Mucho Teen Punk
The Spanish Electro Harmonix label has been doing an amazing job of reissuing the most enjoyably primitive examples of snotty 60s teen punk and garage rock 'n' roll from Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Chile and Uruguay on colourful 10-inch mini-LPs and 7-inch singles. Anyone without a turntable has been out of luck until they released the Mas Rock And Roll (Electro Harmonix) disc compiling 26 rompin'-stompin' blasts from the likes of Los Vidrios Quebrados , Los Monjes , Los Gatos Salvajes , Los Yaki , Los Electronicos and other snarling no-counts. The perfect soundtrack for your next Lucha Libre masked ball.
Forge gets funky... sort of
For the past eight years, UK rare groove DJ Patrick Forge of KISS-FM and Da Lata fame has hosted the Brazilian Love Affair night at the Notting Hill Arts Club, spinning a heady mix of contemporary and old-school Brazilian joints. So Nascente thought he was the right man to sift through the EMI-Odeon label holdings and compile the Brazilian Funk Experience disc. While many of the artists will be familiar to fans of Brazilian music - João Donato , Elis Regina , Marcos Valle , Djavan , Elza Soares , Som Tres , etc. - Forge goes for their lesser-known 70s floorfillers, some of which are appearing on disc for the first time. The title is a bit misleading, since most of this stuff isn't that heavy, but there's no shortage of sweetly jazzy jams like Alide Costa 's cover of Milton Nascimento's Catavento and Evinha 's version of Marcos Valle's Que Bandeira. Not quite funk, but nice nonetheless.
Too darn sexy
Although I have to admit that I wasn't blown away by the Sub Pop debut of São Paulo's CSS , their mix of crankin' guitar riffs and disco beats was a lot more explosive on stage at the Mod Club Friday (July 14). I grabbed their tour-only CSS SUXXX (Trama) disc, and I'm glad I did, since it has raunchier takes on some tunes from their Cansei De Ser Sexy disc and other winners like Fuck Off Rock, Party Animal and Ódio Ódio Ódio, Sorry C.
Also being sold for 5 bucks at the merch desk was a Diplo mix disc stamped "Radio" to promote his Mad Decent label. True enough, it's a collection of radio shows (see www.maddecent.com/radio) with a few goofy Diplo-style mash-ups and a swell historical perspective on the rise of New Orleans bounce music, with illustrative examples. It's about time somebody put out a full-on bounce documentary.