (Barbes Records)
“Another mind-blowing set of quirky chicha hits from 70s-era Peru. Lots of fun!” BE.
Spanish Harlem Orchestra - Viva la Tradicion (Concord Records, 2010)
Louis Head of KUNM-FM in Albuquerque calls this “the best salsa record out this year bar none.”