(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.