Song Of The Day: Quantic & Nidia Góngora “Que Me Duele?”
Poke around on this site and one could assume that it is a requirement to swear fealty to all things Quantic to be part of this crew. That wouldn’t be odd if it were true, as any sentient being with even a mild sense of groove can find something to be enamored of in Quantic‘s vast genre fluid catalog. “Que Me Duele?” finds the UK expat rekindling his fruitful creative partnership with Colombian singer Nidia Góngora.
After years of fronting her band Grupo Canalón de Timbiqui, as well as lending her sweet vocals to Quantic’s live outfit and his Combo Barbaro and Ondatrópica projects, Góngora is now the centerpiece of an entire Quantic album created around the distinctive musical styles of her Afro-Colombian pacific coast heritage. “Que Me Duele?” is the first offering from the album, entitled Curao.
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“Que Me Duele?” showcases the captivating songwriting, infectiously danceable rhythms and up-to-the minute production of this stunning LP – a record that brings a new and highly original interpretation of the unique, rich and mystical cultural traditions of the Colombian Pacific Coast.
A track in the Chirimia style, which originates from the Choco region of the North West Pacific Coast of Colombia, “Que Me Duele?” (“What hurts me?” in English) finds Góngora reflecting, in her native Spanish, on life’s indefinable sorrows. “I’m referring to the physical, mental and spiritual discomforts which we all have and which we don’t know how to perceive or cure in ourselves”, she explains. The crisp, uptempo instrumental track uses the ‘Levanta Polvo’ rhythm, which translates as ‘bring up the dust’ and is so called because it makes crowds dance so hard they kick up dust clouds – a legend that this powerful tune is set to live up to, as it builds in intensity towards a tripped-out synth-led crescendo.