- Words: Max Herman
- Label: Two Tone Elephants
Going in to record its self-titled debut, Toca didn't really have a plan of action-and it shows. This album, spearheaded by MC Daniel "Xololanxinxo" Rodriguez (from Of Mexican Descent), is all over the place, but in a good way. Somehow, this kinetic quintet manages to make a track with salsa, punk rock, and hip-hop elements ("Con Ruido") sound cohesive. Literally every song unveils a new direction for Toca-sometimes even within the songs themselves. On "Nice Try," what begins as a chaotic blast of psychedelia cools off into a laid-back roots reggae joint. On paper, this band's music makes little sense. And that's exactly why you have to experience the experimental energy of Toca for yourself.
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