A Soundtrack for the New Year

Latin Tracks for January 2015

Song (iTunes)

Artist

Category

Origin

Bagatelle No. 25 In a Minor, WoO 59 “Für Elise” – Salsa It, Vol. 11 (Compilation) Marco Puma Salsa Italy
Rumba Caliente – Salsa It, Vol. 11 (Compilation) Latin Sound Machine Salsa Italy
Bebo (El Timba Remix) – Salsa It, Vol. 11 (Compilation) Fabio Gianni Timba Italy
Siento Que Me Muero (feat. Gamilon) – Salsa It, Vol. 11 (Compilation) José Lopez Bachata Dominican Rep.
Kizomba of the Future – Salsa It, Vol. 11 (Compilation) Kiki Aguero Kizomba Cuba
Fuimos Amigos – Y la Salsa Mayor La Salsa Mayor Salsa Venezuela
Hipo De Conejo – QueMas 8 y Más Salsa USA
Todo Te Lo Doy – Klimaxeando – EP Klimax y Giraldo Piloto Timba Cuba
Hoy Renuncio a Tu Amor – Hoy Renuncio a Tu Amor – Single Kla-v2 Bachata  USA
Nao Me Tarraxa (Pinamusic Kizomba Remix) – Zouk summer 2013 (Sushiraw) Vanda May Kizomba São Tomé and Príncipe

 

Salsa IT Volume 11 – A New Beginning

Salsa It, Vol. 11

Spanish based Latin music is very popular in Europe, a fact which is especially true in Italy of all places.  This would explain why the Italian record label Alosibla Music has been so successful with its series of Latin music complications called Salsa IT.  The series got started back in 2004 with the released of Salsa IT Volume 1, a compilation that for the first time gave international exposure to the Latin dance music being made by a number of musicians based in Italy.

A decade has passed since the release of that first compilation and for the 11th edition the Alosibla team has put together a new album that at once breaths new energy into the series with a new cover design, new artists and the addition of kizomba music while at the same time staying true to the idea behind Salsa IT: to bring great Latin dance music to fans both in Italy and around the world.  Salsa IT Vol 11 ‘A New Beginning’ is an album that was made for Latin dancers and has something for almost everyone.  The album is definitely biased towards salsa, which shouldn’t come as a big surprise begin that salsa is one of the most popular social dances the world over.  Almost half the album’s tracks are dedicated to this genera but thankfully each of these are as unique from each other as you could hope for while still being very dancable.  Two great examples of this are the ‘salsafied’ version of Beethoven’s Für Elise by Marco Puma and the organ heavy and super funky track Rumba Caliente by Latin Sound Machine.  For the casino dancer there are a few timba tracks including Ireme by Timba Calle, a Cuban group from Palermo, Italy.  Bachateros also have something to look forward to (actually a few things to look foward to).  There are 5 bachata tracks in total with Siento Que Me Muero being one of my favourites.  The addition of the accordion on this track definitely gives it a bit of an Argentinean feel.  The album liner notes describe Siento Que Me Muero as a ‘bachatango’ though I would say it is more suited for the bachata dancer than the tango dancer.

A genre very popular in Europe these days and one that is building in popularity here in North America is kizomba and Salsa IT Vol. 11 has a few tracks for the kizomba dancer as well.  They may not be as strong as the music coming out of Portugal, Cape Verde or Angola.  None the less,  the 3 Kizomba tracks on the album are still very dancable.  I can definitely see the electronic mash-up Kizomba of the Future being a great track to warm up the dance floor at any kizomba party.  And if all that is not enough, the album finishes off with a couple merengue electronicos for all the people who love to dance to Latin music but aren’t into the more common partner dances.

After all that what you have is an album packed with 19 songs each one selected with the Latin dancer in mind – a perfect soundtrack for anyone who plans to fill 2015 with lots of great dancing.  Available on iTunesCDBaby and other online retailers.

Questions, comments, requests? Send me an email

– clavecito

About Clavecito

Clavecito is a regular DJ at the Salsaddiction sponsored Thursday night latin parties hosted at On The Rocks. He has a deep interest in Latin music and loves to dance salsa and Rueda de Casino.

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