Side A is Spanglish’s NYC anthem featuring guest vocals by none other than Latin soul legend Joe Bataan. But this is not your grandmother’s boogaloo! Johnny Rosario, a/k/a DJ Johnny Juice (longtime DJ/producer for Public Enemy) takes Spanglish’s jazzy jam, adds beats and scratches, and turns it into a Latin Hip-Hop dance explosion.
The tune is about the toughness and diversity of New Yorkers in the midst of–what else?–a subway train stalled between stations. Composers Manuel Garcia-Orozco (Chaco World Music) and Jonathan Goldman wrote it hearing Bataan’s streetwise voice in their minds, and the band was thrilled when “Subway Joe,” always a supporter of younger artists, agreed to add his tamp to the record.
This track is featured in Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It (Season 2. Episode 1).
The B side is Spanglish’s instrumental take on “Chain of Fools” (immortalized by Aretha Franklin’s version), here in a new, stripped-down-raw mix/edit by DJ LeSpam (Spam All-Stars), who says “I wanted it to sound like an old funk 45.” Inspired by Mongo Santamaria’s Latin covers of 60s/70s soul hits, the track is propelled by a 5-piece percussion section that includes a guest appearance by Snowboy, stalwart of the Latin music movement in the UK. Passing through New York City during the sessions for Spanglish’s Ay Que Boogaloo! LP (2018), Snowboy hit the studio and lit up the congas for a few takes.
In association with Chaco World Music, Electric Cowbell offers up two dancefloor burners to the world, your DJ sets, and your vinyl 45 collection.