11 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Colombian band Bomba Estereo mixes Latin, rock, and electronica music in organic ways. That winning combination of rhythm and texture is evident on “Bosque,” the opener on the band's 2012 release Elegancia Tropical. All sorts of details animate this cool-yet-driving track: reverb guitar, rippling congas, tremulous bass, electronics, and environmental recordings. All support the energetic vocals of Liliana Saumet, who moves easily between rapping and singing throughout the album. A Colombian rhythm undergirds a variety of electronic stylings on one of the catchier cuts, “Bailar Conmigo.” “Sinteando” features flowing guitar patterns that bring Afropop to mind and serve as a backdrop for Saumet’s speedy vocals. Brazilian MC Bnegao guests on “Rocas,” where Spanish and Portuguese lyrics are punched out over a reggaeton rhythm. Siren-like synths segue into big beats on “Caribbean Power,” where Saumet takes no prisoners. “Pa’ Respirar,” which frames its sonic drama with a mellow opening and a noisy ending, brings Elegancia Tropical to a close.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Colombian band Bomba Estereo mixes Latin, rock, and electronica music in organic ways. That winning combination of rhythm and texture is evident on “Bosque,” the opener on the band's 2012 release Elegancia Tropical. All sorts of details animate this cool-yet-driving track: reverb guitar, rippling congas, tremulous bass, electronics, and environmental recordings. All support the energetic vocals of Liliana Saumet, who moves easily between rapping and singing throughout the album. A Colombian rhythm undergirds a variety of electronic stylings on one of the catchier cuts, “Bailar Conmigo.” “Sinteando” features flowing guitar patterns that bring Afropop to mind and serve as a backdrop for Saumet’s speedy vocals. Brazilian MC Bnegao guests on “Rocas,” where Spanish and Portuguese lyrics are punched out over a reggaeton rhythm. Siren-like synths segue into big beats on “Caribbean Power,” where Saumet takes no prisoners. “Pa’ Respirar,” which frames its sonic drama with a mellow opening and a noisy ending, brings Elegancia Tropical to a close.

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