Latin Alternative

Artist: 
Adan & Xavi
Label: 
Riot Act Media

This was only two tracks long but I really liked it. The first song is in Spanish and I unfortunately don’t speak Spanish but it was a very beautiful song. The vocals sounded far away and spacey but it was beautiful. The instrumentals were very complimentary and I would play it if I had a world show. The second song Heartbeat is in English and is just a good old fashioned love song. Similar to something you would hear in an 80’s heartthrob movie. But again – still very beautiful and I would recommend this album and this artist to really anyone.

Sounds Like: 
A Spanish speaking David Bowie
Sounds Like: 
80s pop music
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2016
Artist: 
Natalia Lafourcade
Label: 
Sony Music Entertainment Mexico

Heavily played on the airwaves since its release, Hasta la Raíz is Natalia Lafourcade’s 5th full length album. She started out very young in 2002 and her work has been evolving and changing ever since. Her last album was a tribute album to a very famous Mexican singer-songwriter popular in the 40s and 50s, Agustin Lara. Her last album featuring original work was Hu Hu Hu, which came out in 2009.

Sounds Like: 
Leon Larregui
Sounds Like: 
Carla Morrison
Name: 
Zazil Davis-Vazquez
Date Reviewed: 
09/09/2015
Artist: 
AJ Davila y Terror Amor
Label: 
Burger Records

This album was really good--a new classic for me. It's your pretty standard lo-fi burger record--sugary yet grungy--but IN SPANISH. Apparently AJ Davila was the frontman of Puerto Rico's Davila 666 and now he's doing this side project with Terror Amor. They use elements of classic rock 'n' roll, doo wop, with a mix of punk and garage. The vocals are very standard for lo-fi--minimal melody with lots of chanting and angsty yelling, which when you're in need of an injection of energy, is perfect.

Sounds Like: 
Ty Segall
Sounds Like: 
FIDLAR
Name: 
Zazil Davis-Vazquez
Date Reviewed: 
12/03/2014
Artist: 
Making Movies
Label: 
United Interests Records

Ugh. I’m really sorry for those of you who wanted to get this on your shows earlier, but I hated this album so much that I couldn’t even finish listening to it to review it. I’ve listened to a lot of Latin American Alt in my day, and this is honestly just…no. The lyrics are bland and generic, and even though it’s upbeat and fun (I guess), it’s just unoriginal. To me, this album sounded like a mix of La Ley, Carlos Vives, and Juanes.

Sounds Like: 
Carlos Vives
Sounds Like: 
La Ley
Sounds Like: 
Juanes
Sounds Like: 
Los Lobos
Name: 
Zazil Davis-Vazquez
Date Reviewed: 
11/12/2014
Artist: 
Del Exilio
Label: 
KBZA Music

Panamerican tells a story of traveling through North and South America as a Latin American. While the CD wants to be understood as Indie-Latin, it will be hard to get past the poppy feel of the album, especially songs like track 3 I Got a Mobile Heart. The album is extremely up-beat, without a slow-it-down track on the album. As a english speaking listener I can only comment on the english lyrics and they leave something to be desired. However, this album really aims to please. They have a little sampler of all kinds of genre's with Latin flair. 7.

Sounds Like: 
Indie Baja Men
Sounds Like: 
Indie Ricky Martin
Name: 
Jake Sornsin
Date Reviewed: 
10/16/2013