Sonido De La Frontera is trio is made up of Karlos Paez, Luke Henshaw, and DJ Unite. They describe their music as "the combination of Soundsystem culture, hip hop production aesthetic, and the sounds of Latin America’s most prolific dance music: Cumbia. The result is a bass oriented, dance driven music with a sound unique to the border between San Diego, California and Tijuana, Mexico. A mixture of all the different sounds and culture found in the southernmost part of California, San Diego, it is cumbia music with a production approach similar to hip-hop and electronic music.
Karlos Paez is best known as vocalist for Latin music project the B-Side Players. Luke Henshaw is the producer for First Power Crew and a member of Planet B and Satanic Planet. DJ Unite is a veteran DJ for Tribe of Kings Soundsystem as well as First Power Crew, who cut his teeth on dancefloors nationwide.
Their album Cumbia Mundial was released in March 2014. It was re-released digitally via Three One G Records in June 2021.
In September 2021, their album Sonidero Guerrilleros was released digitally via Three One G Records on all platforms, along with a limited edition of 500 copies pressed on orange vinyl. The album was preceded by a single for “Somos Sonideros."
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