Back in the summer, the Cansecos released a free remix album called Juiced! and for some strange reason waited until now to put out the actual album, Juices! Not a bad way to hype up an album and take advantage of the marketing opportunities the Internet offers, but unfortunately, the tripped-out disco version is actually more interesting than the original.
It’s unlikely that they could ever have obtained the rights to all the sampled material on the remixed version, and the official release does sound much more finished and professional. The closest comparison is the gentle indie-electro of bands like the Junior Boys and Postal Service, but Juices! is hardly derivative. It has some great moments that we would appreciate more had they not set the bar so high with the remixed version.
The Cansecos play Lee’s Palace Friday (December 21).