‘Besame Mucho’ is one of the definite and best-known romantic songs worldwide, and pretty much a standard that’s been versioned by a whole array of artists, as well as a staple for many street musicians.
Written in 1940 by Mexican songstress Consuelo Velazquez and first recorded by Emilio Tuero, its most famous version was sung by Pedro Infante, and was later tackled by names such as Il Divo, Richard Clayderman and The Beatles, among many others. It has also made an appearance in many films and TV shows, so it’s safe to say that ‘Besame Mucho’ has been, and is, pretty much a part of pop culture, even today.
Now Mexico City-based CASUAL SX, a duo made up by Nina Alanis and Alex Galvan, has a go at this timeless song and updates it for the 21st-century dancefloors, infusing it with a sexy latin-house swing and a snaking, funky trumpet line played by Alex Guardiola, a well-respected and versatile Cuban musician also based in Mexico City. Groovy and equipped with a fat bass line, this version of ‘Besame Mucho’ by CASUAL SX is a fresh take on the classic, highlighting its unmistakable melody over a bottom-heavy, sticky beat, and keeping a sense of 20th-century nostalgia in the form of one of its best-loved songs.
‘Besame Mucho’ will be released on February 15th by Mexican label XDM Records, founded by Guadalajara DJ, producer and live act Broz Rdz, continuing on the label’s search for mixing the traditional with the cutting edge.
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