DJ Afro, aka Jose Luis Pardo has made plenty of music in the past as the guitarist and main songwriter for his band Los Amigos Invisibles. For "Free", his firs solo release, DJ Afro has put his guitar down, picked up his turntables and turned to dj-ing. "Free" is a mish-mash of samples, electronica, and guest vocalists. This disc occasionally sounds like it came from the 1980s (track 5 "Quedate a Dormir"). The third track, "Recuerdos" begins with and 80s sound, but its Spanglish rapping caught and held my interest. Another cool track is "Rata", which could only be described as cumbia-tronica. All in all DJ Afro has made a respectable first album. Rebecca Ruth

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