Best & Brightest: Costa Rica Edition

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Since we’re always on the look out for new talent and new countries to spotlight, who better to give us the local rundown than the dwellers themselves. In this installation of Best & Brightest, we turn to Costa Rica, where Roberto Montero Batalla is helping shape the scene alongside other noteworthy Ticos. Here’s his top 10.

Costa Rica’s music scene was a well-kept secret until the generation around 2010 started to break barriers and gain recognition, with releases from Las Robertas, The Great Wilderness, 424, Zópilot, Niño Koi, and Florian Droids.

The story of contemporary Costa Rican music started to make great strides when bands started playing in major festivals, slowly but surely gathering attention for what’s been boiling up in our studios, clubs, and circuits.

Besides the the groups mentioned above that have gained recognition in recent times, here are ten other acts that are making some loud Costa Rican noise, and are worth a listen.

Florian Droids

For me, the next big breakout from Costa Rica will be this amazing quartet from Cartago. Their impressive attention to details and powerful compositions will turn some heads as they will release their long awaited OSOS de AGUA later this year.

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From Turrialba, Crypy is not new to the scene; his rapping abilities are recognized by some of my favorites like Serko Fu. His album A.C. – D.C. is my top release this year to date.

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Seka is a punk band with a lasting legacy. Their almost 20 year career span has been accompanied by multiple memorable shows. They gave us the most powerful performance in Rock Fest 2013. Here is one of their latest tracks. If you’re in San José and by chance Senka is playing, make sure not to miss it.

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Passiflora is one of the most outstanding new acts, and their so-called gypsy folk has proven contagious. Their great run in the local festival circuit has brought them to a recent presentation in Costa Rica’s National Theater that combined a room full of positive vibrations with their charming lyrics and melodies.

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Patterns’ hit single “Sunny Days” was one of last year’s most played songs for a good reason– it’s radio ready and really good. This is from Sofar Sessions Costa Rica, and it’s one of the band’s favorites.

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Dance punk, and frenetic live performances. If in need for a good party, try to check out Alphabetics’ live set.

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An explosive combination of urban and Latin sounds from this acclaimed collective. Their shows are almost always sold out– they’re the perfect opportunity to dance till you drop, faint, or sweat your clothes off.

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Cocofunka is part of this urban Latin fusion trend. A staple of the university circuit, Cocofunka brings high energy and have [established themselves] as one of the recognizable, must see live acts. They bridge generations, being a favorite of the young crowd that lives the Pura Vida lifestyle in beaches and cities alike.

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The reincarnation of Huba and Silica, Blackout serves Costa Ricas nightlife well. Their beats and productions are favorites for those who enjoy a late night out. They’re in constant evolution, and their sound has become the soundtrack to San José’s clubbing circuit.

Foffo Goddy

Foffo Goddy’s music is more than family friendly– it’s real good folk, the type you wouldn’t associate with Costa Rica, and the type that served as an opening act for Bob Dylan for a reason.

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