- Release Date 2010-05-10
- Label Cadenza Lab
- Catalog CAL002
"El Grillo, el Indio y el Robot" translates as "The Cricket, the Indian and the Robot," and it's the perfect title for a track that's full of percussive chatter, with shakers, claves, tambourines and more setting up a steady chikka-chikka rhythm, answered in tight, chicken-scratch funk licks on guitar. They show off their prowess as master arrangers, layering drum machines and sampled percussion into a groove that swings like a hammock on a sailboat on the high seas. But they don't stop there, building gradually, almost sneakily, into a jazzy Rhodes solo. The climax is as exhilarating as a swim in a mountain lake, and it's sunshine and wide-open vistas all the way back down.
"El Ladron de Mails" also digs into Latin percussion with gusto, fleshing out a driving house groove with jazz drum fills, crazy polyrhythms and the kind of warm, rounded tones you just can't get from a machine. Muted cries and zig-zagging organ solos contribute to the sense of controlled mayhem, and the boys know just how to prolong the madness, teasing us with snatches of melody without ever giving away the full monty. By the time a tribal choir explodes into earshot, there's no holding back. That "Ladron" means thief is only appropriate for a track like this: it's a show-stealer, all right.