Alternative / R&B / Soul
Los Retros, AKA Mauri Tapia, may only have just finished high school, but he's on the brink of something much bigger. The nineteen-year-old musician has signed to Stones Throw and released his debut EP Retrospect on June 21, 2019. He also joined Cuco on his sold-out West Coast tour.
A first-generation Mexican-American based in Oxnard, CA (home also to Stones Throw affiliates Madlib and Anderson .Paak), Mauri began playing music as a child, borrowing his older brother's guitar when he was just eight years old. When he was around 16, he started putting tracks online that he'd recorded with an old second-hand mixer, on which he played all the instruments himself. Thanks purely to word of mouth, he built a loyal fan base online, racking up hundreds of thousands of streams, and began performing to sold-out audiences of young people who related to his heartfelt songs.
For inspiration, Mauri looks to the record collections of his parents' generation: American AOR from the '70s and '80s, soft-rock crooners, and leftfield pop from Central and South America. (His name is an homage to Chilean pop group Los Ángeles Negros.) His first single for Stones Throw, 'Someone To Spend Time With', released with a video set at a house party, drew praise from the likes of The FADER, who called it "a lovable daydream custom-built for whiling away the hours to."
July 16, 2019 In celebration of a new wave of artists who are making the music they want to make, we present to you 13 DIY ones to watch.
Author: Maxamillion Polo
July 5, 2019 Los Retros is proof that the only thing you need to make a great record in the modern age is a living room, some instruments, and a fire under your ass.
Author: Brady Moses
Genre: Indie / Indie-Pop
From: Hawthorne, CA
Related Artists: King Krule, Beach House, Mac DeMarco
Genre: Indie / Indie-Pop / Indie-Rock
From: Bergen, Norway
Related Artists: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Mac DeMarco, Alvvays
Genre: Hip-Hop / Indie / Indie-Pop / Soul
From: London, England
Related Artists: Tyler the Creator, Steve Lacy, Daniel Caesar
Genre: Electronic / Indie-Pop
From: Warwick, NY
Related Artists: Mac Demarco, Beach Fossils, King Krule