Grupo Fantasma is mucho fantastic. And their latest album is no exception. Around Austin, and the country, their live shows are legendary. You do not attend a live show to sit on your booty. In fact, you must be prepared to shake it vigorously for extended periods of time. At 11 fiercely talented musicians strong they are a force to be reckoned with. Their third album, Sonidos Gold, has the same effect, and captures the high energy, sultriness of their live performances. Grupo has a way of leading the experience and setting the mood and with this explosive blend of funk, Afro beat, and Latin sounds you won’t be able to stop until, well, the music does. The album was made for a recent smoldering hot Saturday night in the nyc. The rain from an earlier thunderstorm was steaming off the streets, the smell of wet concrete filled the air. I made a cocktail and turned up the music. Hips swaying around my apartment, I danced down the hallway to the bedroom and threw on a dress made for dancing. I turned up the music. Hips swaying to the vanity, put on some red lipstick and…turned up the music a little more. Side to side, side to side, the sound sets you in a trance where your body takes over with little thought as to what to do. Into the closet to for the right heels. Turned up the music just a little bit more. At full volume now, a final dash of perfume, and then, those hips swayed me out into the night. The sirens bellowing outside my door as if right on cue.