Since releasing their striking debut album, Blow Up, in 2009, Bogota band Bomba Estereo have been frequent visitors to Chicago, playing their jacked-up, slightly reggaefied and electro-charged cumbia to any local venue willing to have them—Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements, Rumba, the Empty Bottle, Green Dolphin Street. On Tuesday they're finally dropping the follow-up, Elegancia Tropical (Pelon). I've only been able to listen to it a couple of times yet, but Bomba Estereo definitely downplay their Colombian roots on most of the tracks, moving toward a more cosmopolitan and rootless dance pop. It sounds good so far, but at the same time I'm disappointed that they've abandoned much of what made them so distinctive and appealing in the first place. Below you can check out the video for the album's first single, "El Alma y el Cuerpo."
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