Ahead of the release of his new album, Agüita (out this Friday on Jagjaguwar in association with Stones Throw), Gabriel Garzón-Montano is pleased to share Agüita’s final pre-release single, “Muñeca.” Following previous singles, “Bloom,” “Agüita,” and “Someone” – the latter praised by The New York Times as a “deliberately sluggish beat punctuated by sticky, squishy clavinet notes, while the vocal line makes jazzy leaps that sound increasingly distraught” – “Muñeca” further demonstrates Garzón-Montano’s diverse range, delving into club-banger territory, and samples legendary reggae duo Sly & Robbie. The title itself means “doll” in Spanish, which is, according to Garzón-Montano, a“tacky but sweet way” of addressing a woman in Latin America.
“The hook references the great Brazilian futbolista Pele, equating my game to his,” says Garzón-Montano. “My parallel to the American tradition of referencing Jordan in rap songs. The reference production and mix for this song was J Balvin’s ‘Reggaeton’ where he pays homage to the genre’s greats Tego Calderon and Daddy Yankee. Arun [the album’s engineer] and I really went in matching frequencies and doing research on plugins used and compression techniques for low end.”
As previewed on Agüita’s title track, Garzón-Montano utilizes “Muñeca” to further explore the idea of the “Urbano hitmaker,” one of three characters he embodies throughout the album’s 50-minute runtime. Celebrating the masculine while subverting traditional hip-hop and Latino machismo energy, the Urbano hitmaker is Latinx and contemporary. Critical yet fun loving, egocentric and decidedly ‘un papi’. It’s modern trap, rap, reggaeton, and R&B recorded digitally and written and produced by Gabriel alone.