Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is “Fuego” by Bomba Estereo from the 2009 album Blow Up on Nacional Records.
The term “Fuego” is commonly thrown around in Latin music, but Bomba Estereo might just mean it with their first release, Blow Up. This hot five-piece Columbian band mixes traditional Caribbean rhythms with sounds that could have just as easily originated from Brazil or Jamaica. Nacional Records is famous for taking on unique Latin acts, but Bomba Estereo just may take the cake. What started as a one-man show by producer/guitarist Simon Mejia, quickly turned into something else with the addition of the talented front-woman Liliana Saumet. “Fuego” is an excellent example of the multiple layers and different influences of their music with Liliana throwing American hip-hop lyrics over the top. File this under Electronic Cumbia, with an extra helping of Electronica.
The band is currently on a short tour in Europe. You can hear additional tracks from the band on their MySpace page and you can also find them on Twitter. Here’s the official video for their hit “Fuego”: