Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Paco Mendoza - Consciente y Positivo

Paco Mendoza is a musical globalista with a rebel heart. His music is multilingual, multicultural, merging the Latin soul of Jose Feliciano, Marley's uplifting idealism and the street smart of Hip Hop. Born in Argentina to Peruvian and Paraguayan parents, he now lives and works in Berlin, the heart of Europe.
Paco is a producer, instrumentalist, and singer in Spanish, German, French and English. He has already produced several LPs  together with his brother Don Caramelo, such as the German Reggae Grammy winning project "Ragga-bund'. Additionally Paco is also known for his work with Reggae-Greats 'Silly Walks Movement', which are famous for their recordings with artists such as Gentleman or Patrice, or his weekly Radio-Show 'Mestizo FM'.

Mendoza's instrumental focus lies on his acoustic guitar, however he is just as comfortable rocking mics with his partner pon decks DJ Vadim, who has produced most of the tracks on his debut album 'Consciente y Positivo'. This LP is a musical soundtrack, a clash of the old world versus the new. It combines Latin, Hip-Hop, Reggae and Electronic influences -a revolutionary urge for love and social consciousness, spiced with daily topics and fiesta. On the musical level the Spanish guitar battles the Mini Moog creating boom bap beats which Paco rides almost royally. Hence, the record is a connection of several styles but in a minimal vadimesque way.

This sound conception is opened by the title 'Cumbiame RMX' feat. the colombian singer Mil Santos. A cumbia-electronica spiced with Atari-samples from Cologne-producer Tailormade Productions. Followed by the call for more good music in the radio 'En la Radio': A positive ride on a Dancehall-beat. In addition the track 'Revolucionario' is a cry for a better world, whereas the Cumbia 'Fosforito' is strictly a Latin club-tune. Concluding 'Consciente y Positivo' is not a mere hectic mixture, rather it is a stylistic exposure to versatile sounds. Mendoza with his guest- singers Mil Santos, Deuce Eclipse and Lobstarr such as the producers DJ Vadim and Tailormade Productions initiated the next level with an album that will most certainly cause a great deal of attention.


Cumbiame Remix Feat. Mil Santos
En La Radio
El Rey Feat. Deuce Eclipse
Edmonton Skit
Fosforito (vadim Mix)
Arbie Skit
Criminal Viene
Operacion Rescate


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