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Mexican electronic music, yes. But which Mexico? The capital city and its panorama sprawl of concrete, or the interior's jungle promise of Mayan premodernity? Well, how about Tijuana, which depending on your trajectory might mean economic promise or B-movie titillation? In other words, exactly the sort of high-traffic, low-rent zone that breeds artists--for example the various acts that comprise the Nortec Collective, all young, pop-minded, tech-enabled musicians who want to build a bridge (and verse and chorus) to the 21st century. Amon Tobin's digitizations of Brazilian percussion have prepared listeners for this blend of indigenous sounds and globetrotting club culture. There's something for everyone here: Fussible's hard 4/4 dance sounds, Terrestre's encompassing collages, Hiperboreal's eerie street recordings--and, most of all, the general funhouse-mirror thrill of hearing the familiar (Norteño's tuba and accordion, techno's ethereal ambience and studio sheen) in entirely new ways. --Marc Weidenbaum
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language: : Spanish
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 5.75 x 0.45 inches; 3.54 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Palm Pictures
- SPARS Code : DDD
- Date First Available : January 4, 2007
- Label : Palm Pictures
- ASIN : B000059M07
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #251,882 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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The music on "Volume 1" is simple and straight forward. There are no fancy tricks or bells and whistles that you hear on many other dance-oriented electronica. It's refreshing. Good rhythms. Repetitive, but not overly so. Good melodic lines of sound. Somehow, it sounds less techno and more human than a lot of the European techno stuff. The music lacks lyrics and voices so, although it's out of Mexico, there is no language barrier. It's just straight-forward sound progressions that might be enjoyed by any listener of any culture. The music relies more on conventional musical instruments and less on strange electronic sounds, so it seems more like an orchestra rather than a fancy studio recording trick. And, it's all nice danceable stuff.
"The Tijuana Sessions: Vol. 1" is much softer and more mellow than I would have anticipated. A lot of it is very easy listening, almost background music. If you prefer something more adventurous or radical, go to "Tijuana Sessions: Vol. 3," "Panoptica" or "The Tijuana Sound Machine." Also, you might try the offerings of the Mexican Institute of Sound. However, "Volume 1" is a bold venture and, hopefully, will lead to abundant future Mexican electronica. Bravo!
While it's highly unlikely you will fall in love with every single one of the songs on this collection, due to their wild variety, I can almost completely guarantee you'll find at least a few tracks that you'll just fall in love with.