Producer and guitarist Jacob Plasse has united some of his old friends – players from the Daptones, Pedrito Martinez Group and Los Hacheros – to form Peliroja, a New York collective inspired by the sounds of Ethiopia, Dominican Republic, Cuba and the Congo.
Produced and co-written by Plasse, these tunes were recorded live to tape at his studio in Brooklyn, in the spirit of the music he was raised on. The groove to this music is deep, and heard in the way the Daptones’ rhythm section – drummer Homer Steinweiss and bassist Nick Movshon – play off the polyrhythms of Carlos Padron’s timbales and Jhair Salas’ congas, forming a new fusion of old sounds.
“Situaciones” blends Ethiopian, afro-cuban and afrobeat elements together with deep soul, while “Ciudad de Nadie” finds a Harlem River Drive influence within the latin funk. These songs are also available on Peliroja’s full length release Injusticia, released earlier on Chulo Records.
Peace & Rhythm are pleased to see these two funky tunes on limited edition DJ-friendly 45rpm 7″ wax. Picture sleeve design by Pablo Yglesias. Co-released with Chulo Records.
“a great mix of NYC funk and salsa…they nail it.” – NPR Alt.Latino
★ 7" available on ➧ P&R webstore ★ full length LP / CD on ➧ Chulo Records
The Peliroja backstory:
“Some of the musicians in Peliroja and I would meet up after school on Jane Street in the West Village, at a stoop with some Old English, a spliff and a tape deck,” says Jacob Plasse, best known as producer and musician for salsa masters, Los Hacheros. “We were gangly, awkward 15 year-olds and not cool by any means. I’m not sure how we became obsessed with obscure 70s funk and Afrobeat music, but that’s what we would listen to: The 3 Sounds, Lyn Collins, Africa 70.” Two decades later, his friends have gone on to become key players in the Brooklyn funk scene, and Jacob has spent the last 10 years refining his music on the road with salsa and bachata bands.
“I think the experience of growing up in New York and getting to hear and play with all these wonderful musicians and having them in my life has let me create something that is true to myself, and hopefully them as well,” Jacob adds.
“This album is for those boys on the stoop who hadn’t figured out how to be in this world, but were lucky enough to know what they loved.”
The listener will dig the powerful live sound of the band, but will be particularly impressed by the delivery of the band’s singer, Jainardo Batista.
“He’s really a salsa singer, but not a typical one – he has a lower voice,” says Plasse. “And by the way he phrases, you can tell he’s listened to a lot of soul and R&B, which is not that common in salsa singers.”
“But hey, he grew up in New York, so you’re exposed to all different things.”
Listen to the A-side, "Situaciones", via Peliroja's official video for the tune!