Mexicans With Guns, 'Ceremony' (Innovative Leisure/Friends of Friends)

Critical Mass
Release Date: May 10, 2011
Label: Innovative Leisure/Friends of Friends

by Chris Martins

"Soy el cielo, soy el montaña," coos a woman's voice on Ceremony's intro -- "I am the sky, I am the mountain." Fitting, considering San Antonio producer Ernest Gonzales offers up a bracing collision of atmosphere and heft on this bass-heavy debut. Cumbia rhythms collide with Game Boy glitch ("Me Gusto"), shotgun blasts punctuate chase ?music for an unmade Robert Rodriguez flick ("Dame Lo"), and Freddie Gibbs stops by to spit gangsta raps over a conga-laced border-town banger ("Highway to Hell").

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