If the true test of great music is that it transcends language barriers, then Raquel Berrios is working tirelessly to prove it. By day, the 32-year-old Puerto Rican transplant works in textile design, but by night she tours the club circuit as a DJ or as the lead singer of her fledgling experimental band, Buscabulla. Whether she’s playing chic turntablist or sensual songstress, Berrios manages to effortlessly modernize retro Spanish language music like salsa and 80s Argentinian rock into heady dancefloor-friendly fare that is heavy on the bass and leaves people light on their feet.
Following a Buscabulla show at Williamsburg’s Cameo Gallery, I sat down with the disarmingly sweet musician and discussed her encyclopedic knowledge of Latin music, what sets her band apart in the ever-bustling Brooklyn music scene, and how she thinks the modern woman should approach music.
Better than a single and sometimes just as good as an album, the EP (i.e. extended play) has proved to be one of the best ways for a musician to prove to the world that they know how to create a vision of an album (even if it’s a smaller vision) in half the time. Here, my very favorite EPs through the years.
10. Benny and the Jetts by TV Girl (2011)
It’s worth noting that this album isn’t called Benny and the Jetts because it features a cover of the Elton John classic, but because there’s a song on the album about a girl driving away while listening to the Elton John classic. In fact, a lot of TV Girl’s hip-hop- and pop-driven songs (always full of jaunty beats) feature girls you just can’t get through to. And their greatest tribute to a woman of that nature is "Lizzy Come Back To Life," the third track on this EP. Listen to it or regret not listening to it for the rest of your life.