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Aguacates de Jiquilpan

Los Aguacates de Jiquilpan

by Akwid
     
 

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For their third Univision album in three years, Akwid frame it with a concept, much like what they'd done a year prior on Komp 104.9 Radio Compa. While that album was framed with a fictional radio station concept, Los Aguacates de Jiquilpan is framed by a fairy-tale concept, complete with a soft-spoken Latina narrator who tells the

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For their third Univision album in three years, Akwid frame it with a concept, much like what they'd done a year prior on Komp 104.9 Radio Compa. While that album was framed with a fictional radio station concept, Los Aguacates de Jiquilpan is framed by a fairy-tale concept, complete with a soft-spoken Latina narrator who tells the tale of how these two brothers left Mexico for the urban jungle of Los Angeles. It's an autobiographical tale, and it's often infused with a good dose of humor, which distances Akwid from the generally hardcore style of most Los Angeles rappers, Chicano or otherwise. The Gómez brothers are first-rate rappers, and as usual, they produce their own beats, which are likewise first-rate. Of particular interest are the productions for "Sentir la Vida" and "Como Perros." The beats for both songs are derived from early-'80s funk classics -- the former is derived from Zapp's "More Bounce to the Ounce," the latter from George Clinton's "Atomic Dog," both of which were staples of golden age hip-hop sampling and thus carry with them substantial import. Akwid are aware of this, no doubt, as they first garnered mass attention for their sampling of Juan Gabriel's "Te Lo Pido por Favor" on their breakthrough hit, "No Hay Maner." "Sentir la Vida" is the closest Los Aguacates de Jiquilpan comes to matching the infectiousness of that breakthrough single, as it too is awfully catchy and has a feel-good message about living life to the fullest. And to draw more comparisons, like Komp 104.9 this album is somewhat burdened by its conceptual frame. On the one hand, it gives Los Aguacates de Jiquilpan character and showcases the duo's creativity; on the other hand, however, it can interfere with selective listening. But either way, its biographical undertones help further develop the Gómez brothers as people, and at this point, several albums into their career, Akwid are really shaping up to be an influential Latin music act, not the one-hit novelty act "No Hay Maner" may have foreshadowed.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/30/2005
Label:
Univision Music Grp
UPC:
0808831038120
catalogNumber:
310381

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Performance Credits

Akwid   Primary Artist
Ramon Flores   Trumpet
John Grab   Trombone
Leyla Hoyle   Background Vocals,Coros
David Stout   Trombone
Cameron Stone   Cello
Francis Benítez   Background Vocals,Coros
Gustavo Farias   Guitar,Piano,Metales
Arturo Solar   Trumpet
Melissa Reiner   Violin
Paulina Rendón   Narrator
Robert Anderson   Violin
Alma Fernandez   Viola
Raymond Tischer   Violin
Diego Millares   Cello
Neil Hamond   Violin

Technical Credits

Joe Williams   Composer
Roger   Composer
Manuel Alejandro   Composer
Gustavo Farias   Direcccion de Cuerdas
Sergio Gómez   Composer
Ana Magdalena   Composer
Mike Cordero   Graphic Design
Mundo Gomez   Engineer
Guillermo Santiso   Executive Producer
Francisco Domínguez Gómez   Producer

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