Los Pikadientes De Caborca-"La Cumbia Del Rio"
Probably the most fun Cumbia I've heard coming out of Mexico since Celso Piña's monster hit "Cumbia Sobre El Rio," Los Pikadientes created their own style of drunken pueblo Cumbia that is fun as anything you would hear at a Mardi Gras. The video for the song is excelient as well.
Jose James-"Park Bench People"
This song is a validation to all the L.A. underground Hip-Hop heads that felt Freestyle Fellowship were light years ahead of their time. Jose James adds more jazz but doesn't stop the flow. Such a visual and beautifully lonely song.
Hijos De La Cumbia-"La Mara Tomasa"
Maybe it was the Caifanes sample or that it borrowed heavily from Andres Landero's "Mi Machete." Either way, I couldn't stop playing this song in the clubs or at my house.
Erykah Badu-"Cleva" (Captain Planet Remix)
This was the B-Side to Greenwood Rhythm Coalition's remix of Erikah Badu's "Honey." It's a Samba version of her hit from her Mama's Gun album. Fits right in with the classic Brazilian music and never failed to make heads turn at the clubs.
Patato Y Totico-"Dilo Como Yo" (Antibalas Remix)
Antibalas took this Patato Y Totico classic and took it into outer space via Africa. Best track off the Verve Remix Vol.4.
Nortec Collective Present Bostich & Fussible-"The Clap"
Part Kraftwerk and part Los Tigres Del Norte, and they make it work!
Johnny Pacheco-"Boogaloo De Johnny" (Quantic Remix)
Another great remix by Quantic, making the boogaloo classic into a rocksteady stomp. Doesn't sound like a remix at all-- sounds like a lost Jamaican/Puerto Rican gem.
Moonra Y Su Batallon-"Cumbia De Moonra"
Toy Selektah is going to becomea household name in the coming year now that he is signed to Mad Decent. He is the originator of the Electro-Cumbia sound that mixes Sonidero with Electronic music and Hip-Hop. This track is one that he did with some of the guys form La Tropa Vallenata, who had a hit with their version of "Los Caminos De La Vida." The song is both spooky and dancable.
Banda Hijos De La Nina Luz-"El Sapo/Crees Que Soy"
This 7" single is a sneak peak of what the Soundway label has to offer for their second installment of the Colombia! series. Banda Hijos De La Nina Luz is acclaimed accordian player Lesandro Meza's family and sometimes backing band. Side B is a a super fast Gaita that sounds like Batucada music out of Brazil. The horns break into Rod Stewart's "Do You Think I'm Sexy" in the middle of the jam. I've heard so many Colombian versions of Rod's stolen hit (stolen from Jorge Ben, btw) that the whole country of Colombia must all feel like they are sexy.
Calle 13 Feat. Café Tacvba-"No Hay Nadie Como Tu"
This song reminds me of Manu Chao's hit, "Me Gustas Tu," which is part of the reason I like it. Much like the Manu Chao song, "No Hay Nadie Como Tu" is one of those universal love songs, cleverly worded so you don't feel like a pansy when you sing it.
Ocote Soul Sound-La Reja (Nickodemus Remix)
Greenwood Rhythm Coalition-Tabaco Y Ron
Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra-Lagos Calling
Quantic Presents Flowering Inferno-Cuidad del Swing