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LDA v The Lunatics
     

LDA v The Lunatics

by Los de Abajo
 
The third release on the international market from Los de Abajo shows off some interesting mixes. There's a fairly large amount of Mexican rock and its related idioms (think of Café Tacuba or Los Mocosos). However, the bag of tricks goes deeper with these folks. The album centers

Overview

The third release on the international market from Los de Abajo shows off some interesting mixes. There's a fairly large amount of Mexican rock and its related idioms (think of Café Tacuba or Los Mocosos). However, the bag of tricks goes deeper with these folks. The album centers around a remake of "The Lunatics Have Taken Over the Asylum," with a heavy ska beat. The Latin-ska influence holds throughout, but mixes in further with other sounds now and then (was that a touch of G-funk synthesizer on "Cumbia del Castor"?). The album opens with a basic hip-hop-influenced, politically fused piece, à la Ozomatli, and quickly moves into its proper ska territory. Mariachi items appear, and though doctored, retain elements of the classics ("A La Orillita" has some new lyrics, but the music itself is the prototypical solo mariachi form -- compare even to something like Antonio Banderas' work for Desperado for a note-by-note similarity). Dub makes its way in quietly, making the odd skip from ska to dub without a lot of roots in between. It's a bouncing collection, worth a spin for fans of contemporary Mexico City sounds (in which Los de Abajo are certainly leaders), or cross-cultural fusion. More than that though, it's just a generally hot album, begging for some dancing.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/07/2006
Label:
Emi Import
UPC:
0094633546929
catalogNumber:
3354692

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Performance Credits

de Abajo   Primary Artist
Natacha Atlas   Vocals
Dennis Rollins   Trombone
Neville Staple   Vocals
Mauricio Diaz   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Neil Sparkes   Percussion,Tabla,Background Vocals
Super Odisea   Trombone,Vocals,Group Member
Rafael Torres   Jarana
Count Dubulah   Bass,Guitar,Electric Bass,Electric Guitar
Hector Lopez   Tuba
Alejandro Correa   Violin
Yocupitzio Arellano   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Valdimir Garnica   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Jarana,Tres,Requinto,Group Member
Javier Zuñiga   Percussion,electronic percussion,Group Member
Alonso "El Castellano" Borja   Jarana
Canek "Chilo" Cabrera   Trumpet,Vocals
Liber Teran   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Vocals,Bajo Sexto,Group Member
Daniel Xican Vallejo   Background Vocals
Gilda Oswaldo Cruz   Viola
Fernando Castañeda   Trumpet
Isreal Cupich   Double Bass
Satenik Lalayan   Violin
Hugo Leyva   Tenor Saxophone
Jose Antonio Lopez   Cello
Saul Osorio   Clarinet
Pavel Sandoval   Percussion,scratching,Sampling,electronic percussion,Group Member
Zapatista Insurgent Commander Esther   Spoken Word

Technical Credits

Lynval Golding   Composer
Neville Staple   Composer
Neil Sparkes   Programming,Producer
Carlos Cuevas   Composer
Count Dubulah   Programming,Producer,String Arrangements
Oscar Sarquiz   translation
de Abajo   Arranger
Yocupitzio Arellano   Programming
Temple of Sound   Producer
Valdimir Garnica   Composer
Canek "Chilo" Cabrera   Composer
Odisea Valenzuela   Composer
Daniel Xican Vallejo   Composer
Norberto Islas   Engineer
Pavel Sandoval   Programming

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