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Raúl Monsalve y Los Forajidos* - Bichos (LP, Album) (NM or M- / VG+)

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Media Condition: Near Mint (NM or M-)
Sleeve Condition: Very Good Plus (VG+)

Played once and then stored. Sleeve excellent apart from small spine rub (1.5cm) to top middle from storage.

Superb ancestral Afro-Venezuelan rhythms meet futuristic Latin jazz, raw funk and Afrobeat from 2020. This one has been on the staff deck constantly this week! For fans of South American roots and Fela Kuti dancefloor bombs! -Elliot, Dig Vinyl

Release Notes


A1. Malembe 01:30
A2. Bocón 05:07
A3. Cafunga 04:09
A4. La Pulga 04:39
A5. Palo De Agua 02:12
B1. Mosquito 06:05
B2. La Mariposa 03:37
B3. Los Tres Venenos 02:37
B4. Pa' Los Maestros 05:20

Country: UK

Released: 2020



Ancestral Afro-Venezuelan rhythms meet futuristic Latin jazz, raw funk and Afrobeat on Raúl Monsalve y Los Forajidos’ exhilarating new ‘Bichos’ album for Olindo Records. Venezuelan bassist Raúl Monsalve leads an all-star ensemble of musical trailblazers including “the voice of Venezuela” Betsayda Machado, singer Luzmira Zerpa (Family Atlantica) and drummer Dave De Rose (Agile Experiments, Moloko, Mark Ronson).

Raúl Monsalve has dedicated much of his life to understanding and learning traditional Afro-Venezuelan music, and studying under some of its greatest proponents among the percussionists of his home country, whilst at the same time taking as much interest in the sounds emanating from the fearless edges of jazz, rock, African and early electronic music.

With producer/engineer/drummer Malcolm Catto (Heliocentrics, Quantic, Yussef Kamaal) behind the recording and mixing desk, Raul brought together a like-minded cast of friends from Venezuela, Paris and London, to help him create a fresh sound, capturing the essence of both the African and indigenous roots of Venezuelan music, and the forward-looking sounds of afrobeat, gritty Latin jazz and experimental electronic music. ‘Bichos’, Spanish for ‘vermin’, ‘bugs’, ‘beasts’ but also used in Venezuela to refer to someone as a “nasty piece of work”, draws all these strands together. The album uses a variety of animals, such as the mosquito, butterfly, pig, snake, rooster and flea, to represent a wide range of human qualities, like greed, hate, love & compassion, and their impact on Venezuelan and worldwide corruption & division, the strengths of friendship, family, collaboration, rebellion and survival.

“Bichos” is not only a superb introduction to Raúl Monsalve, but also to a swathe of incredible musicians you might still be unfamiliar with. It’s also a brilliant window into the rich musical seam of Venezuelan music, and an excellent look at how it might interconnect with wider musical parallels.

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Recorded At Studio Blinc
Recorded At Quatermass Soundlab
Mastered At The Carvery

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