Various Artists

The Afrosound of Colombia, Vol. 2

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The deep vaults of Colombia's Discos Fuentes company, the label that coined the term "Afrosound" have been the source of several compilations from Europe in the 21st century: the wonderful original Soundway comp, Colombia! The Golden Age of Discos Fuentes, paved the way in 2007, and Vampi Soul's own previous entry in this particular series in 2010 are only a couple of examples. This set assembles 24 cuts from not only Discos Fuentes, but also its subsidiaries Tropical and Machuca, into a wildly diverse dance party of cumbia and porro and other Caribbean styles. There are some absolutely killer tracks here: check "Juana Rosa Manzano," a porro by the legendary Los Corraleros de Majagual (founded in 1962 and one of two selections here). This is where cumbia and Caribbean textures entwine in a feverish frenzy. Opener "Pachanga Miramar," by Sexteto Miramar, is another; its porro is balanced tightly by swaggering funky horns atop cowbell, electric guitars, claves, flutes, and congas. Lisandro Mezal's solo track (he's the accordionist in Los Corraleros de Majagual), "Juventud Flaca y Loca," melds salsa, cumbia, and porro. Michi Sarmiento y Su Combo Bravo (the subject of their own disc on Soundway) delivers a bleeding meld of cumbia and jazzy descarga on "Calentia." Afrosound's "Banana de Queso" is pure psychedelic porro, while La Integracion's "Caimán y Gallinazo" is a burning, brassy cumbia. Every track on The Afrosound of Colombia, Vol. 2 is notated with proper discographical info, but that's of secondary importance to everyone but collectors. The curators have delivered the maximum groove quotient for the dollar. Combined with its predecessor it whets the appetite for even more discoveries from Discos Fuentes.

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