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Mexican Institute of Sound—which is actually one person, DJ/producer Camilo Lara—changes things up on Politico. On previous releases, Lara artfully wove together far-flung samples, but the new album features original songs and a live band. One thing hasn’t changed: Lara’s ability to create party music. On the cumbia-flavored title cut, shouts sound out as fun-loving synth squelches tweak the traditional rhythm. “Especulando” rides an insistent groove topped by a variety of keyboard tones and a handful of repeated vocal phrases. “Revolucion!” is a speedy slice of horn-accented garage rock, while the melancholy “México”—one of the best things here—features social commentary. But even that latter song has a perky beat and slicing rhythm guitar. The tropical vibe of “Se Baila Así” gets messed with in playful ways, while marimba runs mark “Tipo Raro,” which has catchy sing-song rapping. Acoustic guitar, a repeating harp figure, and strange keyboards create a woozy dreamworld on “Cumbia Meguro,” while the closer, “El Jefe,” could be a nice spy-movie theme. 

Customer Reviews

MIS is the best!

I've been listening to MIS since the very first album and everytime he just seems to get better. This new album sounds like 2012: funky and raw, funny and serious, weird but accesible. Clearly sounds Latino, but also could just be from Berlin. The video is intense. I'll buy the mp3s now, but eventually I want this on vinyl.

Viva Mexico! Viva MIS!

Yes! Camilo Lara brings the heat again...I've been waiting for this one..and just when I thought it couldn't get freakier, funkier and dancier...boom! it just did. ...and in an interesting turn of events things get..political? Well, it was an election year in Mexico and things are pretty intense, so I guess it was a natural transition. Mexico is a powerful track. Gracias Camilo! Loving it!

MIS gets better with each album

I heard the new single "El Jefe" on WEXT and was thrilled to find out that Mexican Institute of Sound is back with a new album. Each record gets better and better. My favorite tracks on this album are "Mexico" and "El Jefe." Definitely one of the leading lights of electronic music from Latin America.


Formed: 2006 in Mexico City, Mexico

Genre: Rock y Alternativo

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The Mexican Institute of Sound is the project name of DJ and producer Camilo Lara. A native of Mexico City, Lara began working for the Mexican arm of EMI Records while still in his teens, attracted to the industry in large part by the record-collecting habit he'd fallen into at the age of eight. In 2001, Lara left EMI to co-found the indie label Suave Records, which among other projects released the best-selling soundtrack to Alfonso Cuaron's breakthrough film, Y Tu Mamá También. Also around this...
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