Video///María y José “Club Negro”


While María y José second LP will finally reach light later this month(April 30) Tony Gallardo has done well to keep the hype up. Following the release of the dark rap-ballad U L T R A, a critically acclaimed performance at Festival Nrmal and a Vice Mini-Documentary. Tijuana’s Ruidoson extraordinaire returns with a video for Club Negro.

Directed by Tijuana Music-Video wizard Joey Muñoz, the video much like the song structure of the song itself sets up into two halves. In the first half we find our Lider Juevnil taking to the streets with his gang of Masked-Cholos(Or Post-Cholos?) who give a salute(Ironic?) to the Mexican Flag, smash bottles on graffiti walls and protect our mighty leader. In contrast to other of his videos, Tony takes-on a more leading role ,one more fitting to a Rey. Tony bursts on the screen showcasing the total package; The bravado, street-style(notice the Snap-back and popping of  the collar) and the most .GIFable moment of his career  with ese meneo at 0:45. The second half takes a more darker twist as Gallardo’s character takes claim of a girl. The rest is some what unnerving to some, but let’s not forget the sociopolitical posture of the song it self(Check the lyrics yo). Gallardo has never shied  away from making poignant and proactive statements, this video is no different and continues on the path of Tony Gallardo transformation both as an artist and the protagonists he so brilliantly portrays in his songs.  While as dark, gritty and satanic as ever, all i can’t think about is that Meneo. Check the video below

The video in Gallardo’s own words “El video se trata sobre el rey de reyes y su crew de cholos que deciden experimentar un poco con lo que son los ritos satánicos. Nada más porque tienen ganas de hacer algo diferente… y porque vieron ‘Éxtasis’ de Cartel de Santa”.

Video+Download///Los Macuanos ft Lucrecia Dalt “Pasado y Presente”


One of our favorite groups Los Macuanos have released a video for their song “Pasado y Presente” which was first featured on Fonogramticos Vol.12. in 2011. The song is a change of pace from  social-political ruidoson we have come to expect from the Tijuanese group, regardless  since it’s first release it has become on our favorites from the talented trio. In “Pasado y Presente” Los Macuanos collaborate with Lucrecia Dalt , creating a song where fragments of nostalgia and romanticism slowly burn together to create a dark and heart wrenching trip hop ballad a la fronterizo.

As for the video, it was directed by Sergio Valadez and Los Macuanos own Moises Horta which if you haven’t already should check out his side project DJ Nombre y Apellido. You can download Pasado y Presente  both the original version and a remix by one of Mexico’s most talented producers Mock The Zuma here.

Download: Santos///Shaka EP

If you haven’t jumped on the Ruidoson bandwagon you have been missing out on of Latin-Americas most exciting movement in recent years. Rest assured the three main acts that make up the movement  aren’t going anywhere soon. If you haven’t heard of Los Macuanos, Santos or that  oh-so-riveting -persona Maria y Jose(Playing Corona Capital next month) you have probably heard of the other mexi-electronic group from the same city(Hint: Nortec Collective). Forget trying to compare the two, there are in two completely different spaces both aesthetically and musically. All three of the artists in the Ruidoson category have a unique persona to them and that is portrayed both in the music and the visual-arts graphics that accompany them. Los Macuanos re-encounters sounds and visuals from the past and place them in a new modern post-mexicana compositions that are dreary and hypnotic blend of Cumbia and dark tinted synth lines. Maria Y Jose brings more a persona and  face to the movement bringing fragmented pieces of guarchoso,tribal and afro-rythums while the lyrics portray an equally fragmented personality. Sometimes funny as hell(see Tierra Sagrada), sometimes bordering self-destruction(see Granada).

Then there is  Santos who is in many ways is like the guy in the shadows. Less concerned with making the front page of your favorite Tropical Bass website and more concerned with giving a party soundtrack for this new Tijuana. Yet, with Santos latest release I have a feeling he will no longer be the guy in the shadows. Shaka is the name of the new ep from the Tijuana’s party master and he takes us  straight down to dark basement  where a massive fiesta is going down. The 10 track ep is filled with hypnotic-zombie inducing sounds.  Stand out track –La Quebradita has a eerie synth line and bumping percussion well capable of reviving the death. The chorus chants ” “Solo quiero bailar, disfrutar esta noche, contigo amor“. Cause even the monsters of the night need to dance some  Ruidoson. Shaka is Santos strongest effort to date just as mystifying dark and exciting as ever. Perhaps Santos is supposed to be the guy in shadows, perhaps the darkness is his true habitat and creating a mixes for the Zombies,Seedy creatures and whoever wants to lose themselves at 4am in the morning is his true calling card. If that’s the case, we will be up-all night

Nuevos Esqumemas El Weekend Mix(9/7/12)


Linda Miranda(Spain)-San Valentin(0:54-4:11)
Triangulo De Amor Bizarro(Spain)-Amigos Del Genero Humano(7:55-10:23)
Los Blenders(Mexico)-Ah(10:25-12:13)
Franny & Zooey(Dominican Republic)-Remember(Being Fake)(15:02-18:54)
Gaby Moreno(L.A)-No Estoy Tan Mal(18:56-22:26)
Maria Rodes(Spain)-Desorden(22:28-25:53)
Los Espiritus(Tijuana/Canada)(25:55-27:57)
Kinky(Mexico)-Perfecta(Javier Estrada Remix)(32:22-36:35)
Los Rakas(Oakland)-Bien Ribetao(36:37-39:49)
Luis Inkjet(Tijuana)-Thinking About You(Frank Ocean Cover)(39:51-42:20)
Josue Josue(Mexico)-Fuera De Servicio(42:22-End)

Download///Maria y José “Rey de Reyes”

The leading man of the rising movement know as “Ruidoson”. Tony Gallardo beefed  up his resume this year and has cemented his place in the Latin-Indie world. Still riding the buzz off last year’s  Espirutu Invisible and Kibose,  “Tijuana’s Ambassador of Swag” has grown and flourished as an artist, taking his medium to new levels this year. With  Puerto Alegria, Tony Gallardo  showcased his Mexican pop star flair. Then in  Granada, Tony goes  gets romantically intense  and produces a emo jam  that had us thinking, “Is tony on the brink of self-destruction?”. My personal based god is back and gives us a early Christmas present with Rey de Reyes.

Maria y José self-leaked his latest track Rey de Reyes off his new album set to release in early 2012. Just from the track name you got the sense that this was going to be 140 bpm club track. Tony takes on the genre de moda in the both mainstream and mipster circles 3Ball. Rey de Reyes  is undeniably sexy and festive, whether your wearing Botas picuadas or Urban outfitters loafers  you cant help help but become entrapped in the banging cumbia percussion and the oh so, self-assuring, self perpetuating lyrics  “soy el rey de reyes” (im the king of kings) . Tony Gallardo produces another home-run. Tony reaffirms his place as the  king of Tijuana and the king of the dancefloor. Can we start the Maria Y Jose 4 Austin Chants?