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Various Artists: Peru Maravilloso (Tiger's Milk Records)

Various Artists

Various Artists

Peru Maravilloso

(Tiger's Milk Records)

If you know your hip London restaurants, you'll have heard of Ceviche. It serves up Peruvian delicacies such as, well, ceviche. But Anglo-Peruvian owner Martin Morales has another passion: music. Enter Tiger's Milk Records, Morales's new venture, whose debut release is a 15-strong set covering Peru's musical output from the late 1960s and 1970s. And if you know your history, you'll know that, like Brazil around the same time, Peru underwent a military coup in 1968 which had a galvanising effect on the country's musicians. Out went the straight traditional musical forms, in came bands blending the local grooves of cumbia with psychedelic- and Tropicalia-flavoured compositions that spoke to the popular discontent of the time. Sort of, anyway. To be honest, it's hard to see how a track like Los Ecos's Me Siento Feliz could be classed as agitpop: it's an instrumental cover of The Beatles' I Feel Fine. Was it meant to be ironic? Either way, an under-appreciated slice of rhythm-heavy non-European music now has a champion and an outlet, and that's no bad thing.

Barry Didcock

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