Los Retros – “It’s Got to Be You” – from a collection called Looking Back coming Spring 2021.

The tracks on Looking Back provide a glimpse into the artist’s early days, with seven recordings from the same sessions as the breakout hit “Sometime to Spend Time With” and debut EP, Retrospect. This new collection of songs showcases band leader Mauri Tapia’s gifts as a songwriter and vocalist. Each track sounds effortlessly written and recorded with a direct appeal and breezy sensibility.

Now twenty-one years old with a newborn baby, Mauri Tapia was just sixteen when he first began recording in his family’s living room on an old four-track, often playing all the instruments himself. These first recordings quickly gathered momentum online, and before long he was playing shows to sold-out crowds. The recordings comprising Looking Back grew out of these early sessions and are now officially released for the first time.

Inspired both by his Mexican-American heritage and birthplace of Oxnard, CA, Los Retros draws from vast influences, from Tapia’s parents’ collection of American soft-rock records, to left-field South American pop, and his older brother’s love of 90s hip hop. Mauri explains his goal of creating music to bring about a sense of community and peacefulness: “In my songs I’m just trying to make a beautiful three-to-six minute moment that makes you feel more positive about life.”