Welcome To The Ritmo Machine – Eric Bobo & Latin Bitman

The following guest post comes from Michael Petricone; consumer electronics, policy guru and brilliant music fan/record collector. A big thanks to Michael for his contribution!

Fifty years ago, percussionist Willie Bobo helped marry Latin rhythms to American jazz, funk and soul. The result was boogaloo, the sound that dominated Latin New York through the 1960’s.

Now his son Eric Bobo, continues the family tradition of breaking musical barriers and inventing new genres. The former Beastie Boys/Cypress Hill percussionist has joined forces with Chilean beatmaster and DJ Latin Bitman The result is a joyous mix of traditional Latin music, old-school hip-hop, and edgy electronica, with a little afrobeat and tropicalia thrown in for good measure. A diverse parade of guests – Money Mark and Mix Master Mike [Beastie Boys], Sen Dog [Cypress Hill], Chali 2na [Jurassic 5], Ana Tijoux and others – keeps the energy high and never detracts from the consistent party vibe.

This album is my backyard BBQ soundtrack for the Summer of 2012, sin duda.

Check out the track ‘Maestro’ and a bilingual clip on the making of the record featuring Bobo and Bitman on location.

Ritmo Machine is out now via Nacional Records.

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