Tino's Breaks, Vol. 4: Mambo

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No one puts the "fun" in functional like Tino, the action-figure alter ego of breakbeat mavens Ben Stokes, Jack Dangers, and Mike Powell, who graces the covers of all Tino Corp. albums and gets the credit for the multifarious breaks and beats contained within. Although these albums are primarily intended for use as raw material by DJs, they are also all genuinely fun listening experiences. Unlike most breaks-and-beats collections, they develop themes and proceed more or less logically from track to track, just like real albums! Vol. 4 in the acclaimed Tino's Breaks series focuses on Cuban and Brazilian percussion, with lots of fun vocal samples and some virtuosic conga playing. This is actually a reissue of a seven-track LP originally issued in 2000, with the addition of another seven tracks (including a brilliant remix of "I Like It Mambo," featuring cutting and scratching by the formidable DJ Inesha). Whether you want the content for your own professional uses or simply want to get the hips shaking at your party, Tino is, as always, at your service. Very highly recommended.

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