El Sonido Magico is the much anticipated sophomore effort from New York’s Empresarios, and the folks at Fort Knox Recordings will be releasing it in a few short weeks. As you’ll hear on the first single from that effort, “Rompan Fila,” Empresarios have developed a reputation for blending and mashing salsa, dub, cumbia and reggae into something that sounds and feels both alien but familiar, and yet incredibly funky. In some way it’s reminiscent of the playful genre blending of Rene Lopez’s fantastic E.L.S. – or in other words, it seems to capture what you might hear while wandering NYC’s streets as you go from one ethnic enclave to another.
You can catch Los Empesarios at their record release show on November 10th at Camarada’s El Barrio.