Posts tagged Latino
El Mato a un Policia Motorizado con La Dinastia Scorpio

Argentinean band El Mato a un Policia Motorizado (great name) is coming to the US soon and they are adding some tracks to 'La Dinastia Scorpio', their previously released album is now new again with 4 extra songs. This is such a comfortable album, in a good way of course. While digging thru code and layouts I was also digging their sound and it made time fly and my play counts rise. From the first track 'Mujeres Bellas y Fuertes', off-kilter 'Prenderte Fuero' and the trippy 'Nuevos Discos', it's all fun and yet another reason why I'm loving spanish rock much more as of late. There's always that "thing" that's turned me off about some Latino rock bands then forgiving certain things because I just knew they were ultimately good, I think in the time that we live in and the rock (like this) that is literally exploding out of everywhere, we are lucky that we can all hear it loud and clear.

While still rockin', it also has a folky feel to it that soothes the overall album sound where you'll not want to skip a track. I had 'Yoni' and 'Noche Negra' on repeat for about half an hour, at the same time that it sounds funny, this is exactly one of those albums where if you lose the cd somewhere and then find it it'll light up your day. The love song 'El Fuego Que Hemos Construido' has a great twinkle in sound where it feels like it was made with true emotion, you can see it play in your head as the guy sings to the girl as the beautiful guitar sways at 5:24. A good deal of Harmony oozes out of 'El Dia del Huracan' then they end the album with 'El Magnetismo' and it makes you feel alone while still wanting to protect. Well done guys.

I'm bummed I won't be able to see their US debut at the Mercury Lounge (NYC) on July 9th, they will also be a part of the LAMC Showcase in acoustic form in SOB's (NYC) on July 11th. This spectacular album goes on sale on July 29th. Thanks to the awesome folks at Nacional Records for helping bring bands like this to the states. They always fight the good fight.

Revisit: Fania All Stars in Africa

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2-ZmO13_dI[/youtube] Nothing says good morning on a Saturday like watching the Fania All Star greats perform but since we either can't see them or some artists physically can't perform this might be the next best thing. This was on 1974 in the Statu Hai stadium at Kinsasha, Zaire, it was also filmed and released as “Fania All Stars Live in Africa.” Amazing times for music.

For more information on Fania All Stars visit Fania's site or if interested in purchasing the dvd visit their shop.

Astro Astro Dale Astro
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I have a weird like/dislike relationship with MGMT so when I received this album I was a little skeptical about Astro, which has been compared to the Chilean version of the popular band. However, listening thru the album a few times I've experienced nothing but a fun atmosphere and sounds like the boys had a lot of good times making it. The sound is light hearted with an enjoyable pace, it also has a great sense of energy throughout. From the synth one chord cool sound of 'Ciervos' to the bitmapped 'Miu-Miu' then with 'Nueces de Bangladesh' heavy distorted sound, it has good range and stays sonically interesting from start to finish. Astro's self-titled album is a good nod to Latin music and it's progression towards different sounds, they also remind me a bit of El Guincho with their imaginative lyrics and synths. Sometimes you just want good music without the politics and picking sides, the Astro album is perfect for that and that's what makes it so much fun. If this Indie-Pop group stays on course and keeps developing their sound, Astros' future will bring great joy to everyones ears. While sounding great and all fun, I'd like to hear them explore more of an individual sound for Astro instead of me instantly comparing them because of similar sounds... not that it's a bad thing but you know. Those whom don't speak Spanish might be alienated a little because of the all Spanish lyrics but the sounds will totally carry you over and at the end of the day it's about the music. Mission accomplished. You can buy their album on iTunes now for a cool $7.99. 'Ciervos' is their first single/video off the self-titled album which you can watch below. 

Calle 13 Le Da 'La Vuelta Al Mundo'

The latest video by Calle 13 continues the positive growth they consistently keep having on their music and life. The title roughly translates to 'around the world' and is a uplifting view on living and how you live your life. He starts by stating 'don't gift me more books because I won't read them', pointing out using life as your guide and not some manual society sets for you. Playing out the ever present focus on not getting stuck in routine and becoming lifeless, but dream and make your paradise. Everyone has been there but it's nice to see it played out in a way that we have all thought or done at one point in our life. The beating drums and focus on maintaining your dreams then become eventually them is one that will never get old for me.

If interested in the English translation of the lyrics, click here.

A Calle 13 que sigan con sus mensajes de cultura y positividad, el cielo no es limite, pero solo otro nivel en que pasaran. Gracias por compartir otro viaje a un mundo en que muchos desean tener cojones en donde vivir.