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Puente de Esperanza


Soundway Records
SNDWLP137DA | 2021-09-30  
Plucked from the outer limits of the Spanish underground comes Puente De Esperanza by Marengo. Originally released in 1986, the single is the debut offering from a classy compilation on Soundway Records, Ritmo Fantasía: Balearic Spanish Synth-Pop, Boogie and House (1982-1992).

Compiled by DJ Trujillo, a Venezuelan producer, DJ and record collector based in Berlin, the 21 track selection explores the forgotten corners of the 1980s and early `90s Spanish music scene, veering through early bleep and hip house, electro, boogie, Iberian pop and much more that will appeal to both Balearic heads and diggers alike. The artwork for the compilation is an original work by Yves Uro, a figurehead of Ibiza's party scene from the 70s and 80s and whose visionary poster artwork became representative of the golden island.

While some of the artists or producers on the compilation went on to have notable careers (see acclaimed flamenco pianist Chano Domínguez who was part of the La Guinda group featured here) many of the tracks selected here represent "one-offs" for the artists, and on occasion the labels as well. These sometimes self-released, privately-pressed productions, on short-lived imprints with names like Cantos and Prismatic, document the nascent clubland communities - from the capital, to major cities to the north, and east, and also smaller locales, coastal towns such as Marbella, Gijón, and Cádiz.

Shimmering into the room is the silky lead single Puente De Esperanza by Marengo. Written in 1986 by Juan R. "MARENGO" Medina, a singer-songwriter from Malaga who also created the artwork and the accompanying video, the song was inspired by the love of his life, his wife Carmen.

Ritmo Fantasía is the result of over a decade's worth of record shopping visits to Spain by DJ Trujillo, searching out bespoke stores, markets, and dealers. For the first time ever, it brings to light and groups together some hidden gems from an era that without it, would likely remain hidden from view.

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