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Launchpad [Issue #16]
Nortec Collective:
By Mandana Beigi
Tijuana Sessions Vol. 3 (CD Nacional)

Four years ago, Tijuana introduced the world to the gang of Nortec Collective: Fussible (Pepe Mogt), Bostich (Ramón Amezcua), Panóptica (Roberto Mendoza), Clorofila (Jorge Verdín) and Hiperboreal (Pedro Gabriel Beas). The city that has and will continue to live under the shadow of both San Diego and the rest of Mexico is home to these five amazing artists, who have come together and packed dance floors across the world. And electronica hasn’t been the same since Nortec’s first Tijuana Sessions in 2001.

Nortec is a fusion of Norteño and Techno, highlighting the collision of the sound and style of electronica and the culture and harmony of traditional Mexican music. That said, Nortec Collective is definitely more electronica than Norteño - more Tijuana, less Mexico! And Tijuana, with all its complexities, good and bad, pretty and ugly, has been both the inspiration and the mirror to the sound of Tijuana Sessions - embracing and inspiring this sound, as well as projecting it as honestly and boldly as possible.

What you hear on this album is what you see on the streets of Tijuana; everything symbolizes something or someone. The unpredictability of the sound in Tijuana Sessions, the sometimes harmonious and sometimes dissonant rhythms, and the virtual freedom and occasional goofiness, all reflect the people, the life, and the reality of a border metropolis with lots of motions and intensity.

Tijuana Sessions Vol. 3 (what ever happened to Vol.2?) sounds more cohesive than the group’s debut record in integrating the styles. From mocking the Americans’ stereotypes of Tijuana in “Tijuana Makes me Happy” and the party-up vibe of “Funky Tamazula” to Clorofila/Calexico’s “Narcoteque” ala Brian Eno, this Tijuana Sessions moves faster and smoother in spirit giving you more space to interpret and make your own images of Tijuana. All in all, Nortec Collective is an oddball hybrid but the sound is fun, refreshing and bold; it’s exactly what was missing from the electronica world.

Tijuana Sessions Vol. 3

Nortec Collective Tijuana Sessions Vol. 3

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