"Leave to Remain" follows Wara's cutting edge, critically acclaimed self-titled EP released in 2011. Wara's debut album "Leave to Remain", out June 2013 on Movimientos Records, sees the band take their trademark sound to higher grounds, effortlessly combining Cuba's most danceable rhythms and styles – timba (“Cuban salsa”), songo, cha-cha-cha, rumba - with contemporary urban elements such as reggae, soul, hip-hop and jazz. The songs are threaded with bilingual, conscious lyrics that inject social and political commentary into their music in a variety of ways: there are songs that directly touch upon the topics of migration, identity and displacement ('Somewhereland', 'Leave to Remain'), Run for Cover's London-riot-fuelled policeman theatrics followed by an acoustic remake of 'Flesh and Bone' that goes straight to the soul, and finally a delusional tirade by whining party scene divas in 'Caprichoso'.
The album also features an array of guest musicians, including vocals from Cuba's up and coming Yanaysa Prieto (Grupo Jade) and Afro-Cuban Folklore dancer and vocalist Grechen Méndez, as well as some of the top exponents of Havana's new generation of batá drumming in 'Pide a Yemayá'. London-based Cuban violin virtuoso Ernesto Estruch (Ska Cubano) adds soaring strings to 'Leave to Remain' and 'Pide a Yemayá', and on the brass front Justin Thurgur (Bellowhead, Lokkhi Terra) and Graeme Flowers (Kylie Minogue, Lokkhi Terra) join Wara in the studio to give some extra flavour to the hornlines.
'Leave To Remain' ALBUM SAMPLER (6:22 mins): soundcloud.com/movimientos/wara-leave-to-remain-album
"Socially conscious, upbeat and joyous … The forthcoming album sees a funkier, more mature Wara than the timba popstrels of yore. The sizzling 'Leave to Remain', a reflection on the racism and hardships suffered by UK refugees and asylum seekers ('who make so much of the amazing music in London right now'), is a case in point." Songlines 2013
"They mash Cuban jazz-funk, clubby beats and smart hooks – track "Flesh And Bone" is a Latin-London blast." Single of the Week, Metro
"Wara are at the cutting edge… of the musical pulse." Lopa Kothari, BBC Radio 3
"Wara are young musical revolutionaries who simply ignore convention…they represent the true sound of contemporary Latin London in the 21st century." Lubi Jovanovic (DJ/Promoter/Journalist)
Debut album 'Fongo' out 1 April 2013 on Movimientos Records
Formats: CD / Digital - Catalogue number: MOV003
UK distributor: Proper Music Distribution
Los Chinches – the band that began as a sweet dream in a jungle hut - will release their long-awaited debut album Fongo on 1 April. Drawing upon the retro style of Chicha from 1960s Peru, Los Chinches' epic new sound harnesses the psychedelic twists of Peruvian Cumbia as well as the Punk and Ska spirit of London. This, along with their rocking tropical energy, makes for blistering live performances interlaced with feverishly addictive melodies. Their sound stays faithful to the original bands from the era, such as Juaneco y Su Combo and Los Mirlos, whilst taking influences from 60s garage rock and surf guitar and bringing it bang up-to-date with a distinctly London attitude.
Now in 2013, they are ready to unleash their debut album Fongo onto the world. Its title, Los Chinches explain, is taken from the name of "a mysterious deity, a visionary and a clown with a taste for jungle liquor and Amazonian beauties". It is, they continue, "through Fongo that we channel the spirit of Chicha who acts as a spiritual councillor and a guide for Los Chinches. We ask Fongo to bless us all with good vibrations. There is a Fongo in all of us and our quest is to bring out the spirit of Fongo in everyone who hears our sound. I am Fongo...you are Fongo...we are all Fongo!"
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More about the band here: www.movimientos.org.uk/los-chinches-latino-cumbia-chicha-peruvian-band-London.html
The album also includes specially commissioned artwork from Bolivian illustrator, graphic designer and artist Marco Toxico, http://divinogolfo.blogspot.co.uk/
Digital download: Release date 11th June 2012
Listen now @ http://wara.bandcamp.com/album/pretty-cliche-remixed
Epic track 'Pretty Cliche' from the WARA EP on Movimientos Records has made its mark as a live favourite and as one of the first tracks ever to blend Cumbia with Cuban Timba AND Hip Hop - a true Latin-London style mash up!! Both our remixers bring their own unmistakeable dancefloor sensibility to proceedings with Makala giving it a Cumbia-Moombahton type treatment and Palov infusing the track with big Afro-dancehall bounce.
A prolific DJ, musician, producer and remixer who’s been on the scene for two decades, playing massive clubs and festivals across Europe. A stalwart of the ever excellent Lovemonk Records with several releases and a recent album, 'Unexpected Tapas', on the label. Makala also hosts monthly Global Funk Parties in his local Basque Country with the likes of Alice Russell & TM Juke, Nickodemus, & Daniel Haaksman. His production styles veer from Spanish rumba beats, gypsy swing, funk and jazz to more tropical sounds like latin, boogaloo, cumbia and ska, seamlessly combined with modern electronics.
With a style that blends latin flavours, block breaks, exotic soul, cumbia, swing and tropicalismo, Palov's reputation continues to soar following a highly acclaimed series of E.P releases with his partner Mishkin (as production duo Palov & Mishkin) for labels like Gamm, Resence, Scribble, Rebtuz. He’s also remixed for The Hot 8 Brass Band and Lovemonk's Más Achilifunk - Gipsy Soul From 21st Century. He recently launched his own label Carnibal bringing more funky tropical beats and mash ups.
Released on 26th September 2011
MOVIMIENTOS RECORDS DEBUT RELEASE: WARA "FLESH AND BONE" EP
The WARA EP featuring 'Flesh and Bone', 'Pretty Cliche', 'Caprichoso' & 'Ojos Que No Ven' (acoustic) is on general release via State 51 distribution.
Combining a lyrically conscious approach with exceptional musicianship, this is a band with an urgent voice that demands to be heard. "Flesh and Bone" was voted "Single of the Week" in the London Metro, September 2011.
The Wara EP includes tracks:
WARA released their debut EP “Somewhereland" last year and it proved to be a high octane introduction to this exceptional band. Their new EP includes the incendiary track "Flesh and Bone" launches Movimientos Records and signals a whole new level of talent. As immigration laws tighten, "Flesh and Bone" is a sign of the times anthem, musically merging Cuban Funk, Hip Hop and Soul with a euphoric drum and bass style finale. The stripped down acoustic soul of 'Ojos Que No Ven' flows effortlessly from London to Cuba in three and a half beautifully crafted minutes. Listen to both tracks on the Soundcloud link below.
"(Wara are) at the cutting edge… of the musical pulse."
Lopa Kothari, BBC Radio 3
are young musical revolutionaries who simply ignore convention…they
represent the true sound of contemporary Latin London in the 21st
Lubi Jovanovic (UK Latin DJ/Promoter/Journalist).