"Pop negro" by El Guincho

El Guincho
Pop negro

Young Turks
2010

Review

If you like El Guincho's "Bombay" you are in for a real treat. If you don't like "Bombay" or if you hate "FM Tan Sexy" then you are going to hate this album. Interested in an excellent Pop music with some Electronic, Rock, Calypso, and 80's synth-Pop influences? Read on.

"Bombay" was the song and video that turned me on (so to speak) to El Guincho's music. The entire album is pretty much just like this. I'm not sure it fits exactly into the "Instrumental/Electronic Genre" exactly...sometimes it's closer to Rock. If I had to put it somewhere, I would to the title of the album itself and call it "Pop". He does make heavy use of samples and sort of pulls in influences across a multitude of genres.

"El Guincho" is Pablo Díaz-Reixa from Spain, according to the Oracle. I'm not sure what the significance of the word "Negro" or Black is in the title. Maybe he's referring to the African and Carribean influences in the music? I'm going to take it to mean that...and if you listen to the music, it makes a lot of sense.

My Spanish is not good enough to always understand what the man is saying, but none the less the phrases that I do pick up here and there I find myself singing out loud as if I knew what they meant (...my wife is tired of me singing "Caballo negro in tu cara" from "Ghetto Facil" over and over again). For example, while "Soca Del Eclipse" starts out like a bad 80's song, by the time it hits it's chorus it's become a really good 80's song and you'll be singing "Eres tu dador" over and over again. If anything, that shows the appeal of this music - namely that you'll be singing along even if you don't understand the language.

For me, this is a really, really good Pop-music album that I probably would not normally have picked as something I would be into just because I don't get exposed to too much music like this in any language. Maybe this stuff appeals to the Latino in me, but I am a total sucker for this. I've listened to this album over and over again for the last week. "Bombay", "Ghetto Facil", "Danza Invinto", and "FM Tan Sexy" are all Pop classics for me now. Yeah, I said it!

This is "musica fuerte" indeed.

4.333 out of 5

Track Ratings

1. Bombay (03:39) 5
2. Novias (03:23) 4
3. Ghetto fácil (02:44) 5
4. Soca del eclipse (04:10) 4
5. Lycra mistral (03:49) 4
6. FM Tan Sexy (03:42) 5
7. Muerte Midi (03:47) 3
8. (Chica-Oh) Drims (03:39) 4
9. Danza invinto (05:06) 5