Píntate Now

By: José Manuel Simián

New York City's Los Hacheros, a vibrant quintet specialized in the Golden Age of Latin music --son, salsa, charanga and bomba-- are back for more.

Not that they've gone away since the release of their debut Pilón in 2012. The outfit, led by guitarist Jacob Plasse (who's also behind Latin roots projects Melaza and Pelirroja, as well as the label Chulo Records) and the voice of Nuyorrican sonero Papote Jiménez has been active in the New York scene, playing clubs and festivals, while recording their sophomore effort "live to an old tape machine." The album is called Bambulaye and it will be released on February 26.

Plasse has said that he wanted for the record to "feel and sound the way it does when we play our final sets at 3am, exhausted in East Harlem dives. Suddenly the band comes to life and all the old dancers are at it like it was 1970 again. In those moments, we feel like we could play all night."

Here's the album's first teaser, their version of the traditional Cuban guaracha "Píntate Los Labios, María," released as live studio video via YouTube. Note how the vocals of Papote interact with the distorted tres sound of Plasse and the tight percussion set:

And while you wait for the release of Bambulaye, you should listen to Los Hacheros' debut album Pilón:


José Manuel Simián is the Executive Editor of Manero. He used to be a lawyer and is probably listening to Bob Dylan as you read this.