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It was two years ago that Gilles visited Cuba for the first time on a reconnaissance mission to check out the new generation of Havana-based artists. Suitably impressed, he was back within the year for a 5-day session at the legendary Egrem Studios with Roberto Fonseca and his superb band. Revelling in his role as executive producer, it was a hot, sweaty, intense session but a fruitful one nonetheless: “I had a few covers as starters: one from Fela to capture that true Afro-Cuban fusion; a Blue Note joint as a 70th anniversary gift; and a couple of Cuban faves from my Ballroom days – “Chekere Son” and some Juan Pablo Torres. The rest was pretty much controlled jamming, picking up the Rumba boys from the bar below, or convincing Mayra Valdes to hit it freestyle.”

Collating the works on a double CD entitled “Gilles Peterson pres. Havana Cultura: New Cuba Sound”, the album is a celebration of Cuba’s freshest musical talent from Latin, Afro jazz and fusion to hip-hop, funk, reggaeton and r&b, featuring contributions from Gilles’ favourite new discoveries. Brand new talent such as vocalist Danay (described by Gilles as “Cuba’s Jill Scott”) and Doble Filo, in addition to international award-winning artists such as rapper Kumar and, of course, pianist Roberto Fonseca.

With Gilles living as much in the electronic/dance scene as in the jazz world, the decision to commission remixes of these session tracks was an easy one. Consolidating the numerous parts was by no means as straightforward, nor indeed was settling on our preferred remixers to coax the spirit of the Egrem session into the club. In the end, we settled on a squad of big-hitting producers that we trusted to do justice to the original jams: the likes of Louie Vega, MJ Cole, 4hero, Carl Cox, Rainer Trüby, Gotan Project’s Philippe Cohen Solal, Seiji, Michel Cleis and Mocky. All veterans of the worldwide underground and all equipped with the skills and experience to flip “Havana Cultura” onto another level. And of course, in order to maximise the Cuban flavour, we cut DJ Wichy and Doble Filo loose on their favourites from the album, with awesome results.

CD 2 in the “Havana Cultura Remixed” package boasts a bonus DJ mix courtesy of Gilles himself that neatly weaves together the disparate threads that make up a typical Peterson DJ set. From the stirring percussion and meandering groove of Louie Vega’s marathon latin workout to the hi-octane Benga-esque skank delivered by Carl Cox and the lazy ebb and flow of Michel Cleis’ magnificent shuffling houser, this is Gilles in his element.

In support of this incredible project to highlight the best of modern Cuban urban music, Gilles Peterson will head off on a European tour in June/July 2010, teaming up with the award-winning Cuban jazz pianist Roberto Fonseca, his band and vocalists Danay, Ogguere and Obsesión. Twelve months in the making, “Havana Cultura” represents the biggest collection of contemporary Cuban musicians in a single musical initiative since the highly acclaimed Buena Vista Social Club project in 1997. Brownswood will also be celebrating the release of the remix album with a European club tour featuring DJ Wichy/Doble Filo live and direct from Havana, Cuba, Brownswood DJs (Simbad/Lefto/Alex Patchwork) and special guests from the “Havana Cultura” remix roster.

www.gillespetersonworldwide.com/brownswood-recordings

Tracklisting:

CD1
01. Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Band – Mami – Productor en Jefe Tropicalia Remix
02. Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Band – Roforofo Fight – Louie Vega EOL Mix
03. Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Band – Rezando – Michel Cleis Remix (6.30 Edit)
04. Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Band – Chekere Son – Seiji Rerub
05. Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Band – Arroz Con Pollo – MJ Cole Remix
06. Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Band – Arroz Con Pollo – Carl Cox Remix
07. Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Band – La Revolucion Del Cuerpo – Skinner’s Owiney Singoma Remix
08. Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Band – Afrodisia – Rainer Trüby Remix
09. Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Band – Think Twice feat. Danay & Carina – 4hero Remix
10. Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Band – Arroz Con Pollo – Solal “Soy Cuba” Remix
11. Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Band – Chekere Son – Wichy de Vedado Remix
12. Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Band – Lagrimas De Soledad (No Existen Palabras) – Mocky Remix

CD2
01. Think Twice feat. Danay & Carina – 4hero Remix
02. Mami – Productor en Jefe Tropicalia Remix
03. Afrodisia – Rainer Trüby Remix
04. Roforofo Fight – Louie Vega EOL Remix
05. Roforofo Fight – Louie Vega Remix
06. Lagrimas De Soledad (No Existen Palabras) – d’Wala Riddimix
07. Chekere Son – Alex Patchwork Remix
08. La Revolucion del Cuerpo – Skinner’s Owiney Sigoma Remix
09. Rezando – Michel Cleis Remix
10. Chekere Son – Seiji Rerub
11. Arroz Con Pollo – MJ Cole Remix
12. Arroz Con Pollo – Carl Cox Remix

The album Gilles PetersonHavana Cultura Remixed” (Brownswood) is going to be released June 11, 2010.

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