A mix of timeless and modern Afro Latin grooves fromChicago's excellent Esso! Afrojam Funkbeat! Stylistically, the sky is the limit with this Esso!, with arrangements that roll from a broad palette of Latin jazz & soul instrumentation to more of a modern dancefloor vibe, and from instrumentals to bilingual vocal tunes. They mix vocal modes nicely too, from group singing to soulful lead, to spoken word and hip hop inspire – it's as beautiful and diverse as the city we call home! Includes "Baila", "La Calle", "Cumbia Del Encanto", "Somos Hermanos", "Mi Gente", "Stone Eagle", "Sangre" and ""Piramides". (Limited edition of just 200 copies!)Type your paragraph here. -Dusty Groove
JUNTOS (2017) CD and Digital Download + Stream
"A bright and celebratory record made with true collaboratory spirit, bringing contemporary Afro-Latinx diasporic traditions together." -Bandcamp
12" VINYL (VIA DUSTY GROOVE)
"Sweet work from a great Chicago combo – one who go way past the usual grooves you might expect from an ensemble of this nature! Sure, these guys have "Afro" in their name, but they don't just play Fela-styled sounds – and instead step into a warm, wide range of sounds – all of which they do incredibly well! There's a touch of Brazilian elements on the guitars at points, and some deeper contemporary soul on the great vocals from Vivian Garcia – a singer who really adds a lot to the music when she steps into the spotlight – and the group even play around with some more Caribbean influences from time to time, keeping things freshly diverse, but never in a way that sounds unplanned or out of control. Titles include "La Lluvia", "Locas", "Uno Somos Todos", "Sabrosa", "Esso Strut", and "Iwbwu". -Dusty Groove, Inc.
PUEBLO UNIDO (2016) EXCLUSIVE DOWNLOAD
The digital only remix album ESSO put out while collaborating with Chicago's musical community. Remixed versions of their debut album originals featuring: AfroQbano, Bumbac Joe, Atropolis, Newlife, Sound Culture, Broso, Orion Magnus, Azteca 500, AQ, Jordan Taggart, Louis Mendez, Lester Rey, Seemore Perspective, Oso Gigante. Exclusive download available at Bandcamp and Datpiff.
12" VINYL "JUNTOS" (VIA DUSTY GROOVE)
¡ESSO! AFROJAM FUNKBEAT(2015) CD and Digital Download + Stream
The self titled debut album full length CD. The rustic rhythms of Fela spiced with the textures of Fania blend with an improvisational ritual resembling the Funk Brothers; all from the streets that birthed house music.