Piñata

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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
The savvy synthesis of traditional Mexican music with state-of-the-art electronica on Méjico Máxico (2006), the debut Mexican Institute of Sound album, continues on the second album by producer/songwriter Camilo Lara under the MIS banner, Piñata. The folkloric-electronic formula may seem simple, but Lara is savvy. His productions are rhythmically compelling, most importantly, and he adorns them tastefully with a variety of characteristically Mexican sounds, be it a horn riff, a cumbia break, or a Café Tacuba sample. There aren't many vocals on Piñata -- and most of them are sampled, or spoken word -- though there are enough to make this more than a typically faceless ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
The savvy synthesis of traditional Mexican music with state-of-the-art electronica on Méjico Máxico (2006), the debut Mexican Institute of Sound album, continues on the second album by producer/songwriter Camilo Lara under the MIS banner, Piñata. The folkloric-electronic formula may seem simple, but Lara is savvy. His productions are rhythmically compelling, most importantly, and he adorns them tastefully with a variety of characteristically Mexican sounds, be it a horn riff, a cumbia break, or a Café Tacuba sample. There aren't many vocals on Piñata -- and most of them are sampled, or spoken word -- though there are enough to make this more than a typically faceless electronica album. "El Micrófono" is one of the more vocally driven songs on the album, and sequenced early, it's an immediate standout (all the more so because it's the song with the aforementioned Café Tacuba sample, from "Chilanga Banda"). Sequenced adjacent to "El Micrófono" is "Escribeme Pronto," another standout vocal track and perhaps the album's most infectiously upbeat song. Following these early highlights, Piñata becomes increasingly esoteric, veering at one point ("A Todos Ellos") into a beat-driven montage of people voicing their artistic influences. Those who would prefer an entire album filled with catchy songs like "El Micrófono" and "Escribeme Pronto" may be disappointed by the esoteric turn. Yet Lara's desire to experiment with samples and spoken word, in addition to sung vocals, is a positive quality, showcasing his breadth of ideas and how Mexican Institute of Sound is much more than fashionable background music for clubs and commercials.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2007
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 711297481327
  • Catalog Number: 728771
  • Sales rank: 366,755

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Killer Kumbia (1:02)
  2. 2 Escribeme Pronto (3:09)
  3. 3 El Micrõfono (3:34)
  4. 4 Para No Vivir Desesperado (5:12)
  5. 5 La Kebradita (3:35)
  6. 6 A Girl Like You (3:43)
  7. 7 A Todos Ellos (4:36)
  8. 8 Hip Hop No Pares (3:18)
  9. 9 Katia, Tania, Paulina y La Kim (5:36)
  10. 10 Belludita (0:55)
  11. 11 Mi Negra a Bailal (3:14)
  12. 12 Lala Meda (2:56)
  13. 13 La Kebradita (4:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mexican Institute of Sound Primary Artist
Chris Frantz Vocals
Teo Drums, Shaker
Fantastic Plastic Machine Vocals
Tomoyuki Tanaka Vocals
Pat C. Vocals
Adrián Dargelos Vocals
Camilo Lara Various
Laureana Toledo Vocals
Rosalie Velazquez Guitar, cowbell
Holger Biege Organ, Bass, Tuba, Bass Drums, Sampling
Tatyana Santana Vocals
Javier Frantz Vocals
Holger Beier Bass Drums
Jordi Soler Vocals
Ro Velazquez cowbell
Laureana Toledo Vocals
Javier Linan Vocals
Technical Credits
Quique Rangel Art Direction
Alejandro Giacomán Mastering
Pat C. Composer
Camilo Lara Composer, Producer
Holger Biege Producer, beats
Gian Paolo Morábito Producer
Holger Beier Audio Production
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