Album: Los Chinches, Fongo (Movimientos Records)

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The wild, psychedelic artwork of the cover suggests something heavier and more unhinged than what's actually delivered by this half-European, half-Latin American band on their debut album.

They do a half-decent job of recapturing the spirit of the 1960s Peruvian style of chicha (a mix of cumbia and ska with a dash of twangy Shadows guitar), but they could do with being a little less tidy and polite about it. Not essential but pleasant enough.