New Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band LP, 55
It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost ten years since the first we heard from Bjorn Wagner’s Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band. Over the course of that time, we’ve been treated with nearly half a dozen 45s across labels like Mocambo, Plane Jane, and Truth & Soul. Fortunately, if you missed those releases, most of the work, aside from the Grant Green cover of “Ease Back” that featured on their debut 45, has been assembled alongside other tracks, both covers and originals, on their debut album, 55, on Big Crown Records.
In March, the full-length was preceded by a lead 45 that featured a cover of Faith Evans’ “Love Like This” on the A-side with “Was Dog a Doughnut,” a Cat Stevens song, on the flip. The band’s music is now being released via Big Crown Records, which may be new in name, but its founders are quite familiar to Wax Poetics fans: Leon Michels and Danny Akalepse, formerly of Truth & Soul Records.
You’ll find some of their familiar work, like the wonderful cover version of 50 Cent’s “P.I.M.P.,” and “Bacao Suave” on the new record, but we’re also excited about other originals on the album like the discofied “Port of Spain Hustle,” which we’re premiering.
The album’s title references the 55-gallon steel drums that are the band’s calling card. You can hear snippets of all the tracks on the album on Big Crown’s site. The album is out now and available for purchase/order at your local independent shop, online retailers, as well as digital outlets.
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