5 posts categorized "bomba estereo"

06/14/2010

Bomba Estereo - Pump Up The Jam (Technotronic Cover)

Yes yes y'all...this is the one installment of the Levi's Pioneer Sessions series that I'd been most looking forward to. And, as expected, it does not disappoint. Olé, olé, olé!

 

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Twenty-one years after Technotronic created a dancefloor masterpiece with Pump Up The Jam, Bomba Estereo have re-crafted the song in their unique big-beat, bi-lingual style. It sounds like Bomba Estereo doing Technotronic's Pump Up The Jam, only totally fresh and relevantly modern.

 

Video of some behind-the-scenes footage is below.

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mp3: Bomba Estereo - Pump Up The Jam (Technotronic Cover) 

  


06/03/2010

Bomba Estereo - Aguasala (new video!)

My favorite "electropical" outfit is the Colombian-sprouted Bomba Estereo. Managing to pull from their Cumbian roots with a modern day sensibility and, generally speaking, some of the funnest live performances we've seen this year. And the fun times keep rolling on, now that they've got a new video for us to get all googly-eyed over. Ooooh yeah.

 

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Aguasala comes from their 2009 album, Blow Up. Honestly, since I hadn't heard the release until this year, I'd almost be prone to toss it on my year end list of best of the past 12 months...but that wouldn't really be fair would it? Instead, we'll say, hey, this album is a "killer sick sexy awesome" slice of the rad and be on our way.

 

But not before letting you in on the video. That would just be rude. 

 

Now, dance! On a beach. (or at one of their upcoming tour dates...which you can find below the clip.)

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June 12 – Bonnaroo Music Festival (Latino Alternativo Tent) – Manchester, TN
June 14 – KRCC Festival @ Colorado College – Colorado Springs, CO
July 21 – Samba Bar – Boston, MA
July 22 – Kimmel Center For The Arts – Philadelphia, PA
July 23 – Celebrate Brooklyn @ Prospect Park – Brooklyn, NY
July 24 –
The Getty Museum – Los Angeles, CA
July 25 – Stern Grove – San Francisco, CA
July 26 – Millennium Park – Chicago, IL
July 26 – Green Dolphin – Chicago, IL

 

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mp3: Bomba Estereo - Fuego (Un Mono Azul Remix)

 


05/24/2010

Levi's Pioneer Sessions: Covers of Iconic Songs (free downloads to be unveiled weekly)

The Levi's brand continues in its tradition of bringing great jeans and great music together with today's launch of Levi's Pioneer Sessions, a new campaign that champions musical artists who embody the pioneering spirit of the Levi's brand. An original series of musical recordings by a diverse roster of talented musicians, the slate features remakes of hits from past decades inspired by renowned artists.

  

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Beginning today through the first of July, the series features the release of two singles each week. First up is Nas' take on Slick Rick's Hey Young World, while The Swell Season's rendition of the 70s disco hit, Young Hearts Run Free by Candi Staton will be let loose on Thursday May 27. Details regarding the remaining artists, Passion Pit and The Kills, and their song choices will complete the current roster of releases and be announced in the weeks to come.

 
Here's the tracks to look forward to. I'm most psyched to hear
Bomba Estereo's stance on Technotronic's Pump Up the Jam. Also...whoa The Kills!

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Nas - "Hey Young World" by Slick Rick 
The Swell Season - "Young Hearts Run Free" by Candi Staton
She & Him - "Fools Rush In" by Rick Nelson
The Dirty Projectors - "I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine" by Bob Dylan
Colbie Caillat - "Maria" by Blondie
The Shins - "Goodbye Girl" by Squeeze
Raphael Saadiq - "It's A Shame" by The Spinners
Bomba Estereo - "Pump Up the Jam" by Technotronic
Jason Mraz - "Spirit in the Sky" by Norman Greenbaum
John Legend and the Roots - "Our Generation" by Ernie Hines
Passion Pit - TBD by TBA
The Kills - TBD by TBA

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mp3: Nas - Hey Young World (Slick Rick Cover)

04/16/2010

40 Better Reasons to Get Excited About Music

Earlier this week, Rolling Stone launched their latest installment, dubbing this as a special issue on the "State of Rock". Featured within the pages is a piece titled "40 Reasons to Get Excited About Music", but alas, the compilation did little to titillate, especially with yawners like Black Eyed Peas and Miley Cyrus, along with "duh, we already know about 'em" nods to M.I.A. and The Roots. 

  

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Seeing as how the general response to the subject was one massive head scratch, the fine folks over at Flavorpill decided to compile their own list of the 4x10 be[a]st reasons to really get amped about music today. I say be[a]st because they asked me to contribute my thoughts and wondries to the piece, and I'm super psyched to be a part of a comprehensive list of some of the raddest reasons we get super psyched for the songs and stylings in this piece. 

 

You can read Flavorpill's full piece here, and for your ease and convenience, I've pulled out my 5 submissions for you to skim through below. 

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Big Wins from Little Labels

Forget chart numbers and actual record sales. Some of the most buzzed about bands and tracks come from fledgling startups and the "lesser knowns". Mixpak scored a few head turns when Jumeirah's Riddim was pulled to use as the base for Ludacris' My Chick Bad. Listen to those strings...mmm, memorable and tasty. But my favorite is Neon Gold Records. Releasing singles from Penguin Prison, Marina and the Diamonds, Ellie Goulding and Yes Giantess, just to tap the tip of their glittery glacier, the local label sees each of their artists blogged and buzzed about on a daily basis. The only time you won't hear about these kids would be is if every single blog and music site ceased to exist. EVER. Highly unlikely.


Sia

It almost feels blasphemous to include Sia in a list of "why I'm excited about music right now", because the singer has been turning out quality tunes for well over a decade. Be that as it may, the Aussie songbird is returning with her fourth studio album, We Are Born, on June 8. If you've heard the first two singles, You've Changed and Clap Your Hands, then you know she's about to score a major win thanks to the production done by local star, Lauren Flax and the bird and the bee's Greg Kurstin, respectively. Additionally, Sia, along with significant other JD Samson (of MEN and Le Tigre fame), has contributed four tracks to Christina Aguilera's upcoming release, Bionic, which drops the same day as her own offering. Color us psyched.


The Cumbia Crossover

For those unfamiliar with the spicy stylings of the modern stance on traditional rhythms of Columbia, last month's SXSW was a great way to get acclimated. Introducing Mexican outfit Bomba Estereo to a bevy of hand claps and "wows", the band brought their fiery flare to many a main stage. Much in the same vein, noted London-via-Columbia DJ and party-thrower, Isa GT, just released an EP that pulls in Crookers for a remix of her track Pela'O. Need more proof? Google search "Isa GT remix video" and hit the first link. You might not have a clue what she's saying, but I dare you to try and not dance.


MNDR's Live Show

With but one EP, and a one-off single to her credit, Brooklyn's MNDR (pronounced: Em En Dee Are) manages to take the title of my "most seen in a live setting over the past 6 months" artist, thanks to a dynamic stage presence and equally rad tracks to boot. Quite a mouthful, but the IDM (intelligent dance music) and nerdcore solo star is worth the words and effort to catch her in any setting. Having previously been associated with Yeah Yeah Yeahs as their touring keyboardist and engineer, she's made a name for herself by combining accessible electronic tunes with a lovably charismatic and spastically awesome aesthetic. 100% Beaston approved.


Phil Collins 4-Nights at Roseland in NYC

If you think for one second that I will not be in attendance for at least one of Collins' just announced nights at Roseland Ballroom in June, you're sorely mistaken. Look at any popular mainstream drummer today (wait, are there any?) and give an homaged nod to Phil's pad prowess. Now if by some stroke of luck it was announced that Steve Winwood was opening, the 5 year old in me might start hyperventilating.

 

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mp3: Le Tigre - Im So Excited (The Pointer Sisters Cover)

  

04/02/2010

Introducing: Bomba Estereo

I'll gladly accept any slaps on the wrist for sleeping on the pure radness that is Bomba Estereo. Merging folk sounds from their Colombian-Caribbean coast like cumbia, bullerengue and champeta, all mixed up with electronica, reggae and hip-hop, this "new to Beastonia outfit produces an explosive dance sound. 

 

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Thankfully, I was able to catch their performance at the Levi's FADER Fort during SXSW last month, and it was easily one of the most talked about sets of the week. Subsequently, Bomba Estereo just announced that they are confirmed to play at the annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, TN.

 

The band dropped by the East Village Radio booth at SXSW (check the pic!), and let me tell you...they're sexy, stylish, and sound like a bundle of summer fun. 

 

Watch an interview with Bomba Estereo below.

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mp3: Bomba Estereo - Fuego (Pacha Massive Fiyah Remix)

mp3: Bomba Estereo - Cosita Rica


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