“Oh yeah. Yeah. This is what I want to hear right now.”
Alfonso Lovo’s BBC Radio debut on Saturday, October 13th was a memorable one, and Gilles Peterson had no shortage of kind words regarding our latest LP. After playing the bulk of Lovo’s “Sinfonia del Espacio en Do Menor,” an enthused Peterson returned to mic to deliver this heartfelt testimonial.
“I think it’s the 50th release from Numero Group [actually 46th -ed.], which is the leading global reissue label. Based out of Chicago, they just spend all their time searching for music—unreleased music—and they keep coming up with gems. Alfonso Lovo, originally from Nicaragua, made this record in 1976. There’s 8 tracks on this record—this is so good! I got it last week, this album. And you know sometimes you get these reissues and they’re alright, they’re good, they’ve got good moments; this whole album is ridiculous, from beginning to end. It’s got everything… I wish I could play you the whole thing.”
Alfonso Lovo, never one to ignore a Google alert, wrote Gilles thanking him for his support. The legendary radio host was so touched that during his November 3rd show, he then read Lovo’s email on-air, referring to him at one point as “the man from Nicaragua who made one of the best Latin psychedelic records of all time.”
We don’t take this critique lightly, and are very grateful to Gilles for continuing to dig our releases, and in particular, for his generous praise of La Gigantona. We feel Alfonso’s unreleased masterpiece deserves every bit of it.
La Gigantona vinyl has arrived, as is available on our online store. Gilles: Can we send you one?
For more musical cues and remarkable tunes, tune into Gilles Peterson’s weekly broadcast/podcast, Saturdays on the BBC.
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