Sofrito - International Soundclash
A sequel to 2011’s Sofrito: Tropical Discotheque, International Soundclash is the second in a series of eclectic, globe-trotting mixtapes from DJs Hugo Mendez and Frankie Francis, who've been releasing adventurous re-edits and remixes of rare Caribbean, African, and South American records on their own Sofrito imprint since the early ‘00s. This series of mixtapes, released in concert with the higher-profile Strut label, has given them a chance to bring their carefully curated playlists to a larger audience. Where Tropical Discotheque focused mostly on Latin-influenced music, International Soundclash takes a much broader approach, starting with Lord Shorty’s seminal ‘70s soca track “Vibrations Groove” and continuing through a dizzying array of international styles from Colombian cumbia to West African soukous, disco-infused Congolese rhumbas, and more. The effect is truly overwhelming, as sounds from Nigeria, Haiti, Kenya, and the Middle East merge into a deliciously funky melting pot of sound.