I remember listening to the Gipsy Kings in the '90s and being instantly transported to the cobblestone streets of Barcelona. Their special brand of pop flamenco (remember “Djobi, Djoba” and “Bamboleo”?) incited girls to get up on tables and stamp their feet and clap their hands. And though the band no longer has this effect on women, one of its ex-members has been working hard to reawaken that Catalonian craze.
Chico Castillo’s fourth album, Vuelvo (Universal Music), out on July 14, is brimming with Spanish guitars and wailing vocals. The former “Gipsy” has compiled some familiar hits (“Alabina” and “Un Amor”), along with new songs that blend flamenco with even more genres, including R&B and Middle Eastern rhythms. If the first single, “Sarah,” doesn’t make you want to swish your skirt around, I don’t know what will. Here’s a preview: