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Monica Lionheart – ‘Baila’

by Thomas Bedward March 27, 2021

Monica Lionheart – ‘Baila’

An impressive new talent with a penchant for mixing acoustic sensibilities with a strong electro-pop sound, Monica Lionheart first made her mark back in 2012 with the release of her debut solo album, ‘Indian Summer’.  Released on Latin Alternative label, Nacional Records, the album was label as “utterly compelling” and “worthy of revisiting time and again” by PopMatters, laying a foundation that is still standing strong almost a decade later. Fast forward to 2021, and Monica has continued to impress, unleashing a string of impressive singles, like the unmissable ‘Baila’.

An upbeat new release that charms and excites in equal measure, ‘Baila’ is a perfect illustration of Monica’s sound, as well as a dynamic precursor to the release of her upcoming new album. Filled with a warm, retro-pop sound that incorporates flowing analogue synths, dynamic Latin vibes and a wistful nostalgic vibe, everything about the new single is built to impress and polished to perfection. Featuring dual vocals that play off each other perfectly and a glistening electro-pop sound that perfectly blends with undercurrents of trap and reggaeton, ‘Baila’ is a rare new single that is as enticing as it is refreshing, creating a powerful vibe that no one will be able to ignore.

After living in China for the past three years, Monica explained the influences behind ‘Baila’ and the new album, explaining how her new music incorporates traditional Chinese folk instruments such as the Pipa and Chinese Opera samples. She continued, “while in quarantine mode, I had been feeling nostalgic and the music on this record is a reflection of my childhood in Puerto Rico listening to artists like Vico C, as well as the Asian influence which has surrounded me lately”.

On ‘Baila’, this new stage in Monica’s sound is all too evident, layering a maelstrom of different styles and samples to create one of the most immersive singles that 2021 has heard so far. Bringing a freshness and expansive quality to the blossoming electro-pop genre, Monica’s new single shines with her distinctive vocals that are absolutely and effortlessly enchanting. You can stream the new single below alongside its official music video, and you can also find it on Spotify here.

With ‘Baila’ quickly becoming one of the freshest new releases, there’s never been a better time to get acquainted with Monica’s scintillating sound. Check out the video for her the single today and be sure to keep your eye out for the full album, ‘Bodega Beat’ coming soon!

Score: 8.5/10

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