Sample the World With These Sofrito and NYCTrust Dance Comps

Sofrito photo courtesy of K7.

Every week or thereabouts, Mutant Dance Moves takes you to the shadowy corners of the dancefloor and the fringes of contemporary electronic music, where new strains and dance moves are evolving.

When a CD compilation entitled Sofrito: Tropical Discotheque appeared on Strut Records back in January of 2011, I had already lost count of all the world music revivals going on in the dance music world. There was a Lagos disco revival, a Caribbean Islands (Barbados, Trinidad, Barbados, etc.) funk music revival, a Latin music revival, both an old-school Colombian cumbia revival as well as a more tech-y cumbia revival, and of course an endless renaissance for all things African: Afrobeat, highlife, rhumba,  Zimbabwean psych-rock, etc. And yet this compilation, which sprung out of a long-running East London warehouse party thrown by resident DJs Hugo Mendez and Frankie Francis, eluded easy categorization. Sure, it touched on all of the above sounds, yet it managed to twine them all together, mixing in vintage finds with sterling new tracks and jumping across continental borders so as to make for a dizzying, globe-strutting dance mix.

And with a very quick turnaround on their latest set — this one subtitled International Soundclash — the latest Sofrito comp shows that Mendez and Francis won’t soon be running out of hot world tracks, nevermind the steady stream of revivals and reissues that flood the market. “There’s a mind-boggling amount of music out there, so I don’t think it’s any harder to find interesting sounds for the dancefloor,” Mendez wrote me via email. “There is a lot of music being made today so I think the well isn’t due to run dry for a long time yet.”

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