The Guadaloops are still riding the well-deserved success of their 2014 debut album, De Locos y Monstruos, like we know they should. This time, they are flipping things around, stepping into a territory they hadn’t explored so far: pop. “Te Me Antojas” is their new single, a catchy and radio-ready track that leans towards dancehall sounds, where we find them directly telling a girl “I crave for you,” without filters. They rap “Voy a hacer que queden cortas tus fantasías/Y mañana puedo darte una noche más,” as the beat makes you bounce and a nervous synth like opens its frequencies.
The accompanying music video was directed by Mexican production crew La Finch, and it exudes sex without being overtly explicit. The band members deliver the provocative lines in different settings, like the woods in northern Mexico City and a big empty house. This is spliced with three temptresses teasing a poor guy to the verge of ecstasy, using everything they have to achieve it, including strawberries and chocolate.
We recently chatted with The Guadaloops about “Te Me Antojas,” its music video, and what next for them.
Your new single is called “Te Me Antojas.” Can you tell us a little bit more about the song?
Franco Genel: It’s a song about “teasing,” and now, with the video, that concept is more noticeable. We wanted to create that tension between what’s about to happen and what hasn’t happened yet. The Guadaloops party side comes out more than ever on this; it’s a very delicate song, we’re very happy, I still listen to it. I think it’s closely related to moombahton. We hope people really like it.
So, there’s a new video for the single. Who directed it? What can we all expect?
Fermín Sánchez: I think it’s the best video we’ve ever done. We collaborated with Rod Murillo and Eduardo (Nieto, both of La Finch,) who are a team of excellent video makers. You can watch us there rapping, lip-synching… It really turned out pretty. It’s a very poppy song; it’s the poppiest song we’ve ever done. A friend of ours dared us. He said “I dare The Guadaloops to make a happy song,” because our approach used to be very dark, but I think we nailed it for the first time.
Franco Genel: And the production side is very interesting. Ferdi can tell you how he put it together; he was the one who made the beat.
Ferdinand González: Well, it started with a guitar riff I had in mind. Then, it ended in a beat that’s between reggaeton and… I don’t know, something weird (laughs.) You’ll be the judges. And yeah, like Fermín says, it one of the most party-ready song we’ve ever done; it’s very direct, that’s cool, but it really is something we’d never done before.
Fermín Sánchez: Sexy pop. I’m going to lay it out there.
Is this single part of an upcoming record? What do you have in store for us in the near future?
Fermín Sánchez: No. Right now we don’t have anyone breathing down our necks, saying “do this,” like a label or anything like that. We’re enjoying the freedom of being able to release singles just like that. That’s our approach to releasing music, we like that it doesn’t really have to be linear, or be part of a bigger work.
Franco Genel: It’s also very important that people know that the three of us are very focused, and we’ve started to work on our next record, which will be something completely different [from our past work]. But I can anticipate it will be very influenced by neo-soul, something very classy. So, before that [drops] we’re going to have fun with these kind of experiments.