Mexico City’s babygirl/escopio Girl Ultra debuts her ‘Punk’ side in a new single showcasing another element of her eclectic sound. It’s an indie-sleaze track featuring Mexico City’s indie icons Little Jesus on vocals. The video was directed by GRLS (Lucca Necoechea and Diego Andlovin) and Girl Ultra. It was shot in Mexico City’s south side, an inspiration for the track, and forthcoming EP.
“Punk” previews her forthcoming EP slated for release on Finesse Records this spring; and arrives today with the announcement of an extensive 26-date Girl Ultra North American tour kicking off in May and routing around the country through June with additional cities to be added in the coming weeks.
Girl Ultra closed out 2020 with ‘Amores De Droga’ accompanied by a Cole Santiago (Bad Bunny, Lorde) directed video written by Girl Ultra and filmed on 16mm film in Los Angeles, with Pablo Sotelo from the band Inner Wave as costar. The NY Times spotlighted the “steady four-on-the-floor rhythm with the weightless melodies of the Mexican R&B chanteuse” on their playlist.
Earlier last year, ‘Rosas’ was spotlighted as one of Pitchfork’s “Best LatinX Songs of 2021…” for its “slow-burning R&B… and lush melodies evok[ing] Sade” and Rolling Stone described it as a “pearly hybrid, landing somewhere between old boleros and neo-soul.” The song fuses classic bolero styles with Latin R&B, mixing eclectic instrumentals with a classical guitar, deconstructed percussion influences, and Jersey club music.
Girl Ultra‘s 2019 debut album “Nuevos Aires” was a watershed moment in the evolution of R&B in Latin America. “My main idea was to use R&B, which is a lesser-known genre in my country, to develop a new language where I could translate the music I grew up with, which was mostly from the late 70s, 80s, and early 90s,” Mariana says.
In “Nuevos Aires”, Girl Ultra teamed up with a variety of artists to cultivate a new sound, including a duet with Grammy award nominee singer-songwriter Ximena Sariñana, ‘FuckHim’. In ‘DameLove’, which premiered on Rolling Stone, she collaborated with Mexican-American artist Cuco for a smooth, dreamy English-Spanish groove. The ‘DameLove’ video shows the two artists driving leisurely around empty Californian mountain roads in a Cadillac convertible.
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Photo: (c) Diego Andlovin & Lucca Necoechea from GRLS
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