Last week I introduced a couple of talented Mexican artists (link) that might give you an idea of what kind of music Mexico has to offer. To continue my introduction, this time I want to focus on a more distinctive style with Mexico’s take on ‘electro-pop’.
Maria Daniela y su Sonido Lasser (the group pictured above) is a little less commercial but they know how to bust out enough techno beats and electro spunk to keep a club dancing from midnight to sunrise.
I hadn’t known of this group until one day in my car a couple of years ago. I don’t remember exactly what I was doing, but by the powers of destiny, I heard them being mentioned on the radio and that they would be performing in a local club in town. I never went, but I remembered their name and later looked them up. Their very first song I listened to was “Pobre Estupida”, which roughly translates to ‘poor nitwit’.
Because I don’t live on Mexican turf, MDYSSL was nothing like I had expected. To many, Mexico is divided into three main bodies of music: Hardcore Rock, Reggaeton, and traditional-band. That’s generally speaking. I’m also aware of the mainstream pop (which is arguably some of the weakest pop I’ve ever listened to), but before, I wouldn’t have thought that Mexicans had it in them to produce electronica that wasn’t a replica of something you’d hear from other places in the world. However, MDYSSL fused the techno style and their quirky lyrics to make decent electro-pop that is tastefully appealing and helps give me (and you) a broader idea of what Mexican music has to offer.
Maria Daniela y su Sonido Lasser (MDYSSL) have been around for a while, striking the Mexican dance scene since 2003. Before MDYSSL, there was Emilio Acevedo who had already been exploring dance music since 2001 and in the same time frame started the project ‘Sonido Lasser Drakar‘, which friend Maria Daniela would eventually join to become the lead vocalist. They went on to produce 2 albums in 2005 and 2007, with underground hits such as “El Tuviera no Existe” and “Chicle de Menta“.
Now, after a lengthy break from their last album, they have finally come out with new material, even more playful and kind of more sophisticated than their earlier music.
Belanova is a group that I’ve been a fan of since their beginning. Unlike MDYSSL, this group has taken electro-pop and launched it to the mainstream fronts of Mexico. Their style is much more subtle, bubbly and seductive.
They hit it big in 2006 and started to gain momentum with their popular song “Rosa Pastel” (song in the video above).
They are undoubtably the only group in Mexico that put the ‘pop’ in electro-pop. I’m not even kidding. Every single one of their songs is a mix of everything that pop-music embodies: catchy melodies, bouncy beats and an abundance of synths. Unless you’re a brick, Belanova’s songs will stick in your head and their lyrics will play over and over again. I give the credit to their lead singer, Denisse, because she caught everyone’s attention when they first stepped foot in the pop scene world. Not only is the voice she lends to the group very distinct, but the manner in which she sings is undeniably unique. But if you watch their promotional videos, their music isn’t the only component that draws your attention – Belanova’s fashion sense adds to the value of their sound. All three members dress in vivid colors and flamboyant ensembles. They’re fun to watch~!
Rumor has it that their 4th album is in the works. Fingers crossed.