April 1st, 2014Funky Sabroso Mix on Fania Records
We have a new release on Fania Records! This one is just our work. We remixed six classic latin tunes from the Fania Records catalog. In addition to the previous Justo Betancourt and Ray Barretto remixes, this release has three new remixes using the original multi-track sessions that we updated (hopefully tastefully) in our Whiskey Barons style. Each of these songs is perfect as is so we tried to stay true to the original while giving them some modern legs for a wider range of dancefloors. That’s what the Whiskey Barons approach is all about, smuggling rhythms and sounds from all over time and space to unsuspecting dance floors.
First up is: Joe Bataan’s Fuego. Originally released in 1967 by Fania on his Gypsy Woman LP. We love this bouncy piano & trombone driven masterpiece, this one was challenging as it was recorded on four-track tape with tons of bleeding sounds across each. That being said, there was so much amazing musicianship to try and highlight that we had almost endless options for loops and phrases. A serious pleasure to be given access to this one. Check out the track sheet from the session!
When we heard this song by Fuego ’77 (sense a theme? all about that fire!) we both flipped. Definitely one of the most ridiculous Salsa Dura tracks we’d ever heard. We still get tingles every time we hear this one, it’s like three fantastic Salsa songs in one. We only tried to finesse the majesty on this beast and accentuate what was already there with a lot of subtle chops and added percussion. Originally released in 1978 on Alegre Records. The cover art almost makes it looks like the music might be cheese, but it couldn’t be further from it. Blessed to touch this one up.
The percussion and vocals on this one immediately smacked us in the face. Grooves for days, so much style, and undeniable flavor. Originally released in 1978 on the Flamboyan All-Star Band LP. We dropped the verses, added some synth to the criolla stew, and made sure to extend those heavy grooves.
Thank you to the Masters who made this music and to Fania for letting us play with it! We hope you enjoy.