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MONICA ROCHA - The Chicano EP 7"
LAST BASTION RECORDS presents MONICA ROCHA ‘THE CHICANO EP’
HELLO STRANGER / TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT / THE ONE THAT REALLY LOVES YOU
For LB05, debuting on vinyl and this three track EP, we have the Chicano Soul /Brown eyed Soul/low-rider sound of Monica Rocha plus her fabulous duet with Malik Malo!
Limited to 300 with picture sleeve - there will be no repress.
Originally pioneered by artists from San Antonio, Texas “Chicano Soul” (a fusion of Mexican-American and Black musical cultures) has always had an enthusiastic audience among Latino /Hispanic communities throughout the southwestern United States. These are slow jams from the moment when doo-wop morphed into soul. Mostly pleading and woebegone, they’re wrenching and transcendent in the way the best soul music always has been.
There’s now a new Californian movement of low-rider oldies music and resurgence in the Chicano Soul sound today with Monica and Malik.
The EP opens with ‘Hello stranger’ produced and arranged by Edward ‘E-Dub’ Rios. Monica dueting with Malik and delivering their trademark ‘Chicano’ magic on a track originally released by Barbara Lewis as a soul 45 in 1963. It was written by Barbara herself a few years earlier.
Continuing on the A side is ,‘The One Who Really Loves You’ again infused with that Chicano /low-rider style, E-Dub’s production with Monica’s vocals transforming this Smokey Robinson penned 1962 Mary Wells soul classic to stunning effect.
‘Tonight Is The Night’ on the flip has Monica with a sultry and evocative mid tempo recording reimagining Betty Wright’s 1974 sophisticated, smooth and polished studio production synonymous with that formative disco era. It’s stripped away and taken back a decade. Tantalising Lo-fi perfection with vocal intensity against a snare drum backbeat and in doing so, creating a soundtrack for evenings of low-rider music and gatherings of 50s vintage cars under the California sun.
Tonight is the night (shorter version)
The one that really loves you
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