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Image: MamboturMambotur have created a sweet album that sneaks up on you: what at first seems like a relaxed dub influenced latino mix of sounds turns out to be a mutli-faceted masterwork. Thanks to Señor Coconut/Atom Heart/Uwe Schmidt as executive producer who this time is working with Argenis Brito and Pierre Bucci, the Atina.Latino album is actually a much more varied and exciting cd. Atina.Latino is not unlike the other Atom Heart latino-inspired projects but where this one differs is in the fact that when those projects gave a wink and a nod, Mambotur are more true to their roots while still bringing us a modern sound. And while there are in essence two different threads which evolve here - the more traditional latin/dub tracks with lead vocals (Tracks 1, 4, 5, 8, and 13) and the more rhythmically tweaked instrumentals (Tracks 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, and 12) which might leave you wondering where the two meet (answer: in the tracks with the electronic vocals like track 9). If you yearn for more of electronically bent fabric that Uwe Schmidt is alla bout then Mambotur might just be what you are looking for. The mad mayhem of latin rhythms continues mixed with the warm electronics inspired by Kraftwerk and it is all jump started with some dub reggae along the way. My only complaint would be since the vocals are so nice here - it would've been nice to have more tracks with vocals - or maybe a remix or two - but what Mambotur have offered up here is mighty fine and we can only hope there is more where this came from.

---Carl, January 28, 2003