It’s been 8 years since the last release from La Excelencia… too long a wait!
Two good things happened in our La Excelencia story in 2012 – they dropped their third album “Ecos Del Barrio” which tore up salsa dance floors and included the track “Maria” which is still a favourite with Abanico dancers today, and we hosted them at our “Extravaganza” all day event in Bristol (see video below)… wow – what a gig! Over 600 hundred dancers from across the UK and Europe getting down to unquestionably the hottest NY salsa band of the time – we still remember that day very fondly!
In the time between then and now the band have split up and, thankfully, reformed. The sound in “Machete” is unquestionably La Excelencia – hard and heavy classic New York sound brought bang up to date. There are some fast ones, there is some Cha Cha and there are some that will go down a treat on the dance floor. For me the killer here is “Asi Es El Amor” – a really nice tempo that builds into a really solid dancer… I can’t wait to play it out!
Yes! As with all La Excelencia albums there is a lot to like here and it great music for the car as well as the dance floor. I never quite get the same buzz as the first time I heard their very first album “Salsa Con Conciencia” (2006) – but then who ever sounds as good as when they were hungriest and wanted it most?! That said, I didn’t think twice before hitting the ‘buy’ button on this one and highly recommend you do the same!
What we’re listening to in Abanico HQ at the moment…