Sofrito is made up of UK-based DJs Hugo Mendez and Frankie Francis who have something of an “unquenchable thirst” for re-discovering sounds from across the globe and bringing them to a new audience. Their debut Sofrito: Tropical Discotheque was exactly what the title suggests: a scorching set of tunes from vintage Congolese rumba to an exclusive cumbia from Quantic. Basically, its a collection of dance-floor filling tracks from places with a tropical climate with one goal in mind: to make you dance. It soundtracked much of our summer last year.
Now Sofrito is back with a forthcoming released titled, Sofrito: International Soundclash.The new selection mixes the old with the new yet again, plucking “dusty gems” from Trinidad, Colombia, Dominica, Congo, Cameroun and beyond. Exclusives include the deep Pacifico sound of Grupo Canalon’s ‘La Zorra y El Perol’ – a new project from Nidia Góngora, singer with Quantic’s Combo Barbaro – a previously unreleased track by UK/Kenyan sensations Owiny Sigoma Band, and a Tropical Treats edit of Haiti’s dynamite Les Difficiles de Petion-Ville.
Other highlights include an incendiary lesson in Soca groove from Lord Shorty, stunning up-to-the-minute carnival sounds from Guadeloupe’s Mas Ka Klé, all backed up by deep bassline Cadence, synthed-out Soukous and other Afro Latin encounters.
When does it hit the stores? Just in time for summer on July 24th via Strut. Hear the first track below and peep the track list after that.
1. Lord Shorty & Vibrations International – Vibrations Groove
2. La Pesada – Cumbia y Tambo (En La Lluvia)
3. Midnight Groovers – O Ti Yo
4. Les Difficiles de Pétion-Ville – Fe’m Confiance (Tropical Treats Edit)
5. Owiny Sigoma Band – Nabed Nade Ei Piny Ka F
6. Mas Ka Klé – Lésé yo Palé
7. Kiland et L’Orchestre Mabatalaï – Pour Chercher le Magot
8. Bell’a Njoh – Ebolo
9. Concept Neuf – The Path (Sofrito Edit)
10. Grupo Canalon – La Zorra y El Perol
11. Les Vikings – Ambiance (Guhe Huiamo)
12. Sartana et Son Groupe Mistral – Information Par Le Mistral
13. Luis Kalaff y Sus Alegres Dominicanos – Agarralo Que Eso Es Tuyo
14. Afro Festival led by Fantastic Tchico Tchicaya – El Manicero
15. Melodica Teens Band – Mwekuru Muthao