They're like A Tribe Called Quest for Mexico. Except they never disbanded. Started out with old-school hip hop beats singing about social problems in Mexico and shocking the hell out of people with tons of profanity in their songs which got airplay and were played in colleges all around. This was a big deal back in the 90s in socially conservative Mexico. They're smart and catchy and aggressive and mosh-tastic. These guys headline music festivals in Mexico, they're kind of a big deal
Argentinian Tango/electro fusion. Headed by Gustavo Santaolalla, who curated the Amores Perros soundtrack which every rock en espaņol fan will tell you was a big seminal album in Mexican rock history. He also composed the music for Brokeback Mountain which won an Oscar and is an all-around cool dude. Their latest album has a track sang by the lead singer of Soda Stereo (think the Argentinian equivalent of The Cure as in, they're that big/relevant) and another with Julieta Venegas who is radio-friendly but has cool indie punk roots. Plus they NEVER come to the states. It sucks that they conflict with PaulMcC
3- Mexican Institute of Sound
New-ish electro/DJ artist, samples in audio from old 1940s-1960s TV and radio into his tracks so you get a 'cool old guy's music' vibe to his tracks. He sings literate catchy tunes about listening to Cafe Tacuba and how he can't go to art shows anymore because they remind him of one of his ex-girlfriends. He has a very Mexico-City sound to him, think the southern-Mexico equivalent of Nortec Collective. To me he's not as great as Kinky or Nortec but a lot of people like his stuff.
4- El Gran Silencio.
Ska-Punk with Colombian influences. Cool fun tracks and yes they've had a couple of good catchy songs since the 90s but more of a basic, fun band who's been doing the same thing for the past 10 years. Yes they're cholo and proud of it (they call it 'chuntaro' which is another way of calling cholos). Think half ska, half cumbia music with people dancing all around.
I don't know a lot about Thievery Corporation since they're from LA and I haven't heard them too much other than knowing they're mellow/chill so you're on your with them
Definitely catch Molotov if at all possible. Super cool.
Ok I know how that sounds. I didn't mean that they sound alike, I meant it more as a 'here's this really important old-school hip hop band from the 90s that helped define what good hip hop is for the US/Mexico'.
I guess Molotov always had this funny/ironic bent on top of just being the First Big hip hop band from Mexico back in the day.