14 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Reggaeton began life as an omnivorous assimilator of a welter of popular genres, uniting the blazing tempos of Dancehall and belligerent imagery of hardcore hip-hop under the banner of a distinctively Latin rhythmic sensibility. As Alexis y Fido become more successful they and their talented team of producers continue to blur the lines separating styles of popular music, borrowing elements of slick vocoder-drenched R&B à la T Pain and Akon, the futuristic loverman narratives of artists like The-Dream, and even indefinable elements of some of today’s more electronically oriented indie-pop, incorporating them all into Down to Earth, the duo’s bewilderingly eclectic but consistently engaging third full-length. Master Chris and Hyde provide much of the album’s production displaying their protean talents as mimics, at one moment approximating the icy minimalism of recent Kanye West, at another trying to capture the percussive brutality of Lil’ Jon. This ceaseless shape shifting might be frustrating were it not for the undeniable charisma of Alexis y Fido, who give life, and a concrete identity, to this otherwise schizophrenic release.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Reggaeton began life as an omnivorous assimilator of a welter of popular genres, uniting the blazing tempos of Dancehall and belligerent imagery of hardcore hip-hop under the banner of a distinctively Latin rhythmic sensibility. As Alexis y Fido become more successful they and their talented team of producers continue to blur the lines separating styles of popular music, borrowing elements of slick vocoder-drenched R&B à la T Pain and Akon, the futuristic loverman narratives of artists like The-Dream, and even indefinable elements of some of today’s more electronically oriented indie-pop, incorporating them all into Down to Earth, the duo’s bewilderingly eclectic but consistently engaging third full-length. Master Chris and Hyde provide much of the album’s production displaying their protean talents as mimics, at one moment approximating the icy minimalism of recent Kanye West, at another trying to capture the percussive brutality of Lil’ Jon. This ceaseless shape shifting might be frustrating were it not for the undeniable charisma of Alexis y Fido, who give life, and a concrete identity, to this otherwise schizophrenic release.

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About Alexis & Fido

Though both Raul "Alexis" Ortiz and Joel "Fido" Martinez were active in the Puerto Rican reggaeton scene since they were teenagers, they didn't join forces until 2001 on the compilation Desafio. There was room for only one track, and both wanted to be included, so together they made "El Nalgazo," which ended up doing well on Puerto Rican radio. They decided to continue on as a duo, getting their name out to the public by contributing songs to various compilations and mixtapes, including the regional hit "El Tiburon" on Luny Tunes' Mas Flow, Vol. 2. Nicknamed Los Pitbulls for their tendency to bark while performing, Alexis & Fido released the aptly titled The Pitbulls in 2005. The record was a success, hitting number four on the Top Latin Albums chart and even making it into the Billboard 200. The following year, Los Reyes del Perreo, a collection of nine of their biggest songs plus five new ones, came out. ~ Marisa Brown

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