10 Best Latin Albums of 2016

Helado Negro, Alex Anwandter and more of the year's best from Latinx artists

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Orkesta Mendoza, '¡Vamos A Guarachar!'
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9. Orkesta Mendoza, '¡Vamos A Guarachar!'

Capturing the genre-hopping of Café Tacvba's trailblazing 1994 album Re, Orkesta Mendoza's exceptional ¡Vamos a Guarachar! boldly cuts through a myriad of Latin styles with balls and virtuosity. The 12-track offering journeys to the eclectic, diasporic sounds of the borderlands in the galloping "Redoble" and treks down to Peruvian chicha with "No Volveré." Time traveling occurs in the symphonic "Shadows of the Mind" where Afro-Cuban babalú arises. But the nucleus lies in Mexico, where bandleader Sergio Mendoza offers his heart. Camilo Lara joins the party in the invigorating "Cumbia Volcadora," and haunting huapangos shine through the impassioned murmur of veteran bolerista Salvador Duran in "Misterio." With a lust for tradition and a punk attitude, ¡Vamos a Guarachar! is an eclectic album for the Latinx revolution. I.R.

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