Sotomayor's bold take on Latinx electronic music mixes up innovations in the genre with traditional cumbia rhythms, creating something familiar yet refreshing. On "Quema," the first song from the brother-sister duo's upcoming third album Orígenes, a rising bass line and heavy electronic drums create the cumbia backdrop for Paulina Sotomayor's clamly rapped vocals and Raul's synth riffs. She is later joined by bomba icon Totin “Arará” Agosto, who adds an extra texture with his layered vocals.
Speaking via email, Raul told The FADER: "In all the albums and songs I’ve made I’m always trying to make something different. I’m not interested in making the same song over and over again, on the contrary I’m looking for sounds or vibes that I haven’t tried yet.
"I started this song trying to get a traditional “Gaiteros de San Jacinto” kind of vibe, but flipped into a heavy bass track. On the lyrics side, we where looking for Paulina to sing on a different way, try to rap it a little more instead of singing it. The cherry on top is the addition of Totin, he added a really mystic and special vibe to the song."
Orígenes will be released by Wonderwheel Recordings in February 2020.