Island Life

Island Life

by Yerba Buena
     
 

The second at-bat for New York's Afro-Latin funk orchestra pulls off an admirable feat: It actually makes President Alien look conservative. Yerba Buena's debut was a sprawling, kinetic assemblage of hip-hop, merengue, cumbia, rumba, and Afro-beat, with a few Middle Eastern touches. Well, Andres Levin and his crew have made upSee more details below

Overview

The second at-bat for New York's Afro-Latin funk orchestra pulls off an admirable feat: It actually makes President Alien look conservative. Yerba Buena's debut was a sprawling, kinetic assemblage of hip-hop, merengue, cumbia, rumba, and Afro-beat, with a few Middle Eastern touches. Well, Andres Levin and his crew have made up for that lack of ambition by adding vibrant swaths of Iberian color (and more) to Island Life. Invoking the sound of '70s Spanish Gypsy pop -- think proto-Gipsy Kings -- tracks such as "El Burrito" and "Te Estoy Amando Locamente" pulsate with flamenco fire. The Gyspy legend Peret even appears on a "Burrito" remix, invoking his hit "Saboreando." For those enamored of less-outré Latin music, there's a healthy dose of merengue, "Belly Dancer," featuring the Dominican rappers Fulanito; a samba-powered "Cityzen Citysoy"; and perhaps the disc's most party-startin' track, a boogaloo helmed by "Subway Joe" Bataan himself -- "Bilingual Girl," stuffed with sexual innuendo and Spanish Harlem soul-swagger. The bilingual rapping and singing that's Yerba Buena's trademark is even better integrated, making sure that everyone will understand the bit of George Bush–bashing on "Bla Bla Bla." With their hyper-inclusive second set, Yerba Buena prove that no matter how far they wander, they always have a home in the polyglot island of New York City.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Yerba Buena let their Deee-Lite out and come to terms with their inner Kid Creole & the Coconuts on their spicy, sparkling, and entirely weekend sophomore release, Island Life. The album is one Saturday short of their stunning debut, but there are more quirky and smart touches and the highlights are extra spicy. The collective blend together a wealth of Latin styles like they did on their debut, but this time hip-hop is favored over house when it comes to outside influences. That M1 from Dead Prez has to adapt his style to the band rather than vice-versa is an interesting and different way to handle the usual hip-hop guest appearance, and minus the reggaeton remix of "Sugar Daddy" snuck on the end of the CD, the album favors organic over electronic. "Sugar Daddy" works best in the club, but the rest of the salsa-meets-son-meets-whatever-they-feel-like album works just fine in the car, on the headphones, and anywhere else the party needs starting. Segues, skits, and sound effects are part of the picture, as are an assortment of guest artists that are obviously enjoying themselves. Few acts could handle John Leguizamo, Les Nubians, and Celia Cruz on the same album, yet Yerba Buena handle them all on a single track. According to Yerba themselves, Island Life

Product Details

Release Date:
07/26/2005
Label:
Razor & Tie
UPC:
0793018294225
catalogNumber:
82942
Rank:
223151

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Tracks

  1. Dr. Aneub Abrey's Island Blues Cures, Pt. 1 (Intro)  - Ajay Naidu
  2. El Burrito
  3. Sugar Daddy  - John Leguizamo
  4. La Vida la Life
  5. Belly Dancer
  6. La Candela (Prendela) - A Tribute to Juan Formel y los Van Van
  7. Corazon Bandolero
  8. Bilingual Girl
  9. Fever
  10. Bla Bla Bla
  11. No No No
  12. Dr. Aneub Abrey's Island Blues Clues, Pt. 2 (Accent Elimination)  - Ajay Naidu
  13. Cityzen Citysay
  14. Te Estoy Amando Locamente  -  Rossy DePalma
  15. El Burrito (Saboreando)  -  Ile Aiye
  16. Dr. Aneub Abrey's Island Blues Cures, Pt. 3 (Fairwell0
  17. [Untitled Track]

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Yerba Buena   Primary Artist
Brian Lynch   Trumpet,Soloist
Pirana   Pandeiro,Hand Clapping
Joe Bataan   Vocals
Celia Cruz   Vocals
Ron Blake   Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Andy González   Ampeg Baby Bass
Conrad Herwig   Trombone
Leo Nocentelli   Electric Guitar
Marcus Rojas   Tuba
Smokey Hormel   Electric Guitar
Nubians   Vocals
Eric Heywood   Pedal Steel Guitar
Chino   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Ben Peeler   Pedal Steel Guitar
Pedro Martinez   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Steve Barber   farfisa organ
John Leguizamo   Vocals
Michel Vega   Vocals,Background Vocals,Finger Snapping
Yosvany Terry   Alto Saxophone
Antonio Cortez   Hand Clapping
Xiomara Laugart   Vocals
Alain Pérez Rodríguez   Piano,Background Vocals,Ampeg Baby Bass
Terreon Gully   Drums,Vocals
Ile Aiye   Percussion
Neel Murgai   Sitar,Tamboura
Pamelia Kurstin   Theremin
Rashawn Ross   Trumpet,Vocals
Gilmar Gomes   Pandeiro
Daria Delgado   Background Vocals
Toni Garcia   Background Vocals
Cucu Diamantes   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Don Divino   Vocals
Ricky Quinones   Background Vocals
Diego el Cigala   Vocals
Ajay Naidu   Guest Appearance
Rossy DePalma   Spoken Word
Yansi Arias   Guest Appearance
Mario Mosquera Chano   Accordion
Tom Chess   Ney
Edmar Castaneda   Harp,Maracas,cuatro

Technical Credits

Russell Elevado   Engineer
Juan Formell   Composer
Tim Latham   Engineer
Andres Levin   Composer
E.J. Rodriguez   Composer
M15   Composer
Tom Coyne   Mastering
Yosvany Terry   Horn Arrangements
Geoff Sanoff   Engineer
Juan Antonio Salazar   Composer
Josh Copp   Engineer
George W. Bush   Contributor
Cucu Diamantes   Horn Arrangements
Alexandro Martinengo   Back Cover
Steve Jingo   Composer
John Brophy   Retouching

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