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Mexican Institute Of Sound - Méjico Máxico
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It was only last week we were getting into the cut up loop sounds of Spain’s El Guincho and his new album Alegranza so MIS (aka Camilo Lara) is an expert in the same area but and it seems a great time for this re-issue.
I won’t says he’s more dancefloor friendly than El Guincho, but it’s definitely a more upbeat approach; particularly the opener “Bienvenidos A Mi Disco” that’s exactly what it says on the tin.
Fans of 60’s Brasilia and T.V. theme tunes and Guinness Adverts should immediately tune into ‘Mirando A Las Muchachas’ and for the big tune sing-a-long, ‘Hey Tia!’.
The whole feel of this album is like it should have been on Afro Art (at Paul Murphy’s quirky best (I bet he’d love ‘La La La’ and ‘Cha Cha Cha’, too Benny Hill?) with some of Daedelus’ magic from the leftfield hip hop and the sounds of a Biggabush DJ session. And if just to enforce the point, ‘Buena Idea’ has a movie tune backing to simple beats and ‘Drume Negrita’ uses the drum machine, a gentle piano riff with the odd bit of scratchin’. It’s a shame that he’s just full of idea’s (like Shawn ‘Miles Of Styles’ Lee?) as some of these tracks are little gems like ‘Cyber Mambo’ and ‘Juan Ruifo’ - it seems like he’s hit on a bright idea, runs with it for 90 seconds and moves on. ‘Jaja Pipi’ and ‘Samba…Y Mola’ are particularly good examples of his bad habit.
The last track is another quasi Daedelus with as it’s a slow build up of synthy noises to a repeated but again it’s not long enough. And when I say last track, as this is a re-issue his album first out on Nacional Records, there’s a massive seven ‘Bonus Tracks’. Now 9 times out of 10, bonus tracks are nothing of the sort on CDs and I feared the worst with the first one but things quickly get back to normal with some dub, samba, banghra, d’n’b and cha cha cha influences.
Impressive stuff and worth catching up with last years’ album Piñata and the ‘Escribeme Pronto’ remixes (both on Cooking Vinyl). MIS might be an underground cult champion but if you are after some happy Latin inspired boogie beats for head and feat, he’s got the maxico.
Hectic Mix nominations: Canico De Amour’, ‘Dub A El Tampe, ‘Sauve!’, ‘La La La’, ‘Cha Cha Cha’, M.F.P.D.A. (MIS remix)
Reviewed: Mexican Institute Of Sound - Méjico Máxico (Cooking Vinyl) Cat No: cookcd414 Release date: October 2008
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