Yerba Buena

Island Life

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Yerba Buena let their Deee-Lite out and come to terms with their inner Kid Creole & the Coconuts on their spicy, sparkling, and entirely weekend sophomore release, Island Life. The album is one Saturday short of their stunning debut, but there are more quirky and smart touches and the highlights are extra spicy. The collective blend together a wealth of Latin styles like they did on their debut, but this time hip-hop is favored over house when it comes to outside influences. That M1 from Dead Prez has to adapt his style to the band rather than vice-versa is an interesting and different way to handle the usual hip-hop guest appearance, and minus the reggaeton remix of "Sugar Daddy" snuck on the end of the CD, the album favors organic over electronic. "Sugar Daddy" works best in the club, but the rest of the salsa-meets-son-meets-whatever-they-feel-like album works just fine in the car, on the headphones, and anywhere else the party needs starting. Segues, skits, and sound effects are part of the picture, as are an assortment of guest artists that are obviously enjoying themselves. Few acts could handle John Leguizamo, Les Nubians, and Celia Cruz on the same album, yet Yerba Buena handle them all on a single track. According to Yerba themselves, Island Life is a concept album that's "a soundtrack for urbanistic island living." That just about nails it; just add "fun," "exciting," "sexy," "whimsical," and "worth every penny."

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
feat: Ajay Naidu
1:19 SpotifyAmazon
2 3:56 SpotifyAmazon
3 4:13 SpotifyAmazon
4 4:59 SpotifyAmazon
5 4:29 SpotifyAmazon
feat: Orishas
7 4:34 SpotifyAmazon
feat: Joe Bataan
5:11 SpotifyAmazon
feat: M15
6:27 SpotifyAmazon
10 6:11
11 4:23 SpotifyAmazon
feat: Ajay Naidu
0:50 SpotifyAmazon
13 5:04 SpotifyAmazon
5:06 SpotifyAmazon
feat: Ile Aiye / Peret
2:48 SpotifyAmazon
4:36 SpotifyAmazon
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