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Bomba Esteréo Remixed Arcade Fire’s “Everything Now” Into an Awesome Latin Dance Track

Earlier this year, Bomba Esteréo embarked on a summer tour as the opening band for Canadian rockers Arcade Fire. The Colombian band, led by singer Li Saumet, have clearly made a deep impression on Arcade Fire because they’re collaborating on a new project that will surely have everyone dancing.

Bomba Esteréo has remixed Arcade Fire’s latest hit single, “Everything Now,” into a Latin dance track.

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Here’s Arcade Fire’s original song.

Huge difference, right?

Simón Mejía, of Bomba Esteréo, explained how the remix came to be.

“When Win suggested a couple of tracks from Arcade Fire’s album to remix, we chose ‘Everything Now’ as we loved the vibe of the song and what it means for these crazy times we’re living in,” Mejía said in a press release.

“We envisioned this new remix musically as being a mix between champeta vibes (the incredible riff played by our new guitar player Jose Castillo in the chorus) and electronic cumbia (the beat for the rest of the track).

These are the two genres we’ve been playing and having fun with throughout the history of Bomba Estereo. And that is what we achieved with the Arcade Fire remix—a blend between the original funky/electro/disco vibe of the track and our electro tropical style. In terms of the vocals, Win re-recorded the original vocals on top of our new musical track. Then Li has her Spanish freestyle verses in her cumbia style. All together, along with Regine, we did the chorus in Spanish which we translated to ‘Es todo ya.'”

Mejía added, “We are truly honored to have been invited to collaborate on this amazing song and love to see the power of Caribbean music right now. You can easily see its influence across much of dance music that is made today.”

One of the coolest things about the collaboration between the two bands is that you can see truly see how much Arcade Fire has embraced Latin culture while on this tour.

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Win Butler, lead singer of Arcade Fire, has been documenting his experience in Mexico, Colombia and other countries throughout Latin America.

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Maybe this means they’ll do a Spanish crossover album. One can only hope!

READ: If You’ve Ever Been Cheated On, Bomba Estéreo’s New Music Video Is Made For You

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These Are The Songs That Saved Us In 2020

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These Are The Songs That Saved Us In 2020

After what feels like an entire decade, we’ll soon be able to say adios to 2020. In what will go down as an unprecedented year, full of drama, pain, and loss (with a good mix of hope and inspiration), there was at least incredible music released throughout the year by some of our favorite artists.

A positive byproduct of the global pandemic was the explosion of creativity among Latin artists. With all of us in lockdown around the world, artists hunkered down in their home studios and started churning out new content.

And perhaps as a symbol for 2020, songs got deeper than ever this year. Artists worked on projects that explored topics such as mental health, Black empowerment, and self-worth. Many others were borne out of solitude and introspection, resulting in material that was often deeply personal and cathartic.

Bad Bunny, Yo Perreo Sola

If I’m being realistic Bad Bunny’s entire album YHLQMDLG is what got me through this god-awful year, but “Yo Perreo Sola” definitely earned a top spot.

Bad Bunny released Yo Hago Lo Que Me Da La Gana (I Do Whatever I Want) on a leap year, in true Bad Bunny fashion. But the accompanying music video for “Yo Perreo Sola” is what had people talking – with Bad Bunny in full drag and looking damn fine.

Anuel AA, No Llores Mujer

After debuting the track on The James Corden Show during a performance that gave me goose bumps, I knew this song was going to be one that many of us had on repeat. The track is a cover of Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry” and it’s definitely one that helped many get through 2020.

Alejandro Fernández, Mentí

Alejandro Fernández’s return to mariachi, the genre closest to his heart, features new songs written by a wide range of exciting new writers, from Joss Favela to Edén Muñoz, and is produced by Aureo Baqueiro, known for his pop fare. The resulting album sounds authentic but contemporary, as highlighted by the exuberant yet evocative “Mentí.”

Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez, Dákiti

Off of Bad Bunny’s third (not first and not second!) album of 2020, “Dákiti” helped make El Ultimo Tour Del Mundo, the highest charting all-Spanish album ever.

Dua Lipa, Physical

What can I say about Lipa’s Future Nostalgia? The word ‘iconic’ comes to mind. This was one of the first major album drops that happened near the beginning of COVID-19 shutdowns, and it kept me from going stir-crazy. From the pop-synth ’80s influences to Lipa’s all-too-relatable attitude toward love and relationships, I love this project wholeheartedly. 

The Weeknd, Blinding Lights

When The Weeknd dropped After Hours, I did not know what to expect. I initially wasn’t a fan of the first single, but after he performed ‘Scared to Live’ on Saturday Night Live, I knew the album was going to get me in my feelings, and I was right. The Weeknd has a way with making heartbreak sound so beautiful that you actually forget that’s what he’s singing about. 

Ozuna, Del Mar

Ozuna loves acronyms. But ENOC, which stands for El Negrito Ojos Claros (The Black Kid, Light Eyes) is his nickname. This 20-track tour de force is capped off by “Del Mar,” easily my favorite track from the album.

Arcangel, Un Año Tarde

Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion, WAP

Few songs had people googling three simple letters as much as this song did, which is unofficially this year’s anthem. Although the lyrics ruffled the feathers of many conservatives, it also received praise for its sex-positive vibes and strong beats.

Myke Towers, Girl

A complete 180 turn. Myke Towers has come a long way since the release of his debut album El Final del Principio in 2016.

Black Eyed Peas & Shakira, Girl Like Me

The Black Eyed Peas placed all bets on Latin and on familiar melodies and samples for their comeback set, Translation, which debuted at No. 3 on the Top Latin Albums chart.

Featuring a brew of Latin collaborators including J Balvin, Ozuna, Shakira and Becky G, among others, the sample-heavy album delivered two No. 1 Hot Latin Songs hits that ruled over half the calendar year: the Corona-sampling Balvin collab “RITMO” and Ozuna-assisted “Mamacita,” which borrows the melody of Madonna’s “La Isla Bonita.” But it was their collab with Shakira that I couldn’t stop listening to.

Camilo, Por Primera Vez

Latin pop of late has become the realm of the 35-and-over crowd, as reggaetón and trap are voraciously consumed by younger audiences. Enter Camilo, whose sweet, mid-tempo love songs and equally sweet, high-pitched tenor remind both teenagers and their grandparents that it’s cool to fall totally in love.

Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande, Rain On Me

Even if you didn’t make it out to a club or bar in 2020, it was basically impossible to escape this Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande bop. It debuted at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and was the seventh most streamed song of summer 2020 and the most streamed song by a female artist globally during the season.

ChocQuibTown, Que Me Baile

The Colombian trio’s sixth studio album is a beautiful made-at-home set that houses 11 eclectic tracks that are pop-forward, but still place ChocQuibTown’s distinctive fusion of Afrobeat and music from Colombia’s Pacific coast at the forefront. Featuring collaborations with Becky G, Manuel Turizo, Rauw Alejandro and more, the 11-track, quarantine-born set is definitely on 2020’s repeat list.

J Balvin, Rojo

This 10-track set is J Balvin’s most ambitious album yet, musically and visually. Packed with back-to-back hits such as the edgy, futuristic pop anthem “Blanco,” heart-wrenching ballad “Rojo” and hard-hitting reggaetón track “Negro” — the three tracks on the album that also best showcase Balvin’s versatility as an artist.

Maluma, Hawái

Papi Juancho, whose title riffs off Maluma’s nickname of “Juancho” (short for Juan Luis), features a handful of duets with old and new school reggaetón stars. But it’s the track “Hawái” that really stole the album’s thunder and for good reason, it’s the blockbuster single that makes clear this kid from Medellín is a global act.

Ricky Martin, Cántalo

In what’s Martin’s first album since 2015, Ricky Martin doesn’t hold back. Packed with introspective and melancholic lyrics (hello, 2020!), the Grammy-nominated EP is borne from the need to heal through music and features some incredible collaborations – Sting, Carla Morrison, Pedro Capó and Diego El Cigala, among others.

So what were the songs that helped you get through 2020? Did we miss any on this roundup? Let us know!

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Introducing Latido Music: Your Source For The Latest And Greatest In Latin Music

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Introducing Latido Music: Your Source For The Latest And Greatest In Latin Music

Music is a major part of culture and that is something we Latinos have known for a long time. There is a cellular activation in your body when you hear music from your own culture. Latido Music is here to give you a one-stop shop to get all of the Latin music needs to feed your soul.

Latido Music is your new 24-hour resource for all things Latin music.

Latin music is one of the fastest growing genres of music right now. People around the world are falling in love with the artists that have sang our experiences for years. Bad Bunny is Spotify’s most streamed artist of 2020 and the level of love for Latin music is still climbing.

Latido Music is here to create the centralized location for all of those Latin music needs. It is all about serving up the most relevant artists that create that truly intersectional sound and vibe we all love and need.

Latido Music wants to bring mitú readers and followers to music and music lovers to relevant content.

It is more than just giving you the same artists you see everywhere. Latido Music is going to do the searching for you to bring you the newest artists you should know. From regional Mexican music to Neoperreo, Latido Music is out there to find the best sounds for your ears.

“It’s an exciting day for mitú and for the Latido Music brand. It’s the first opportunity to unite LatinX lovers of music across social, editorial and connected TV,” Stephen Brooks, president of Latido Networks, says. “I’m looking forward to our mitú community discovering the Latido Music channel, and conversely the TV audience being able to read insightful and informative content about their favorite artists and genres.”

Latido Music hopes to highlight Latinos in the music industry in multi-dimensional ways.

“We’re launching this vertical as a means to explore and share the Latinx perspective within the music industry,” says Cynthia Zavala, Director of Account Management, Brand Strategy. “Just like our LatinX communities, music is not one-dimensional especially music listened to by our audiences. With this new initiative, we hope we’re able to highlight new stories from the music industry and how it’s impacting our society.”

So, sit back, follow those social pages, and get ready to experience the best that Latin music has to offer.

Latido Music is making it their mission to bring together music lovers with the artists that speak to their intersectional experience. Music is a crucial and necessary part of culture and sharing culture often means sharing music. Stay tuned to see what Latido Music will do to expand your knowledge and love of Latin music.

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