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"All Quarters Album Review"

‘This album (and I don’t say this lightly) is simply one of the debuts I have ever heard, in fact I’ll go further, its one of the best albums I’ve ever heard from new band or old, signed or unsigned. From start to finish El Mahico take the listener on a journey of World Music, no band I know of takes influences from more styles and the band unleash them all on All Quarters.’
Andy @ Off beat Magazine

- Off Beat Magazine Aug/Sept 2008.

"Summer Sundae 2006 review"

“...the second morning kicks off with local band El Mahico. Heavy label attention to the band is unsurprising as their mix of latino guitar riffs, samba rhythms fused with hip-hop beats from the bass, and decks is fresh and invigorating. Leicester has never felt so much like Rio!” - http://www.clickmusic.com/articles/2908/Summer-Sundae-Festival-De-Montfort-Hall-Leicester.html

"Summer Sundae Weekender 2008"

'Leicester's own El Mahico delivered a fantastic headline set on the Musician Stage, with a Latino inspired sound that borrows from Rage Against the Machine and Senser in terms of both structure and lyrical intensity' - http://indie-music-festivals.suite101.com/article.cfm/summer_sundae_weekender_2008

"All Quarters Album Review"

Flamenco and rock have been fused before....But Leicester's El Mahico venture into entirely new territory, adding hip-hop and political punch and the musical mix works surprisingly well. - Birmingham Sunday Mercury, Oct '08

"All Quarters Album Review"

All Quarters is pure fusion music in that it shows a band firmly refusing to be restricted by boundaries - and it’s all the better for it. El Mahico are the kind of band that sunny Sunday afternoon festival slots were invented for. - Burton Mail Oct '08

"All Quarters Album Review"

If you're looking for something a bit out of the ordinary that will bring some Latin light to your dark winter evenings then El Mahico could be just the listen. - Great Yarmouth Mercury Oct '08

"All Quarters Album Review"

Such an infectious sound...you can't help being stirred by this bold music.....if you have any sort of bent towards the Latino/Cuban genre, this is an absolute must to add to your collection. - Selby Times Oct 08

"Review Nov 2008"

Formed in 2002, this Leicester band take their inspiration from Latin and Cuban music and throw in hearty helpings of soul and hip-hop. Now a six-piece they serve up an enjoyable and eclectic dish where Spanish guitars can be found nestling alongside some DJ scratching. - Peterborough Evening Telegraph

"Summer Sundae Review"

El Mahico, a much needed diversion from the norm, as the band delivered an impressive set of pulsating Latin rhythms, urgent bongos and resilient female vocals. - Atomic Duster

"All Quarters Album Review"

Their eponymous anthem sets the tone and after that it’s politico-goodtimes with enough stuff to let your hair down and doff your sombrero to. - Blackpool Evening Gazette


EL MAHICO - forthcoming single
ALL QUARTERS 2008 - LP out now



‘A man with a dream, a man on the rise, to take nothing and make it something’ (quote from the film ‘Blow’ 2001)

A live 5 piece band mixing traditional latin/world music styles with contemporary UK hiphop/soul. Over the last few years the band have been working hard in order to build a strong fan base in their hometown of Leicester and have received high acclaim for their energetic live performances.

Among their successes have been performing to capacity crowds at De Montfort Hall’s Summer Sundae Festival as headliners on the Musician stage in 2008 and on the main stage in August 2006 alongside a host of artists including Macy Gray, Coldcut, DJ Format, Foreign Beggars, Jose Gonzalez, and Jamie T.

Other performances include supporting DJ Panko from Ojos de Brujo BBC Radio 3 World Music Award winners, MOBO award winner Sway, and festival legends The Levellers. In 2007 the band won Project Talent UK's People’s Choice Award after performing at the Indigo O2 arena. They are also the only band ever to be granted a £2000 bursary from Creative Leicestershire Arts.

El Mahico’s debut album ‘ALL QUARTERS’ is out now on Donkey Records. For reviews please see the "Press" page.