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Various Artists Nortec Collective: Tijuana Sessions Vol. 3

Imagine you‘re driving through a windswept California desert, listening to the radio in your beat-up pickup truck; suddenly, all the stations blur together into one massive mess of melodies and samples. That‘s the sound of the Nortec Collective, a crew of musicians that skillfully blends modern electronic music with traditional Mexican music. On their second full-length (they skipped volume two), they avoid performing a shotgun wedding between genres. Thumping tubas, echoing brass and buoyant Latin percussion feel like organic parts of their laid-back grooves, not grafted-on afterthoughts. If you like Latin beats, you‘ll find this album spot on (think El Mariachi with a sampler).

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