Tropa Magica + Mauskovic Dance Band @ High Dive

Cosmic disco 🕺

Published March 24, 2023

Brothers David and Rene Pacheco of Tropa Magica stand off the side of a road under a cloudy sky in colorful outfits.
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East L.A. musicians David and Rene Pacheco began their musical journey in 2012 as Thee Commons, putting their own imperfect spin on the Peruvian psychedelic cumbia music they heard on The Roots Of Chicha compilations. The result was a quirky strain of surf rock that ventured far beyond the Ventures’ twangy, curvilinear template. In 2018, the Pachecos morphed into Tropa Magica, expanding their sound to encompass cinematic orchestrations and influences from Django Reinhardt, Edith Piaf, and Meridian Brothers. It’s good-time music with hints of sinister intent and circus-y tomfoolery

Masterminded by Amsterdam multi-instrumentalist Nic Mauskovic, Mauskovic Dance Band traffic in festive, polyrhythmic workouts that hypnotize as much as they make you sweat. These Dutch musicians excel in live contexts, as their backing of Zambian rock legends W.I.T.C.H. on their triumphant 2022 comeback tour and with Turkish psychedelic revivalists Altın Gün has proved. Check out Mauskovic Dance Band’s percussion-happy, self-titled 2019 album for an exemplary taste of their uptempo, snaky mélange of cumbia and cosmic disco.

📸: Courtesy High Dive | Tropa Magica

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Dave Segal is a freelance music writer for The Wire, Pitchfork, Aquarium Drunkard, and other publications. He formerly served as staff writer at The Stranger and as managing editor at Alternative Press. Find him on Twitter @editaurus.

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