boy pablo Embraces Cumbia On Summer Jam ‘Be Mine’

"It was one of those songs I didn’t expect to write, it just appeared..."

Alt-pop aesthete boy pablo soaks up cumbia vibes on new single ‘Be Mine’.

Recently dazzling with a viral cover of the Human League’s ‘Don’t You Want Me’, it seems that summer ’22 will belong to boy pablo. Recently touring South America, he was struck by the enduring influence of cumbia, and began to absorb into his songwriting.

‘Be Mine’ is the result, and it boasts percussion recorded in Chile. The song itself plays with cumbia tropes, subverting the ‘tough guy’ exterior to craft something that feels more playful, and recognisably boy pablo.

A lilting summer love song, ‘Be Mine’ dips and soars, while the echo-laden guitar nods towards an interest in Jamaican dub excursions.

“I’ve been obsessed with cumbia music for a while now so it became natural for me to try writing something inspired by it. It was one of those songs I didn’t expect to write, it just appeared. It’s basically a cheeky way to approach a love interest that you know has a slight interest in you. I feel like it’s a very Latino romantic thing to do.”

Out now, ‘Be Mine’ features a video shot following boy pablo’s set at Primavera Sound in Barcelona.

Tune in below.

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