Score one for the Latino team. Denim outfitter Levi’s has been pedaling the Levi’s Pioneer Sessions: The Revival Recordings, featuring the bread and butter of the gringo indie world recording the songs that inspired them. Now it’s Bomba Estéreo’s turn.
We got an apparently “illegal” sneak peek at the Levi’s track a week ago (oops!) but were shut down from posting it. Yet another case of the powers-that-be keepin’ the (wo)man down. Nonetheless, it’s here now for your Bomba Estéreo-loving consumption.
The Colombian cumbia-funk collective chose a rather unorthodox track to cover: Technotronic’s “Pump Up the Jam.” Really? “Pump Up the Jam?” Really? Whereas Dirty Projectors opted for classic Bob Dylan and She & Him dabbled with “Fools Rush In,” Bomba Estéreo kept it irreverent. There’s something so inherently kitschy about choosing a Technotronic song as your muse. We dig it. They even added their own Spanish twist to it and titled the recording “Ponte Bom.”
Go to Levi’s site to download the 1989 jammer. It’s all sweaty fun: afro beats and autotuners in tow.
The fact that Bomba Estéreo is even included in this list means that the indie world is slowly waking up to the Latin scene’s prowess. The band just came off a wild weekend at Bonnaroo as part of the Latin Alternative Tent (check out our exclusive pics!), a good start to the rest of their U.S. tour.