Various – Peru Bravo: Funk, Soul & Psych from Peru's Radical Decade
- Stewart Smith
- 11 November 2014
Mixed music bag documenting fertile, if short-lived, Liman music scene during 1968-75 Velasco regime
Peru Bravo documents the fertile, if short-lived, Liman music scene during the 1968-75 Velasco regime, offering tasty psych and funk nuggets and the odd gem. Los Destellos' 'Onsta la Yerbita' is a trip, with an echo-drenched MC inviting the kids to dance and two guitarists pouring fuzzy psychedelic syrup across a cool Latin groove. It's hard not to warm to an artist who dubs himself 'El Troglodita', as Jean Paul does. His 'Everything's Gonna Change' is one of the best things here, his high and raspy voice leading the band through a series of hip James Brown-inspired vamps to land on a catchy psych-pop chorus. Laghonia are clearly the most accomplished band here, working up a driving groove beneath the progressive pop of 'Bahia'. Of the cover versions, Los Holys' curious stumblefunk take on the Meters' immortal 'Cissy Strut' intrigues, but the real interest lies in the Peruvian originals.