Xenia Rubinos really is a unique musician with a style all her own. It’s hard to place her music or what sometimes sounds like random noise and beats that are overshadowed by her soulful voice into a single category. The New York born Cuba-Rican makes each of her rhythms from scratch and makes sure to include a little bit of Caribbean beats, indie rock and even hints of punk.
After spending some time in a sweaty basement with drummer/co-producer Marco Buccelli, Rubinos makes her debut with Magic Trix. The album combines the analog sound of a live show with a digital aesthetic while mixing acoustic drums, electronica and some layered distortions filled with syncopated rhythms. The opening track “Help” aptly reflects the title of the album as it tells the story of a witch doctor living under a bridge who heals in exchange for money. But then there’s “Pan y Café,” a song dedicated to just that and set to a poetry slam session pace.
Listen to the full album here and watch “Pan y Café” below: