DIGGIN’ DUSTIES: Sofrito – International Soundclash Record Release & Listening Party

Maria’s Package Goods & Community Bar, Strut Records & Dusty Groove America presents DIGGIN’ DUSTIES: Sofrito – International Soundclash Record Release & Listening Party Raw dancefloor rhythms from Africa, the Caribbean and South America Featuring Global Groove Merchant Joe Bryl Wednesday, June 25 – 8PM-2AM – Free, No Cover For our Wednesday, July 25 installment of our “Diggin’ Dusties” residency, Maria’s Package Goods and Dusty Groove America is showcasing the latest Strut Records release titled “Sofrito – International Soundclash: Raw dancefloor rhythms from Africa, the Caribbean and South America”. Hosted by global groove merchant Joe Bryl, the evening will kick off at 8PM with a listening party of this highly anticipated compilation. There will be giveaways of this release made available through Strut Records. So, arrive early before they disappear! Strut link up again with Sofrito, leading lights in the new generation of collectives celebrating heavy Tropical music. Fuelled by the unquenchable thirst of DJs Hugo Mendez and Frankie Francis to turn up new music and explore sounds from across the ages, Sofrito has built a unique reputation since it began life in the warehouses of East London in the mid 2000s. Now, following the success and critical acclaim of their debut compilation in association with Strut, Sofrito: Tropical Discotheque, Hugo and Frankie bring the long-awaited follow-up, Sofrito: International Soundclash. The new selection effortlessly mixes the old with the new, 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. Over the last year Sofrito have brought their inimitable vibes to clubs across the world – sharing the stage with Haitian Ra Ra collectives in Paris, running all-night sessions in Bogota alongside Quantic, warehouse parties with the Owiny Sigoma Band in London and sweaty parties in illicit lofts in Brooklyn. Their “Sofrito Super Singles” vinyl series continues to make waves on the underground, unleashing raw dancefloor edits and attracting the likes of Daphni (aka Dan Snaith), DrumTalk and Sweden’s Tropical Treats to contribute guest re-works. For this release, visual maestro Lewis Heriz interprets Sofrito’s fresh perspective on the world with a specially designed cut-out globe on a pull-out poster to accompany the CD and Double LP. The record release will be followed by our own international soundclash featuring the hottest global sounds available at Dusty Groove America (1120 N Ashland Ave, Chicago) including African, Brazilian, Caribbean, Latin, Reggae and other burning world beat rhythms. The event is free. The Sofrito release can be purchased at Dusty Groove (http://www.dustygroove.com/). – Joe Bryl http://sonothequesoundgallery.wordpress.com