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Kinky’s Ulises Lozano Breaks Down Every Song on ‘5 Disparos’ EP

Genre-bending is not new – and Kinky has almost 25 years of experience to prove it. The Mexican band is back today (May 22) with their latest musical project, 5 disparos, an ode to the icons and rising stars of their culture. The band from Monterrey formed by Gil Cerezo, Ulises Lozano, Carlos Chairez, Omar Góngora and Cesar Pliego – have been mixing genres together since 1998. Together they have amassed thousands of fans with their signature and innovative sound that combines cumbia, pop, alternative rock, música mexicana and more across the electronic spectrum. The band is considered part of the Avanzada Regiaa diverse and rich musical movement from Monterrey in the mid-nineties.

5 disparos is not just a way for the group to showcase their talents as musical shapeshifters. The album also gives back to Mexican greats who have inspired them throughout their careers and gives props to newcomers who are pushing the genre forward. According to Lozano, the group’s producer, Kinky had this idea more than ten years ago. However, with the recent musica mexicana treehe knew it was finally the right time to release it.

“We were at the right time to do it, because of the way regional music is now – it’s global and just killing it worldwide,” he tells Remezcla. “It was a great moment to continue to express and show to the world the great music that is being made in Mexico by these great artists that you may not be aware of because you don’t like banda or you don’t like cumbia or because you don’t like banda, or because you don’t like cumbia. didn’t like mariachi, but now you can explore it in a new style that might be easier for you to get your hands on.

Their “new style” includes a rediscovered, synthesizer-heavy tribute to Grupo Soñador’s classic “El Paso del Gigante,” and a reimagined groovy, faster cover of Rocío Dúrcal and Juan Gabriel’s “Déjame Vivir” next to Majo Aguilar. And while Kinky has collaborated with música mexicana icons like Intocable and Pepe Aguilar in the past, Lozano shares that they would like to collaborate with names like Ángela Aguilar, Grupo Frontera and Carin León (whom he praises). for inviting Molotov during his Coachella set).

“These are just 5 disparosbut i think for now,” says Lozano. ‘Maybe we’ll come back with, maybe not a revolver, but a metralleta. We are going to have a hundred disparos because Mexican music is so rich and wonderful.” Kinky is currently on their 5 Disparos tourwith performances in Los Angeles (May 24) and El Paso (May 25).

But first, let’s go through the breakdown of this EP. In honor of their latest EP 5 disparos, Remezcla talked about each song with Kinky’s Lozano. This is why they chose to record each song.

Grupo Soñador – “El Paso del Gigante”

“’El Paso El Gigante’, our first single, is a song we all love. It’s a really big cumbia song from Mexico – Grupo Soñadora is from Puebla. It is one of – for us – the innovators of cumbia electronica. We always wanted to do a Kinky version of that song. It just came out great. That’s why we chose it as the first single, because it’s very powerful and people love it. It deserved a version that isn’t cumbia, but still feels ‘El Paso del Gigante’.”

Ed Maverick – “Fuentes De Ortiz”

“When we selected these covers, it was important (for us) to include classic sounds, but we also wanted to showcase some of the new artists who are starting to become known in Mexican regional music. After discussing some new artists, Ed Maverick had this great song called “Fuentes de Ortiz,” and we started creating it. It just felt natural; easy to make a Kinky version for us. When you hear the original, it’s a quiet song with a guitar – (a) melancholic song. Now you can hear Kinky’s version, which is very energetic and fun and also danceable, but you can still sing it and recognize it and it sounds great.”

Grupo Frontera, Bad Bunny – “Unx100to”

“It was also important to bring another one of those artists who are killing it today. (Grupo Frontera is doing) doing a great job. The song is really cool and very easy to integrate into any style. It is (one of) those songs that you can sing with a guitar, in mariachi, in banda, in rock, or in our case more like an electronic disco atmosphere. It just fits in perfectly here 5 disparos. We love Grupo Frontera. They also bring that Tejano, cumbia sound that we were introduced to by Selena (Quintanilla) and then by Intocable, and now with Grupo Fontera. We were very happy to make a song that is so popular now in a Kinky version, because why not?”

“(About the Bad Bunny feature film) It was very important that such a big artist like Bad Bunny could take Grupo Fontera and introduce it to everyone just by singing his part of the song. He made it known and popular worldwide… It’s just amazing how people or artists essentially support each other.”

Rocío Dúrcal, Juan Gabriel – “Déjame Vivir (feat. Majo Aguilar)”

“This song is a classic… we had to invite someone who in this case would be Rocío Dúrcal, and we will be Juan Gabriel. We thought, ‘Who could that be?’ It’s a challenge because we know a lot of great and talented female artists who are more into pop, just into regional or just into rock. But we wanted someone who has more style (and) can manage to play in a pop song (and a) disco Kinky vibe, but who can also bring that emotional, more sentimental part to the song. We proposed the idea to Majo, who is also killing it, and we are such big fans of hers, and she loved it. We were so honored that she said yes and was happy to be in the song (and) also shoot the video. For us it’s about seeing different music styles collide and trying to reach new markets by interacting with each other.”

Los Ángeles Azules, Natalia Lafourcade – “Nunca Es Suficiente”

“We collaborated with (Los Ángeles Azules) almost 10 years ago with the song ‘Como Te Voy A Olvidar’. It was so natural to be with them. From then on we played (the song) with them at festivals like Coachella. It became so important for us to be a part of this. We wanted to honor them again with one of their hits, ‘Nunca Es Suficiente.’ (It’s also with) Natalia (Lafourcade), a great artist, and we also respect her and admire her very much. It’s a song that people love. And people who are not into cumbia can enjoy it in our Kinky version.