Thursday, September 30, 2010

Los de Abajo: Actitud Calle

Robin Denselow reviews Los de Abajo's Actitud Calle.
Mexico's best-known ska and fusion band have been mysteriously quiet since they released the glorious LDA vs the Lunatics set five years ago, which famously included their Latin reworking of The Lunatics Have Taken Over the Asylum. Now they are back, with only five members of the old band featured in the new, expanded 10-piece lineup, but they still sound slick, distinctive and energetic, if no longer quite as experimental as in the past. This is a band who have always specialised in variety, and can switch seamlessly between styles, easing from brassy ska to hip-hop, then adding in anything from traditional Mexican styles to salsa, acoustic guitar passages or global influences.
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