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While Pablo Díaz-Reixa — a.k.a. El Guincho — cites influences such as exotica/cocktail nation artists Martin Denny and Esquivel, the music on Alegranza evokes more unbridled joy, more crowd-generated sweat, and more smiles than its forbearers ever did. El Guincho’s music — a no-holds-barred celebration of Tropicalia, Latin, African and even Middle Eastern music — connects people in a physical way. With a vibe like a live drum circle, El Guincho relies on endlessly repetitive drum patterns performed with a variety of instruments (chimes, shakers, blocks, steel drums, to name but a few), and atop the circling rhythms he layers interlocking loops of vocals — sometimes chanting, sometimes singing — that coalesce into a gloriously buoyant and rich sound. Tracks like “Palmitos Park,” “Antillas” and the intensely hypnotic “Kalise” are some of the strongest examples, but there are plenty more; tracks like the whimsical “Polca Mazurca,” the undulant “Cuando Maravilla Fui,” and the dreamy "Buenos Matrimonios Ahí Fuera" vary the pace and texture. Adopted into the indie-pop world by various bands and festivals, El Guincho’s music makes “space-age cocktail” music for today’s hipster set.

Customer Reviews

Breaking Down the Walls

This album is a kaleidoscope of wondrous musical dreams that are wrapped in an echoed driving rythym. This album softly pushes the expected walls & confines of an artists' expectancy & delivers something fresh. It's as if El Guincho was just born into the world and never heard any music & played straight from the heart & spirit & let his voice act as a musical instrument as apposed to singing - all of the melodies & instruments are dipped in such a lucid energy, you can almost physically feel it. Danceable...but you won't sweat. Calming...but you won't sleep. This album slowly tramples through you with such a positive aura - & best of's brought to you from a Latino. Buen Provecho.

Wonderful Music

Hands down one of the finest records of the year. I can't imagine music being more fun.

so, there are bad things...

... and then there are some really really good things coming out of the globalized world! pablo díaz-reicha's music is what luxury should be and mean: supreme, yet affordable accomplishments for everyone to enjoy. on top of that, breaking the mold never sounded so sweet...


Born: November 17, 1983 in Canary Islands, Spain

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Born Pablo Díaz-Reixa in the Canary Islands, the Spanish-owned archipelago off the coast of Northwestern Africa, El Guincho found indie blog fame in early 2008, shortly after the previous December's release of his album Alegranza, which coincided nicely with his North American debut performance in Austin, Texas, at the SXSW festival. At age 14, Díaz-Reixa left his home for Continental Europe to focus on a career in sports, but when that didn't work out, he moved to Barcelona, where he played drums...
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