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July/August 2000

P18
Urban Cuban
Higher Octave Music

A studio collective of Havana-Paris singers/players, MCs, P18 (core: ex-Mano Negra keyboardist Tom Darnal, Sierra Maestra singer/trumpeter Teuntor Garcia) specializes in el sonido nuevo de Cubano-laced shots of block rocking beats, illbient, tech step, jazz hop. Urban Cuban (Higher Octave 47005, 48:03) is chock-full of surprises-"Le Tour du Monde's" Paris cabaret torch to Santiago country son mood swing, "Light and Fire"'s flippy-floppy Devo-synth ping-pong to rockers reggae to dancehall bounce to tech step dub schizophrenia, "Mi Cuba's" fervid criss-cross of charanga, Latin boogaloo, jungle and Santeria drum 'n' chant.

Originally published in July/August 2000
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