Dry Martina – In Session At Los Conciertos de Radio 3 – Nights At The Roundtable: Rock Without Borders Edition

Laura Insuasti-Malaga of Dry Martina - a mash-up of Retro and Latin with some Surf on the side.
Laura Insuasti-Malaga of Dry Martina – a mash-up of Retro and Latin with some Soul on the side.

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Diving into more Retro tonight, this time by way of Spain. Dry Martina is a combination funk/retro/Spanish-Pop/Soul/Swing and a taste of Louis Prima headed up by singer Laura Insuasti-Malaga. The end result is a tasty, luxuriant blend, enhanced by some powerhouse Spanish singing.

Pulling off Retro can be a tough thing. It can lend itself very easily to parody and the “faithful recreation” trap a lot of bands fall in to. Dry Martina don’t do that. They have enough influences to keep the whole thing moving at a fast clip. And the overall Spanish flavor adds, not only a nice touch, it gives the whole endeavor another dimension and a freshness.

Tonight’s session comes from this past February 7th, via the venerable Los Conciertos de Radio 3 in Madrid. An excellent daily program that cuts a wide swath of musical taste very much like our own Morning Becomes Eclectic on KCRW or the KEXP live sessions (something else to add to your “must hear daily” musical regimen).

I don’t know what Dry Martina’s plans are for touring or performing this coming year, other than a gig in Budapest coming up in June. Their new album Perfect Moment came out late last year to very good reviews and favorable sales. The future looks good.

And here’s a thirty minute reason why.


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