And now its new album, Ay Que Boogaloo, stretches that infectious sound with genre-bending interplays between bolero, New Orleans funk, swing jazz, Arabic chant, doo-wop and more. In an interview from New York he says, "We`re showing that boogaloo is a flexible genre, not just Latin and soul music. It`s jazz and hip-hop and other things, with the complexities of Afro-Cuban rhythms."
The 12-piece Spanglish Fly`s modern twist on boogaloo explodes with creativity, slick arrangements and gorgeous double-lead-vocals by Mariella Gonzalez and Paloma Muñoz. There`s so much happening, yet it`s seamless in its complexity.
There is an impressive, 6:35 minutes re-working of the Amy Winehouse classic "You Know I`m No Good," in which Gonzalez croons a bolero opening that uncannily evokes the late singer, before the song breaks into a grand salsa-mambo finale. It peaks with an impromptu hip-hop overlay punctuated with horns and ends in flamenco-style guitar.