Track Review: MULA “Playa (Borchi Remix)”

homepage_large.56e114a4(Crossposted from Pitchfork, 7/6/2015)

Comprising sisters Anabel and Cristabel Acevedo, plus their friend Rachel Rojas, the Dominican electronic trio MULA is the Caribbean’s answer to the ongoing North American witch-wave of the 2010s. (In true feminist tradition, the band’s name is a bold reclamation of a derogatory term connoting a female mule.) Having released their debut LP this spring, the band recently unveiled a heap of remixes featuring producers from all over Latin America.

Mexico City producer Pablo Borchi supplements their otherwise hair-raising summer jam, “Playa”, with a gentle samba shuffle and nu-cumbia groove. However, there’s a slightly menacing undercurrent to their sultry pleads for beachtime fun; it’s akin to Bananarama’s island gothic anthem, “Cruel Summer”, or the crafty moans of Oaxaca dance pop villain Selma Oxor in “Quiero Salir (I Want to Go Out)”. One minute you’re sitting giddily in the back of a party bus with your college buds. The next minute you’re bound and gagged in a deserted resort town, littered with driftwood, rotting coconuts, and bad juju.

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