Narrowing down the production style of Mexicans With Guns, née Ernest Gonzalez, is every bit as difficult as tracking down a photo that doesn’t have him wearing a lucha libre mask. But hey, chances are he wears it for the same reason other masked-artists cover their faces — to keep the focus on the music and not their appearance. And you will have a difficult time not getting hypnotized by the tunes on his debut full-length, Ceremony, which is due out next Tuesday. It boasts 14 tracks steeped in tribal rhythms, swirling dubstep leanings, and molasses-thick bass. And about half of them feature a guest vocalist, such as Freddie Gibbs who assaults “Highway to Hell.” Elsewhere, Helado Negro sounds more like an additional instrument on “El Moreno” while Nocando jumps all over “Got Me Fucked Up.”
Stream the entire album, which drops May 10, at FACT Mag.