TRACK PREMIERE: TROPA MAGICA “FEELS LIKE TIJUANA”
L.A.’s Tropa Magica are David and Rene Pacheco, two brothers who took like twenty different kinds of music and turned it into one thing all their own. (Like this slo-mo fever dream rodeo video for 2018’s “LSD Roma”—a classic in a micro-genre it invented.) They’ve called it “psychedelic norteño” and other people call it cumbia-punk—or was that punk-cumbia?—but there’s space and distance enough there for inspirations from a long list of genres and generations. For one instance: David and Erwin Flores from Los Saicos must’ve taken singing lessons from the same broken-glass-gargling genius.
They put out their debut in fall of 2018, and their sound only gets sharper with every release since. Well, actually it sort of gets blurrier, but that’s by design—you might think of the Clash, who worked just as hard to show how any and all different kinds of music fit so perfectly together. And that’s “Feels Like Tijuana,” which also feels like unrolling one of those deep cuts on Sandinista!—a song for when you’re so submerged in a record you forget there’s still a world outside. Says Pacheco:
“The new single is called “Feels Like Tijuana” off our upcoming sophomore album. It’s the ONLY song with accordion on the album. Originally this version had a disco vibe but after messing around with it, the song took on a norteño disco vibe replicating a hazy after-hours night on La Revolución in Tijuana.”
Calling this a lyric video doesn’t quite catch everything, so think of this more like DVD commentary. Catch up with a few signature efforts from the Tropa discography on larecord-dot-com, and salute all those involved in “Feels Like Tijuana” in the full credits below!
Song composed and produced by David Pacheco
Performed by Tropa Magica
Engineered and recorded at Total Annihilation Studios
Mixed at The Shelter Studios
Mastered by LG Sounds