Mexican Institute of Sound Piñata Review

Released 2007.  

BBC Review

...will truly challenge your current perceptions of the Latin American musical genre.

Johnny Lais 2007

After the critically acclaimed debut album Mejico, Maxico, The Mexican Institute Of Sound’s second album Piñata offers a larger, richer and sexier sound than its predecessor.

Piñata is a medley of vibrant Latin rhythms fused together with rap and deep beats, a risky venture for any musician but here it works. The raps, both in English and Espaniol compliment the Latin Funk that we find on many of the tracks, producing a wild clash of musical landscapes. From Cumbia, Cha Cha Cha and Danzon, to Baile Funk, Hip Hop, Electro to cut & paste beats.

Camilo Lara’s Mexican Institute Of Sound are already receiving acclaim on the other side of the Atlantic, with the New York Times and Rolling Stone Mexico both recognizing the importance of this album and The Mexican Institute Of Sound. Camilo Lara leads and supports this one man institution with guest appearances from some of Latin America’s finest musical luminaries, Café Tacuba from Mexico and Argentina’s Babasonicos.

Camilo Lara takes the listener through a tour of Mexico city with a rich texture of musical genres that extend further than the subject matter of Mexico City. Without a doubt this album will be huge in Mexico and Latin America due to its ability to capture and reflect the times perfectly through music. In terms of the non Hispanic audience, it is yet to be seen whether this album will be commercially successful in the UK.

This album does not just push the boundaries, it runs at them with full force. It demands attention, dancing with the listener, at times coy and at other parts seductive. Piñata is a worthy and satisfying follow up to Mejico, Maxico . Imagine Gomez Manu Chao and The Avalanches fused into one enormous sound and you are almost there. The Mexican Institute Of Sound is a well deserved and fitting name for Camilo Lara’s one man musical landscape. This album will truly challenge your current perceptions of the Latin American musical genre.

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