Los Retros, AKA: Mauri Tapia, has released his debut EP Retrospect via Stones Throw Records. The EP features instrumentation played entirely by Mauri himself, and is colored with tender songwriting of his own personal experiences with life and love.
Along with the EP, Los Retros is also sharing a mini-documentary giving fans a deeper glimpse into Mauri’s life and musical background. Directed by Ross Harris, the doc captures his life in Oxnard, also home to Stones Throw affiliates Madlib and Anderson .Paak, and also details his process of recording the EP in the living room of his childhood home.
In the mini-doc, Mauri explains the motivation behind his music, as well as the inspirations behind it like digging through his parents’ record collection and exploring the samples behind the classic hip-hop his older brother listened to. Mauri says of the EP: “In my songs, I’m just trying to make a beautiful 3-to-6 minute moment that makes you feel more positive about life.”
Stones Throw Records
June 21, 2019
1. Never Have Enough
3. Love Tape
4. Nostalgic Vibrations
5. Oh Grace
6. Last Day On Earth
Retrospect is also available now for purchase on vinyl here.
Los Retros, is 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,