Various Red Hot + Latin: Silencio = Muerte

Originally released ten years ago as part of the landmark Red Hot series, Red Hot + Latin was complied to fund the fight against Aids in Latin America and the Latino community. The goal was to team some of the leading artists in Latin America and their hip, south-of-the-border influenced North American counterparts — whether it be the spicy horns of Fishbone and King Chango, or the gentle bossa of Cibo Matto. Unlike most duet albums, these collaborations were confident, passionate anthems that, besides benefiting a good cause, showcased the unprecedented impact Latinos have on North American culture as well as the mentality that in true global sounds, all genres are relevant. All the original songs are present ranging from the bachelor pad space pop duo of Money Mark and Los Lobos on "Pepe and Irene,” to Cibo Matto’s witty take on the Tom Jobim classic "Aguas de Marco” and a slowed down version of the classic mid-’90s guilty pleasure "Whoever You Are,” teaming Geggy Tah with King Chango. As a bonus, Nacional has tacked on five songs including new versions of previous songs by Mexican oddballs Plastilina Mosh and Kinky, one of the better recent Thievery Corporation tracks "Sol Tapado,” and a fitting collaboration between current hipsters Brazilian Girls and one of Latin America’s most underrated singers, Argentina’s Kevin Johansen. A top-notch, feel-good compilation that will hopefully open a new world of music and move your feet at the same time. (Nacional)