Wednesday, August 27, 2014
De Musica Ligera - The Best for Last
“Latintronica” is a musical genre that can succinctly be described as electronica fused with traditional Latin music. Perhaps one of the most known exponents in recent years of “latintronica” is the Tijuana-based group Nortec Collective. For the past fifteen years, the members of Nortec have earned critical praise for their unique mixing of electronic and techno sounds with elements of Mexico’s Tambora and Norteño musical traditions. Yet as the cliché goes, “All good things must come to an end” and that is the case with Nortec who will disband this year.
Prior to retiring Nortec will release one final album on September 16th, which possibly not coincidentally is Mexico’s Independence Day. Entitled Motel Baja, the album is the final entry in Nortec duo’s Bostich + Fussible Border Trilogy and includes collaborators like the Tom Tom Club and Wolfgang Flur of Kraftwerk.
"We really enjoyed working with Nortec Collective. Their sound is filled with freshness and vigor," observed Tom Tom Club's Chris Frantz.
The first single from Motel Baja, “Camino Verde” was released earlier this month and you can listen to it in the embedded video at the top of this post. On Wednesday another single from the album was released. “Room Service” was described by Fussible (real name: Pepe Mogt) as “one of those romantic songs that you’d hear in a Tijuana hotel room” that blends the “classic norteño sound of Mexican music from old times, but still has the electronic edge characteristic of the Nortec sound.”
“Room Service” can be heard by clicking this link to The Onion’s A.V. Club.
Motel Baja can be pre-ordered via iTunes.
De Musica Ligera is our occasional feature on music from the Americas as well as a song from seminal 1980s Argentine rock group Soda Stereo.
Video Source – Nacional Records via YouTube
Online Sources – The Latin Americanist; Rolling Stone; The A.V. Club; iTunes