It doesn't take a detective to figure out that The Pinker Tones are one of our favorite bands here at KCRW. For nearly a decade, the Barcelona-based duo of Mister Furia and Professor Manso have practiced a unique brand of musical alchemy that fuses hummable pop melodies with hip-twisting electronic break beats and topped with a decidedly international flavor, and this kind of eclectic recipe has always found a home amongst our DJ's and listeners alike. Consequently they have had great success on their various appearances on Morning Becomes Eclectic, as well as performing a stellar DJ set at one of our Sounds Eclectic concert evenings, and they have been a lynchpin of Nacional Records' premiere line-up of Latin Alternative superstars.
For Modular, their fourth studio album, they have upped the ante with the addition of a full-time drummer, lending a more-driving pulse to their sound. However their trademark percolating synths and hip-hop-flavored rhymes still dominate the Tones' tones. Echoes of Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode, Ladytron and Beck flit around, while Furia & Manso stake their claim as the best Latin Alternative band around.
They debut their new material in a live setting at the prestigious Latin Alternative Music Conference this July (which KCRW is proud to be a part of). But you can get an advance listen right now as part of KCRW's Album Preview.
Official artist website: http://www.thepinkertones.com/
Modular will be available on-demand June 21 - July 20, 2010
2. Estirado al Sol
6. Con mi Camara (Modular Mix)
7. Polos Opuestos
8. Invaders (Modular Mix)
9. Game Boy Music
10. Sabiduria Popular
12. Un Dia sin Numeros
13. PinkerLand Vibes (Modular Mix)
14. Friends Around the World