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Ruff Luxury 18: Sonido Bestial!


Sonido Bestial is going down once again this coming saturday inside of River Gods in Cambridge.   I will be joining Dj Shabbakano on the decks for a night of vintage Latin American music–so in honor of the occasion here is some mixtape love to help shake off the cold and get you in the spirit for saturday!


Descarga Naniga – Cachao

El Agual Limpia Todo – Federico y su Combo Latino

El Ausente  – Fruko / Joe Arroyo

Lloraras – Dimensión Latina / Oscar D’León

Fayab Fayab – Wganda Kenya

Cana E – Lizandro Meza y su Conjunto

Soy Guajiro – Anibal Velasquez

El Buscapies – Rufo Garrido

Musucundu – Son Palenque

No Haces Nada – Los Blanco

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Rosa Rosalia and Bumplings Lost in Out of Space

Welcome back my friends, and thank you for tuning in to another Ruff Luxury mixxup.  On this occasion we hear a handful of records showcasing some of the rootical sounds from around the spanish-speaking caribbean.  From Cuba we have the great Arsenio Rodriguez–bandleader, composer and son montuno pioneer–along with Los Llopis, a group led by Francisco and Manuel “Ñolo” Llopis.  Duo Los Ahijados’ Prendela exemplifies the early sound of Dominican salsa legend Cuco Valoy, playing alongside his younger brother Martín Valoy.  Also hailing from the Dominican Republic we hear some merengue stylings from Yoyito Cabrera and then the New York based Orquesta Fiesta.  Obeah Wedding is a Mighty Sparrow composition here being given the big band treatment by Trinidadian Saxman Cyril Diaz.  The recording was taken live during Caribana 1967 in Toronto and appears on an Abel records LP.  Colombian artists make up the remainder of the mix, with the likes of Fruko, Lisandro Meza, Anibal Velasquez, Chico Cervantes, and Manuel Alvarez y Sus Dangers rounding things out in a fine style.  I hope that you enjoy the songs as much as I do.  Thank you and please visit us again at the Ruff Luxury Bumpling House.


Prendela – Duo Los Ahijados

Para Bailar El Montuno – Arsenio Rodriguez & The Afro Cuban Sound

Vive La Vida Hoy – Fruko y Sus Tesos (Wilson Saoko)

Castigo y Cariño – Los Llopis

Libien Tanto – Yoyito Cabrera

Ceniza – Orquesta Fiesta

Obeah Wedding (Melda) – Cyril Diaz

Rosa Rosalia – Manuel Alvarez y Sus Dangers

Me Pico La Avispa – Chico Cervantes y Su Conjunto Internacional

Las Africanas – Lisandro Meza

Mercedes – Anibal Velasquez y Su Conjunto

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Ruff Luxury In The World Of Sound

From Jamaica to the Uk, Toronto to New York and even Boston–the eighties of reggae, digital dancehall in the world of sound

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Watch Your Approach – Chris Wayne

Sound Boy – Little Kirk

Don Sound – Danovan Champion

Crowd A Come Back – Sleepy Wonder

Roughneck Fashion – Tenor Fly

Don In A Town – Ninjaman

Price Gone Up – Cobra

Long Mouth Special -Gazan

Raggamuffin – Hopeton Junior

Time So Hard – Al Campbell

Serious Times – Errol Strength

She Turns Me On – Courtney Melody


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Ruff Luxury 14 – Añejo Soul

A brand new concoction–live and direct from the ruff luxury mixology lab. This time to give a taste of what will be heard this coming Wednesday (5/02) as Mista Pala Pala and myself bring the undiluted ruckus to the Milky Way in JP for Añejo Soul.  All of the songs featured here are taken from second-hand records found in and around Boston–music from Haiti, Cabo-Verde, and points in between.  Barrel-strength bumplings, in  a small-batch style.

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Tet Ensem – Carlito Coupe

Jouman – Francisco Tropical System

Pa Gain Zanmi Enco – Maud & Ti Roi

Konoe Boto – Ernie Seedo with the Exmo Stars

Midionera – Armando Almeida

Message Pou Peup Noue La – Galaxy

Injustice – System Band

Foi a Saudade – Sonora Paramarera

Vida – Mendes Brothers


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Añejo Soul

I am excited to announce an upcoming party happening Wednesday May second (5/02) at the Milky Way in Jamaica Plain, Añejo Soul.  Kangsen and myself will be pulling out all the stops and dropping some hot platters on the good people of Boston for this event and we really hope you can join us from whatever side of the river you rest on.  The Milky Way is really just a hop skip and jump from where I live so not only do my Dorchester peoples have no excuse, but it feels extra nice to be bringing ruffneck fashion back across the bridge to our stomping ground for this one.  The music for the night will be in the same vein as the cumbia/dancehall/afrobeat stew we’ve been stirring up at the ruffneck fashion nights, but with an emphasis on bostoncentric sounds taken from records found in the area–vintage recordings from Cabo Verde, Haiti, Trinidad, and the Dominican Republic to set the tone for the evening.

Come bubble with us to the finest vintage sounds from the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa.  Taking a step backwards from the ‘Tropical Bass’ movement of the moment, Djs Trizlam and Kangsen Wakai test the limits and boundaries of tropical dance music through an excursion into genres like zouk, coupé décalé, soca, merengue, and konpa alongside cumbia, soukous, salsa, dancehall and champeta criolla.   With an ear for the analogue and an aim to make you shake, ruffneck fashion presents: Añejo Soul.

Wednesday May 02

9pm // Free // 21andup

284 Amory St. Jamaica Plain

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Ruffneck Fashion In a African Style 4/22 (Dj One Dread & Dj Bald Dread)

I’m gearing up and preparing myself to get ruff luxurious with my Ruffneck Fashion family in just under two weeks for round three of our monthly musical showdown at Zuzu.  Joining Kangsen and myself will be our esteemed colleagues in the faculty of sound–Dj One Dread and Dj Bald Dread.  This month we turn east to Africa, focusing on past and present sounds from around the continent–bikutsi, soukous, highlife, coupé décalé, afrobeat, makossa, semba, benga, kuduro and much much more.  Come and close out the weekend right with the finest in music, dancing and company!


sunday april 22 . 10pm . 21andup . free

@zuzu . 474 mass ave. cambridge, ma

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Serie Curramba

Continuing with the Felito Records catalogue we have the Curramba series.  Click on the images to enlarge them.  Curramba is another term for the city of Barranquilla on Colombia’s Atlantic coast.  It is here that Producciones Fonograficas Felito Ltda. was established with its 16-track recording facility–Estudios Felito – El Templo Del Sonido Perfecto–under the direction of Félix Butrón Arbelaez. 

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