Comprised of Moisés Horta, Moisés López, and Reuben Torres, Tijuana trio Los Macuanos incorporate live instrumentation such as bass and handheld percussion into their Latin-infused psych-electro. It makes them one of the more exciting live acts in the ruidoson scene.
They’re also one of the most musically adventurous. While many of their tracks have helped to define the relatively new genre of ruidoson, with its darkly hypnotic rhythms and samples of vintage Mexican brass, they’ve produced an astonishingly diverse body of work in their short career. After releasing the dense aural onslaught EP El Fin, they started dropping purely ambient tracks like “Humo Gris” (“grey smoke”) and “Mi Cara y Tu Cara” (“my face and your face”). Then there are the hot, dark, tribal sounds of “Bandera.”
The group has also released a remix EP for the theremin-heavy single “Ritmo de Amor,” off El Fin, featuring the likes of fellow ruidoson fiend María y José and Monterrey’s 3ball beast Sheeqo Beat. And they’ve given Julieta Venegas’s song “Un Lugar” a cheeky, beachy remix. Even when it comes to their remix activities, they’re all over the place and yet at the center of their scene.
Spooky, carnivalesque rhythms and deep oscillating bass of subtly reference norteño music and dubstep at the same time. But their songs are just as likely to be humming ambient noisescapes.