Bongo Bong – Manu Chao
Originally from Galicia, Manu Chao now resides in Paris recording a wide range of music, some of which appeals to my funky, rap/chill side. This is the type of music you flip on during a bbq when you’ve got a glass of Albarino in one hand and a piece of sweet honeydew in the other as your hips sway back and forth to the bass.
Cuando Quiero el Sol – Presuntos Implicados
I’m not entirely sure if I like this song because of the dramatic and melancholic voice of the main Andalusian singer, Sole, or because the video actually attempts to romanticize The Matrix. Whatever the reason, it’s a great jazzy song that marries well with a glass of amontillado.
Todo Tienda – Ojos de Brujo
Hands down this is one of my favorite Spanish groups! I was first introduced to them a few years ago by my old roommate who just happened to be the main singer for a Spanish Pink Floyd cover band called The Pinktones (incredible group), and have been obsessed with the group every since. Ojos de Brujo, translating to “Wizard’s eyes” in Spanish, is an eight-piece band from Barcelona and described as a blend of hip-hop with a dash of flamenco mixed in for good measure. What to drink with this song? Cava! You want something bright, fun and full of life, as I hope you will be dancing when your sipping your Cava.
Pokito a Poko – Chambao
Chambao like Ojos de Brujo also blends flamenco in their music, but instead of hip-hop, this group has more of an electronic edge. Its namesake stems from an improvised beach tent that used to block rain, wind and sun. Formed in 2005 by a trio of Malaga musicians, they have now gained large international following, which it rightfully deserves. For this type of music, I’m going to go on a limb here and suggest sangria. Yeah, I realize that it is the bastard child of Spanish wine, but hey, there are times when sangria fits the occasion, and this is one of them!
Killed me – Amparanoia
Sexy and seductive Amparo Sanchez, the main singer, has the voice of Billy Holiday and the style that dances between chillout, paris cafe music and old school jazz. For me, I want a red from Ribera del Duero. Dark, robust and silky, this region offers bold aromatic wines that express both balance and elegance – the perfect match for a sultry song. PS – Listen carefully to the way in which Amparo pronounces the title of the song.
Son Son – Macaco
I had heard of the band last year from a teacher I had worked at the school I was teaching at, but never took time to really sit down and listen to their music until a few months ago. Began in 1997 by Dani Mono Loco, the band is a collective of people from all over the world including Brazil, Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Venezuela and Spain. Blending reggae, flamenco, pop, rock and hip hop, it’s a style you want to enjoy with a something festive, but serious. My suggestion, Txacoli from Northern Spanish region of Pais Vasco.
Toca y Toca – Mala Rodriguez
A Spanish hip hop singer, born in Jerez de la Frontera. Young, jazzy and funky, Mala requires a wine with a bit of edge and attitude, such as a Rioja red. Rich, complex flavors and aromas, this style requires music with a powerful bass and beat.