El Guincho, 'Pop Negro' (XL)

6
Pop Negro
Critical Mass
Label: XL

by SPIN Staff

While autumnal light now means shorter days, inside the music of Spanish producer Pablo Díaz-Reixa, there's always plenty of Vitamin D. The follow-up to 2008's sampledelic breakout Alegranza, Pop Negro repeats the same formula of exuberant, brightly patchwork pop. Díaz-Reixa remains unconcerned with world-music borders: Opener "Bombay" utilizes Caribbean steel drums rather than Bollywood tropes, while "Ghetto Facil" recasts Panda Bear for favelas (or carousels). The sugary stop-and-start of "FM Tan Sexy" charms, but too often the beats are exhaustingly static. Though the title hints at darker turns, the album never steps out of the glare.

BUY:

iTunesAmazon

00:00 00:00 No Song Selected More info
00:00 00:00
placeholder
Now Playing
  • 1 J Dilla — Give Em What They Want " 02:45
  • 2 Low Leaf — Set Me Free " 02:13
  • 3 Doe Paoro — Nobody " 03:05
  • 4 Chromeo with Ezra Koenig — Ezra's Interlude " 01:55
  • 5 The Julie Ruin — Brightside " 03:04
  • 6 Mirel Wagner — What Love Looks Like " 03:07
  • 7 Amen Dunes — I Can't Dig It " 04:53

SPIN is a member of SPIN Music Group, a division of BUZZMEDIA