A decade and a half after forming in Tijuana, Nortec Collective — their name a portmanteau combining "norteño" with "techno" — are officially splitting, with Bostich + Fussible's Motel Baja serving as their final LP. Out September 16th (Mexican Independence Day), the record completes the duo's Border Trilogy and features German collaborators such as Kraftwerk's Wolfgang Flur and Señor Coconut's Uwe Schmidt. Tom Tom Club, meanwhile, appear on the Motel's laid-back title track, which can be streamed below.
"The song 'Motel Baja' is about the experience of a Californian who comes to Tijuana, has the time of their life but soon realizes they have to return to their reality, even though they wish they could stay," Fussible, known offstage as Pepe Mogt, tells Rolling Stone.
"We really enjoyed working with Nortec Collective. Their sound is filled with freshness and vigor," adds Tom Tom Club's Chris Frantz.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Frantz also discussed his own band's German future: "We have about half a dozen basic tracks of Tom Tom Club recorded for a new album, and we've been talking about starting on a project called 'Chris und Tina,' like German style. The music will be totally electronic and kind of Germanic, as opposed to rock & roll or funk. It's inspired by Kraftwerk. That's what we're thinking about right now."
Motel Baja will be released on Nacional Records and can be pre-ordered here.