Bomba Estéreo Collaborates With Arcade Fire On Their New Release “Everything Now”
Arcade Fire has released the official Bomba Estéreo “Todo Ya” remix of their hit “Everything Now.” The new recording is available now at all digital music services.
“When Win suggested a couple tracks from Arcade Fire’s album to remix, we chose ‘Everything Now’ as we loved the vibe of the song and what it means for these crazy times we’re living in,” says Bomba’s founder Simon Mejía.
“We envisioned this new remix musically as being a mix between champeta vibes (the riff in the chorus) and electronic cumbia (the beat for the rest of the track). A blend between the original funky/electro/disco vibe of the track and our electro tropical style.”
The Bomba Estéreo “Todo Ya” remix of “Everything Now” was produced by Chris Castagno, who also produced the band’s album Ayo. Castagno brought in the traditional Gaita crew Los Gaiteros de Ovejas to add a Colombian folk element to the song with a cumbia woodwind section.
“Win re-recorded the original vocals on top of our new musical track,” Mejía explained. “Then Li rapped her freestyle verses in her cumbia style. All together, along with Regine, we sang the chorus in Spanish which we translated to ‘Todo ya.'”
Arcade Fire became friends years ago in Montreal and have spun each other’s music in DJ sets. They had always hoped to tour together, this finally become a reality in 2017.
“We are truly honored to have been invited to collaborate on this amazing song and love to see the power of Caribbean music right now,” Mejía says. “You can easily see its influence across much of dance music that is made today.”
Bomba’s latest album Ayo has just been nominated for a GRAMMY in the “Best Latin Urban, Alternative or Rock Album” category, while Arcade Fire’s “Everything Now” has been nominated for a GRAMMY in the “Best Alternative Album” category.
“Ayo was born in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, one of the most powerful places in the world,” Mejía says. “The album is a tribute to that magical place. A spiritual ceremony opened the path to this album. It returns to the Caribbean sonic roots of Bomba Estéreo while at the same time, keeps looking at the world with open eyes and open ears, taking risks on new paths.”