On La Radiolina, an unmistakable molotov cocktail of fierce resistance anthems, Manu Chao continues to do what he does best.
Opener 13 D'as emphatically reintroduces Chao by drowning the ears in delicate, complex Spanish guitar and bright horns. Politik Kills is an assassin's bullet aimed at hypocrisy in global politics, pouring the borderline-depressing yet ultimately defiant chants of the song title over an almost Wild West acoustic guitar lick. Siberia inspires with passionate sentiments dipped in light echoes and reverb.
The gifted musicians of Radio Bemba create precise, rich Caribbean, South American and European textures, providing La Radiolina with an incredibly vast range of instrumentation and cultural influences. Occasional two-minute instrumental interludes balance the overwhelming force of polyrhythmic political prayers like Panik Panik and Tristeza Maleza.