It goes back to 1970's New York. Whilst DJ Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and Bambaataa were dropping the first breaks in the Bronx and fronting the birth of Hip Hop, graffiti and B-Boys, over in Harlem and Manhattan- Fania Records and Fania All-Stars like Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Ray Baretto, and Hector Lavoe were pumping out a new Latin sound to the masses.
Parallel to the fusion of funk, disco, and rap that was mixing and layering within break music, a new blend of percussion, jazz, flavours and "spices" were coming together to create a fresh style of music that had never been heard before... coined by a New York radio DJ for the very first time as "Salsa".
With Mambo king Eddie Torres in the spotlight at Manhattan's Copacabana, laying down the footwork that would bring Salsa as a dance form to life and B-Boy pioneers like Puerto Rico's Crazy Legs, Frosty Freeze and the Rock Steady Crew across the bridge doing the same, it was a mere matter of time before the two styles would come together and mix.
Fast forward to today and the booming break scene in Colombia, Puerto Rico, Spain, Peru, and Brazil speaks volumes not to mention the numerous tracks laden with classic Latin samples that hold down the top spots for all time break anthems.
Such as Grandmaster Flash's 'The Mexican', Roberto Roena's 'Que Se Sepa', prolific percussionist Mongo Santamaria's cover of the Temptations 'Cloud Nine', Brownout's break banger 'Homenaje', Esperanto's laser infused 'Night of the Wolf', DJ Lean Rock and Funky Forces Fania-All Star drenched mixes or Harlem's Har-You Percussion Group's highly coveted rare groove 'Welcome to the Party'.
Red Bull BC One sifted through the best of the best to bring you the finest cuts of the above and the other stand out Latin break tracks you can't afford to miss!
Written by Tracy Kawalik
WELCOME TO THE PARTY | HAR-YOU PERCUSSION GROUP
CLOUD NINE | MONGO SANTAMARIA
HOMENAJE | BROWNOUT
SANTIAGO | FUNKY FORCE
LATIN THUGS | CYPRESS HILL
SON MONTUNO | UNA MAS TRIO (SMOOTH REMIX) (FEAT. JOE TORRES CHA CHA SAMPLE 'GET OUTTA MY WAY')
DJ LEAN ROCK | THAT HARD LATIN SOUL (FEAT. CLASSIC EDDIE PALMIERI 'LA MALANGA' SAMPLE & 'LA BORINQUEN')
GUAJIRA '78 | GREENWOOD RHYTHM COALITION
QUE SE SEPA | ROBERTO ROENA Y SU APOLLO SOUND
THE MEXICAN | GRANMASTER FLASH
BONUS TRACK!!!!!! EXTRA MENTION COULD NOT BE MISSED TO ESPERANTO'S EPICALLY ARRANGED COVER OF Ivano Fossati and Oscar Prudente's
"Tema Del Lupo" | NIGHT OF THE WOLF