The kaleidoscopic bilingual DIY art-pop made by the Brooklyn singer-keyboardist Xenia Rubinos draws from R&B, indie rock, soul, punk and electronic music.
Her looping harmonies and vocal percussion bring to mind Bobby McFerrin, tUnE-yArDs and Juana Molina. But Rubinos is based in Greenpoint and is of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent. As a result her sound is a Spanish-Caribbean inflected musical blend that feels indigenous to the vibrant artistic and Latin communities of northern Brooklyn from which it originates.
Download Xenia Rubinos’ soulful “Hair Receding” and check out the music video for “Pan Y Café” (“Bread and Coffee”), a brash, playful tune that sounds like a Latin American nursery rhyme from the future. Both songs are from her debut LP, Magic Trix.
Xenia Rubinos plays Littlefield Friday night.