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Mejico Maxico

  • 1. Bienvenidos a Mi Disco
    2. OK!
    3. Mirando a las Muchachas
    4. Jaja Pipi
    5. Buena Idea
    6. Drume Negrita
    7. CyberMambo
    8. Juan Rulfo
    9. Corasound
    10. Cancin de Amor Para Mi Futura Novia
    11. Sabrosa
    12. Hey Ta!
    13. Que Rico
    14. Dub-A el Tiempo Es Muy Largo
    15. No Hay Masa Ya
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 68427

  • Credits

    Audio Mixer: Alejandro Giacomn.
    Photographer: Laureana Toledo.
    Think Mexico City and you don't automatically think hipster mecca. In fact you don't think hipster mecca even if urged -- you think hot, crowded, and poverty-pocked. Yet peel the cellophane off Mexican Institute of Sound's Mjico Mxico and all that changes before you can square the jowly guy in Chuck Taylors on the cover with the space-age pastiche of sound he's assembled. Camilo Lara, a central figure in the Latin world's widening electronica circle and MIS' one-man mastermind, is a little like LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy: you know the guy's a genius, but it's obvious he's less a performer than a gifted collage artist. Acts like Placebo, Gecko Turner, Babasnicos, and Le Hammond Inferno have enlisted him for remixes, and chances are that, like LCD, he's bombarded by requests for sound tweaks from distant musical spheres (can it be long before Britney Spears' reps come calling here, too?). Mjico Mxico, though unlikely to launch him into the popular imagination, at least accounts for why his undergroundsman's cred is so rock-solid: in a carefully sequenced set of all-Spanish tracks, MIS welds a scrap heap of cumbia, dub, cha-cha, disco, and poetry into a sturdy tower of ultramodern, ultra-listenable music. Record-player hiss rubs up against repeated spoken word assurances ("OK!"), and faded piano plinks dissolve into rhythmic bleeps, whorls, and trance beats. Melancholy morphs into a moody happiness. Dreaminess melts into despair. MIS, presiding with a light touch, sews it all up with a surefootedness that serves his genre well: Mexican electronica is a hard sell, but here are 15 reasons why it shouldn't be. ~ Tammy La Gorce

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