And here comes Pablo Díaz-Reixav aka El Guincho, right when summer songlists need him most. True to the XL Records tweet that birthed it into internet consciousness, “Bombay,” a track from the forthcoming Pop Negro LP, is a reliably superb sunny season track — ingredients like steel drums and equatorial rhythms help in that designation. But there’s a different hue, here: in the BTW days Pablo’s pictorial color scheme was fiery yellows and reds, straight up tropical in its Alegranza plumage. The intervening Pirates de Sudamérica EP series went straight to a muted greys and blacks palette, and now we have the press shot above, found on his site, splitting the difference, strapped in gold. So where “Antillas” was a burst of florid rhythmic clatter, and there’s certainly still heat in the title and tenor of this song, “Bombay”‘s dialed back a shade, recessed into the shadow, truer still to the new album’s Pop Negro darkness. Summer, certainly. Perhaps a little cruel after all.
Pop Negro is out this fall via Young Turks.