Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, is “Jálale” by Mexican Institute of Sound from their 2009 album Soy Sauce on Nacional.
With all the talk of Swine Flu, you’d think we would be a little more wary of a band like the Mexican Institute of Sound, or Instituto Mexicano Del Sonido as they’re often referred to. The music is the creative vision of Mexican DJ Camilo Lara, a music aficionado who turned his love for sampling into its own art form. He also happens to be the President of EMI in Mexico and an avid record collector. M.I.S. released their first album in 2006 and their music has been featured on television, movies, and video games. Their latest album, Soy Sauce, is another daring mix of brass, live samples, and Mextronica thrown over a varied mix of rap and singing. The new album gives us plenty of cumbia-influenced dance tracks, songs about the Karate Kid, and a sweet cover of the Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony” (translated as “Sinfonia Agridulce”). They apparently want to make it extremely difficult to put a label on them so don’t even try, this music is way beyond categorization.
You can listen to additional tracks from the band on their MySpace page or read more about the band on their website. The band is currently on tour in Spain and a has a few scheduled U.S. dates. For now, here’s a video for “Escribeme Pronto” from their previous release, Piñata: