GIGANTO: Latiga Canta: LP

This album snuck up on me and made itself known with a sucker punch right to the back of my head. I really wasn’t prepared for the extreme buffeting this trio was about to lay down but soon came to terms with a rhythm section that was highly combative and mesmeric at the same time. The guitar was the last thing to hit me, as it hammered away, weaving in and out of the rumbling low-end sound. It’s not all turbulence—there are quite a few moments of finesse within the eleven tracks—but they only filtered through during many repeated plays. Think of a ballpark named Nomeansno. This is easily the best instrumental music I have heard in some years. –Rich Cocksedge (Bcore Disc, [email protected], bcoredisc.com)