IoS album review: Mexican Institute of Sounds, Politico (Chusma Records)

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Mexican producer Camilo Lara has been making kitsch, cool, funky sonic collages from the old, new, borrowed and blue for six years now.

His fourth album opens with an elephantine Cumbia tune which incorporates vintage synth squeaks and old mariachi trumpet samples, and things don't let up from there onwards. Politico kicks arse but in a friendly way. In other words it knocks Fatboy Slim into a cocked hat with its big beats and sense of fun.