Colombia Drops The Bomb
Until recently, many of us could only place Colombia on the global map of pop as the birthplace of Shakira. The popularity of the singer turned international phenomenon has become an unexpected cultural ambassador for her whole country. This may be about to change thanks to Bogota’s finest Electro bunch, Bomba Estereo, currently enjoying an international profile boost after being highlighted last year as one of the 25 best new bands in the world by the trend setting MTV Iggy’s, alongside an eclectic batch of newcomers that included Surfer Blood, Far East Movement and Sleigh Bells.
Bomba Estereo began their career at the turn of the century and in a decade they have managed to spread their contagious vibe north and south in the American continent. Last year they were invited to be part of Levis’ Pioneer Revival Recording Sessions, where such groundbreaking artists such as The Roots and The Shins covered a favourite classic. Their rendition of “Pump Up The Jam” was so well received that the band decided to return to the studio and work on it properly. The final result, named ‘Ponte Bomb’, kept the catchy spirit of the original intact, while adding a touch of tropical heat to its celebrated electro beat, as well as a cheeky Spanglish spirit to the lyrics. Released as the title track of the band’s latest EP, which also includes new mixes of their most popular tracks to date “La Boquilla”and “Fuego”; “Ponte Bomb’, has been gaining the attention of the hippest blogs and it wouldn’t be surprising if it ends bringing the popular one hit wonder back to the charts. You can watch the video here.
The ‘Ponte Bomb EP’ is already available via Itunes. Bomba Estereo are currently in the middle of their “El Alma Y El Cuerpo (The Body & The Soul) Tour” around the States. Details of which are available at their official website.