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M.I.S. and Toy Selectah in yet another great Échale night at the Pearl

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Camilo Lara, the man behind Mexican Institute of Sound.

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Toy Selectah, the former one-third of Control Machete.


I've been bitching for years about the lack of quality Latin alternative shows in San Antonio, but those days are over — even if the free Échale series at the Pearl was the only alterlatino option in town, I'd take it.

This year's series began March 18 with Venezuela's La Vida Bohème and Argentina's Sol Pereyra, and continues Saturday, April 18, with Mexican Institute of Sound and Monterrey's Toy Selectah.

M.I.S. is the solo project of Mexican DJ and producer (and, until last year, president of EMI Mexico) Camilo Lara, who has released four albums and done remixes for bands like Placebo and Argentina's Babasónicos. As is the case with Tijuana's electronic fusion pioneers Nortec Collective, M.I.S. mixes different electro streams with Latin folk, but with a more global perspective and less accented on Northern Mexican sounds. His songs have been featured on Californication and Ugly Betty, among other TV shows.

Monterrey-born Toy Selectah (Antonio "Toy" Hernández) is also a DJ and producer with a long list of remixes and productions. His resume includes Calle 13 and Manu Chao, even though Manu's remix hasn't been released yet. But he earned his name as a key member of Monterrey's Control Machete, one of the most influential hip-hop groups in Latin alternative history (if you saw Alejandro González Iñárritu's Amores Perros or own its soundtrack, look for "Artillería pesada" and "Sí señor"). As a solo artist, Toy looks well beyond the Control Machete formula, and lately he has been experimenting with Colombian and Mexican cumbia, styles made to order for San Antonio.

M.I.S. and Toy Selectah should be a riot, but use it as a warm up for the last Échale show of the year (May 11), which should be the best: Chico Trujillo (a musically ambitious band that mixes rock, reggae, bolero, cumbia, reggae, and even Balkan horns, and who have played at Chicago's Lollapalooza) and red-hot rapper Ana Tijoux (get her latest album, La Bala, now), both from Chile, is a proper wrap-up party for a series that, so far, has sounded great.

Bring the kids, chairs, blankets, and an umbrella just in case, and pack the place. If there's enough of you, maybe the Échale people will decide to correct the only problem with the series: there should be more of it, at least every month. •

Échale Series feat. Mexican Institute of Sound, Toy Selectah

Free
7pm Sat, April 14
Pearl Park
Amphitheatre
100 E Grayson
pearlechale.com

 

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