El Kilo

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The expatriate Cuban rappers Orishas burst on the scene with their 1999 debut, A Lo Cubano, capturing the hip-hop fever fermenting on the streets of Havana. But their success comes with a price. Based in Paris, the trio are cut off from their roots. Worse, they're prey to France's incredibly commercial rap style, which infects one-third of El Kilo's tracks. Longtime affiliate Niko Noki has obviously been listening to way too much Bryan McKnight and Jermaine Dupri -- close-miked acoustic guitars, synths, and lite-jazz melodies may play well in Europe, but they register as irredeemably corny to the ears of alternative hip-hop fans (the kind who might be drawn to Spanish ...
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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
The expatriate Cuban rappers Orishas burst on the scene with their 1999 debut, A Lo Cubano, capturing the hip-hop fever fermenting on the streets of Havana. But their success comes with a price. Based in Paris, the trio are cut off from their roots. Worse, they're prey to France's incredibly commercial rap style, which infects one-third of El Kilo's tracks. Longtime affiliate Niko Noki has obviously been listening to way too much Bryan McKnight and Jermaine Dupri -- close-miked acoustic guitars, synths, and lite-jazz melodies may play well in Europe, but they register as irredeemably corny to the ears of alternative hip-hop fans (the kind who might be drawn to Spanish rappers such as these). Fortunately, producer Andres Levin is there to save the day. Hot off his success with Yerba Buena and Los Amigos Invisibles, the Venezuelan-born New Yorker capitalizes on Orishas' Cuban flavor. Dispensing with samples in favor or cut-n-mixed tracks featuring some of New York's best Latin musicians, Levin's cuts crackle with real hip-hop attitude and Afro-Cuban roots. The intro, "Naci Orishas," rides a vintage boogaloo groove of the kind that propelled hits by Santana and J-Lo up the charts, while "Bombo" feautures more of a 4/4 dancefloor thump. "Al Que Le Guste" sports a dark dancehall rhythm and trés guitars; the bright "Amor al Arte" favors a Caribbean funk less familiar to this trio. Clearly, the surprises bring the best out of Orishas, and it's a pity that Levin didn't do the whole album. As it stands, El Kilo is damn good, but comes up just a litte underweight.
All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
With their third album, El Kilo, Orishas seem to have matured, and added an Old World depth they live in France to their Cuban roots and a pop sheen to the hip-hop that originally propelled them into the limelight. There's far more thought to the arrangements here, such as the guitar opening on "Reine de la Calle" or the mariachi horns of "Elegante." There's a fusion of melody and rap here that sets this album apart, moving easily from the gorgeous, almost perfect pop of the title cut to rapid-fire wordplay that switches between Spanish and English with remarkable fluidity. There's very little machismo on the disc, even on a track like "Naci Orishas," which relates the story of their beginning. Instead, there's a reflective, even introspective, mood to the disc. Far more than on their previous two efforts, Orishas have fully come into their own here, bringing the disparate parts of the sound together in a way that seems completely natural.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/29/2005
  • Label: Universal Latino
  • UPC: 602498281857
  • Catalog Number: 000434002

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Naci Orishas (4:56)
  2. 2 Distinto (4:06)
  3. 3 Elegante (4:01)
  4. 4 El Kilo (4:28)
  5. 5 Que Se Bote (4:17)
  6. 6 Reina de la Calle (4:26)
  7. 7 Bombo (3:33)
  8. 8 Al Que le Guste (4:27)
  9. 9 Amor Al Arte (4:07)
  10. 10 Tumbando y Dando (3:14)
  11. 11 La Calle (3:29)
  12. 12 Stress (4:06)
  13. 13 La Vacuna (4:08)
  14. 14 Quien Te Dijo - Pitbull (4:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Orishas Primary Artist, Percussion, Clappers
Brian Lynch Trumpet
Conrad Herwig Trombone
Andres Levin Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer
Laurent Vernerey Bass
Pedro Martinez Percussion
Yosvany Terry Saxophone
Alain Pérez Rodríguez Bass, Piano
Orlando Poleo Percussion
Octavio Cotan Aceves Tres
David Alonso Bass
Didier Davidas Keyboards
Christian Brun Guitar
Yotuel Romero Manzanares Vocals, Group Member
Roldan Gonzales Rivero Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Hiram Riven Medina Vocals, Cajon
Cucu Diamantes Background Vocals
William Paredes Trombone
Iván González Piano
Beatríz Luengo Castanets, Background Vocals
Jose Alberto Varona Trumpet
Christian Brum Guitar
Vladimir Nunez De Maoya Percussion
Vladimir Nunez De Moya Percussion
DJ Mig scratching
DJ Mig One scratching
DJ Sonar scratching
Niko Noki Keyboards
Miguel E Jimenez Ortega Trumpet
Technical Credits
Tim Coyne Mastering
Andres Levin Producer, Engineer
Tom Coyne Mastering
Niko Nocchi Composer
Orishas Arranger, Composer, Programming, beats
Nico Nocci Composer
Marco Damble Composer, Programming, beats, Beat Programming
Jérôme Riffaut Composer
Freddy Martineau Beat Programming
DJ Mig One Arranger, Programming, beats
Mig One Arranger, Beat Programming
Niko Noki Programming, Producer, beats, Beat Programming
Cyril Norton "Reptile" Engineer
Edouard Salier Artwork
Eduardo Salier Artwork
Laurent Rodriguez Sotelino Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Man I cant believe its so good

    Im wasnt a big fan in cuban music. But since these guys came out it all changed.

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