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Si, Para Usted: The Funky Beats Of Revolutionary Cuba Vol. 2


"Waxing Deep Records is pleased to announce the release of Si, Para Usted: The Funky Beats of Revolutionary Cuba, Volume 2. The Si, Para Usted series documents the wildly innovative body of music born in Castro's Cuba from an unusual mix of artistic freedom and heavy-handed censorship. Imagine the Buena Vista Social Club updated with funk, fuzz, and some revolutionary fervour. The music ranges from son, rock, jazz, and funk, and abounds with psychedelic influences, electronic experimentation, and a heavy dose of soul. Communist funk may seem unlikely, but here it is. The series has received enormous critical praise. The LA Times called Volume 1 'sublime,' Spin gave it four stars, and Pitchfork claimed it was 'what every revolution should sound like.' Si, Para Usted was lovingly compiled by Dan Zacks of Waxing Deep Radio in response to massive listener demand for the Cuban music played on the show. Outside of the Waxing Deep archive, the bulk of funky Cuban music is virtually unobtainable. Cuban recordings were never widely distributed and few have been reissued. Utterly committed to sharing good music, Dan took it upon himself to make these fantastic tracks more widely accessible. All of the tracks were re-mastered from the original tapes kept by the Cuban government in a dusty Havana warehouse. Given the poor quality of Cuban vinyl, this means the music on Si, Para Usted has a quality of sound previously unavailable. Quite simply, the music has never sounded this good. Highlights include the deep funk of Safari Salvaje by Los Rápidos, a mesmerizing funk workout from an obscure band that in the '70s won the Cuban equivalent of American Idol; 'Al Sonar la Hora,' a funk-rock classic from Los Barba who, despite being one of Cuba's most popular bands ever, never recorded a single LP; and 'Vanguardia y Juventud' by Sonopop, absurdly unlikely party music from teenaged members of the Communist Youth Militia." Housed in a heavy, miniature gatefold sleeve with a 12-page booklet of detailed liner notes.