Mexican duo Rodrigo y Gabriela has announced the release of their upcoming album, Area 52, on January 24th. The album was recorded in Havana, Cuba, and is the duo’s first recorded collaboration with another group of musicians. Their lead single, the flamenco-inspired “Juan Loco,” features famed flamenco bassist Carles Benavent, to switch up the vibe of the track. “[Benavent] could just change the rhythm in terms of the bass line, in terms of making it a little bit less Latin and more kind of his way – you know, which could be jazzy, could be more flamenco based style or whatever,” Rodrigo explains. “It goes well with the guitars because it’s a very hyper-active track in terms of playability and he suits perfectly for these kinds of tracks.”
Rodrigo y Gabriela’s Area 52 will be released on January 24th, but you can download “Juan Loco” for free here.