Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Latin Playboys

Latin Playboys was a Los Lobos side project, consisting of two fifths of that band, David Hidalgo and Louie Pérez, with the addition of Tchad Blake and Mitchell Froom. They produced a self-titled album in 1994, followed by another, 'Dose', in 1999. At the time these releases were difficult to track down in the UK - available, but unpromoted. The band were difficult to classify - sharing the roots heritage of Los Lobos, but taking the sound to more experimental places. Think post-'Mule Variations' Tom Waits, without Tom - told you they were difficult to classify! If you like 'Kiko'/'Colossal Head' period Los Lobos and are up for something similar, but a little more off-kilter, then hunt down the first album at the very least.

To whet your whistle, here's 'Ten Believers' from the debut and a very fine live version of 'Mustard' from 'Dose' featuring the brilliant Lisa Germano guesting on the fiddle.


Singing Bear said...

Nice grooves. That second song is particularly diggable. Thanks for the tip.

Old Pa's Corner said...

Always been a fan of LL since Will the Wolf Surviven and loved Kiko....never heard of this side project'tho....and thanks for the tip...I will be checking this out...nice one!

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