Born Pablo Díaz-Reixa in the Canary Islands, El Guincho found indie blog fame in 2008, shortly after the release of his album Alegranza, which coincided nicely with his North American debut performance in Austin, Texas, at the SxSW festival. It was while touring as a drummer with Coconut in 2006 that the idea for El Guincho -- blending samples of his favorite tropicalia and calypso along with percussion and his own vocals -- came about. Alegranza was almost instantly compared to Panda Bear's Person Pitch and won El Guincho prized spots at both SxSW and the Pitchfork Music Festival, along with many favorable reviews. His second album, Pop Negro, was released in 2010. ~ Marisa Brown
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