Los Amigos Invisibles, Arepa 3000: A Venezuelan Journey Into Space

Brian Cullman

By Brian Cullman

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Latin party band embraces their inner lounge lizard.

Los Amigos Invisibles (the Invisible Friends) are the ultimate Latin party band, a blend of Ohio Players'funk, P-Funk silliness, Les Baxter exotica, Chic-style disco and throw-in-the-kitchen-sink-and-see-what-happens slop that mixes killer grooves with fresh, if sometimes familiar-sounding melodies. Like all great party bands, from Louis Jordan's Tympani Five and Kool and the Gang on to Prince & Co., they can stop on a peseta, never losing sight of the beat as they turn the groove every which way but loose. On Arepa 3000, they embrace their inner lounge band, but still sound like they're having such a good time that it's hard not to want to join in.