The Panamanian born, Oakland based duo, Los Rakas, just released a full album, which for all intents and purposes is a ‘double-sided’ jaunt into the pairs aspiring phonic spectrum of musical interests. Raka Dun curated the music for the first half of the album and Raka Rich the second half, according to this well written review for the album on MTV Iggy. They display a clear understanding of each others contrasting personalities while providing a beautifully produced conflagration of their similarities. They’ve been around since 2006 and they have the BANDCAMP to prove it.
If you’ve seen or heard Orión play in the last year you’ve probably heard one of my favorite tracks from this album, Africana
Another of my favorites is Sueño Americano. A very poignant and compelling picture on the realities of migration, assimilation and its’ discontents as an immigrant in the United States, the video for Sueño Americano is a reminder that what you bought is not what you were sold. This is many peoples realities so if you don’t like it, fix it.
Visit LosRakas.com to cop the new album and some merch while you’re at.
BOUNS: Here’s the Los Rakas & Blondie collaboration called “I Screwed Up” off Blondie’s new album “Ghost of Downloads” out this week which you can pre-order here!