Sunday, September 20, 2009

Three Latin American Albums!

I've been pretty lazy with updates for quite a while, so what better way to make it up than with three albums from Latin America? Good Deal!
Colombia!- The Golden Years of Discos Fuentes (1960-1976)
Genre: Cumbia
Size: 149.94 MB

Herein lies a compilation of the most popular of Colombian record company: Disco Fuentes. This 20-song set is composed of, if you haven't read the title, music from 1960-1976. Soundway did a terrific job putting this album together to show the better side of Colombia before the drug wars got out of hand.

But I'm not going to focus on that. What I'm going to focus on however, is this album. Every damn song on here is a classic. Every damn song on here makes you want to get and start dancing to the mesmerizing beats. Get this album!


Panama! Latin, Funk and Calypso on the Isthmus 1965-1975
Genre: Calypso, Funk
Size: 128.34 MB

Looking at Panama, the first thing that comes to mind is the Panama Canal. Ask about the music scene, and it's generally unheard of outside of Panama. But once again, Soundway to the rescue! Here's another compilation by this record company, once again done perfectly.

Panama! Latin, Funk and Calypso on the Isthmus is another album that makes you want to get up and move your feet, but possibly in a slower fashion than Colombia. This album has it's bangin' funk, and then it slows down to a latin-jazz tempo that can still rock.


Roots of Chicha- Psychedelic Cumbias from Peru
Genre: Psychedelia, Cumbia
Size: 117.72 MB

Here's the last Latin American piece of the day, this time by Barb├ęs Records. This album shares the same feel of the previous two albums, with with a distinct Peruvian sound and,of course, Psychedelia!

This is another great party album, complete with beautiful moog synthesizers and organs. Throw in some wah-wah magic, and you have a crazy album. This album oozes with good vibes, so pick it up!


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Blind Melon - Soup

Blind Melon - Soup
Genre: Alternative Rock / College Rock
Size: 103.92 MB

If Blind Melon's self-titled was the epitome of the 90's hippie, then Soup is the complete opposite. No more happy, optimistic lyrics. No more upbeat sounds. This album right here shows the darker side of Blind Melon, with a bit of humor thrown in just for fun.

Soup opens with "Galaxie," containing various brass instruments, as well as a snare drum playing to a marching beat. This lasts for a good minute, and then busts into their signature laid back, but still rockin' sound.

The albums continues with the punchy "2x4," a song about Shannon Hoon's drug detox. After that it's "Vernie," a slow, mesmerizing sound mixed with distorted guitars and funky bass. It goes to the darker, but in a way humorous, song "Skinned." Concerning infamous Wisconsin serial killer Ed Gein, it disturbing lyrics mixed with banjo, and later on kazoo sets an eerie and makes you want to look over your shoulder for Mr. Gein.

On we go to "Toes Across the Floor," which goes from quiet and brooding, to loud and jammin'. "Walk" once again has the funky bass, and great acoustic guitar work. "Dump Truck" starts off as a hard, funky beat but suddenly goes quiet, only to be picked up again.

And now, I don't feel like writing anymore. (:P) It's too bad, too, the rest of the album is probably the best part.So I'll just say this: this is an amazing album by an amazing band, and it's too bad they couldn't make any more.