If anyone partied like it was 1999, it was the guys from Nortec Collective.
After all, it was the year that the ensemble was founded. And in many ways, they were ahead of the pack using technology to create music, beats and fresh rhythms heard around the world from music halls to nightclubs and festivals.
The new song, “Camino Verde,” from Nortec Collective’s new album, Motel Baja, keeps to the original bright spirit of the group’s repertoire: mixing genres, instruments and beats through the spectrum of electronica-meets-Mexican music.
On the latest project, it’s Bostich and Fussible (aka Ramón Amezcua and Pepe Mogt, respectively), who put their stamp on the final project. The Sept. 16 release is the third and final installment of Border Trilogy albums just in time for Mexican Independence Day.
Social media lit up recently with many wondering why the Grammy nominated group was ending their run.
“After this, Nortec is done,” Fussible said in a prepared statement. “There will be no more Nortec. This is the last album.”
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Emerging from the Tijuana electronic scene, they were simply known as Nortec and fused norteño and techno to create their moniker. But it also went much deeper than that as music, culture and identity all played a part. The idea was to have a good time, but also explore bigger, universal themes.
The last of the founding members, Amezcua and Mogt, have simply decided to go in a different direction, according to a spokesperson for Nortec. “They just want to do other things.”
Before they go, however, Nortec will be front and center on Oct. 11 at the Supersonico Festival in Los Angeles along with Puerto Rico’s Calle 13 and Mexico’s Café Tacvba, among others.