So…what are people saying about the new release?
“I haven’t heard something this sexy in a night club in a really long time,” says NPR Music Alt.Latino‘s Jasmine Garsd about the the title track. The program praises the song for its “edgy attitude“.
“The rhythmic instrumental and vocal interplay is top-notch, as the lilting percussion and jarana, requinto, punteador, leona, marimbal, and zapateado take center-stage. The ten tracks are evocative, mesmerizing,” writes Matthew Forss for Inside World Music.
“This New York based band mine flinty traditional Mexican jarocho music, then fracture it through a modern sensibility of their own,” says Daily News‘ Jim Farber for his weekly Top Ten in music column.
“With this album, Radio Jarocho is the only current band to record a full album of original compositions and nontraditional songs in this genre. Café Café sums up the sounds that have influenced the band such as traditional jarocho songs, Afro-Caribbean rhythms, and pop sensibilities,” says the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York’s La Vitrina, calling Radio Jarocho “the preeminent son jarocho band on the East Coast.”
“Radio Jarocho is leading the way in preserving and expanding son jarocho…” – Alex Brown, Splinters & Candy.
New York Music Daily blog calls Radio Jarocho a “high-energy acoustic Mexican folk-punk band.”
“While you won’t hear another cover of ‘La Bamba’ on this disc, you will hear the title track with its quick-fire vocals and the slightly slower ‘La Tristeza’ and ‘Morena es la Virgen,'” says the Whole Music Experience. “However, the spirited ‘Se ve que sabes bailar’ with soaring vocals harmonizing with the quick tempo vocals will definitely grab your attention.
The blog My World Music Friend says: “Café Café preserves the fine tradition of son jarocho thanks to a group of young talented musicians“.
Daily News‘ Jim Farber’s on his Top Ten in Music writes for the second time about Radio Jarocho and says: “The woody, string-happy, sound of son jarocho — indigenous to the Mexican town of Veracruz — gets a personal make-over here. Radio Jarocho puts original twists to traditional Mexican folk songs”.
Tespis Magazine praises the Café Café release party and says: “Grupos como Radio Jarocho aportan una nueva vena que enriquece nuestra cultura común“.(Groups like Radio Jarocho contribute with a new vein that enriches our common culture).
Chris Spector from Midwest Record writes: “For a taste of real Mexico that might be fading into history (haven’t been back in years), check this out while it’s still played by players who have a pulse connected with the original sound“.
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