Monday, January 16, 2012

El Guincho feat. Javiera Mena - "Novias"



During the weekend, our inbox flooded with emails from readers asking about an out-of-nowhere collaboration between house favorites El Guincho and Javiera Mena. Apparently the track received a quiet run on Mexican FM airplay last week. The pairing of these pop virtuosos shouted historic (both artists have had #1 albums with us) and, although we were hoping for a new track made from scratch (to prevent all aural and sentimental attachment), this is still material worthy of some excitement. This collaboration comes just in time for Mena's planned U.S. tour and El Guincho's current visit across Latin America. Well, to be fair, we could hardly call this a collaboration because its tags should read more on the lines of, "the Javiera Mena Remix."

This new edit of Pop Negro’s catchy as hell “Novias” (premiered by Spain’s Esta Pasando!) is a bit misplaced: it's spotty in its production, conservative on every turn (for a rework), and perhaps even unnecessary. But it does push the right buttons when expanding its percussion lines into an interestingly dense, boy meets girl narrative. The jumpy, almost uncomfortable vocals by Mena make this version seem more like a b-side out of Piratas de Sudamerica than something from the almost flamboyant Pop Negro. Yes, this is forgettable and middling at best, considering we're talking about indie royalty, but El Guincho doesn’t collaborate too often, and we’re glad he’s chosen ladies like Julieta Venegas (“Mientes”) and Javiera Mena for his intercontinental affairs.

14 comments:

  1. WTF. Amo a estos dos como a nadie, pero que TERRIBLE!

    Marce (La Plata, AR)

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  2. :X :X :X :X :X :X

    Reading the post with the "forgettable" and "middling" comments I thought to myself. Oh, here we go, CF doing a 2x1 freaking backlash, but after hearing the track, I think it should read more like "unforgettably weak" and "artists-hitting-bottom."

    Ok. It's not the worst thing out there, but so underwhelming for us the fans. Almost disrespectful.

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  3. Fantastic pair. The two most creative pop artists of our generation. Incredible as an idea. HORRENDOUS execution.

    Now I'll have to spin Mena & Pop Negro all day so I can use them as mouthwash.

    Please, make another song. This is so sad.

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  4. Latin Hipster hearing about the song: Massive Boner.

    Latin Hipster actually listening to the song: Immediate Erectile Dysfunction.

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  5. ¡Es una colaboración perfecta! 100% hit

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  6. Si van a hacer algo juntos que sea algo nuevo. Muy débil la voz de Javiera. Es como si hubiesen dejado la primera toma o si hubiese enviado el wav por mail y quedó así, con cero cariño y poca intención. Muy forzado.

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  7. It's not horrible people. I like! :D

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  8. this is actually pretty good, the girls vocals do fit, i don't know how else it could of been done. Javieras vocals do add more color and flavor to a legit track. better vocals than lana del ray.

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  9. oh my...
    Anybody here has a new pair of ears?
    That first verse is a eardrum-killer. I've never heard Javiera's voice so out-of-tune in studio recordings. It was really painfull and sad.

    Why do you call this a remix? she just took a mic, sung some lines and replaced Guincho's.. I would say "cover" is the right word.

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  10. debieron haber hecho un porno casero mejor

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  11. A pesar de todo lo que se comenta, no se puede negar que Javiera es mágica!!!

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  12. The forgettable track aside, Carlos mentioned la Mena's upcoming U.S. tour! Carlos, ClubFo writers or anyone else know details?

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  13. This feels like those times when your friend psyches you up for a movie they saw, and when they finally show it to you, it turns out to be a total letdown.

    But then you have to say "Oh wow, that's so interesting..." so nobody's feelings get hurt.

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