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Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 05/06/2011

Album review: Mexicans With Guns, “Ceremony”

Ernest Gonzales gets important help from some guest stars on his debut album as Mexicans With Guns. (Oliver Kish)
Mexicans With Guns is the nom de electro of San Antonio-based, luchador-mask-wearing Ernest Gonzales, a producer/remixer/recording artist fond of cross-breeding Hispanic folk music with electronica.

A better-than-usual assortment of club hits, obligatory star collaborations and filler, “Ceremony,” Mexicans With Guns’ official full-length debut, is a dark, bass-heavy mixture of dubstep, hip-hop, ’90s-style drum ’n’ bass and old-school 8-bit.

Though Gonzales can be a little too downbeat when left to his own devices (like on “Death and Rebirth,” a chirpy, clattery bummer of a track), “Ceremony” is enlivened by guest turns from gangsta rapper Freddie Gibbs (who turns up on the awe-inspiring, otherwise funereal “Highway to Hell”) and Antibalas’s Chico Mann, whose cameo on last year’s hit “Me Gusto” helps make that gauzy, cumbia-inspired track the lightest, greatest thing here.

Recommended tracks: “Highway to Hell,” “Me Gusto,” “Dame Lo”

By Allison Stewart  |  11:32 AM ET, 05/06/2011

Categories:  Album reviews | Tags:  Mexicans With Guns

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