Tiger’s Milk Records Compiles Classic Tunes from Peru

By 23 October, 2013

Is it me or are we seeing more of an emphasis on Peruvian music these days? Whatever it is, the new album by the London-based  Tiger’s Milk Records is going to make fans of classic Peruvian music extremely happy.

Peru Maravilloso is the result of a trio’s obsessive habit of collecting Peruvian music throughout many years. With a focus on ‘60s and ‘70s Latin and tropical music compiled by Duncan Ballantyne, Martin Morales, and Andres Tapia, the album features a selection of vintage cuts and unknown treasures from one of Peru’s most exciting musical periods.

It’s important to note that the record, due out on Nov. 12, does not showcase a single genre. It recognizes cumbia, guaracha and the electric sound of chicha, as well as soul-jazz, Latin-jazz, rock and psychedelic, along with the traditional styles of Andean, Peruvian criollo, and Latin music that dominated the cultural backdrop of Peru during this era.

For instance, ‘Toro Mata,’ one of the most famous folks songs in the country, was rearranged as an orchestral jazz instrumental by drummer and producer Pocho Purizaga, who worked with singer Lucia De La Cruz and cut his teeth with beat bands like “The Dreams” and the “The Kendalls.”

All of the tracks included have been specially re-mastered from their original 7” and 12” formats and have never been released since their original press in Peru.

Now, who are the men behind who compiled this work? Martin Morales, born in Peru, has worked with Chucho Valdez, Oi Va Voi, Tata Guines, and Novalima. Duncan Ballantyne has managed various record labels, including Soundway Records. And, Andres Tapia, runs Resychled Records in Lima, Peru. See our previous coverage of Tiger’s Milk Records here.

Stream selections from the album below and pre-order the record here.

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