by Mexican Institute of Sound


The savvy synthesis of traditional Mexican music with state-of-the-art electronica on Méjico Máxico (2006), the debut Mexican Institute of Sound album, continues on the second album by producer/songwriter Camilo Lara under the MIS banner, Piñata. The folkloric-electronic formula may seem simple, but Lara is savvy. His productions are rhythmically compelling, most importantly, and he adorns them tastefully with a variety of characteristically Mexican sounds, be it a horn riff, a cumbia break, or a Café Tacuba sample. There aren't many vocals on Piñata -- and most of them are sampled, or spoken word -- though there are enough to make this more than a typically faceless electronica album. "El Micrófono" is one of the more vocally driven songs on the album, and sequenced early, it's an immediate standout (all the more so because it's the song with the aforementioned Café Tacuba sample, from "Chilanga Banda"). Sequenced adjacent to "El Micrófono" is "Escribeme Pronto," another standout vocal track and perhaps the album's most infectiously upbeat song. Following these early highlights, Piñata becomes increasingly esoteric, veering at one point ("A Todos Ellos") into a beat-driven montage of people voicing their artistic influences. Those who would prefer an entire album filled with catchy songs like "El Micrófono" and "Escribeme Pronto" may be disappointed by the esoteric turn. Yet Lara's desire to experiment with samples and spoken word, in addition to sung vocals, is a positive quality, showcasing his breadth of ideas and how Mexican Institute of Sound is much more than fashionable background music for clubs and commercials.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/24/2007
Label: Nacional Records
UPC: 0689076848725
catalogNumber: 68487

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mexican Institute of Sound   Primary Artist
Chris Frantz   Vocals
Teo   Drums,Shaker
Fantastic Plastic Machine   Vocals
Tomoyuki Tanaka   Vocals
Pat C.   Vocals
Adrián Dargelos   Vocals
Camilo Lara   Various
Laureana Toledo   Vocals
Rosalie Velazquez   Guitar,cowbell
Holger Biege   Organ,Bass,Tuba,Bass Drums,Sampling
Tatyana Santana   Vocals
Javier Frantz   Vocals
Holger Beier   Bass Drums
Jordi Soler   Vocals
Ro Velazquez   cowbell
Laureana Toledo   Vocals
Javier Linan   Vocals

Technical Credits

Quique Rangel   Art Direction
Pat C.   Composer
Camilo Lara   Composer,Producer
Holger Biege   Producer,beats
Gian Paolo Morábito   Producer
Holger Beier   Audio Production

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