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Chill Tunes and a Warm Heart: Helado Negro

Who’s the brains behind Helado Negro? One guy: the multi-talented Roberto Carlos Lange, whose music weaves his “tropical” roots with more contemporary genres and styles than you can count. Now based in Brooklyn, the unassuming South Florida native has established himself as an act to watch.

Here are 11 reasons why you should keep Helado Negro on your radar RIGHT NOW.

He Knows What It’s Like to Grow Up Between Two Worlds

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He’s Cool with Singing in Spanish and English

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It’d be easy for Helado Negro to fall into the trap of choosing between English and Spanish. Instead, he’s kept it real to remind listeners it’s cool to sing in whatever language feels right.

He Doesn’t Take Himself Too Seriously

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He’s an Album-Writing Machine

Back in BK West Coast tour starts May 2 in San Diego with #javelin + #jamaicanqueens

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Look at Those Luscious Locks

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His Music Videos Are Pretty Awesome

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Often charming and whimsical, Helado Negro’s videos are always visually engaging.

He’s a Wizard on those Synths

I have a new record I'm finishing up. You want to release it?

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He’s Managed to Take Reggae and Dub Even Deeper

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Sometimes taking a familiar format into new depths is just what a listener needs. Lange does that with ease when it comes to reggae and dub, the Caribbean’s favorite sound.

He Gets Kinda Psychedelic

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Where some have failed at blending psychedelic sounds with traditional Latin vibes, Helado Negro succeeds.

He Rounds it Out With Latin Soul

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No matter where Helado Negro’s music takes you, it’s always grounded in his inescapably Latin roots.

His Music Is Pretty Much the Sound of Summer

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If anyone captures the chilled out essence of summer, it’s Helado Negro.

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