Quita Penas translated to “remove worries”, are a band out of San Bernadino, CA. The thriving latin art and music scene has spawned this interesting combo, who give an honest and personal take on the ‘influential guitarra / tambora roots of golden-age soukous, chicha, compa and champeta’ music. The afro-latin outfit has built quite a following with their unique sounds, found just an hour or so north of the City of Angels. It’s easy to see why. Both tracks, which follow up their long playing, self made release Quita Penas, are original tracks made just for Names You Can Trust. Both of these burners explore their Afro-Latin roots and they have translated the sound with a message to modern day goings on in their world of multi-cultural immigrants. “Ya Veran” or “You’ll See” explores the various colors and shapes of beauty, while the flip, “La Bestia” refers to the mode of travel many of the culture take (a train) to get to their final destination, the United States of America. If you are not familiar with this type of music, or the history that goes along with it, as well as the history being made and preserved by a band like Quita Penas, we implore you to dig deeper. It’s funky and moving in its own way, and while we are always down for a deep funk or record that has those drums that make your neck snap, this record will do that as well. It’s a party record with a message, and in today’s climate in the U.S., we all could benefit by opening up ours ears and listening. For sure a track that you can bump all year long, but as the hot, Summer months come upon us, both sides get the job done lovely. NYC Trust has proven that they are the leaders in releasing and preserving this music and culture while simultaneously expanding the label to other sounds of music as well. As always, we eagerly await what else is in store for 2017 with these chaps.
Check out both tracks below, available May 31st.
Buy the record here.