Album: Ska Cubano, Ajiaco!: the Remix Album, (Casino Sounds)

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We can all tire eventually from having a bass drum use our head as a punchbag, which is why remix albums are rarely a good idea. And when the band's music is already dizzyingly danceable it's even more questionable. Yet this great London/Cuban dance band, with the help of a phalanx of DJs, have actually produced a substantial effort. From the off, Brazil's Frank Da Lata's take on "Babine" manages to remain captivating for over six minutes simply by going full-on bombastic samba, and keeping all the great solos in. Most of the remixers experiment a little, but also keep their party hats on, and so the original spirit remains.

Download this: Cuba meets Jamaica meets Brazil in the epic 'Babine'