Alfredo Linares Y Su Sonora 'Vol. 1' (Rocafort)
4th December 2020
Alfredo Linares Y Su Sonora 'Vol. 1'
'Cool' / 'El Pito'
'Yo Traigo Boogaloo' / Tutu Tata'
'Descarga' / 'Sin Tu Querer'
At the 11th hour of 2020, Rocafort comes storming through the gates with one of the very best releases of the year. If Latin is your bag, then this is going to be undeniably essential, the kind of release that will have you saying 'yes, I'll have that' without even listening because you should be well aware of Alfredo Linares. These 6 wonderful tracks have been taken from his first 2 LPs on the Peruvian label MAG from 1967 (El Pito Y Otros Exitos) and 1968 (Yo Traigo Boogaloo). Commanding some hefty money, the original albums are highly sought after due to being brought to wider attention from the digging and productions adventures from the likes of Nickodemus, Monk One and Quantic, with the latter going on to record with Alfredo under the guise of Quantic & His Combo Bárbaro.
Up until this point, much of the Latin sounds populating the record crates of DJs here in the UK (at least) were either Brazilian rarities or the wonderful melting pot sounds of NYC from the 60s and 70s. The music from Colombia, Peru, Panama, the French Caribbean etc was just less known and certainly more difficult to find even if you did know about it. All that has changed now of course and South American music is firmly planted in the consciousness and record collections of music lovers across the world thanks to the diggers and labels that championed it over the last 10 years or so.
So what do we have here? Only some of the best Latin music ever written and committed to wax, tracks like 'Cool' just completely encapsulates what you would imagine being the sound of 60s Peru, beautifully evocative and an absolute banger for the dancefloor. The same goes for 'El Pito' and 'Tutu Tata', swinging baby! Add in 3 more wonderful songs for a triple pack of Peruvian GOLD on 45. If you've never heard Alfredo before, hit the play button below to then be in complete agreement with everything I've said above.
Don't sleep on this.