Joaquin “Joe” Claussell’s small gigs as a disc jockey in his neighborhood has led him through a musical journey that includes the creation of his own record label called Spiritual Life Music. He is well known in New York City’s dance scene for mixing African, Latin, Brazilian and world rhythms with jazz, disco and rock. The Nuyorican DJ/producer has lent his skills to Femi Kuti, Herbie Hancock, Beth Orton, Cassandra Wilson and Diana Ross. His remix of Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” was also featured on the popular show Sex and the City.
After a little mixing from Clausell, the 1970s tapes that filled an old tattered box have been transformed into Hammock House: Africa Caribe. Fania Records will release the two-disc set on May 17. The first disc includes Clausell’s remix of old Fania tracks from Lou Perez, Celia Cruz, Eddie Palmieri and Ray Barretto, while the second disc features a live continuous mix with beats from as far away as Africa to New York.
Listen to “Mambo Mongo” below and download here.