With the Aphrodesiatics. Saturday, June 4, at the House of Blues.

Ozomatli 

With the Aphrodesiatics. Saturday, June 4, at the House of Blues.

It's hard to talk about Ozomatli without coming off like some chai-drinking, dashiki-wearing boho hipster. To wit: The socially conscious, knock-you-on-your-ass party grooves of the band's latest, Street Signs, offer a blend of hip-hop, funk, Latin, and Middle Eastern flavors that compel earnest white people like us to use phrases like "global block party." Set amid an inspired cameo from Latin-jazz visionary Eddie Palmieri, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan samples, and wailing Santana-style guitar solos, the title track alone demonstrates the sheer force of which Ozomatli is capable. Opening with a sweet salsa keyboard motif, the song builds on a sick syncopated rhythm, then modulates into a synthesized snare beat before seguing effortlessly into sparse, bass- and scratch-heavy old-school crunk. Still, the MCs rhyme, "There's more to this track than a kick and a snare." Damn straight. There are soaring vocals, fluid rhymes, and a barrage of brass and percussion that, despite all the ingredients, manage not to sound like too many cooks in the kitchen. Now, fetch us a dashiki.

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