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World Music CD Reviews Greater Latin America

LATIN TRAVELS 2

By Stacy Meyn
Published September 28, 2005

Six Degrees 657036 1121-2

Six Degrees expands its “Travels” series with another Latin installment, which includes the requisite traditional Afro-Cuban, Caribbean and Brazilian input, augmented with electronic, house and ambient twists. The danceteria continues Latin’s "third wave," following those of the late ‘50s/early ‘60s, then mid-to-late ‘70s, encompassing son to samba. The Bombay Dub Orchestra takes a detour from their signature South Asian boogie to contribute “Montuno Skank.” The SF Bay Area’s Latin Soul Syndicate borrows from Santana’s crew a la Consolidated on “Mi Dia Bonito (Mark Pistel Remix).” L.A.’s Tao of Groove does the “Cha Cha Cha 57 (Jazzelicious Remix)” and Los Moscosos hail the “Bandolera Era (Reggaeton Remix).” Cuba’s Sinatra, Beny Moré, teams with one of Dan the Automator’s hip-hop collaborations for “Manzanillo (Rondo Brothers Remix).” Bobi Céspedes’ Cubano take on the Left Coast gets the drum-and-bass rework by a mash-up maven for “California (DJ Tripp Bass 211 Remix).” Other magic guests are Omar Sosa, Tim “Love” Lee, Deela, and Banda União Black. All of whom make for a zesty trip.