Rhythms del Mundo

I like a good remix.  If done right a remix can add new life to a song.  When I heard of what Rhythms del Mundo was doing I took immediate notice.  Their two full albums are not remixed compilations, but rather albums that showcase completely restructured work.  The vocals from music industry heavyweights remain and the orchestration is what has drastically changed.  Some of your favorite songs from your favorite artists are now presented with the spice of a Latin beat.  Sounds interesting, right?  Well, it is.  Be prepared to dance like no one is watching.  In my case, I hope no one is watching.

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Just some of the artists featured on the album

Rhythms del Mundo exists to support Artists Project Earth (APE).  APE is a collective that focuses efforts on climate change and responses to natural disasters.  The artists on the albums lend their support to this philanthropic organization by lending their vocals to the musical masterminds of the Buena Vista Social Club.  Once the vocals were in the hands of these talented musicians they went to work by adding their Latin orchestration to the tracks.  The final product is simply incredible.  The musical arrangements are masterful and the infusion of the Latin sound into the mix is unique and refreshing.

The first Rhythms del Mundo project was their 2006 release of Rhythms del Mundo Cuba.  This groundbreaking album caught world wide listeners by surprise.  I was certainly one of those that were surprised.  The album boasts tracks from Sting, U2, Franz Ferdinand and Radiohead, just to name a few.  One of the stand out tracks for me was the new rendition of Coldplay’s “Clocks”.  The success of Rhythms del Mundo Cuba thankfully paved the way for the follow up, Rhythms del Mundo Classics, which was released in the summer of 2009.  The organizers built off of their previous model and took it a step further with an even more eclectic mix of artists and songs.  Rhythms del Mundo Cuba and Rhythms del Mundo Classics are two albums that would be great additions to your music collection.  Just push play and commence dancing.

KC’s Personal Picks:  Keane’s cover of “Under Pressure”, The Rolling Stones’ take on “Under The Boardwalk” and The Killers’ rendition of “Hotel California”

Take a look at the video for “Clocks” from Rhythms del Mundo featuring Coldplay

Listen to the album:

About the Author

Kevin has a long history of discovering the best music out there. He started off as an event coordinator for a ton of different types of shows and slowly started to grow his musical interests over time. Maybe some of those interests included the Baja Men, maybe they didn't.

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