Pop Negro

El GuinchoSeptember 13, 2010
Pop℗ 2010 Young Turks/XL Recordings Ltd
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Pop Negro is the fourth album from El Guincho. This album was composed by Pablo Díaz-Reixa and recorded in 2010. Pop Negro was named best Spanish album of 2010 by Rockdelux, while the single "Bombay" and its music video, directed by Nicolás Méndez, were named best song and best music video, respectively. The music video for "Bombay" also serves as part of the trailer for a larger film by Méndez, with music by El Guincho.

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Songs
Popularity
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Bombay3:39
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Novias3:23
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Ghetto Facil2:44
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Soca Del Eclipse4:10
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Lycra Mistral3:49
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FM Tan Sexy3:41
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Muerte Midi3:46
8
(Chica-Oh) Drims3:39
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Danza Invinto5:06
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Total length
33:57
Tracks
9
Released
September 13, 2010
Label
℗ 2010 Young Turks/XL Recordings Ltd
File type
MP3
Access type
Streaming and by permanent download to your computer and/or device
Internet connection
Required for streaming and downloading
Playback information
Via Google Play Music app on Android v4+, iOS v7+, or by exporting MP3 files to your computer and playing on any MP3 compatible music player
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