Spanglish Fly, the critically acclaimed 12-piece Latin boogaloo group, releases their second album, Ay Que Boogaloo!, on Chaco World Music, the label founded by Latin Grammy nominated producer and composer Chaco (Manuel Garcia Orozco). In his liner notes, Bobby Sanabria calls the record “a combination of great musicianship, clever songwriting, and slick arranging. And guess what Pilgrims? You can dance to it too!”
SPANGLISH FLY’s new album, Ay Que Boogaloo! sees the NYC based band continuing to use boogaloo as a musical foundation while taking the genre in new and unexpected directions, incorporating bolero, New Orleans funk, swing jazz, Arabic chant, and other new sounds. The sophomore album is the documentation of the band itself in its current lineup and highlights the double-lead-vocals of Mariella Gonzalez and Paloma Muñoz. Goldman adds, “When I started the band a zillion years ago, I planned to have two women lead singers, inspired by records by Ray Terrace, The Latin Blues Band, and Joey Pastrana. That plan fell by the wayside, but was finally revived with Mariella Gonzalez and Paloma Muñoz, who work together beautifully.”
The album also boasts guest appearances by Latin music luminaries Joe Bataan, Snowboy, Flaco Navaja, El Callegueso, and graphic artist Izzy Sanabria to round it out. Goldman and Manuel Garcia-Orozco co-produced the record, and took it to Argentina for final mastering by Eduardo Bergallo.
Ay Que Boogaloo! was recorded in late 2016 to early 2017 in Soundworks Recording Studio in Astoria, Queens and Strange Weather Studio in Brooklyn, NY where the band laid down tracks live, directly to tape. The vibe in the studio was undeniable. At Strange Weather, keyboardist Kenny Bruno’s eyes nearly popped out of his head looking at all the electric pianos and organs. Kenny states, “When I saw that array of keyboards–I wanted to move in … I had to be dragged away even though I’d been there 12 hours. I think they were ready to call police. Still miss that place.” It was at Strange Weather that singer Gonzalez improvised vocal parts for minutes on end over the salsa section of “You know I’m No Good/Chica Mala Mambo, ” while holding her 6 month-old baby, while the band played on and on, accompanying her in awe. Those were just two examples of how the sessions captured the incredible talent and synergy of the band.