The bassline of “Quién da Más,” the new single from Labán’s Todos Somos Dueños de Aquí LP, pulsates like a beating heart as the song arises from silence and fills the atmosphere with its sonic sorcery. Resisting the urge to swing to its ominous grooves is futile, as anyone who gives this song a spin will find, and it doesn’t take more than a mere verse for listeners to end up cornered by our singer’s cratering harmonies. The music is mind-bendingly bittersweet, but Labán’s vocal shapes a cathartic center within the track that, were it not joined by any additional instrumentation, would still warrant the attention of serious music enthusiasts everywhere.
We’re ensnared by the vocals and their evocative textures as soon as Labán commences in dispensing his stately lyrics, whether the Spanish vocabulary is a part of our lives or not. He doesn’t let us stray from his stare; his voice drifts over the strings with a selflessness that makes his words so much more accessible and acerbic, and though the beats are inviting and dance-inspiring, they don’t even come close to matching the comely texture of his singing. I knew I was in for a treat with this single, but I never could have guessed how sophisticated a treat it would be.
As the drums stagger behind the bass with a reticence that recalls youthful inhibition, they indirectly echo the swing of the vocal, which to some extent is more engrained in the framework of “Quién da Más” than the percussion ever is. Still, without these blunt beats to back up his lyrical vibrations, Labán’s new single simply wouldn’t be the balladic anthem that it truly is. His vocals are the star of the show, but they aren’t the only reason to give this track a place in your daily playlist.
I’m the type of fan who puts a lot of stock in the master mix of any song, and in the case of “Quién da Más,” we’re made to feel small beside the mammoth drawl of Labán and his band. Personally, I found that this mix lets us experience what it would be like to be in the front row for an intimate club performance, where the only external elements accentuating the music would be smoke rings and the faint scent of brandy. This song isn’t varnished in pop plasticity; it’s authentic, unpolished and relentlessly insistent.
A star single in every way conceivable, “Quién da Más” challenges us to give Labán the controls and let him take us to a place of utter bliss in what amounts to the most tranquil four minutes of pop music you could ever ask for. Anyone who has been following the evolution of Labán’s music is well aware of how much promise he has as a young performer, and this track only adds to his reputation for making unadulterated gems with little more than his erotic style of singing. Todos Somos Dueños de Aquí is slated to be one of 2019’s biggest releases, and this second taste of its content is the most decadent thus far.
by Bethany Page
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