Kinky- Reina

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Saturday, August 9, 2008

Mexican band Kinky wants to create a party with their music. They have been doing just that for three albums now by combining electro and dance with a little hip hop and Latin flair. Their third album, Reina, has been reissued (it was originally released in 2006) by Nettwerk and has added a remix and a cover of Wall Of Voodoo’s “Mexican Radio”. And although Reina continues the group to do what they do best, if this mash up of sounds was appealing in the past it is still likely to gain your interest.

Kinky displays a taste for indie rock throughout some of Reina, but for the most part this album remains firmly rooted in Latin and electro culture. The idea of every song is to get listeners dancing or just moving their feet, and it’s guaranteed to do just that as the disc moves forward. So although songs like “I Say Hey” have distinctive indie rock guitar riffs, many of the other tracks put Kinky back into the realm of Latin dance/electro- an area where they’ve been so many times before. Don’t expect progression with this disc, but expect the same dance worthy beats and mash up of ideas that this group has offered since their inception.

Whereas some of Kinky’s previous material was solely in Spanish, Reina is split pretty equally between Spanish and English. These songs have been written in such a manner that even if listeners can’t understand Spanish, they can still appreciate the smooth vocal styles. Like the instrumentals, the vocals feel like they are mashing up styles as well often mixing electro, hip hop, and indie rock singing styles into many of the songs. The lyrics do get a bit repetitious from time to time, but it becomes clear as Reina comes to an end that perhaps that may have been the point.

In the end, Kinky retains all of the elements that makes their music a unique entity in the electro genre. Fans looking for drastic changes over the band’s last two albums may be disappointed that there doesn’t seem to be a further sense of progression, but anyone who really enjoyed the group’s previous material or newcomers looking for something different will want to dive right in. It is unclear just how many albums Kinky will be able to put out in this style before becoming stale to listeners, but with Reina they still feel as fresh as before.

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