Review: Since helping launch the Disco Mas label in 2014, Los Disco Duro has released a string of "analogue synthesizer interpretations of Latin classics", re-imagining familiar favourites as often sleazy, intergalactic-sounding workouts. They're at it again here, too, first offering up a drums, synths and electric piano take on salsa standard "Lluvia Con Nieve" whose most unusual, headline-grabbing feature is the presence of some cheeky Kraftwerk style vocoder vocals. Arguably even better is more revolutionary B-side "La Chankla", an early '80s, Afrika Bambaata style electro workout peppered with Spanish language vocoder vocals and sampled Latin drum fills.
Review: Second time around for Los Jaloguines first (and so far only) single on Discos Mas, which first surfaced on the cumbia-inspired label back in 2017. "Trik-O-Tri" (trick-or-treat) is typical of the label's eccentric output, with the little-known studio outfit layering bizarre, Halloween-themed vocals (pitched up and down for extra wonkiness) over a reggae-tinged 21st century psychedelic cumbia beat. Flipside "La Arana De Chocolat" is an equally bizarre but brilliant number that tells the tale of a listener caught in the web of an imaginary chocolate spider. It, too, features effects-laden vocals, while the side ends with some locked cumbia grooves for DJs who like to get inventive in the mix.
Review: El Mero Guero Sonidero is a fairly well known DJ on the Californian cumbia underground, though this seems to be the Bay Area resident's debut single release. As with many cuts on Discos Mas, "Cumbia Chulita" offers a suitably 21st century take on the Colombian genre, with traditional elements - accordions, vocals, hand percussion - sitting side by side with hip-hop vocal samples, intergalactic synth lines, heavy sub bass and shuffling drum machine beats. His love of dub delays, wild synthesizer lines and spoken vocals comes to the fore on spaced-out B-side "Saludos Desde Oakland", which is pretty out there despite the presence of a relentless cumbia riddim.