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Bobbito Earthtones

The vibe of Bobbito's Earthtones compilation calls to mind lazy summer days sitting in front of the bodega on fold-out chairs, watching old men play cards and Dominican girls walk by in too-tight pants. It's got an easy swing-but it's not full of the hip-hop that this NYC urban statesman has become known for. Instead, Bobbito presents Latin, funk and soul sounds ranging from the flute-happy salsa house of La Gente Urbana's "Osanyin" to the sauntering '70s gangster soul of Three Pieces' "Backed Up Against The Wall." The quality of the tracks varies from downright funky to wanky elevator jazz, but if you still seek inspiration from the '70s, you'll find something to jam to here.

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