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Xenia Rubinos shares rework of "What Is This Voice?" featuring El Individuo

18 April 2022, 15:07 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Xenia Rubinos has teamed up with El Individuo for "Madrugada", which is a rework of Rubinos' Una Rosa song "What Is This Voice?".

This afternoon (18 April) Xenia Rubinos has returned with "Madrugada", a collaboration with El Individuo that includes samples, and is a reworked version of her Una Rosa album track "What Is This Voice?".

On Instagram, Rubinos notes that "Madrugada" first appeared on Elia Einhorn's Music Is Everything! podcast.

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Stereogum reports that Rubinos said of the rework, "El Individuo had just arrived to NYC from Habana for the first time and came straight into this session without us ever having met and just blew us all away."

"It feels like the thaw of Spring, like the last frost leaving, like the first flower buds starting to poke through," Rubinos continued. "In the lyrics he talks about dawn and the mysterious vale of those hours right before the morning light hits. I added in a Rhodes line in post production at the end of the track that kind of reminded me of the melody that clocks play, "Westminster Quarters" and the main riff from "Mt. Airy Groove" by Pieces of a Dream. Creating this rework in a whirlwind cypher with this supergroup of musicians felt like opening a secret trap door we found in the original song."

Xenia Rubinos and El Individuo's "Madrugada" is out now via ANTI-.
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