Boomkat Product Review:
Gloriously sunny debut album of space age tropicalia from El Guincho! With his series of beaming releases on Young Turks, El Guincho aka Pablo Díaz-Reixa has put a smile on the mug of almost anyone who has encountered his music. Maybe it's because he lives in the sun drenched idyl of Barcelona, or maybe he's just a genuinely nice and talented guy, but it's still hard to make music this ecstatic while staying cool-as-f*ck. His music has distinct precedents in the harmonies of Panda Bear (and Beach Boys obvs), but it's the unmistakable Latin and Afrobeat elements which make his music addictively exotic, well, to anyone living in a Northerly latitude anyway. He sings in Spanish and his rhythms have a distinct Afro-Latin accent, not too kinky for the shuffling indie kids, yet irresistible enough for a twee shuffle of the brogues. Most of all it's those infectious melodies, like the steel drum refrain of 'Bombay', the infectious highlife lilt of 'Novias' or the breezy twilight melancholy of 'Danza Invinto' that will snag you and ensure repeated listens.