Panamá 77: Vinyl LP
Label: International Anthem Recording Co.
Release Date: 20th May
A Panamanian Chicagoan psychedelic trip this, the drummer's first as leader and with some of the greater good of International Anthem Recording Co. he's delivered a deep leafy mystery psych jazz funk like few things we've heard all year. It has that Latin swing but also that deep brooding Chicagoan sound, those tummy rumbling bass guitar sounds, dubby synths, bright guitars and cinematic bursts of horns and viola. Unreal record this one.
For those who dig: Anything on the always on point International Anthem, Jeff Parker, latin funk and jazz with some psych rock instrumentals.
Panamá-born, Chicago-based drummer Daniel Villarreal is known to many for his work in Dos Santos, Wild Belle, The Los Sundowns, Valebol Rudy de Anda, and many more. He’s one of the busiest players on the Chicago scene. If you’re in the Windy City, find him almost any night of the week at a bar, club, or venue near you, either behind the drumkit or behind the turntables, donning a beaver skin stetson hat, with his baby blue vintage Mercedes parked out front.
For his lead artist debut Panamá 77 he engages a diverse array of friends and collaborators - including Bardo Martinez (Chicano Batman), Jeff Parker (Tortoise), Marta Sofia Honer (Adrian Younge), Anna Butterss (Jenny Lewis), and Aquiles Navarro (Irreversible Entanglements) - to create a vibrant and verdant suite of multi-textural psychedelic instrumental folk-funk.
The album was recorded in several locations across Chicago & Los Angeles, including an outdoor session in the backyard of Chicali Outpost.