Washington D.C.'s Empresarios take on the unenviable task of bringing Latin funk goodness to our nation's capitol. But even if the District isn't quite ready for their smooth tropical blend of funk, cumbia, dub and reggaeton, the rest of us could use a stiff shot of Sabor Tropical right about now, to tide us over until the weather turns warm?
NPR Music - Alt.Latino:
A sound based on '70s mixes of funk and salsa, but with a contemporary sense of exploration.
Javier Miranda has “great taste in music. That shows through on this 15-track album, with a lot of solid cuts and a few outstanding ones, most notably the Latin funky title track and the reggaeton-cumbia banger “Negrita Linda.” This record will be coming out from my DJ bag often in the near future” – Darek Beres
Big Shot Magazine:
“Combining Latin funk, cumbia, dub and reggaeton, Sabor Tropical is oozing with, er, sabor.”
Inside World Music:
“The Washington, D.C.-based band of modern Latin-funk is hitting the streets with the most impressive dance beats, trip hop rhythms, and dub-step on the market today. The Latin grooves border on jazz styles that heat up any occasion or mood…. All in all, a good mix of vocals, modern sounds, and eclectic sounds paved by earlier artists, notably Nortec Collective, make Sabor Tropical an unforgettable release to start the new year and cause a January thaw wherever it is played. ~ Matthew Forss
“I didn’t know all that much about Empresarios before diving into their record. The album title definitely suggests a Latin influence on the record. Through the album I have realized that the band has a very open ear to music from all different corners of the world. The success of Sabor Tropical is the ability of Empresarios to put their own stamp on the music flowing through their radar.”
Comparisons to fellow Washingtonians Thievery Corporation aren’t unfair. Head Empresario Javier Miranda has previously toured with D.C.’s dons of dapper, downtempo globalism, and the miscellany of Latin grooves on his quintet’s debut, from salsa to cumbia to reggaeton, is served up smooth and chilled. The omnipresent dub production, however, is taken to much stranger places here and there, and there’s a playfulness present that generally eludes the Corporation men.