PREMIERE: Los Aptos Puts Electronic Twist on Regional Mexican on ‘Bonnie and Clyde’

Lead Photo: Photo by Derek Hockemeyer.
Photo by Derek Hockemeyer.
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Música mexicana is constantly evolving. One of the artists continuously putting their musical twist on the classic genre is Los Aptos with their innovative track “Bonnie and Clyde,” premiering exclusively on Remezcla today (July 2). 

“The new direction of our new music is heavily inspired by our favorite songs and artists in the Mexican genre right now. Artists like Peso Pluma, Oscar Maydon, Natanael Cano, Junior H, etc.,” the band’s vocalist Juan Ortega tells us about the new track. “But we also add our own little elements or sauce. For example, our new single includes keys, risers, and a lot of vocal effects you would hear in English pop music.”

“Bonnie and Clyde” intertwines traditional Regional Mexican music with electronic elements. The Mexican-American trio uses a 6/8 time signature strum pattern, which they point out is popular in Mexican music today. They also add two guitars — a six and 12 string — backed by a tololoche and bass. To make their style unique, they incorporate keys and a synth bass that creates what Ortega describes as a “Peso Pluma meets Calvin Harris” creative direction. Notably, Ortega’s smooth and echoing vocals shine on top of the production, highlighting the band’s signature romantic sierreño touch to their songs.

Produced by Derek Hockemeyer, the music video tells their version of Bonnie and Clyde, the infamous duo that robbed together in the 1930s. Just like they added their own flavor to Mexican music on the track, Ortega came up with the idea of integrating the band members as government agents, chasing down the protagonists in the visuals. Towards the end of the video, the band finally finds the troublemaking lovers at a diner, where their tale ends.

“Bonnie and Clyde” is part of Los Aptos’ upcoming album that will feature songs in the same vein. The new LP will also feature their previous singles like “Dices me Extrañas” and “La Top Uno,” which all share similar upbeat and blend acoustic guitar melodies, brass instruments, reverb, and key tinges. Another track that demonstrates the band’s knack for creating exciting, new songs is “Botellas,” which features a more electro-corrido style.

“It’s gonna be an amazing project. The songs are great and we feel they’re all hits and are up there with our idols, but that’s up for the people to decide,” Ortega shares.

Check out the premiere of “Bonnie and Clyde” below.