Los Amigos Invisibles Arepa 3000: A Venezuelan Journey Into Space CD

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Los Amigos Invisibles Arepa 3000: A Venezuelan Journey Into Space CD. Los Amigos Invisibles includes: Jose Luis Pardo (guitar); Armando Figueredo (keyboards, background vocals); Juan Manuel Roura (drums).
Additional personnel includes: Martika (vocals).
Recorded at 880 Studios, Oakland, California.
AREPA 3000 was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album. AERPA 3000 was nominated for the 2001 Latin Grammy Award for Best Rock Album by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
Personnel: Mauricio Arcas (vocals, percussion, background vocals); Julio Briceño (vocals, percussion); Gilliam Caballero, Martika (vocals); José Luis Pardo (guitar); Ryan Downe (slide guitar, background vocals); Armando Figueredo (keyboards, background vocals); Juan Manuel Roura (drums, background vocals); Perucho Conde (electronics).
DJ: Tigre Rafael.
Audio Mixers: Erik Aldrey; Jason Carmer; Rob Seifert; Mike Cresswell.
Recording information: 880 Studios, Oakland, CA; Freudenhaus Studios, San Francisco, CA; Gozadera Studios, Caracas, Venezuela.
Editors: Julio d'Escrivan; Alessio Mini.
Photographer: Valentina Gamero.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Ricardo Mejía; Paul Rengel.
Like Dr. Octagon, Los Amigos Invisibles have skipped the banality of Y2K and set their sights on the next millennium on AREPA 3000: A VENEZUELAN JOURNEY INTO SPACE. AREPA is no typical retro boogie-down. The hipster boys from Caracas have followed Sun Ra's travel advice and loaded their hormonal South American blend of acid jazz disco/funk/lounge/house on a rocket ship, bound for grooves of a higher order.
The band launches a suite of sexed-up anthems with the mid-tempo "La Vecina," followed by the sweaty "Que Rico" and "Cuchi-Cuchi." Guest pop songstress Martika blows some breezy Brazilian vocals into the mellow yearning of "Si Estuvieras Aqui" (If Only You Were Here), while "Piazo 'e Perra" is big-chorus, organ-grinder funk. If HAL from the film 2001 were slipped some acid, "Pi Pi Ri" could be the soundtrack to his daydreams. The club-pop jewel "El Barro" glances back over its shoulder to 1985, with singer Julio Briceno picking up the vocoder for some metallic vocal luster. The boys offer a nod to drum-and-bass with the thumping bagatelle, "No Le Metas Mano," yet venture off into more tropical territory on the faded AM salsa of "Llegastes Tarde," and the electro-chintz merengue of "El Sobon."


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