El Guincho on UK tour to promote Pop Negro
Spanish musician likened to XL label-mate M.I.A., Animal Collective and Yeasayer
‘The naked girls weren’t my idea – honestly!’ So claims El Guincho, or Pablo Díaz-Reixa, the Spanish musician and tropicalia-lord behind ‘Bombay’. It’s a slice of steel drum laced, Spanish language, calypso-pop off his latest album Pop Negro. As can be seen from the video (below), it’s a sun-kissed, surreal hallucination, dreamt up by director, Nicolas Mendez.
‘I can’t take credit for the video – that was all Nico’s idea, but I do think he’s made something really fun, and fresh and colourful,’ explains Díaz-Reixa on a rare day-off in Barcelona, shoe-horned in between US and European tour dates. ‘The video’s definitely a little bit weird; which I think is a great match for the music.
El Guincho’s music has drawn comparisons with Animal Collective, Yeasayer and his XL label-mate, M.I.A.; all artists who pull freely from a wide range of musical styles. But while his last LP Alegranza! mashed up afrobeat, Latin American folk chants and techno, he describes Pop Negro (Catalan for black octopus) as ‘more focused’. ‘There are more hooks, choruses and verses this time, but the way I make music hasn’t changed. I always start with the beat. That’s the foundation, and I always want that to be really strong.’ As for the live show, Díaz-Reixa says to expect dancing. ‘That’s one thing I notice at my shows; people are really quick to get into it. I guess rhythm is a bit part of what people get from my music. So it normally only takes one song and people are dancing.’
Captain’s Rest, Glasgow, Sat 30 Oct