Saturday, July 30, 2011
Ocote Soul Sounds- Taurus
Do you like your rhythms sweaty with a pungent dose of percussion? Do you wanna take a trip to exotic locales but don't have enough money for the airfare? Let Ocote Soul Sounds bring the Latin party to your ear steps. Adrian Quesada and Martin Perna, bandleaders of Grupo Fantasma and Antibalas respectively, spent downtime in Austin trading song ideas for an undetermined project that would eventually become Ocote Soul Sounds. Taurus, the duo's fourth collaboration, is loosely structured on the zodiac signs, with liberal doses of social and political commentary, sung by guests vocalists in both English and Spanish, providing the backdrop for groove oriented soundtrack pieces. Both of the musicians are American-born, Perna from Philly playing Afrobeat revival and Quesada from Laredo, TX playing Latin music, so their bastardized mix of genres provides a comfortable, yet refreshing stylistic blend.
Buy this record to accompany a bloody mary as you read the NY Times Sunday travel section.