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Kinky



A five-piece rocanrol band from Monterrey, Mexico, Kinky makes dance music with guitars. Like Rai, the North African confluence of reggae, hip hop, Arabic pop, and traditional tribal music that has produced such international stars as Khaled and Cheb Mami, Kinky's electro-rock fusion is a borderless funk. Executed with effortless enthusiasm, Kinky's eponymous debut is the sound of five guys from northern Mexico playing house music with their old rock instruments (plus the odd accordion or two) and a dog-eared Norteño song-book, with a little help from U.K. producer Chris Allison (The Beta Band, Coldplay). Sure, guitarist and singer Gil Cerezo contributes the odd turntable scratch or three, and yes, Ulises Lozano's keyboard and drum programming are often front and center in the mix, but one listen to the blistering mixture of disco guitars, live bass and percussion, hip hop breaks, and raging vocals on the opening number, "Mas," and it's immediately clear that this is first and foremost a band, one that rocks. That becomes even more apparent live, for Kinky has a reputation for inciting dance-floor frenzies as they invariably blow the roof off of whatever spot they're playing. Kinky is not just a party band though, not quite, and they are not just enamored of the futuristic sounds of the new global culture. They also have a strong affinity for the sounds of Mexican street music, and a predilection for lyrics -- delivered entirely "en español" -- inspired by the works of Latin America's magical realism literary movement. It's like 100 Years of Solitude, only you can dance to it. It's Kinky.

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