As previously announced, The FADER is embarking on a yearlong remix project with the legendary Latin label Fania, wherein we enlist some of our favorite musicians to reinterpret classics from their celebrated catalog. Today, we’re thrilled to premiere the first in the series, for which Monterrey-based DJ/producer Toy Selectah has envisioned Willie Colón‘s haunting salsa classic “Aguanile” as a portal to the future of the sacred 6/8 rhythm. Voiced by hallowed singer Hector Lavoe, the song feels like a stepladder from the ancient rhythmic past to the very immediate present, manifested in the new Mexican style called tribal guarachero. Read our interview with Toy about his interpretation of this song in the following pages, and read more about him in our tribal guarachero story in our latest issue. You can buy this remix off Fania’s site, purchase it on vinyl EP in the coming months, or grab the whole 12-song series on vinyl and CD at the end of the year.
Stream: Willie Colón, “Aguanile (Toy Selectah RMX)”