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el ritmo goes to africa
April 14, 2013, 6:32 am
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This week El Ritmo takes a trip as Claude goes to Africa….expect tight afro beat, afro funk and afro disco before I plunge headfirst into a massive African styled fuzzed up wigged out psych experience where instruments made of old oil cans, pieces of wood and string, and cardboard drumkits crash into electric guitars and analogue synthesisers…

Listen Here


Nairobi – Mombassa – Pulp Fusion Africa

The Celebrant – Funky Music – Same

Ikebe Shakedown – Hard Steppin – Afro Fun 45

The Funkees – Acid Rock – Dancing Time: The Best Of Eastern Nigeria’s Afro Rock Exponents 1973-77

Black Soul – Africa Africa – 45

Tony Allen – Disco Beat

Sofrito – African Disco Power (Sofrito Edit) – Tropical Discotheque EP

Kaballa – Ashewo Ara (Pat Les Stache Re-edit)

Kongas – Anikana O – Anikana O

Blo  – Get The Groove On

T P Orchestre Poly Ritmo – Aihe Ni Kpe We – Kings of Benin

Napo De Mi Amor Et Ses Black Devils – Leki Santchi – Adrican Scream Machine

Kelenkye Band  – Jungle Music – Moving World

Rural Tribe Singing  – Beach Bush Berg Travel and Tours

Mantata – Mayo Mayo – Matata

Gabo Brown & Orchestre Poly-Rythmo                Its A Vanity – Adrica Scream Machine

Kokolo Afrobeat Orchestra – Mindpower – Adro Funk 45

Sal Davis – Mankini – Couterpoint 45

Vincent Ahehehinnou – Ou C’est Lui Ou C’est Moi

William Onyeabor – Better Change Your Mind  – Loves A Real Thing

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Tiki Trip #1
December 13, 2012, 12:09 pm
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The lighting is low, the Mai Tai’s are ready, and it’s time to relax with your friends in the coolest place in town in the city that is as remote as Rapa Nui …

…from Don the Beachcombers in Waikiki…to Frank’s Tiki Room in Las Vegas…to the LuWow in Melbourne… to the Hula Bula Bar in Perth…

….welcome to The Tiki Trip

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HQ Mixcloud audio mixtape here

Download the mixtape with no chit chat – just the music!! Part 1 and Part 2

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Welcome… The Enchanted Tiki Room

Kava Kon – Palace Of Tiger Women (The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble Remix)

Theme from Hatari – Henry Mancini – Hatari OST

Tipsy – Zenith – Triptease

Les Baxter – Bom Bom-Mood Tattooed – The Exotic Moods of Les Baxter

Kahuna Kawentzmann – Fatu Hiva – Tiki Travelling

The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation

The Kontikis – Moonlight Becomes You – Island Magic – LP

The Tiki Tiki Room – The Sherman Brothers – The Enchanted Tiki Room – LP

David Attenborough – Easter Island Intro

Cinerama – South Seas Adventure

Les Baxter with Baz Sheva – Lust – The Passions

Les Baxter – Voodoo Dreams – Jungle Jazz

Sound of X – Jungle Drums

Tak Shindo – Bali Hai – Mondo Exotica

The Hilo Hawaiins – Nani Waialeale – Honeymoon in Hawaii

Athur Lyman – Night Train – Cast Your Fate To The Wind

Pearl Bailey – Haiti Blues

Esquivel – Jungle Drums – Latin-esque

Nino Nardini – House of Echoes – Afro Spooky Rhythm Percussion

Roger Roger – Safari Park

Tipsy – Something Tropical – Triptease

Tipsy – Tuatara – Triptease

Tipsy – Liquordelic – Triptease

Nino Nardini – Afro-Samba – Stringsonics Mindbender

Martin Denny – Exotica – Forbidden Island

Arthur Lyman – Bwana-a – More Exotic Sounds Of Arthur Lyman

Tihatis South Sea Spectacular – Savage

Nino Nardini –  Jungle Mood – Nature Nocturne

Les Baxter – Procession of the Princes

Apocalypse Now – Voyage & End Credits

Anna Valentino – On a Tropical Island – 45

Combustible Edison – Strange Brew – Four Rooms OST

Taboo – Leo Arnaud – Bongoland

Les Baxter – Taboo (Jo Jo Effect Remix)

Combustible Edison – Utopia

Yma Sumac – Xtabay

Don Tiki – The Natives Are Restless

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Claude’s Recommended  Tiki Links

check out the vintage bar photos and cocktail menus at Arkiva Tropika

check out the Tiki Bar reviews at Critiki

check out the rare exotica LP scans at Tam Tam and Melodie

check out the artwork and grab an Exotiste mixtape at Flash Strap

check out the forums and join a discussion at Tiki Central

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el ritmo in space
June 13, 2012, 12:34 pm
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Its 2012: NASA, the Russians, and the Chinese Space Exploration Program are all moving further and deeper into outer space and the exploration of Mars and our outer galaxies. At the same time the El Ritmo DJs are moving further inwards, deeper into hi-fi inner space – into aural kooky deep space. In 1962 with the introduction of the Stereo Action LP series, RCA heralded “spectacular sonic illusions of motion, directionality and depth.” Not content to program simply for ears, RCA provided a “visual” component to audio through harmonics and stereophonic orchestration – and crazy LP covers!!. The goal of the RCA Engineers then, and the goal now of the El Ritmo DJs “is to create musical movement so real, your eyes will follow the sound.” This Tuesday night its music but not as you know it…

A Hi Fi audio quality fully remastered Mixcloud here (no talking)

PLAYLIST (also check out lots of videos and links on the show playlist here)

Ronnie & Clyde Zero One – Peter Thomas Warp Back to Earth 66-99

Carl Sagan – Great Winds Excerpt – Cosmos OST

Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra – Love 71 – Peter Thomas Warp Back to Earth 66-99

CQ Excerpts – CQ OST

Mellow – Codename Dragonfly  – CQ OST

Mellow – Love On The Moon  – CQ OST

Jacques Dutronc – Le Responsible  – CQ OST

Stefano Torossi  – Sixth Dimension – Stroboscopica Volume 2

I Marc4 – Matto Grosso – Stroboscopica

Space Girl – Lush Bath Bomb

Air with Jean Jacues Perrey – Cosmic Bird

Air – Casanova 70 (The Secret Of Cool Mix)

Erol Alkan – Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve – Zodiac Excerpt

The Zombies – The Time of The Season

John Keating – The Unknown Planet – Space Experience

Hugo Montenegro – Aquarius

Paul Jones – Aquarius

Rosko – Peacemaker – La Guepe Volume 3

Salsoul Orchestra – Salsoul 3110

Tico Allegre Allstars – La Odissa De Tito

Bob Crewe Generation – Barbarella OST Excerpts

Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited – Theme From Stella Interstellar – The Fluid Soundbox

Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited – The Case – Plays Lost TV Themes

Barbarella (The Irresistible Force Remix)

Bob Crewe Generation – Angel Is Love (Claude Mono Reconstruction)

Bob Crewe Generation – Barbarella OST Excerpts

James Last – Walking in the Rain – Hair

John Keating – The Unknown Planet – Sounds Unlimited

I Marc 4 – Hyde park – Strobiscopica

Switched On Rock – Jumpin Jack Flash

Synthesiser Sound Machine – Apache

Dick Hyman – Green Onions – Age of Electronicus

John Schroeder Orchestra – Soul Trek – Space Age Soul

Sven Libaek – Inner Space (not on download)

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AOR – A Claude Mono Deluxe Edition
April 15, 2012, 7:13 am
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For one night only its California Sunshine Pop, Psych, LA Seventies grooves and Mellow Disco featuring that classic west coast original sound and some of the smoothest “we love AOR” re-edits ever heard between Burbank and the Bay Area … it’s another Tequila Sunrise… its very blue eyed and denim… its very FM… SOULSIDES presents a Claude Mono Deluxe Edition

Listen to the restream of the show here

For your Sony Walkman or for a drive up the coast in your open top or perhaps to get the groove going at your next Laurel Canyon PARTAY download as Part 1 and Part 2 the re-edited and re-worked 320kbps Hi Fi quality mixtape with just the music and some mixtape bonus tracks (see PLAYLIST below)


Mixtape Part 1

The Fifth Dimension – California Soul (Loop) – The Fantastic Fifth Dimension

Edwin Starr – California Soul (Baby Bollox Remix) – War and Peace

Fred Schneider – A Church Is Within Us – Jazzman 45

Mirage – Shelagh McDonald – Let No Man Steal Your Thyme

Alzo and Udine – Cmon and Join Us – Cmon and Join Us

Barbara and Ernie – Searching For The Circle – Prelude To

The Albert feat Otis Smith – One Life – Perception 45

Angelo – Midnight Prowl – Midnight Prowl

Rupert Holmes – Deco Lady – Widescreen

Ben Sidran – Hi-Fly – The Cat and The Hat

The Doobie Brothers – Listen To The Music (intro)

America – Horse With No Name (Todd Terje Remix)

Crosby Stills Nash – Dark Star (AOR Disco Mix) – CSN

Odyssey – Broken Road – Mowest

The Undisputed Truth – California Soul

Mixtape Part 2

Nicolette Larson – Lotta Love (Original 12 Disco Mix)

Cliff Richard – Devil Woman (Appo Remix)

Doobie Brothers  – Long Train Running (Early Demo)

Daryl Hall with Chromeo – I Can’t Go For That     Darly’s House Live

Michael Nesmith – Capsule – Dogma

Carole King – Bitter With The Sweet – Rhymes & Reasons

Tony Joe White – Rainy Night In Georgia (Boozoo Bajoo)

Syreeta – I Love Every Little Thing About You – Mowest

Odyssey – Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love – Odyssey

THe Carpenters KFRC promo (BONUS mixtape)

Fleetwood Mac – Brown Eyes – Maulongated Version (BONUS Mixtape)

Jackie DeShannon – Sunshine of Your Love (BONUS Mixtape)

Estelle Levitt – All I Dream  (BONUS Mixtape)

Jackie and Roy – Didn’t Have To Do It – Changes

Jose Feliciano – Golden Lady – As We Travel

If you liked this then I just know you will enjoy the Folk Funk and Heavy Soul Mixtape  and AOR Disco

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Latin Throwdown
March 12, 2012, 12:33 pm
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The most sexiest (did I say most sexist) DJ in the city returns… the Ladies Latin Love.. the man with (the) 12 inches…Yes, CARLOS TITO FUENTE returns to present el ritmo… to carrry his records and support his ego CARLOS is joined by his students CLAUDIO and SAFARI … the studio is HOT…its THREE LATIN MEN together for a Latin Throwdown… enjoy the boogaloo, enjoy the disco, enjoy the cheese… but most importantly enjoy the wisdom of The Man…

…Fruity and Flutey with massive breakbeats…

…Jackson Sisters classic goes to Sao Paulo…

…Latin Timbale Superstar Triple Treat…checkout the rotating throwdown…not a beat is missed just like a CARLOS DJ set

Listen Here


The John Buzon Trio – Caravan (Eat Static Remix)
Fruko Y Sus Tesos – A La Memoria Del Muerto
The Latin Brothers – Las Calenas San Coma Fores
Orchesatra La Selecta – Destino Humans
Mary Lou Williams and Group – You Know Baby
Irakere – Bacalo Con Pan
Bush Y Sus Magnificos – Nina Nina
Tito Puente – Last Tamgo In Paris
George Guzman – Cacumen
Beny More – Babarabati
Monngo Santamaria – Cloud Nine
Snowboy – Greetings From Southend On Sea
Beny More – Babarati
Nancy Ames – Eso Beso
Kako and His Puertorican All Stars – Abaniquito
Fats Sadi – Ensadinado
Joe Cuba Sextet – Oh Yeah
Marvin Gaye – Calypso Blue
Chrus Montez – The Place I Love
Los Litar Barrientos – Push and Pull
Joe Bataan – Shaft
Certain Lions and Tigers – El Soul Condor
Ram Comanchero and the Teardrops – Si Si Puende
Bobby Valentin – Use It Before You Lose It
Kool and The Gang – Celebranos
Charanga 76 – Good Times
Banda Achilifunk – I Believe In Miracles
El Gran Romantico Y El Super Combo Currio – Honolulu
Sergio Mendes – Crickets Sing For Anamaria
Les Leopards – D Leak Coco
Manu Djibango – Wouri

el ritmo – Tuesday night in Rio
November 3, 2011, 12:58 pm
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… well not just Rio…

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Arnold Schwarzenegger – In Rio               

River Ocean – Love and Happiness- Brazilian Beats 2

Masters at Work feat Liliana – Brazilian Beat – Brazilian Beats 1

Escravos De Jo Jo – Friends From Rio 2 -Brazil Love Affair

Juan Laya and Jorge Montiel – Sex Machina                                                                                

Iva Meirelles Funk n Lata – Baile Funk Medley – Brazil Beats 5

Cumbria Alivianada – Stayin Alive             

Astrud Gilberto – Donlt Leave Me Baby – September

Apollo Nove – Inexpliticata – Apollo Nove

Franko Xavier – Tema Do Amor Amando – Franko Xavier

Anontonio Adolpho – Piorque Hoje E Dominga – Soul of Brazil

Som Tres – Jungle – Soul of Brazil

Mo Horizons – Quando Ne Vee (Soul Surfers Remix) – Some More Horizons

Ennio Morricone – Bianco Rosso Everdone – Bossa

Ennio Morricone – Ritratto D’Autore – Bossa

Antena – Bye Bye Papaye – Canini Del Sol

Astrud Gilberto – Holiday – September

Johnny Alf – Oxum – Funky Brazil

Tafo – Karye Pyar – Sounds of Wonder

Mohammod Nuri – Biya Bar-e Safar Bandim – Pomegranates

Sitart Beat – Sitart Beat – Sitar Beat

Kolyanji Anandji – Dharmatma Theme Music – Sitar Beat

Don Sebresky – Guru Vin – Verve Psychedelic Jazz

Bill Plummer and the Cosmic Brotherhood – The Look of Love – Bill Plummer

Serge Gainsborourg – Cadevires En Sorie – Les Annees Pschedeliques

Serge Gainsborourg – La Horse – Les Annees Pschedeliques

Serge Gainsborourg and Jane Birkin- 69 Anee Erotique – Jane et Serge

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