Large, multicultural and highly energetic, Ozomatli follows in the footsteps of an elite of LA bands that have managed to incorporate the city’s teeming nature into their sound. Churning a heady mix of Afro-Cuban, Mexican, and distinctively American styles in a fairly large melting pot, Ozomatli uses all of its ten members, which not only include a rock-solid rhythm section but a horn section that’s large and in charge, and a DJ/MC duo (Cut Chemist and Chali 2na, respectively) that would steal away the spotlight if the rest of the band wasn’t already in there. This album is so highly charged, I’m surprised there aren’t sparks shooting out of my CD player. Salsa, norteñas, funk, dub, hip-hop, flamenco, you name it — it’s in here. All at once. With lyrical content to make you think, so you might want to brush up on your Spanish. Don’t forget to lace your shoes up tight. Almo Sounds, 360 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048; http://www.almosounds.com

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