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Angela Aguilar and Steve Aoki play an electronic take on the classic ballad ‘La gata bajo la lluvia’

The Mexican singer sings Rocío Dúrcal’s lyrics over the DJ’s dance music beat in ‘Invítame A Un Café’

El DJ Steve Aoki y la cantante Ángela Aguilar
Steve Aoki and Ángela Aguilar in Las Vegas.

The mixes of the North American DJ Steve Aoki and the voice of the Mexican singer Ángela Aguilar have combined this Thursday to release Invítame A Un Café, a song that reinvents the lyrics of Rocío Dúrcal’s classic ballad La Gata Bajo La Lluvia. In the song, Aguilar makes a foray into the electronica music that characterizes Aoki’s style for the first time. Both of them have been teasing the collaboration for the last two months.

Back in April, in Las Vegas, Aoki was playing one of his songs on the stage of the Omnia club in Caesars Palace when Aguilar appeared on stage, wearing a shiny silver jacket. She climbed onto a raised platform and sang: Amor, no sé, no digas nada, de verdad. Si ves alguna lágrima, perdón… The lyrics match Dúrcal’s, but the rhythms take an unexpected turn.

Ángela Aguilar, 19, is the daughter of ranchera singer Pepe Aguilar and granddaughter of the legendary artist Antonio Aguilar. The young singer has continued her family legacy by continuing to sing Mexican music while experimenting with pop. In recent weeks, she released the single Piensa En Mí, a bolero that will be part of her next album focused on the genre popularized by artists like Los Panchos. Invítame A Un Café is the young singer’s first foray into electronic music, which counts the American DJ among its biggest stars.

Aoki has a history of working with musicians from a range of genres. And it is not the first time that he has approached an artist from Mexico. Last year he released Nataoki, along with Natanael Cano, one of the current biggest global stars of Mexican music, who, at just 18 years old, invented corridos tumbados, the subgenre that is now taking over the charts. The American DJ is known for throwing giant cakes in the face of audience members at his concerts.

The title of the collaboration between the two, Invítame A Un Café, comes from the lyrics of Dúrcal’s song. The Spanish singer specialized in Mexican regional music, leading to her being popularly known as “the most Mexican Spaniard.” Music from Mexico is now booming and overtaking reggaeton on global charts. During her career, Dúrcal became one of the Spanish-speaking artists with the highest sales in the industry, and she received the Latin Grammy for musical excellence in 2005, a year before her death.

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