Santa Martha’s El Otro Grupo (The Other Group) is making the best music that 2007 Radiohead isn’t making anymore. The music video for “Fragmento” (“Fragment”) is as bleak and dreamy as In Rainbows, with fluttering guitar riffs gliding along soaring vocals under a rock drummer’s impression of trip-hop as we travel backwards in time to remove all the slime and glitter off that dude.
According to Beehype, “Fragmento” is the second single off the Colombian trio’s upcoming second record. Stay tuned for new music, and make sure to check out all their past music on SoundCloud.
Colombia’s System Solar is a musical-visual collective that makes music as vibrant and fun as those sweet Tron outfits, and “Rumbera” is the Latin American groove I needed to get myself ready for the Olympics.
The collective takes Afro-Caribbean vibes and blends it with hip-hop, house, and techno to create a sound that’s best heard on stage – the group’s self-described sound is called “Berbenautika,” which is a fusion of Pikos (sound systems) and Verbena (festival). It makes sense then that the band has made its name in America during its appearances at SXSW- if you go next year, make sure to check them out.
The group’s new album should be released sometime this year.
Animales Blancos (White Animals) is a Bogotá collective that puts Spanish poems to experimental Salsa Erótica, the more sexually frank offshoot of the U.S. friendly version of salsa music, Salsa Romántica. The group maintains a genreless description, but you can hear the soft variation of salsa music growing as layers of distortion and voices build on top of a steady rhythm. It’s a compelling listen, even if you can’t understand what anyone is saying.
“El Aguijón,” off the La Vaca (The Cow) EP, is a mush of Colombian folk, distorted electronic and acoustic sounds, and animal noises. Trust me, it’s actually quite pleasant.
Latin Grammy-nominated Colombian singer Mónica Giraldo makes a point to take her traditional Latin-folk influences and refresh them to sound uniquely modern. It’s an approach that’s similar to Jenny Lewis’s Americana tastes and the works of Billy Bragg and Wilco on the Woody Guthrie-inspired MermaidAvenue, and Giraldo’s voice and songwriting is just as enjoyable as those artists.Check out her latest album, 2014’s Que Venga la Vida, available on Spotify.