Music Review: Sofrito - Tropical Discotheque

Strut Records presents the debut compilation by Sofrito, one of the UK’s leading “Afro, Caribbean and Latin music party collectives.”  DJs Hugo Mendez and Frankie Francis, alongside The Mighty Crime Minister, have been throwing renowned dance parties in warehouses across Europe and North America since 2005.  With an attention to detail and an eye for obscure records, Sofrito creates a mixture of vintage tropical grooves and exclusive dubplate edits.

For this compilation, Sofrito gets the party started with 15 grooving tracks, ranging from funk, cumbia, calypso, highlife, carnival, and more.  Highlights include an exclusive cumbia by Quantic, “Cumbia Mochilla,” a sizzling tune from the up-and-coming Frente Cumbiero, “Pitchito”, and a new edit of a rare Victor Uwaifo disco cut.  My personal favorite is “Dat Soca Boat” by The Mighty Shadow, a song so up-beat and contagious, it’s impossible to not get up and dance when you hear it.  The artists included in this compilation come from countries as diverse as Nigeria, Colombia, Trinidad, and French Guyana (that’s right- get out your map).  But, this album isn’t just about experiencing “world music”- it’s about bringing you some of the best dance music you may have never heard.  So check out this release from Sofrito, it’s sure to bring some tropical heat into your chilly semester.

Sofrito: Tropical Discotheque mini-mix by DJ Hugo Mendez by Strut

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