Malo – Malo (LP)

by Sonny   ·  3 years ago  

1972 Original U.S. Pressing

This is the one that pretty much started off my collection. It was the soundtrack to my Pop’s golden era, when he was a young teenage kid, immigrating from México to East L.A. The record is a short but sweet cut, consisting of six dope latin/funk/rock/soul tracks, including the unofficial latino anthem, “Suavecito.” Anytime my Pop would play this record for me (and my siblings) as a kid, it was as though time would just stop, and nothing else mattered

Ozomatli – Ozomatli (2xLP)

by Sonny   ·  3 years ago  

1998 Original U.K. Pressing

20 years ago today, a band/group from L.A. by the name of Ozomatli – which featured future L.A. hiphop treasures, Cut Chemist and Chali 2na – dropped their self-titled debut album. This record might not have made worldwide waves initially, but it definitely caught the L.A. music scene by storm. The make-up of the group – along with their world-blend of rock, cumbia, latin, funk, hiphop, and reggae – spoke to me, and all the other brown/black/yellow/white kids at the time. It was the kind of record you could throw on at the family backyard-party and get everyone, from your abuelita, to your crazy uncle, and your homeboys to vibe to. This cut was, and still is, the soundtrack for our cities and culture. What’s more, Ozomatli is still doing the damn thing 20 years after dropping this now iconic classic. #respect