Glitterbeat continues to carve out its niche as a label releasing some of the best music from all over the globe: having already brought us output from such varied artists as Tamikrest and Khmer Rouge Survivors they’ve now gifted us with Orkesta Mendoza’s wonderful second full length record whose eclectic sonic style pretty much spans the Americas!
What started out in 2009 as a one-off tribute to king of Mambo Pérez Prado has thankfully continued and grown, spawning this excellent LP that’s been getting plenty of spins on the shop stereo. Sergio Mendoza and friends play an infectious amalgamation of cumbia, mariachi, mambo and psychedelic Tex-Mex styles, seeing no reason to be confined by geographical borders or indeed strict ideas of genre.
The final result is a recording that sounds contemporary and exuberant, has a good dose of punk spirit (‘Redoble’ addresses the racist conflation of immigration and criminality), and smashes any lingering notions of ‘world’ music being somehow devoid of popular influences or resonance – let’s not forget that in the interim between Orkesta Mendoza’s first and second records Sergio Mendoza also joined Mexrissey, Mexico’s highly successful indie tribute to Mozza, in addition to writing and performing as part of Calexico. If you heard and loved the XIXA album earlier this year then this is a must hear!