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NYC Psychedelic Salsa Band La Mecanica Popular Release Debut Self-Titled Album With Brooklyn-Based Vinyl Label Names You Can TrustThe Album Represents The Connection Between The Roots, Rhythms, & Future Possibilities of Tropical Music & Culture! Features Guest Percussionist Louis Bauzo (Fania Records) & Produced by Xuxi Lazaro (Rita Indiana & Juan Luis Guerra)

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The group combines the big band sound of salsa’s golden era with experimental instrumentation for a brand new sound.” – NY Daily News
“La banda suena de puta madre! [Translation: The band sounds fucking incredible!]” – Juanes

“Salsa dura with a twist.” – Sounds & Colours
“They have the potential to be one of the most interesting bands in town.” – New York Music Daily


Feature in NY Daily News “La Mecanica Popular looks to jump start salsa”
Video Interview with band director Efrain Rozas in Gozamos
For Spanish Speakers – PanamerikaBendita reinvención de la salsa
Upcoming Shows in New York City:
Friday, November 29 @ Drom [Salsa y Sexo Vol 2], 10 PM [RSVP]
Friday, December 6 @ Lit Lounge, 9 PM
Thursday, December 19 @ Barbes, 10 PM
Saturday, January 11 @ Drom [APAP-Showcase]

November 2013: On the heels of a steady rising, break out year in New York City, which has seen La Mecanica Popular perform & refine their “Psychedelic Salsa” sound in numerous venues throughout the area, as well as advance to become one of just 3 national finalists in Dewar’s “Dewaristas: The Search for the Next Great Latin Sound,” Names You Can Trust presents the group’s debut long-player to a worldwide audience for the first time this week!

Led off by the lead single and official video which dropped earlier in the year on NYCT, “La Paz Del Freak,” the album weaves its way around the traditional stylings of Salsa & Bolero, with a heavy dose of electrico, incorporating a blend of Peruvian guitars & experimental synths, sounds and textures. They’ve been praised for their live performances and recordings alike, receiving endorsements and spins from notables such as Juanes, Quantic, Gilles Peterson & Bobbito to name a few. The group also premiered the song “Arbol” via global Caribbean platform – LargeUp. Hear the song:

The 9-track album of original compositions was recorded between NYC & Peru, written by band-leader Efrain Rozas and co-produced alongside Xuxi Lazzaro (Rita Indiana & Juan Luis Guerra) & Manuel Garcia Orozco. Featuring Fania Record‘s percussionist Louis Bauzo (Celia Cruz & Tito Puente) as well as a melting pot of musicians from New York, Colombia, Peru & Venezuela, as well as the core 7-piece ensemble that performs live, this debut album serves as a welcome connection between the roots, rhythms, and future possibilities of Tropical music and culture.

“La Mecánica Popular is the most refreshing attempt at maintaining Salsa’s integrity while introducing a completely new, unprecedented sound that I’ve ever heard. I totally see them being HUGE!” – Bobbito Garcia – Doin’ It In The Park, NYC“Love it. Heavy vibes on this one! Sounds like Dax Pacem live in Peru on Ayahuasca.” – Quantic – Tru Thoughts, Soundway“Storming debut release from La Mecánica Popular on NYCT – dancefloor-burning guaguanco meets tripped-out electronics for some cosmic salsa vibes, definitely one for the box!” – Hugo Mendez – Sofrito

“You might eargasm over the way they take psych-influenced sounds of Fania-era salsa and mash it with wavy vibes of ’70s Peruvian chicha.” MTV Iggy

“Like a cross between adventurous 1970’s Fania-released Latin jazz fusion and the modern psychedelic sound of Chicano Batman. Favorite track: La Paz Del Freak.” – Andrew Jervis – Bandcamp Weekly

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