El Sonido: Las Robertas and Costa Rica, El Guincho and España

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Las Robertas with Chilly // photo by Matthew B. Thompson

Every Monday night from 6PM to 9PM on KEXP, we at El Sonido do our best to bring you the finest in modern Latin sounds of all genres - hip-hop, rock, traditional - and new music from Latin America and Spain, tracks in Spanish and Latin flavors from all around the globe. To help keep you up-to-date with music news, show info, KEXP happenings, videos, downloads, worldwide events and more, we're going to start posting regularly here on the KEXP blog.

To kick things off, it's Costa Rican trio Las Robertas. I saw them play at the All My Friends festival in Tijuana, Mexico, in 2014 and was ecstatic to have them bring their fuzzy pop to the KEXP studios for a live set.

Speaking of Costa Rica, make sure and check out the latest from another trio, Monte, who just released their second EP, El Otro Mundo. filled with experimental, lightly noisy psych that's done right.

While we're on that CR neopsychedelia tip, you should be digging Florian Droids, whose amazingly dynamic Osos De Agua was one of my favorite LPs of 2014. They've painted many of my dreams during the last year.

And one more from Costa Rica: Los Waldners have a new release on the way and I couldn't be happier. Their full-length Eclipse Total Del Corazón was another 2014 fave. (The song "Papalotes" was a KEXP Song of the Day - grab it here) Here's the first taste of the new record, the single "Periodistas" and its VHS collage video.

There's no shortage of incredible music coming from this country, and I look forward to discovering more this November at Epicentro and Nrmal. I hope to see you there!

Before we sign off, let's touch briefly on Spain. It's been five years since we've heard new joints from El Guincho so the announcement of his HiperAsia release in October is stellar news. Once again, he's really flipped the script with his sound, but I think it's poppin. Check the two new tracks below:

And for more on Spain, I've put together a mixtape featuring tons of different flavors from all over the country that you can stream on-demand:

Thanks for listening. See you next time.


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