LAO RA | 68.00 MB
Lao Ra (Laura Carvajalino Avila) describes her music as subversive pop. The singer attributes part of her eclectic sound to the places she’s called home: London and Colombia. She credits the English capital – which she lived in for over 10 years – for bestowing her that punk attitude and Colombia for instilling the power of the tropics. The result is a multi-sensory collage where energetic beats and blunt lyrics are at the heart center. Through reggaeton beats and untamable wild animals, her vibrant storytelling is a nod to the female artists who’ve inspired her journey so far from Debbie Harry to FKA Twigs, from Frida Kahlo to Madonna.
Though Lao Ra does not make reggaeton music, per se, the influence can be heard in most of her music, and definitely throughout this pack. She grew up dancing to reggaeton, along with salsa, merengue, and other Latin genres throughout her early teens. Throughout her sonic journey, she’s been inspired by the Dembow, reggaeton’s rhythmic base, as heard in many of her songs. She’s also influenced by the minimal production of reggaeton, using just one or two leading sounds through a whole track.
She suggests, “have fun with the elements reggaeton brings, but don’t get too attached to the form. Experiment with it and push the limits.”
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