THE REVOLUTION (VARIOUS)

Revolution

2009-05-31

The Revolution is a collaboration of nine producers and various Cuban performers from Havana's hip-hop scene. The product gives us an idea of what the current music scene is about around the Havana area. This is no Buena Vista Social Club, but you definitely get that Latin essence. Most of this is ordinary-sounding dance-pop stuff such as "Cuba Boom". A few tracks do stand out, though, such as the danceable hip-hop of "14me" and "Guatanamero". There's also ambient rock in two songs from Rich File (from UNKLE). Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim) gets things started with "Shelter" and later with "Siente Mi Ritmo". (This, from what I can figure, means Feel My Rhythm.) This album should satisfy the person who is curious about the current grass-roots music scene around Havana. Rebecca Ruth

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