Words by Jesse Serwer—
You might recall a couple months ago we told you about Sofrito: International Soundclash, Hugo Mendez and Frankie Francis of London-based “tropical” DJ collective Sofrito’s compilation connecting the dots between African, Caribbean and South America rhythms with rediscovered rarities from Trinidad’s Lord Shorty, Haiti’s Les Difficiles de Petion-Ville, Guadeloupe’s Mas Ka Klé and more. To celebrate the release of the comp today, Strut Records has given us an exclusive download of one of the most brilliant tracks on the set, “O Ti Yo,” from the kings of cadence-lypso, the Midnight Groovers.
Still going today, the Midnight Groovers are one of Dominica’s longest running bands, with about 40 albums to their credit. In fact, they just completed an eight-date US tour this spring. “O Ti Yo” is the group in its funky, psychedelic mid ’70′s prime, with the sort of chunky bass synth groove you hear in a lot of our favorites from this era. For more International Soundclash action, check the preview mix here, or buy here.