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HOT HALF DOZEN 1/10/23

We are back from vacation with over 300 submissions and here some of the best to start your new off.

Wow. 385 submissions. I took the holidays off, but clearly the music industry did not

y volar, video  by Sergio Casas . Casas is a Blues Hall of Fame bass player, but who knew he could sing? This video proves it that he can bring romance to a Latin beat without a bassline. The music in this video  will seep into your ears and stay in mind.  (and there is a gentle bassline) YouTube. https://bit.ly/3GRFqfV. Spanish

undistorted (live at rec4), single by the Wohl Band. Continuing their exploration of post rock, The geniuses of the Guadalajara -based The Wohl band have smoothy combined jazzed, shredding guitar, and  synth sounds into a very enjoyable piece of laid back and just listen music.  Find them live in Mexico or on Bandcamp at https://bit.ly/3vUKAm8

Gee, Baby. Ain’t’ I Good to You, single from forthcoming album by Taj Mahal. While the lyrics may be a bit old school, there is nothing like Taj Mahal singing a love song and accompanying it with his incomparable blues guitar. A classic, I Can hardly wit for the new album, Savoy in April.  Stream o Spotify, preorder the album at https://bit.ly/3ZsGpLH

La Loteria, album by Adriana Ríos. Regional Mexican music like you have never heard it. Yes, there are tubas and accordions, as there should be.   And then there is Adriana, whose voice practically turns any song into a life-altering experience. Ten songs that sample the regional music of this Tijuana native and more. No wonder she is loved by millions in Mexico. Stream on Spotify. Spanish.

En Mis Naviddes, single by Eríka Vidrio. A great introduction to banda, if you have never listened to this romantic Mexican regional music. This Jalisco-born, songwriter/singer has written over 100 songs for some of the greats and when she records Stream on Sportify. And check out her video. Spanish.

Una Mañana single by Denise Guitérez. Simply beautiful is what this lead singer from Hello Seahorse does on her own. It is the kind of music that just grabs you, makes your stomach tighten and your heart ache. Stream on Spotify. Spanish.

BONUS: Luciernágas, single by Mare Advertencia Lírika.  This unusual talent from Oaxaca, Mexico combines addictive melodies with slightly sharp-edged rap in a blend that will keep you coming back for mor.  Stream on Spotify.

Patrick O’Heffernan

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About Patrick O'Heffernan, Music Sin Fronteras (414 Articles)
Patrick O’Heffernan, PhD., is a music journalist based in Mexico, with a global following. He focuses on music in English and Spanish that combines rock and rap, blues and jazz and pop with music from Latin America, especially Mexico like cumbia, banda, son jarocho, and mariachi. He is also edits a local news website and is a subeditor of a local Spanish language newspaper. Check out his weekly column Music Sin Frontera on Sunday nights.

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