16 June 2008

Monday's mp3: Fiery Fantasma

Grupo Fantasma's fourth CD hits stores tomorrow, and it's a big burning ball of steamy fun. It's hot, I tell you! If you're from Austin, you already know about this 11-piece group, which calls itself a "Latin funk orchestra."

They've certainly got the sound to support that -- Sonidos Gold begins with funky percussion and a wall of horns on "El Sabio Soy Yo" and only slows down a bit on the final Ry-Cooderish track, "Perso Fra I Mesquites." Between those two are ten other tracks that go great with summertime and sweat.
Grupo Fantasma - Sonidos Gold
Grupo Fantasma may not be as well known as groups Ozomatli -- to whom they'll certainly be compared, but this album and their summer tour should help change that. I haven't seen them, but have heard they put on a fantastic live show.

This track has something of a Santana feel -- and it's a perfect summer rocker, with that great guitar sound, a tight sax solo, and the sing-along refrain "Ain't got no money / gimme some." Easy to relate to that when you're sweating in a plastic chair in the driveway next to your El Dorado, wishing you had cash for gas.

[mp3] Grupo Fantasma: Gimme Some
from Sonidos Gold

band website: www.grupofantasma.com
On tour through Sept. 18

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