Buena Vaina by Joelii: exciting, infectious, and a great move out on his own.

No matter what language you speak,  if you love music you know that it is the universal language,  which is exactly what the bilingual  music of Joelii is in his new EP Buena Vaina.  The fove songs are exciting, but deeper, and infectious.  His voice and arrangements talk to you. 

Whether you speak Spanish or English or both, you understand him.  He manages to create earworms that carry a message, that engage your muscles with beat and melody and your mind with curiosity.

He kicks off the EP with the song Buena Vida Good Life – that moves  you along but not too fast as the video takes a happy trip down the SoCal coast in old Volvo.  The music gives you time to absorb the tone of his Spanish lyrics, even if you don’t quite get the meaning and even more if you do.  Next, Desde Cero speeds things up and moves into Spanish rap mixed with strong instrumentation and powerful hooks as the video tells a heartwarming story of moving into his first house with his partner.  You are now fully awake and  ready for more.

Peligroso is exactly that – dangerous . Joellii lets loose fully with powerful drum hits  and kinesthetic rhythms while in the video we have the requisite twerking girls in thongs (why is that necessary?) and  he smashes things with a baseball bat. The tone becomes even faster in Cool de Modelo, as the video takes you through a photo shoot with Joelii as the artist, although at the end it is most interesting when he gives the camera to his female model and she shoots him dancing – lots of fun (except for the beads hanging from his eyeglasses – what’s with that?) and great dance music.    

He wraps up the EP with Amantes – Lovers – still rocking, but with a different tone, a more gentle and intimate sound  with some strong feeling coursing through it, especially the last verses in rapid-fire Spanish and English.   The song is the perfect ending to the adventure he has taken you on  – a syncopated carnival ride through the life and the environment of a fast moving and superbly talented upcoming new rapper and songwriter.

He comes by it honestly, by way of the Dominican Republic, although he is now  L.A. based. Joelii has  built a following with  his versatile flows, aggressive rhymes, and bilingual seductive melodies in both English and Spanish. He has been supporting his sister Jenn Morell – his partner in the new record imprint Buena Vaina — with his songwriting and backup vocals. Now he has stepped out solo and it works really, really well.

After collaborating with greats like Major Lazer, Sak Noel, and DJ Rebel, blowing away fans with his reggaeton collabs and his songwriting for the platinum certified recording Latina artist and  rapper Jenn More he is showing his raw talent.  Check it out- you not only have fun, but get introduced to a man about to be on the leading edge of music.  

Buena Vaina is out now on Spotify, Apple Music, Youtube music, and videos of his songs on Youtube.

Joelii. https://www.joeliimusic.com/

About Patrick O'Heffernan

Patrick O’Heffernan is co-host of the LA-based, nationally syndicated weekly program, Music FridayLive! and is a music reviewer for online magazines Vents, The Hollywood Progressive and MusicJunkie. He has also co-hosted a national political talk show, The Fairness Doctrine, and hosted the “Uplinks” media segment on Saturday All Things Considered on NPR. He holds a PhD in International Relations from MIT, has been awarded an Emmy, four Addy’s, and a Webby-Honors, among other awards. He has published 5 books and ghost-written others. A project he co-launched, the North Asia Nuclear Free Zone, was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2005. He serves on the Board of Netroots Nation.

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