When it comes to enticing electronic fusions, Texas has no shortage of dope musical scientists ready to concoct top-notch ear candy. From Austin’s legendary Peligrosa crew, the Bombón collective in Houston, and El Dusty’s own dizzying sonic collisions – Texas producers are making Latinx flair and border identity an integral part of club culture.
Enter Royal Highness – the screwmbia duo formed by Principe Q and DJ King Louie – who are currently in the studio polishing their new album, expected for release later this year. While no singles have been released, new photos confirm their guest roster is off the charts. So far, studio sightings include Colombian rapper J.Patron, Salvadoran MC Ratchetón and Chicano sensation Cuco, with more guests yet to be announced.
“This new album is a huge collaborative effort,” Royal Highness tell Remezcla. “We wanted to get a mix of sounds and artists that you wouldn’t expect to go together. We’re treating the sessions like un asado – a mixture of having a good time and playing with fire.”
According to a press release issued by Royal Highness’ team, the momentous studio sessions took place on April 16, which would have been Selena Quintanilla’s 48th birthday.
Recording with Cuco on this particular day was serendipitous, considering Principe Q (a.k.a. Svani Quintanilla) is Selena’s nephew, and the way the young star’s rise and pronounced Chicano motifs often mirror the late queen of Tejano’s early career trajectory.
Last year, Cuco performed at Selena for Sanctuary, a concert series raising money and awareness in support of immigrant rights. The event will return this summer as part of NYC Summerstage, with a stacked lineup including Jasper Bones, Ambar Lucid and, of course, Royal Highness’ own Principe Q.