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SOUNDS LIKE: A vibrant fandango in rural Latin America, doused with hip-hop swagger.
FOR FANS OF: Ana Tijoux, Ibeyi, nature and globetrotting
WHY YOU SHOULD PAY ATTENTION: Fémina – whose plush poetic rhymes and ravishing harmonies glide over funk, boleros and chacarera rhythms ripe with rustic flair – grabbed Iggy Pop by the musical jugular, landing them on his radio show 6 Music twice this year. Sisters Sofia and Clara Trucco, along with childhood bestie Clara Miglioli, moved to Buenos Aires from the bucolic Andes of Patagonia. They unleashed their rap-folk enigma, which quickly became a name amongst the city's colourful hip-hop milieu. The Argentine trio are currently working on their third album, due out later this year, which is being engineered by cumbia accordionist/producer Will Holland (Quantic, Ondatrópica) and will feature guest spots by Iggy Pop himself.
THEY SAY: "Our home is magical," says Clara Trucco. "There's a lot of power in the environment, the landscape, the mountains, lakes, rivers, the animals. Being from [San Martín de los Andes] takes us to our centre. It grounds us." "We also feel inspired by the places we go to and the people we meet, the things that are going on in our country and in the world; in being human and how we exist; in dancing, movements and bodies," says Sofia Trucco. "We don't only think in terms of music, but we're open to all these elements that feed our lyrics and melodies. That's what's rich about Fémina."
HEAR FOR YOURSELF: On the breezy, rootsy "Buen Viaje", twinkling guitar arpeggios glimmer as the trio's silken pipes shine against Afro-Latin percussion.