I LIKE IT LIKE THAT Fania Remixed launch party

I LIKE IT LIKE THAT Fania Remixed launch party

I LIKE IT LIKE THAT LAUNCH PARTY!

DJ Format + Andy ‘El Documento’ Smith
+ Mr Bongo SoundSystem

A HOT FUNKY NIGHT OF REMIXED AND RETRO LATIN NEW YORK TO LAUNCH THE FANIA REMIXED ALBUM ‘I LIKE IT LIKE THAT’. MAMBO, HIP HOP, BOOGALOO BEATS AND FANCY FEETS – PARTY UP, IT’S A NUYORICAN THING!

Mr Bongo presents this amazing 2CD collection of classic originals from the revered Nuyorican label Fania and their brilliant first ever remixes. It contains the sought after and sold-out 12″ singles, featuring remixes by such contemporary heavyweights as Gilles Peterson, DJ Format, Louie Vega, Bugz in the Attic and many, many more…

Founded in New York City in 1964 Fania became the most important Latin label of all time. Fania captured the street-tough sound of 60s and 70s Latin New York – at the pivotal moment when mambo and salsa met jazz, soul and R&B – and was home to over 40 legendary names including Willie Colon, Ray Barretto, Ruben Blades, Hector Lavoe and Pete Rodriguez. Dominating the scene for over 30 years, the Fania archive is a treasure trove of classics. Now the entire catalogue has been remastered from the original source tapes, and for the first time ever a select crew of celebrated producers and remixers have been able to access long lost gems and give a whole new dimension to the incendiary sound of El Barrio. As a label that began as an acclaimed shop sourcing rare vinyl from all over the world Mr Bongo is the perfect launchpad for this release, taking a classic retro catalogue into the 21st century.

First up Aaron Jerome kicks in hard with the killer title track I Like It Like That, the Latin tune you never knew you knew. The original version was a monster hit in 1967 by South Bronx bunch Pete Rodriguez y Su Conjunto – NY born-and-bred Puerto Ricans jamming their bi-cultural souls out with montunos hitting high-charged funk and R&B – the sheer energy and that contagious hook line made it the quintessential boogaloo tune of all time. Hip hop pioneer DJ Format, produced a storming remix of Dave Cortez & The Moon People which was a previous sell-out 12″ [you may have caught the original tune Hippy, Skippy Moon Strut sampled in Christina Aguilera’s ‘Ain’t No Other Man’]. Latino legends Willie Colon and Ruben Blades’ caustic critique of materialistic US culture Plastico gets the funky Bugz treatment. Masters at Work Louie Vega’s 11 minute re-work of Mi Gente is an epic tribute to his uncle Hector Lavoe, a phenomenally gifted vocalist and absolute icon of Latin music. Louie’s version gives full reign to the powerhouse all star orquestra as it builds into a sublime high. Next up, Nicola Conte and Roberto Roena seem made for each other on Take Five on a mix that feels totally natural and lifts beautifully. Radio 1 DJ and all-round music guru Gilles Peterson delivers a great mix of Noro Morales’ Saona with Simbad – again this was a sell out 12″ in 2007 described by DJ magazine as ‘a shimmering slice of sci-fi induced Latino madness’. Indeed. Conga player Ray Barretto was one of the Fania stars who crossed over into jazz and soul in a big way, with chart hits, cult status and not forgetting, very cool glasses. Gotan Projects’s Philippe Cohen Solal and Haaksman+Haaksman collaborating as SHH put a spacey spin on O Elefante, a typically assured and free-thinking Barretto Afro-jazz composition – the Spanish spoken word lyric quests the [concrete] jungle looking for Barretto riding atop an unstoppable elephant. Maybe it’s no surprise that the name of Ray’s best known album is ‘Acid’… Quantic’s lovely loose skanking remix of the rootsy Boogaloo de Johnny gives a perfect kick to this vintage classic by Fania founder Johnny Pacheco. 4 Hero duo Dego (McFarlane) and Marc Mac (Mark Clair) produce a beautiful remix of I Didn’t Want to Have To Do It by the incredible singer Ralfi Pagan, yet another window into the deep riches of the Fania archive. Fania All Stars’ Steady gets an old-school b-boy shake-up by Andy ‘El Documento’ Smith and Keith Lawrence [a catch it if you can 7″] while Brazil’s blazing baile funk outfit Bonde do Role give timbalero Lenni Sesar’s Morris Park a total funk carioca re-work – with goofy new vocals provided by Pedro D’eyrot. Vocalist La Lupe was Fania’s original fire-brand diva. An incredible performer who would bite musicians and throw her shoes at the crowd, La Lupe burned red-hot and in 1968 had an extraordinary hit with her version of Fever. Sinden’s mischievious remix is a dirty electro melt-down which woulda made the lady proud! Celebrated producer and DJ Ashley Beedle takes us out with his barrio disco remix of Ricardo Marrero’s floating Feel Like Making Love, one of the tunes which kicked off the 12″ series leading to this amazing collection.

Region: All
Start Date: 25/07/2008
End Date: 25/07/2008
Start Time: 9pm-3am
Venue: Big Chill House
Venue Address: 257-259 Pentonville Rd
Website: http://www.mrbongo.com
Press Tickets: Available
Sponsorship: Not Available
 
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