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A meeting of musicians from Perú, U.S, Venezuela and Colombia, only possible in New York, gave birth to La Mecánica Popular in 2011. This octet has a unique sound, steeped in the salsa dura of the 1970’s, going the trippy way with heavy ambient and psychedelic touches without ever losing its clave. While the horn section has been replaced with experimental synths and processed Peruvian chicha style guitars, the percussion ensemble keeps the classic bongo-conga-timbal format with a killer live sound. The vocals are also processed in real time, making La Mecánica Popular one of the most original acts in the New York music scene. It is not a surprise that The New York Music Daily has praised them saying that “They have the potential to be one of the most interesting bands in town”. In the lapse of only one year they have successfully played in some of the best venues in New York, such as Barbes and The Shrine. They have just released their new album: La Mecánica Popular ,produced by Xuxi Lazzaro who also worked on Rita Indiana’s ground breaking El Juidero and Latin American Megastar Juan Luis Guerra`s last two albums. They also had the privilege to work with Grammy nominee Chaco García in the co-production. Among the great musicians in this record they had the honor of bringing in Fania star Louis Bauzo (Tito Puente, Celiz Cruz) on percussion as a special guest. La Mecánica Popular is also proud to announce that the Brooklyn based label Names You Can Trust (Pirañas, Meridian Brothers, some of the most cutting edge tropical bands in the world) has just released a vinyl single. La Mecánica Popular is one of the most exciting acts in the new wave of Latin American Music, combining effortlessly avant-garde and psychedelic sounds with a tight and syncopated salsa flavor.

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