The new album by Sotomayor is Orígenes (“Origins”) and captures Latin American stylings, fusing them with contemporary electronic sounds. The Mexican’s third studio album (following Salvaje in 2015 and Conquistador in 2017) is produced by multiple Grammy award-winning producer Eduardo Cabra (Calle 13). Sotomayor’s electronic Latin music has a strong sense of roots and tradition, but is fresh and urgent, defining the duo’s qualities as songwriters also. The brother-sister duo are specialists in creating a house groove, while deeply embedded in cumbia and Peruvian chicha.
Sotomayor formed back in 2015 after years on Mexico City’s emerging indie scene, playing in bands such as Jefes del Desierto and Beat Buffet.
The band have completed a KEXP live session, featured in Vice Magazine, New York Times and Fader and have been touring the US and South America, including a performance at Latin America’s biggest music event, Vive Latino Festival. Recent single Quema is a bass heavy jam that locks in with a cumbia groove and is topped with vocals by Paulina Sotomayor and guest artist Totin “Arará” Agosto from Puerto Rico.
As mentioned, the latest single Sin Control is co-produced by Cabra (“Visitante” of the much-missed Puerto Rican rebel rousers Calle 13) and is among a growing body of work by a range of Latin singer/songwriters like Jorge Drexler, iLe and Vincent Garcia. Each create fusions of Latin tradition and modern musical forms.
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