American Us

American Us

by Los Mocosos
     
 
American Us is the third album from Bay Area groove outfit Los Mocosos. Here, they very competently take on the sound of other Latin fusion groups, à la Ozomatli. The album opens up with the highest energy piece the band has to offer in "Bandolera Era," a high speed bit of salsa shockingly similar to

Overview

American Us is the third album from Bay Area groove outfit Los Mocosos. Here, they very competently take on the sound of other Latin fusion groups, à la Ozomatli. The album opens up with the highest energy piece the band has to offer in "Bandolera Era," a high speed bit of salsa shockingly similar to Ozomatli's "Chango." As the album progresses, the band moves into some classic-'50s style crooning (somewhere between Ritchie Valens and Los Lonely Boys), some light R&B, and some fusions of funky guitar and bass riffs with both song and Latin-infused hip-hop. Meeting the necessary inclusion of political statement for modern fusion outfits, "Señor Presidente" warns of a revolution. "In the House" provides a nice throwback to the Bambaataa era with its intro, and continues the sociopolitical lyrics through to "The Beast." "Bacalao" provides an outlet for a straightforward bit of Latin hip-hop while simultaneously throwing in aspects of mambo and social statement. The range of styles is pretty diverse, as it is with many such current groups. The music itself is the key here -- much of it has been heard in various incarnations before, but the ability to tie the pieces together into a coherent and likeable whole is a talent. That talent makes this album worth a listen, especially for the seldom-heard styles ('50s ballads, etc).

Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/2004
Label:
Six Degrees
UPC:
0657036110229
catalogNumber:
1102

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mocosos   Primary Artist
Steve Carter   Keyboards
Bill Ortiz   Trumpet
Josée Manuel Martínez   Timbales,Vocals
Jesús Diaz   Percussion
Victor Castro   Trombone,Vocals
Camilo Landau   Bass

Technical Credits

Garry Hughes   Producer
Dan Penn   Composer
Steve Carter   Engineer
Spooner Oldham   Composer
Donal Hodgson   Producer
Gregorio Landau   Producer,Engineer
One Drop Scott   drum programming
Mannix Martinez   Liner Notes
Mocosos   Producer
David Nelson   Engineer

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