Best Of 2006

Best Culture Clash: Acho Brother

As Acho Brother, Puerto Rican-born Hector Mayoral blends Latin percussion and guitar styles with lo-fi electronica and folky Americana influences to create an evocative, largely laid-back (mostly) Spanish-language style all his own. Acho Brother’s latest CD, Monkish, slides by dreamily on light beats and emotional vocals and key signatures, going from urgent to oddly Nick Drake-esque and only very rarely approaching Latin-rhythm clichés. It’s a great driving-alone or post-night-out disc. www.achobrother.com.