El Guincho
Pop Negro


2.5
average

Review

by Kiran EMERITUS
September 16th, 2010 | 11 replies | 6,929 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Tropical electronic pop that suffers for not maintaining the tempo it sets itself.

Picking up where 2008’s Alegranza! left off, El Guincho’s sophomore effort is yet another dance-ready record erupting out of the beautiful Spanish coast, though one that lacks the substance to deliver anything more than fleeting euphoria. Opener “Bombay” is the best example of Pablo Diaz-Reixa’s talents, with pounding steel drums underlining a layered, lush Caribbean-influenced rhythm, and it displays perfectly how overwhelmingly visceral his music can be. Though the prominence of his vocals in the melting pot of synths and samples is an aspect that’s often earned him comparisons to Animal Collective and Panda Bear, Pop Negro is much more rooted in the tropical Balearic sound associated with Barcelona, his home, as well as the streamlined Afrobeat style experiencing a resurgence in popularity amongst indie electronica acts.

The high points of Pop Negro are where Diaz-Reixa is at his most celebratory and unrestrained and moments like the vocal hooks in “Ghetto Facil” and the stop-start pounding of “FM Tan Sexy” prove it. Unfortunately, the exuberance that bursts out of the clutter of his best songs is a characteristic seen too rarely here, and songs like “(Chica-Oh) Drums” and “Danza Invinto” end an album that started with such drive on a flat and uninspired note. Too often the songs feel timid and even, at points, exhausted, exemplified by the plucky "Muerte Midi" and its focus on a single hook that can't quite hold a 4-minute song on its own (and not helped by a tame, '80s soundtrack saxophone either). Given Pop Negro is an album that thrives off energy, a lack of it drags down everything else with it. El Guincho offers something fresh and vital to those with any interest in artful, electronic pop but where his music soars is in its intuition, tempo, and enthusiasm and the problem is that from “Bombay” onwards, Pop Negro is a party that's rapidly dying out.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Kiran
Emeritus
September 16th 2010



5992 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this was absurdly frustrating to write

AggravatedYeti
September 16th 2010



7684 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

adam thomas'd this bitch I see.

Kiran
Emeritus
September 16th 2010



5992 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

heavy champions league night yesterday, focusing for more than 2 paragraphs would've been unfair to my brain

AggravatedYeti
September 16th 2010



7684 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

my boys in Real and Arsenal made it a worthwhile time wasting.

GulliKyro
September 16th 2010



357 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I can understand why this would be hard to review, the album is just meh.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
September 16th 2010



15690 Comments


sounds like alegranza but less immediately great

Digging: Nmesh - Dream Sequins [AMDISCS]

nebuzad0
September 16th 2010



38 Comments


I totally agree with this review unfortunately. I still play the first three songs a shit ton though.

Baphomet
September 16th 2010



7364 Comments


my boys in Real...

You are my new best friend, Yeti.

So I guess I shouldn't get this... too bad, I'm hungry for moar electropop.

Kiran
Emeritus
September 17th 2010



5992 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I still play the first three songs a shit ton though.

yeah, i especially love "bombay", when he released it as a single i got really excited for this but unfortunately nothing else is as good

AggravatedYeti
September 17th 2010



7684 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

You are my new best friend, Yeti.

MMAADDRIIDDD!!!
*ahem* anyway.

Bitchfork
September 18th 2010



7584 Comments


This album is only memorable because of howe much fun you won't have while listening to it.



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