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. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Boliguay Express” (featuring Gabriel Navia) by Bondi Blaster from the 2012 album ¡Lo Juimo! on Stronghold Sound.
¡Lo Juimo! is the title of Bondi Blaster’s debut EP out March 6th, consisting of five original songs and a handful of remixes, alternative versions and instrumentals. The title references the classic Colombian cumbia album by Corraleros del Majagual, ¡Nos Fuimos! (meaning “let’s go!”). Bondi Blaster is the latest incarnation of DJ and renown music journalist Juan Data, who produces sample-based music in a style that he calls “cumbia linyera” (“linyera” in the Argentine vernacular means “garbage pickers”). In this new outfit, conjured in association with Dub Snakkr and with the collaboration of a handful of friends, Juan Data mixes all his influences going from cumbia to Brazilian pop, from electronica to rap, from funk to Andean folk. Today’s featured song, the final track on the album Boliguay Express, features Peruvian psychedelic cumbia (chicha) over a funky beat with touches of Argentine tango. The song is an ode to a bus traveling through South America (Boliguay is used in Argentina referring to both Bolivia and Paraguay as one thing) with added on vocals by Juan Data and Gabriel Navia (from Bolivia) impersonating peddlers and bus drivers doing their announcements. Now get on the bus and start dancing! Keep up to date with DJ Juan Data at his website and his Facebook page. Here’s bonus for you, another track from ¡Lo Juimo!, also featuring vocals by Gabriel Navia: