Video Premiere: Papi Chulo & su Grupo Invisible – Ritmo de lo Habitual

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Papi Chulo & su Groupo Invisible is the new electro-tropical project from Mariano Franco, a truly self-taught artist who has been working in the Montreal music industry for several years. First a member of a hardcore band in his native Mexico, he studied film production at Concordia, an experience that will lead him to work on various projects, including making documentaries, music videos and composing music for television and theatre.

His musical universe, greatly influenced by reggae and rock, is psychedelic and very colourful, to say the least. His experience within the Psychotropical Orchestra big band has earned him tours of Quebec, Canada and Mexico and a performance at the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

Franco’s second album Ritmo de lo Habitual, to be released on November 20th, includes numerous collaborations with local and international artists such as Etienne Lebele, Omar Diaz Herrera, Ultra K and Stephanie Osorio.

The group’s new single is an explosive tropical futuristic track, that serves mambo, cumbia and champeta over a mix of original and 70’s experimental public domain films.

Today, Montreal Rocks is proud to premiere the brand new video to accompany the song.

Mariano tells us “Ritmo de lo Habitual was born after my trip to the Colombian Caribbean last year when I was mesmerized by the champeta, a Colombian rhythm of African origin with touches of  Antillean music. Back in Montreal, I couldn’t stop experimenting with that rhythm which was very new to me being more acquainted to the delicious Cumbia. The result was this frenetic and tasty mix of champeta, mambo and tropical bass that invites us to dance in these dark times of the pandemic.

The title of the song was born during the days of confinement last spring, when I felt trapped in the house, seeing how the days passed quickly by being immersed in chores around the house. So mixing the album was really the only thing that broke every day’s monotony, and I decided to call it Ritmo de lo Habitual. 

The video was created within the limitations of the pandemic. I did research work for Public Domain films and  I was lucky to find these crazy 60‘s experimental films by Lutz Mommartz and I decided to stay safe and film myself at home and just edit both footages trying to create a unified universe of weirdness and rhythm.” 

Watch the video below:

Catching the electro-cumbia wave well ahead of most, Franco introduced it into the Psychotropical sound and later dove in headfirst with Sonido Nordico, a DJ crew which introduced cutting-edge acts on the electronic Latino scene to Montrealers, sharing the stage with Chancha via Circuito, Fauna, Monareta, and Sonido Changorama, among others.

In 2009, Psychotropical Orchestra imploded and Franco started a journey of artistic revival, writing and directing various documentaries, short films, and music videos, composing music for TV, film, video installations and theatre, and producing the subversive toy-art installation Pandemonium at Montreal’s Espacio Mexico. His persistent musical explorations finally gave birth, in 2017, to Papi Chulo & su Grupo Invisible, releasing a first self-produced album La Tierra Prometida.

In 2019, Franco started the production of his newest album, Ritmo de lo Habitual, which was originally set to be released in May 2020 but had to be postponed due to the pandemic. 

Ritmo de lo Habitual will be released on November 20th

Photo by Marie Belzil

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