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NUM006
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Cult Cargo

Belize City Boil Up

The national dish of Belize is a diverse mixture of ingredients: pig’s tail, potatoes, plantains, bananas, boiled eggs, yams, and whole fish, thrown in a pot and stewed to perfection. They call it a boil-up. Cult Cargo: Belize City Boil Up combines equal parts R&B, calypso, disco, funk, reggae, bruckdown, soul, folk, and other sounds scraped off the musical pantry’s bottom shelf, though it’s anything but leftovers. See the Harmonettes’ speedy, robustly recorded take on “Shame, Shame, Shame” or tropical pulse and electro stabs on Lord Rhaburn’s “Disco Connection.” Before our very own Rob Sevier showed up on Belize’s sand-swept shores, little was known of the tiny Central American nation’s vibrant musical history. Since then, we’ve scoured the catalog of Belize’s lone record label, Compton Fairweather’s C.E.S., for choice delicacies derived from American genres gone mutant under intense Belizean sunlight, gathering a hurricane of battered photos, album sleeves, and ephemera, amassing a sound souvenir that’s more like a recorded jaunt through a dance-infected Belize long gone. Our sturdy gatefold double-LP edition includes two bonus tracks...dashes of extra flavoring you won’t find plated by any other Numero product.

  • 2xLP

    2 150g LP
    1 2-pocket gatefold tip-on jacket
    2 printed inner sleeves

Track List

  1. Lord Rhaburn Disco Connection
  2. The Harmonettes Can't Go Halfway
  3. The Performers Guajida
  4. The Web The Same Old Me
  5. The Professionals A Part of Being with You
  6. Lord Rhaburn More Love Reggae
  7. The Professionals The Back Stabbers
  8. The Web Rated G
  9. The Harmonettes Shame, Shame, Shame
  10. The Soul Creations Funky Jive Part II
  11. Lord Rhaburn Don't Fight It
  12. Nadia Cattouse Long Time Boy
  13. Lord Rhaburn Boogaloo a la Chuck
  14. The Professionals Theme from the Godfather
  15. The Web Things Are Going To Work Out Right
  16. The Soul Creations Funky Jive Part I