Review: In the early 1970s, a new musical art form emerged on the streets of Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago from the social unrest of the time. A group of young guys started to combine poetry with drumming and created the musical art form that is known today as Rapso. Lutalo 'Brother Resistance' Masimba was one of the pioneers of this movement and his 1987 anthem "Tonight Is de Night" receives a much-needed reissue here on Cree. There's much to enjoy on this 12" - we're particularly loving the groovy "Rapso Space Dub" and funky steel drum riddims of "Crucial Decision ('92 Version)". This is total spiritual life music.
Embryo - "Wajang Woman" (Frankie Francis Sofrito edit)
Papa Music - "Trinidad"
Versatile - "Let It Out"
Cedric Brooks - "South African Reggae"
Michael Boothman & Family Tree - "Tabu" (feat Andre Tanker)
Andre Tanker Five - "Lena"
Lancelot Layne - "Umbawa"
Cinnamon Suns - "Party Time"
Merchant & The Network Riddum Band - "Rub-A-Dub Soka"
Umoja I-nity - "Fools Have Tried"
Leston Paul - "Caribbean Jam" (Nomad Re-Jam)
Barbara Hernandez - "All Nite Tonight"
Michael Boothman & Kysofusion Band - "Can't Stop Dancing" (feat Keith Designer Prescott)
Sugar Minott - "Remember Mama"
Delroy Wilson - "Inner City Blues"
Clive Zanda - "Ogun"
Review: For their latest expansive and hugely entertaining release, Cree Records have gathered together killer cuts from their back catalogue that were originally written, produced and released in tropical climes (think West and East Africa, the Caribbean, South America and South East Asia in particular). The included tracks are invariably superb and highlights are plentiful throughout. We're particularly loving Frankie Francis' Sofrito Edit of Embryo's undulating tropical funk jam "Wajang Woman", the buzzing Afro-funk of Versatile's "Let It Out", the humid and percussive jauntiness of "Lena" by Andre Tanker Five, the sizzling soca of Merchant & The Network Riddum Band's "Rub-A-Dub-Soka" and Delroy Wilson's formidably dubbed-out reggae cover of Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues".