On the Latin tip. . .

From: Dr. Axel Barcelo Aspeitia -- Investigador (abarcelo@minerva.filosoficas.unam.mx)
Date: Wed May 16 2001 - 23:09:33 CEST

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    On my CD changer. . . for those trying to expand their notion of 'latin'

    1. Sueno con Serpientes [I dream of serpents] - Santa Sabina

            An amazing version of Silvio Rodriguez' classical political
    metaphor for the Latin American situation. Long, slow and dark. The
    grandparents of Mexican goth-funk back at their best. Rita Guerrero still
    cannot sing, but her murmurs still send shivers down my spine. I was
    afraid of the effect of losing their amazing original drummer, but they
    proved me wrong. Originally released on a hard-to-find tribute to Silvio
    Rodriguez, now available on their latest album.

    2. Tengo Frio [I am cold] - Ely Guerra

            I just heard this album is more than a year old, and I had heard
    this track for a while, but could not find out who it was until recently.
    A sly downtempo piece, with a trippy rhythm track and half-murmured lyrics
    (yeah, maybe I am just crazy about female murmurs). Awesome video as well!
    The rest of the album, Lotofire, is also pretty good. Therefore, she was
    dropped out of her label (EMI) almost as soon as she released this.

    3. El Album [The (photo) album] - Aterciopelados

            This colombian's band's latest album -Gozo Poderoso (Mighty Joy)-
    is not as electronic as their amazing 'Caribe Atomico' (Atomic Caribbean),
    but still manages to update colombian folklore and turn it into a whole
    new style, very unique and still very Aterciopelados'. It is hard to
    believe that Buitrago comes from playing Trash Metal or that their first
    albums were folk-punk fusion rapsodies. In this new album, they even
    incorporate some pop hooks to the mix. Strongly recommended.

    4. Nortec Collective - The Tijuana Sessions

            So the hype's all true. Innovative mexican
    nortena-electronic fusion from Tijuana. You've already heard about it.
    It's all good. From the energetic dance anthems of Bostich and Fussible,
    to the darker jams by Terrestre et. al., the results are always
    surprising. In short, there is no single 'nortec' sound, but a panoply of
    experiments. Listening to this has certainly sparked some new ideas.

    5. Cecilia Toussaint (self-titled)

            (Besides directing documentaries, producing and recording music by
    herself and others, being a radio DJ, a soap opera star, TV and Film
    actress and mother of two) Cecilia Toussaint has sung and recorded
    everything from children songs to Boleros, Mexican folk, hard rock and
    traditional ranchera music. However, it is clear that her roots are deep
    in the jazz tradition. I really wish she would come to terms with this.
    Instead, lately, she has been exploring an odd style of jazzy pop, which
    borders on Adult Alternative Radio music. Still, the album is worth a
    listen because her voice is still one of the most beautiful in the Spanish
    speaking (singing?) world, and the musical arrangements in this album are
    nothing short of amazing.


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