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Album Review

Some things are absolutely certain. No matter how cold and endless the winter may seem, summer will eventually come, and with it a plethora of Latin-tinged dance grooves designed for chill days on the beach and hot nights in the club. The Venezuelan six-piece Los Amigos Invisibles know this, which is probably why on their third album they left the worldbeat cul-de-sac of David Byrne's Luka Bop label in favor of the less internationally specific realm of house music, teaming up with Nuyorican dons Masters at Work to produce The Venezuelan Zinga Son, Vol. 1. But fortunately for the group, Louie Vega and Kenny Dope refuse to just rub them down with house grooves and send them on their way. In fact, contrary to what most folks would expect from an album bearing the iconic MAW logo, most of the tracks here are light-footed Latin numbers, with "Esto Es Lo Que Hay" and "Calne" sounding like pure traditional music played overhead in your corner pupusaria. But the boys do groove ahead on "Ease Your Mind" and "Una Disco Llena," which might have you believing these beats were made with samplers, rather than the real thing. Blending original roots with big-city beats, Los Amigos Invisibles already have their thongs (the sandals) on.

Customer Reviews

Latin music at its best!

Los Amigos has been around for awhile flying under the radar. If you haven't seen these guys live, you are missing a real treat! LA blends different types of Latin music(salsa, cumbias, etc.) into sexy, dance rhythms. Go ahead, try "Ease Your Mind", it is one of the best songs on the album and you won't be disappointed. After all, it is only 99 cents!

Rico pa bailar y foyar...

Un amigo me introdujo a los amigos invisibles. Al principio, cuando escuche el cd por primera vez no estuve tan impresionado, pues habian unas canciones que me gustaban y otras no. Luego vino a Puerto Rico el "Viva la Rock Festival". Este festival fue revolucionario para PR, pues al fin, en vez de traernos otro concierto de regaeton (sea la madre de los cacos), los rockeros teniamos algo para hacer el viernes por la noche...Al principio mi razon principal para asistir al concierto era que iba a estar Kinky, a mi entender, una de las 5 mejores bandas de rock latino del mundo (cerrati, mana, babasonicos y cafe tacuba). El hecho de que los amigos invisibles tambien iban a estar presentes en el festival hizo aun mas atractivo el mismo, pero como ya dije no era tannnnnnn fanatico. Los amigos invisibles son una banda impresionante en vivo. Esos muchachos estan jameando sin parar por horas y su musica en vivo es exquisita. Si tienen una oportunidad de ver a esta gran banda en vivo, por favor no pierdan el chance. Mi novia y yo estuvivos bailando sin parar todo el tiempo, pues si eres latino es imposible no mover esas caderas al ritmo de la banda....Incluso tocaron una de sus canciones al ritmo cover de una cancion de guns and roses...wow!!!! Esta banda es tan buena en vivo, que luego del concierto no paro de escucharlos y sentir esa gran emocion que me provocaron esa noche en San Juan. Gracias amigos invisbles por ser una banda increible y por tener 6 musicos que crean una quimica brutal en ese escenario. Nunca olvidare ese concierto. Las mejores canciones de este cd son: una disco llena, playa azul, esto es lo que hay y calne...pero hay otras muy buenas.

a welcome suprise

Never having heard of this band, I saw these guys at Coachella '06 and they had the crowd rocking out! So much energy and spectacular beats. It was one bada$s performance!!!

Biography

Formed: 1991 in Caracas, Venezuela

Genre: Rock y Alternativo

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

A performance-oriented Latin dance band from Venezuela heavily indebted to funk and disco (with a dash of acid jazz), los Amigos Invisibles made a big splash in their homeland in 1995 with their debut album, A Typical and Autoctonal Venezuelan Dance Band, which featured odd Japanese animé-style artwork. Bandmembers Julio Briceño (vocals), José Luis Pardo (guitar, songwriting), Armando Figueredo (keyboards), Mauricio Arcas (raps), José Rafael Torres (bass), and Juan Manuel Roura (drums) supported...
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