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The Empresarios are ready to bring tropicaliente beats to the world again, after spending much of 2014 in the studio the group’s third album is complete. The Vibes continues to bring the warm Latin sounds that fans have come to expect from Empresarios but with new surprises. The Vibes includes collaborations from Miami based Colombian rapper Ephniko and DC-based salseros Orquesta Salsaley.
After the success of their previous album El Sonido Magico, it held the #1 spot on the CMJ World chart for 5 weeks with notable airplay on NPR, KEXP and KCRW, Empresarios brings The Vibes. It is a cohesive collection of tracks that incorporate the band’s varied influences, including salsa, house, reggae, dub and hip-hop. The Empresarios have retooled their approach and their signature tropicaliente sound has truly come of age in The Vibes.
“Encanto,” a love song to the island of Puerto Rico written by lead vocalists Frankie Rosado and Felix Perez, could be the next anthem for their cherished motherland. Tracks like “No Vamos A Parar” continues to showcase the vocals of Rosado and Perez.
Always ready to get people dancing, the Empresarios have several upbeat party tunes like “Morena”, “A Fuego Lento” and “Pa’ La Calle”. The album’s title track, “The Vibes” featuring vocals by Ephniko offers a distinctive reggae and hip-hop sound. Fusing together traditional elements with modern ones is a specialty of the Empresarios and they do it with great skill on “Salsoul”, which features the Salsaley Orquestra horn section. Reggae is familiar territory for the Empresarios, and the track “Placeres” wafts in like a true Jamaican aroma. The album is rounded out with “Rootsy Jam” and “Alegria”, two dubby, downtempo grooves complete with melodica throughout.
The group has been quietly busy in their recording studio, as well as touring in the United States while establishing themselves internationally in Latin America and continuing to cater to their hometown fan base in Washington, DC with a weekly presence on the ever popular U Street.
When recording The Vibes, the Empresarios turned to Paul Chaconas and John Bowen for production and Sonny Cheeba, the band’s DJ, provided dance floor references. The end result is a unique album with distinctive sounds made for a great time under the warm sun, just as if you were at an Empresarios concert.