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Best Of 2007, Part 9 - Gomez Comes Alive! Picks His Favorite Songs Of 2007

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, January 4, 2008 02:13am | Post a Comment
In no particular order:

"Space Cumbia" - Poncho Kingz
(Sonidero Nacional re-mix)
A good song by the "so-so" Poncho Kingz gets a makeover. Best thing Sonidero Nacional has done since Celso Pina’s “Cumbia Sobre El Rio”

"Afrobeatnik?"- Gecko Turner

Like a modern day "Soul Makossa" without completely biting the original.

"Mi Sonsito"-Ticklah
This little known song is better and lots more fun than Lily Allen’s “Smile”

"Scared Money" - Saul Williams
One of the less bombastic songs of his Internet-only release. A simple roots-reggae loop behind his potent lyrics and it works well.

"Cumbia De Los Aburridos" - Calle 13
Nastier and almost as good as 2005’s “Atrévete."

"Arenita Playita" – 4to Poder
I must have listened to this song a million times over the summer. I’m looking forward to a full-length release by this Venezuelan band one day.

"Be Easy" - Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings

We have Sharon Jones to thank for giving us the best lesson on pursuing love.

"Heater" - Samim
German techno meets Colombian Cumbia. XLR8R magazine put it best, “It was the only way the Germans would get introduced to Cumbia.”

"Café Con Sangre" - Jose Conde Y Ola Fresca

My personal favorite song of the year. Freshest Salsa tune I’ve heard in years.

"El Outsider" - Café Tacvba
There are many great songs off of Si No, but this one's my favorite. Café Tacvba become The Latin Playboys on this track.

"Rehab" - Amy Winehouse

The first line of the song alone made this an instant classic.

"Mi Chat Latin" (feat. DJ Mexic
ozomatlian) - Up Bustle & Out
Wins the award for Best Mexican Reggae Dancehall Song Made By Englishmen 2007.

"La Segunda Mano" - Ozomatli
A mixture of Son Jarocho and Hip-Hop and the best song off their Don't Mess With The Dragon release. I would love to see Ozomatli continue on this path rather than continue their path towards "radio-friendly" songs that taint most of this album.

"Nuestra Demandas" - B-Side Players

This one had to grow on me a bit. It seemed a little “sloganish” at first but now I see it as a modern day Chicano anthem.

"Chicago Falcon" – The Budos Band

Best instrumental of 2007. The band just burns on this one.

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