Sofrito: Tropical Discotheque

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Sofrito is a U.K.-based DJ collective whose members include Hugo Mendez, Frankie Francis, and the Mighty Crime Minister. Since 2007, they've established a near-fanatical fan base because of their almost legendary parties under the Tropical Warehouse moniker in East London. Their rep has spread and they've branched out, hosting massive bashes on the beaches of Greece, and spinning from the stages of the WOMAD festival and in New York clubs. They've also featured live acts along with their spinning: the Souljazz Orchestra, Manu Dibango, and Quantic have all all appeared with them. Tropical Discoteques is Sofrito's first full-length compilation. It is an almost entirely unmixed...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Sofrito is a U.K.-based DJ collective whose members include Hugo Mendez, Frankie Francis, and the Mighty Crime Minister. Since 2007, they've established a near-fanatical fan base because of their almost legendary parties under the Tropical Warehouse moniker in East London. Their rep has spread and they've branched out, hosting massive bashes on the beaches of Greece, and spinning from the stages of the WOMAD festival and in New York clubs. They've also featured live acts along with their spinning: the Souljazz Orchestra, Manu Dibango, and Quantic have all all appeared with them. Tropical Discoteques is Sofrito's first full-length compilation. It is an almost entirely unmixed collection of new, historic, and rare grooves from three continents. What these jams all have in common is their propulsive rhythm, infectious melodies, and irresistible grooves, whether they be highlife, cumbia, Congolese guitar music, Afro-beat, soca, or modern corrido. There isn't a dud in this 15-cut bunch, but there are some real highlights, including Guadelupe's the Fair Nick Stars' "Arrete Pal Marte," a Frankie Francis and Simbad edit of Sir Victor Uwaifo's highlife cruiser "Uhue," El Timba's steamy "Descarga Bontempi," Mighty Shadow's historic "Dat Soca Boat," Dany Play's "Fa'Waka," Roaring Lion's jazzy "Carnival Long Ago," and a new track, "Cumbia Mochilla," by Quantic. Released in January of 2011, this burning set is full of great liner notes as well as music. Tropical Discotheque is guaranteed to take the winter blues away.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/18/2011
  • Label: Strut Records
  • UPC: 730003307027
  • Catalog Number: 70
  • Sales rank: 77,256

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Quiero Amanaçer (3:52)
  2. 2 Je Ne Bois Pas Beaucoup - Les Ya Toupas De Zaire (8:56)
  3. 3 Pitchito - Frente Cumbiero (4:02)
  4. 4 Arrete Mal Parle - Fair Nick Stars (4:30)
  5. 5 Maye Obi Den - Kyerematen Stars (6:55)
  6. 6 Ohue - Victor Uwaifo (5:35)
  7. 7 Sabroso Bacalao - Adolfo Echeverria (4:16)
  8. 8 Descarga Bontempi - El Timba (4:26)
  9. 9 Dat Soca Boat - The Mighty Shadow (4:51)
  10. 10 Fa'waka, Pt. 1 - Dany Play (3:32)
  11. 11 Mahu Wo Asie - Safohene Djeni (7:15)
  12. 12 Popilation Basse-Terrienne au Abois - Ti Celeste (4:34)
  13. 13 Cumbia De Mochilla - Quantic y Su Conjunto Los Miticos del Ritmo (2:21)
  14. 14 Carnival Long Ago - Roaring Lion (4:06)
  15. 15 Yiri Yiri Boum - Gnonnas Pedro (5:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sofrito Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Henri Debs Producer
Sam Mangwana Producer
Lisandro Meza Producer
Will Holland Composer, Producer
Victor Uwaifo Composer, Producer
Raúl Saladem Composer
Rafael DeLeon Composer
Adolfo Echeverria Composer
Art de Coteau Producer
Fruko Producer
DJ Mendez Sleeve Notes, Track Notes
Frankie Francis Mastering
Silvestre Méndez Composer
Simbad Additional Production
Winston Bailey Composer
Lewis Heriz Graphic Design, Illustrations
Safohene Djeni Composer, Producer
Dany Play Producer
Mario Galeano Toro Composer, Producer
Kyerematen Atwedie Composer, Producer
Guy Fanfant Producer
Frank Merritt Additional Production
El Timba DJ Producer
Edwige Rechal Composer
Daniel Sinaï Composer
Bumba Assaka Composer
Andrea Piombin Composer
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