November 27 2007
Not sure if anyone has caught the new tune we've been playing here at the station by the group Los Mono. The song, "Ponte Comodo" is a slithery batch of South American synthesizer funk, infectious as it is dance-able. In fact, it's one of those cuts that I can't resist getting down to-- every time I hear it. While searching out videos for the blog I thought I'd try to find one for "Ponte Comodo" but came up empty. I do however have the scoop on these cats as well as a video for a different but excellent cut called "Promesas" (ie. promises) from the same album, Somos Los Que Estamos.
Los Mono are a Chilean super-group, Los Mono is the collaborative effort from some of the top musicians/producers of the country: Cristian Moraga aka Funky C, is one of the most recognized musicians in Chile and, as founder of the 'Los Tetas', which was one of the most influential alternative bands that heralds from Santiago in the last decade with sales that garnered 4 Gold Records. Other members include Sebastian Silva (member of the popular Chilean band CHC), Gonzalo Gonzalez (acclaimed sound engineer -Los Prisioneros, Los Tres, Los Bunkers), Vicente Sanfuentes (as part of the duo 'The Hermanos Brothers', winner of MTV Latin America's 'Best Independent Artist' and Nea (singer from the bands CHC and Yaia).
Not only is Somos Los Que Estamos a full on high-energy blast from start to finish, the album is an in-line adventure skating on a message; promoting creativity, originality, positivism, and self-responsibility. In fact, the conscious lyrics and upbeat vibe are the perfect compliment to an album that is driven from start to finish with a myriad of crunchy beats all over sinuous synths; infectious, melodic and Andean although not as "latin" as the word tends to denote. Something down low and funky from a country known for its high altitude and amorific attitude--music that looks updated and sounds good too...enjoy.