As the cherry blossoms make their annual appearance, I offer a decidedly mixed bag of audio treats, but all are of the high-quality you’ve come to expect…
1. Timbaland – Give It To Me [Interscope]
New dancefloor grind hottness from Timbaland featuring his two favorite meal tickets: Nelly Furtado & Justin Timberlake.
2. Quantic – Sabor [Tru Thoughts]
My boy Quantic never sleeps! New funky latin dancefloor joint continues his satisfying fascination with the ‘Rican sounds.
3. The Staple Singers – Respect Yourself [Stax]
My love for the Staple Singers continues with this four-track reissue EP. Now to find that Slippery People 12
4. Armando Peraza – Red Onions [BBE]
Classic latin heat off the ridiculously high-quality Latin Spectrum collection.
5. Trouble Funk – Drop the Bomb [Fourth & Broadway]
Classic DC go-go from 1985.
6. Boca 45 – Diego’s Theme [Unique]
Breaks-heavy number with a great latin call-out hook. Off Boca’s Vertigo Sounds LP.
7. unknown – We Love the Jungle Brothers [white label]
Very deep and funky reworkings of Jungle Brothers classics on this uncredited white label EP.
8. Ocote Soul Sounds and Adrian Quesada – Tamarindio [ESL Music]
Unusual for ESL, this is a nice break-heavy instrumental. Thievery Corporation get heavier and smoother on their remix. And what’s this, a Quantic remix on the flip?!
9. Lady Sovereign – A Little Bit of Shhh RMX [Chocolate Industries]
Ad Rock makes way for the SOV on this killer dancefloor banger.
10. Coke Escovedo – No One to Depend On [Mercury]
Deep, slow and funky jam from the 1975 Coke LP.