Review: Conceived by Colombian musician Mario Galeano and English producer Will Holland, (better known as Quantic), Ondatropica brings together Colombian legends and young musicians alike and mixes up Columbian styles such as cumbia and champeta with beatboxing, hip-hop and funk. Although the project is undeniably audacious, the results are hugely impressive, with classical styles going hand in hand with all manner of analogue squiggles and experimental dub. Highlights are too numerous to mention, but include the dubbed out weirdness and live instrumentation of "Punkero Sonidero" and the live beatboxing and copious effect mangling on "3 Reyes De La Terepia". The CD version also comes with a 52 page booklet telling the fascinating story behind the project.
Roger Bain - "Stand Up & Rock Your Body" (instrumental)
D Ivan - "Fire" (extended dub edit)
Bill Campbell - "Body Beat"
Brother Resistance - "Move It" (version)
Adonijah - "It's Alright"
Peter Britto - "I Want Your Love"
Juno D - "Hotter & Hotter" (dub edit)
Colin Jackman - "D'Jab Jab Dance" (Bad Lad mix)
Levi John - "SOCA"
Spiking - "Liberation Train"
Mohjah - "Zion Gates" (dub)
Andre Tanker - "Wild Indian Band"
Touch - "Touch Music" (edit)
D' Rebel Band - "Solid"
The Millers - "Last Days"
Chocolate Affaire - "Jump To Calypso"
Review: The mighty Soundway Records label head Miles Cleret and DJ/collector Jeremy Spellacey turn their expert digging and curatorial skills to the Soca Dub & Electronic Calypso sounds of 1979 to 1998 on this bumper new triple pack. The 17 tracks touch on obscurities, instrumentals and dubs, vocal edits and all manner of roots, boogie, reggae, house, soul and disco gems. It makes for a never less than heart swelling collection that bring immediate sunshine to even the most rainy, cold days in the north of England. Highlights are plentiful, but our picks of the bunch are Bill Campbell's "Body Beat" which does exactly what it says on the tin, Adonijah's disco stomper ("It's Alright") and Levi John's "Soca", a lo-fi oddity with brilliantly loose drum work.