Ralphie Choo is a kaleidoscopic talent: the meteoric Spanish singer and producer is creating baroque pop that weaves impressionistic songwriting with rhythmic elements of flamenco, bossa nova, hip-hop, and IDM. Choo has honed sonic and visual signatures that interface with Internet aesthetics, the fashion world, and his own textured Spanish heritage. The whirlpool of influences culminates in his upcoming major-label debut Supernova, slated for release later this year.
Singles “Tangos de Una Moto Trucada” and “Bulerías de Un Caballo Malo” are avant collages of Spanish guitar, bulería claps, 808s, and flamenco’s unique vocal cadence, tapping into the roots revival that has made global superstars of Rosalía and C. Tangana. Meanwhile, recent cuts such as “Gata” with Rusowsky, and “MÁQUINA CULONA” featuring British producer Mura Masa, tap into the bass-heavy reggaetón booming in Spanish nightclubs.
“Supernova raises inevitable questions about the recontextualization of genre, especially regarding once-marginalized styles like flamenco and reggaeton. Choo doesn’t seem interested in that kind of intellectual battleground; in 2021, he told a Spanish magazine that claims of cultural appropriation “worry him a bit, but don’t condition him.” Instead, he presents a view of pop music at its most porous, freed from category, history, and geography. Like a mischievous cat shoving a glass off a table, Choo is invested in the thrill of infinite play.” – from review by Pitchfork
“I’m quite spontaneous. This whole journey has been about introspection, personal growth, and finding myself. And I’ve been in great company. I haven’t looked for anything, I’ve found myself; it all sort of fell into place.” – from interview with Metal Magazine