Album Remarks & Appraisals:
World music label Piranha Records continues its Noir series with a focus on melancholic Latin inspired music. The title of this new compilation is Latin Noir - Everything Happens On The Beach (CD-PIR2648).
The album scheduled for release in February 2012 features artists from Cuba, Argentina, Colombia, New York and both sides of the Mediterranean Sea.
Accordion master Chango Spasiuk opens Latin Noir with Argentine chamamé music that fuses complex rhythms of African and Creole-Spanish immigrants with those of indigenous Mbya-Guaraní Indians and Middle European settlers.
The compilation includes rare musical treasures such as the Cuban guaracha "La Negra Tomasa" which tells a tale about the haunting powers of the Manding culture. A version of the song was later made popular around the world by the Buena Vista Social Club under the title "Mandinga".
Bonus track "La Patera" by Watcha Clan concludes the album's journey with an emotional lament about the boat-refugees who try to break the borders between Africa and Europe. Patera is the Spanish word for the dingy boats used by African migrants to cross the sea to reach the southern Spanish coast.
Latin Noir was compiled by Berlin-based, Italian electro-jazz producer and DJ Sonia Brex.
Latin Noir possesses some extraordinary tracks amidst some other tracks. One of the not-to-be-missed tracks is the opening "Tierra Colorada" by the Argentine accordionist Chango Spasuik. This deliciously wonderful track is ripe with Mr. Spasuik's distinct accordion work in this quaintly folksy track.