Los Kung Fu Monkeys
Release Date: August 14, 2015
For a chunk of years now, Canadian-Mexican ska band Los Kung Fu Monkeys have been rocking the night away. With their latest album, Rudeboy Rockers from Stomp Records, they keep this trend going, providing a mix of ska with occasional hints of reggae sprinkled into the album recipe.
The album opens with the high energy “Taking It Easy”, a classic upbeat ska jam, echoing with hints of Operation Ivy, that locks you into the album. Track “Move On” displays a loud brassy sound but with rock piano included in the mix, blending a nice variety in its composition while providing both one of the stronger and memorable tunes from the record.
Spanish language tracks “TJ Es Mi Hogar”, “Mas Que Ruido” and “Radio Unidad” all display a nice variety of shorter tunes that have incredibly catchy beats. “Radio Unidad” in particular having a memorable horn section. The vocal quality on these tracks has Los Kung Fu Monkeys has a bit more flare and passion in them, showing its definitely the preferred language to sing in (or at least one could guess that based on this) and makes me cross my fingers for an all-Spanish album from these guys.
The highlight track of the album for me was “It Takes Time”. Although it is the slowest paced and longest-timed track on the album; the combination of it’s easy feeling, rock organ, the inclusion of a horn solo into a horn section structure, and love song lyrics, provide for a favorite on the album.
Overall, Rudeboy Rockers by Los Kung Fu Monkeys is fun little ska record whose swank highlights and smart structural choices turn it into a worthy addition for ska fans music pile in 2015.
Reviewed by Drew 1340