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Kinky
Barracuda
(self-released)
www.kinkymusic.com


Mexico's electronica outfit Kinky makes a credible case as the new trendsetters of modern disco. Their latest album Barracuda is mostly sung in Spanish by lead singer Gil Cerezo, which works to fodder the album's erotic nightclub mood. The tracks smolder lightly as keyboardist Ulises Lozano sprinkles the tunes with attractive glittering specks, and guitarist Carlos Chairez keeps the melodies weaving sensually around Cerezo's vocals. The silky palpitations of bassist Cesar Pliego and drummer Omar Gongora are reminiscent of electro-pop's Tahiti 80 as the electronica passages are seamed tightly and saunter with an easy fluidity that displays poise and the cheerfulness of a wine-cooler commercial.

The soundscapes are fertile ground for dreamy curves that have an ephemeral glide and a lacquered finish relatable to Brazilian Girls. The smooth sonic interludes are reminiscent of Air's roosts which create a romantic setting as the music pervades a one-on-one intimacy with the listener like in "El Tiempo." A handful of tracks are sung in English such as "Those Girl," "The Day I Lost The Beat," and "We Proudly Present," which does not detract from the album's slant towards sophisticated harmonies and ambient-pop inflections. These are tracks for the nightclub culture with a hint of romanticism and a splash of Latino-Samba wind-around a carousal of dancing beats. Barracuda brings the world of techno-pop and Latin-dance into one with numbers like "Papel Volando" and " Avion" leading the way. The album fits Latin-sputtered wings on Euro-pop wafers as the sleek guitar patterns generate a greasy slither that congeals with the synthesizer's intersecting projectiles.

Kinky's tracks are snuggly belted with soundscapes that glide smoothly and fuse melodic layers into consolidated cubes. The squiggly lines of the synth effects have a wicked glint that seals the melodies using ephemeral gossamers. The album allows the listener to kick-back and enjoy the refined kindle in its sonic sparks. Many people probably see disco as a saturated form, and it is, but Kinky has tapped into another dimension of techno-generated-pop that brings a Latin-flare into it, which gives the band stock as potential nightclub favorites.

-Susan Frances

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