04 May 2009

Monday's mp3: You want Soy on that Taco?

Camilo Lara has so many records it's crushed both his love life ("I don't have a girlfriend, but I have my records.") and his body (back surgery). But not his spirit, which is in boisterous evidence on the latest Mexican Institute of Sound album, Soy Sauce. Starting with a zesty track simply called "Cumbia," the album veers all over the alt-Latin landscape, mashing traditional rhythms, gritty rap, jungle noises , and electronica into a crazy Latin mayhem.

"When I was working on Soy Sauce," Lara says, " I was obsessd with Cafe Tacuba's classic album Re. I wanted to record an album like that -- going from polka to punk in one second. ... I wanted my album to really cover the entire scope of my musical tastes."

This album was recorded with a live band, but it still has the DJ sensibility of older MIS tunes. Have a listen to one of my early favorite tracks:

[mp3] Mexican Institute of Sound: Reventón
from the album Soy Sauce

Oh, and since I don't know if I'll post tomorrow, happy Cinco de Mayo!

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