The thing about the music industry is the reluctance of
many Groups to stretch themselves out in diverse directions. Many Artists
become content with the first style that clicks for them. To be boring and
repetitive instead of different and unique has become the standard. But
not for the live hip-hop instrument band Los Tumbados.
Los Tumbados are a group that pushes all musical boundaries, branching out in
all directions. It seems that with their self-titled, debut album that
experimentation is what they do best. Look at the CD cover, and you'll see
a wide-eyed man with a joint hanging out of his mouth. The experimental trip is
Are people ready for an Acid-like trip through the use of music and
lyrics? Could this be the start of a new trend and style on the horizon?
And, is the hip-hop movement ready for such a group?
Somehow, when things in life are too diverse and complex, the general
population tends to ignore it because it's not the "same old same old". When Los
Tumbados MCs' "el pinche Tapp" and "Phaser Loco" flip their lyrics with
such complexity, doubts begin to creep up and you have to wonder that the people
are not ready for it at all. Not only are their lyrics unique, but the group has
created an entirely new sound. Los Tumbados have created their sound with
live instruments. Before people write them off as jumping on the Rock-Rap
bandwagon, listen to Limp Bizkit. Then pop in the Los Tumbados CD, and
you'll hear musical diversity. Yes, Los Tumbados play some hard rocking
sounds, but it's definitely not Limp Bizkit. Also, not every song on the
CD has heavy guitar riffs. They flip the script from track to track, and
at times in the middle of the track. One minute you're wrapped in a rage
in "Ele-Ah" and the next, you're tangled in the psychedelic-blues influenced
track "Blue Bird".
So, is this hip-hop? Yes it's hip-hop because the MCs' flow rhymes but it
goes beyond that because these MCs' also sing. It would be hard to put Los
Tumbados in one category because they fit into many. If you were to pick
up 5 CDs, you still might find more musical genres being put on display in the
Los Tumbados CD than on those 5 CDs combined.
"El pinche Tapp" and "Phaser Loco" rap both in Spanish and English. What
makes this unique is the fluency in either language that these two brothers spit
their rhymes in. Los Tumbados has a new style that been missing far too
long in the music industry. "El pinche Tapp" and "Phaser Loco" compliment
each other. Their styles are both different enough that it's easy to
distinguish them apart.
The first track "Ele-Ah" starts off with a scratch from a turntable, then a
guitar riff comes roaring through and finally the bass and drums. As
"Phaser Loco" flows, the sound changes once again to a more hectic faster
beat. And near the end of the song, a punk rock-slam pit
near-finish. These boys aren't done yet as it slows back down. Talk
about a track that will take your breath away. This song captures the
unique musical-diversity style of Los Angeles (Ele-Ah) in one track.
"Sobres" is a quick take of a bank robbery. Leave the car
running, because the track moves like a robbery. The movie samples are just
funny, and fit the track well. It seems like they've pulled a heist like
If this new sound wasn't enough, they have included a couple of tracks done
by a beat machine. Producer Sad Cat comes wicked on "Diary of a
Psychopath". This track tells the story of a person who is frying on some
acid. The eerie instrumental and the tripped out lyrics will make you
remember an acid trip of your own. You then go from "Diary of a Psychopath" to
"Spiderman's Girlfriend". What the f#*k? Got to remember to expect the
unexpected with this group. If anyone is a comic book fan, you'd get the
connection. Spiderman's Girlfriend's name is Mary Jane. So this track is about
Mary Jane, and they don't mean the person. The title's quite clever, and not
straight forward like you'd hear in a lot of today's music. "Spiderman's
Girlfriend" features the Voodoo Click (these vatos aren't no joke) and the
chorus is an old Latin American nursery song.
Los Tumbados aren't afraid to experiment which gives the album it's own
style. Their use of metaphors to tell their stories is more effective then
the standard straightforward way. This is a must have album for all you music
freaks. The experience is unbelievable.
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