Mexico City’s Rey Pila returns with "Let It Burn," a Dave Sitek-produced track that combines a pulsating wall of synths with rugged dancehall beats and a wry feeling that the worst is not yet behind us. It’s an early taste of the new, evolved Rey Pila, who strike a balance between their art and culture with a nod to retro-styled synth-pop.
The beat might remind you of LCD Soundsystem, or TV On The Radio, with a lead vocal performance from Diego Solórzano that combines a deadpan, casual-cool baritone with flurries of emotion that bring to mind a lower register of the great Jim Kerr. Now having had their work produced, promoted, and put out by A-list flag-wavers Julian Casablancas and David Sitek, the four-piece—whose name means "King Battery" in Spanish—are keen to release a new powerhouse LP in autumn 2020. Since forming a decade ago, Rey Pila have perfected a unique blend of dark synth pop and gloomy dance rock from their hometown of Mexico City to New York City’s legendary studios and hallowed halls. "Let It Burn" is the enviable beginning to a new chapter in their ascendant progression from promising Mexican garage-rockers to household names on the cross-genre spectrum between indie rock, electro, trap, and dancehall.