Produced and mixed by the legendary Joaquin “Joe” Claussell, Hammock House ‘Africa Caribe’ is more than just remixes of Fania’s back catalog. It’s a stunning two-disc album with each track approached and assembled differently, each on its own terms.
The first disc features nine classic Fania tunes from Lou Perez, Celia Cruz, Eddie Palmieri, Ray Barretto and more all re-worked with the Joe Claussell touch. He says “I would listen to these songs and think what am I going to do to that?! A lot of them sounded perfect as they were. But the mentality of the ‘60s and ‘70s, when it came to music, people were just creating as artists – from the soul, from the heart. They took a lot of the technical stuff for granted. They were making music, not thinking about different mixes or anybody touching their art in the future. So I tried to keep the integrity of what’s there. Fania is very sacred to the Puerto Rican and Cuban heritage, so it was important that it get taken in by the right hands.”
The second disc is a live continuous mix by Claussell, but not like your average DJ mixing one track into another Joe’s states his goal for the mix-CD was to create an epic journey that begins in the Motherland (Africa) and moves to New York.
“I wanted to do a futuristic mix, where stories are being created with soundscapes and tapestries, and segues work as introductions to each story. I wanted to create bridges through different rhythms…..I mixed it live with four CD players, effects, and reel-to-reel… I wanted to mix it live so you get more of a human feel from it, to stay true to the texture of this music.” says Joe.
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