Populous, aka Andrea Mangia, DJ and producer hailing from Lecce, in Southern Italy, is excited to release his new single today “Soy Lo Que Soy” with Sotomayor! The new song is off his upcoming album “W,” due out May 22nd with tastemaker imprint Wonderwheel Recordings.
The new single features Sotomayor, the brother and sister duo hailing from Mexico, who reflected on the collaboration, “It’s a song that talks about finding your truth self. When Populous wrote to us to make this collaboration, he told us he wanted to make an album with female voices to portray his feminine side, so we wrote about that, about being who you are and embrace it. This song is a beautiful track that fuses strong dreamy melodies with synths and Latin cadence beats. We have been fans of Populous music for a long time, so we are more than humbled to be part of this album.”
“Soy Lo Que Soy” is the second single released from the upcoming album “W,” which stands for women and is Populous’ tribute to free and diverse feminine musical imagery. Inspired by women who sing, write, compose and play and for Populous are icons and are friends from Italy, Japan, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. “W” is also a celebration of femininity beyond stereotypes, less defined by gender rather a common uniqueness that is the perfect response to the uniformity imposed by the machismo still reigning in the music industry.
“Flores No Mar,” was the first single released from ‘W,’ and features vocals from the Milan based Brazilian singer Emmanuelle. “Flores No Mar” is an homage to lemanjá, goddess of the Afro-Brazilian religion Candomblé who protects seafarers and fishermen, as well as femininity and womanhood. An excellent song that highlights the album’s tribute to free and diverse feminine musical imagery.
With the new album, Populous has finally decided to open up, making his queer identity music with this album. From songs to artwork, he has created a visual manifesto to present feminine musical imagery. The artwork was conceived together with Nicola Napoli (a digital artist in Berlin’s queer scene) it is, in Populous’ own words, the representation of “a utopian party we would have done anything to be invited to.” An eclectic crossover party, improbable yet coherent, where you’d meet Grace Jones and Missy Elliott, Loredana Bertè and RuPaul, Aaliyha and Amanda Lear, Beth Ditto and Divine while dancing to shamanic house, digital cumbia, vogue beat and glitch electronica. Populous is accompanied on each track by the independent artists he admires most: Sobrenadar, Kaleema, Sotomayor, Emmanuelle, Barda, Weste, Cuushe and the Italian M¥SS KETA, L I M, Matilde Davoli and Lucia Manca. Collaborations born of discovering one’s sexual freedom, from perpetual motion, from constant traveling, physical and musical.
With a background in musicology, Populous is known for his global approach to music-making. He has always been interested in disparate genres and styles of music, which is reflected in the output from the Populous project and its focus on Latin American sounds as refracted through a European lens. In 2003, Mangia made his first jaunt into the musicworld with the album ‘Quipo’ (via Morr Music), followed by ‘Queue For Love’ in 2005. Influenced by his reggae/hip-hop-infused surroundings (Lecce is known as Italy’s Jamaica, as reggae and dancehall are extremely popular there) he released ‘Drawn in Basic’ in 2008, which was well received by international critics, earning him a spot on the global dancemusic map. The 2010s have seen Mangia refine the Populous sound with albums like ‘Night Safari’ (Bad Panda Records) and ‘Azulejos’ (Wonderwheel Recordings), while also expanding his role as a sound designer for fashion houses such as Gucci, Vivienne Westwood, Isabel Marant, and Elie Saab, among others.