Mambortur / Mambotur


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The fusion of traditional Latin dance rhythms with the textures and beats of electronica is not exactly new, but it's always welcome when it arises. Mambotur is a trio consisting of singer, producer, and bass player Argenis Brito (who does precious little singing and quite a bit of producing on this album) and the slightly more shadowy SeƱor Coconut, which may or may not be the alias of one Pierre Bucci. Together they create a fun and funky electro-Latin groove that owes as much to Kraftwerk as to Tito Puente, and vice versa. Several tracks, including "Meneito" and the trippy "Cumbia Dub," are heavily reggae-influenced, while "El Planta" offers up a deeply relaxed funk groove with Latin percussion and slightly creepy keyboards; "De Jas Huellas" is an actual song and is lots of good, hooky fun, while "De la Habana A" is sonically quirky and flirts seriously with the glitchier side of IDM. All in all, this is a thoroughly enjoyable walk on the exotic side of modern electronica and is highly recommended.

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