and Nortec Collective
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Written by Eve Hyman
Photographed by Katherin Wermke
Pacha Massive is building a massive
following on the college radio charts with its new
record . The band played the Canal Room this month
and invited fellow Latin electronauts Nortec Collective
to share the bill. We caught their live show and
joined a loyal crowd in celebrating their new release.
We stayed to catch the Nortec set and enjoyed the
beats which fuse Mexican Norteno with a wide variety
of drum beats and synthetic soundbursts.
Pacha Massive were
bass, drums, flute and a variety of female vocalists.
At the apex of the group is founder Alex who cuts
into the lush lady vocals to add Spanish rhymes.
The music is a Sade kind of take on pan Latin rhythms
– soothing and lovely. On stage, Pacha is
still coming into its own but the buzz is strong
and it’ll be interesting to catch them this
summer and see what they do with the record live
- once they’ve had a moment to work it out.
Nortec Collective was in its stripped
down state with laptops and djs. They built a gorgeous
soundscape for their fans to dance off the winter
night with some warmth (courtesy of Northern Mexico).