The first three influences listed on Xenia Rubinos' MySpace: "Cuban and Puerto Rican children's songs and rhymes, gyil music of Ghana, Jose Marti." This track sounds like all of that, a double-dutch rhyme with a little Flora Purim-style shoulder-shimmy, loads of playfulness and abstract rhythmic pauses. We first heard it in a lucid dream the other day, waking from a makeshift slumber party when a friend put it on the stereo, and it's been embedded ever since, like a schoolyard chant we can't shake. Anyone wanna bust open the fire hydrant and skip rope? Rubinos is based in Brooklyn and "Los Mangopaunos" is from the Elephant Songs EP, her debut. If you're in NYC, she's playing this Saturday at Glasslands with Ana Tijoux, Chico Mann and Sunsplash as part of LAMC.
July 08, 2010