Hard-hitting latin-tinged super-group Grupo Magnético formed from backgrounds in funk, hip-hop, punk and soul, united by a love of Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Fania and classic New York salsa. Working with legendary musicians from Cuba, Venezuela and America (who had played and recorded with many of the names who'd originally inspired the group), the circle was complete as the album was mixed in New York by Grammy winning latin producer Aaron Levinson.
Downtown Edinburgh, Scotland. In a hot and sweaty basement bar below a Chinese restaurant, an unlikely band of musicians are playing hard-hitting salsa to an ecstatic crowd. Grupo Magnético came together from backgrounds of funk, hip-hop, punk and soul, bonding over a shared obsession with New York salsa. Learning classic tunes from the masters - Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Fania Allstars, Ray Barretto, TÃpica 73 and any other great salsa records they could get their ears on - they finally took to that basement stage in Henry's Cellar Bar one Thursday night to pay homage to their heroes, and continued to do so in what became a ten year residency. During this time the band played under various lineups and names including Rumba Caliente and Los Cometas before finally settling on Grupo Magnético. As the band's reputation grew they were fortunate to work with a rich collection of singers including Ricardo Fernandez Pompa from Cuba, Lino Rocha from Venezuela and musicians such as New York trombonist Joe De Jesus, who had played and recorded with many of the legendary names that had inspired them.
Over time the group, led by Toby "El Leon" Shippey, developed their own set and sound. Positivo is a record of these tunes and of those Thursday nights. The tunes were cut live as a band in three sessions using downtime in a local studio; tracks from the first session were met with such a positive reaction from New York and Colombia the band were encouraged to make a full album. These three sessions were then mixed in New York by Grammy award winning producer
We hope you enjoy Positivo, the sound of Grupo Magnético.
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Artist Grupo Magnético Label Athens Of The North Music Format General Vinyl Music Format Specific 12" Genre Funk, Jazz, Latin / South American, Soul Release Date 21 Sep 2018 Track 1 Position A1 Track 1 Title Vulcano V El Gato Track 1 Preview URL https://s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/usolnaudiopreviews/AOTNLP020/01+Vulcano+V+El+Gato+(Medley).mp3 Track 2 Position A2 Track 2 Title Papa Was A Rolling Track 2 Preview URL https://s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/usolnaudiopreviews/AOTNLP020/02+Papa+Was+a+Rolling+Stone.mp3 Track 3 Position A3 Track 3 Title Papa Fue Track 3 Preview URL https://s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/usolnaudiopreviews/AOTNLP020/03+Papa+Fue.mp3 Track 4 Position A4 Track 4 Title Te Lo Digo Yo Track 4 Preview URL https://s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/usolnaudiopreviews/AOTNLP020/04+Te+Lo+Digo+Yo.mp3 Track 5 Position A5 Track 5 Title Vampiras Track 5 Preview URL https://s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/usolnaudiopreviews/AOTNLP020/05+Vampiras.mp3 Track 6 Position B1 Track 6 Title Hermanos Latinos Track 6 Preview URL https://s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/usolnaudiopreviews/AOTNLP020/06+Hermanos+Latinos.mp3 Track 7 Position B2 Track 7 Title Bailalo Y Maevelo Track 7 Preview URL https://s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/usolnaudiopreviews/AOTNLP020/07+Bailalo+Y+Maevelo.mp3 Track 8 Position B3 Track 8 Title The Sun From Above Track 8 Preview URL https://s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/usolnaudiopreviews/AOTNLP020/08+The+Sun+from+Above.mp3 Track 9 Position B4 Track 9 Title Enciendelo Track 9 Preview URL https://s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/usolnaudiopreviews/AOTNLP020/09+Enciendelo.mp3 Track 10 Position B5 Track 10 Title Somas Latinos Track 10 Preview URL https://s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/usolnaudiopreviews/AOTNLP020/10+Somas+Latinos.mp3 Track 11 Position No Track 11 Title No Track 11 Preview URL No Track 12 Position No Track12 Title No Track 12 Preview URL No