Various ‘Lack of Afro: one way remixes and rarities’ (Freestyle) 2CD 4/5

Summertime grooves galore on this dancefloor-imbued compilation from Lack of Afro founder aka remixer extraordinaire Adam Gibbons. The tracks work best on the Latin fusion flavours on ‘Polonio’ by Los Manolos v Lack of Afro where Latin and reggae drum and guitar patterns combine effortlessly while go-go style percussion is in evidence on the reworking of the Ray Camacho and the Tear Drops’ ‘Si se puede’. More classical Brazilian rhythms are to be found on ‘Bossa for bebo’ by Flow Dynamics where, if there is a Brazilian undercurrent to the vocals, then the keyboards are straight out of the Joao Donato piano repertoire. Pan Latin flavours emerge on ‘Borken samba’. However, Afro and nu-soul influences are apparent elsewhere as on Mr Confuse’s ‘Lookout weekend’ for the former where Afro-Beat meets Santana head on while ‘Idle time’ by the New Mastersounds could be the template for an Erykah Badu instrumental. Expect around two hours of musical métissage mayhem. When warmer temperatures return to our shores, make sure this is on your summer listening schedule. Tim Stenhouse