[Editor’s Note: this is the last of six playlist posts collected in our Island Music series, which shares some of the Spanish and Latin music playlists we’ve created for our Panama resort, with a little context about the artists and styles featured in each.]
Another “desert island fantasy” from Las Rocas, this playlist is inspired by the first James Bond film, 1962’s Dr. No, much of which takes place on a remote and forbidden island off Jamaica’s coast. This is the soundtrack that syncs best with your most daring island adventures on Isla Palenque: even if rock-climbing your way to our blowhole didn’t involve someone chasing you with a Beretta, you should still be able to sit back with a dry martini afterwards and appreciate your achievement in style.
The underlying musical theme might be hard to pin down, but to do so, just start with Lalo Schifrin – the composer of film scores for the likes of sixties’ Mission Impossible and Bullitt, and an Argentinian with a solid background in samba, bossa nova, and other tropical sounds. Many of the artists here would acknowledge their debt to him, though their sounds are updated (thus the “2000”). In fact, Stereophonic could be auditioning to do a very faithful reinterpretation of a score for an early James Bond movie. Multi-instrumentalist Chris Joss, along with the Barrio Jazz Gang, provides more laid-back scoring. The loosely connected Brazilian bands Sonantes and Apollo Nove deliver a little trippy, dangerous edge to the proceedings, and Nicola Conte and Nouvelle Vague provide some requisite jazzy bossa nova. Boozoo Bajou closes things with a dubby track emanating from some imaginary Jamaica, which – after all – is where this whole fantasy started.
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