Institute of Sound: Soy Sauce (Nacional)
Lara has so many records it's crushed both his love
life ("I don't have a girlfriend, but I have
my records.") and his body (back surgery).
But not his spirit, which is in boisterous evidence
on the latest Mexican Institute of Sound album,
Soy Sauce. This album was recorded with a live band,
but it still has the DJ sensibility of older MIS
tunes. Starting with a zesty track simply called
"Cumbia," the album veers all over the
alt-Latin landscape, mashing traditional rhythms,
gritty rap, jungle noises , and electronica into
a crazy Latin mayhem.
I was working on Soy Sauce," Lara says, "
I was obsessd with Cafe Tacuba's classic album Re.
I wanted to record an album like that -- going from
polka to punk in one second. ... I wanted my album
to really cover the entire scope of my musical tastes.
guest appearances by Ad Rock of the Beastie Boys
and Joselo Rangel of Cafe Tacoba, Soy Sauce is less
a condiment than a full, satisfying meal of Mexican-rooted
but global sounds.
Scott Allan Stevens, Earball Media