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Today’s featured selection, chosen by Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, comes to you in acknowledgment and celebration of Mexico’s culture and heritage on this Cinco de Mayo —
Mama Loves Nortec by Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich & Fussible from the 2008 album Tijuana Sound Machine on Nacional Records.
Representing 2/5ths of the Nortec Collective, Pepe Mogt (Fussible) and Ramon Amezcua (Bostich) carry on the collectives’ philosophy of Norteño, a fusion of the Northern Mexican folk traditions and techno. More specifically for this duo, it’s a combination of their Tijuana roots and the influence coming from the nearby American radio. Their latest, Tijuana Sound Machine, was written mostly as Mogt and Amezcua toured in support of their Grammy-nominated 2005 record, Tijuana Sessions vol. 3. This time around they’ve attempted to capture more accurately the live sound that has become so prominent in their musical career and balance out acoustic instrumentation in relation to their electronic elements. Whether they arrived at the sound they wanted or not, from a listener’s perspective, it’s hard to argue with this final product. Tonight, B&F perform in Las Vegas, celebrating Cinco de Mayo and tomorrow’s release of Tijuana Sound Machine. For other live dates and listening parties, check out their MySpace page. Meanwhile, this video features a live performance of the title track to the new album, recorded just two months ago: