Picotero by Monareta
Released: Dec 2008
Label: Nacional Records
These boys are both Colombian natives and Brooklyn hipsters, but dual citizenship hangs lightly on their shoulders. They blip, they bleep, they roll out the dank dub carpet and retract it, peppering their slick electronic forays with bright splices of cumbia and champeta, Colombia's homegrown party music. Much of Picotero plays like background music, the stuff that keeps the party chatter happy -- no surprise given all Monareta's soundtrack work -- but gems like the raps on "Matanza Funk," "Esmeraldena" and the intriguing "Almamazonica" grab the spotlight.
Sarah Bardeen
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