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It's Time to Get Kinky: Top Tracks From The Mexican Rockers' New Album

Kinky
Diana Grecito

Kinky

It’s been five years since the band known for meshing electronica with other genres such as cumbias, funk and rock have released an album. And the new project, "Nothing Matters More Than You" or Nada Vale Más Que Tu, shines brightly in the only way that Kinky can: with infectious beats, dance orchestrations and a whimsical style that effortlessly takes us into a summer groove and beyond.

There’s no denying the Kinky musical influence in electronica and as music makers their appeal is rooted in highly spirited music just as the likes of Daft Punk or the Pet Shop Boys have shown us for decades. In the new album, Kinky also shows growth without losing its dynamic sound and charm.

Since the Kinky's founding in 1998 in Monterrey, Mexico, bandmembers Gilberto Cerezo, Ulises Lozano, Carlos Chairez, Omar Gongora and Cesar Pliego have stayed true to their musical obsessions and Nada Vale Más Que Tu is no exception. Compelling sounds, lyrics to ponder and collaborations with several artists including a not to be missed track with regional Mexican singer Pepe Aguilar on “Charro Negro” illustrate Kinky's willingness to experiment while walking their musical line. Here are some track highlights from the new album:

Pump up the volume: “Un Peso,” begins like a knock on the door and lyrically tells us, “Nothing matters more than you.” Well said Kinky: It’s been five years and this track is a great opener to whet our appetites. But wait! While the song questions the value of a “peso,” it ultimately questions the value of things. Keeping in mind that the Kinky bandmates are from Mexico and some of them live in the U.S., the song’s lyrics also question the price of a lying president, cops who shoot people, cocaine sales and even a Uber ride to the disco. In the end, nothing really matters more than you. Something to chew on for sure.

Do not ignore: “Te Vas” ("You Go") builds in rhythm and pace only to blast listeners into another space. The narrative here is that someone is “ignoring” us and has left, but we still keep this person in our heads. “Where are you going?” is the principal theme and if there ever was a song about the stinging truth it’s this, as only Kinky can tell it like it is without losing its musical edge. With that in mind, perhaps this is an ultimate unrequited love song that’s like a slap in the face, while “you leave me dancing alone.” It stings, but in a sexy way. 

Pepe Aguilar method: "Charro Negro" quickly pops into a carefully crafted auto-tune opener reminiscent of Cher before later introducing regional Mexican star Pepe Aguilar, who is known for his commanding ballads. But here Aguilar doesn’t sing. Rather, he makes vocal sounds in the spirit of a grito (or scream) most commonly heard in mariachi songs. He embellishes the song with that signature sound and it’s essentially the cherry on top. Why Aguilar as a featured guest vocalist? The Grammy winner has long been a fan so many bands and genres, especially rock, so it’s the perfect fit for "Charro Negro" and an homage to Aguilar’s staying power.

Crazy: “Loco” is themed around the wounds of our lives and how that affects us while finding ourselves. The song has more of a pop vibe with a sense of urgency, but also a tender composition that works on many levels, especially in the vein of a broken heart trying to make sense of things. 

Get up, move: “Nación” triggers the disco senses in a catchy song and ("Fly" in English) sets another tone by featuring the raps of hip-hop recording artist MLKMN, who gives a breathtaking performance that only adds to the charm of the project and Kinky’s ability to extend their musical reach to another genre and artist.

Listen to the full album here: 

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