Soy Sauce - Mexican Institute Of Sound


Translated literally, the title of the sophomore release from Mexican Institute of Sound becomes more poignant than the straight-on English food flavoring. Soy is Spanish for ‘I am’, turning title into testament for EMI Mexico chairman and M.I.S. alias, Camilo Lara. ‘I am sauce’, effectively sums up his pathological passion for mixing disparate sounds. Consider Lara the dean of musical satire at the fictional Mexican Institute of Sound. As Lara explained to the New York Times, “I had always wanted to make music that included everything I liked and had influenced me because I thought that when you confront the music of Latin America with pop — cumbia with "Star Wars" or the Gladiators with Pérez Prado — the result of that mixture could only be something interesting." Soy Sauce maintains and expands on the interest generated by his debut, ‘Pinata’. On the new album, you will again find humorous and hummable gems about things like conniving girlfriends, pompous poseurs, Karate Kids and drunk mariachis. Fortunately, entry level Spanish is not a requirement for his course in cumbia-mashing, only open ears, open mind and a sense of mischief. “My record smells like Mexico in a way,” Lara says, “If you go to a regular house here and put all the volumes at the highest, then that’s my sound. Mexico is schizophrenic with music. On the street you can hear the most random music all over.”