Re Imagined: Durand Jones & The Indications – Cruisin’ To The Park (feat Y La Bamba)
Durand Jones & The Indications share a new version of the sweet soul anthem Cruisin' To The Park with a Mexican twist from Y La Bamba. The song is a B-side from their second album American Love Call, heavily inspired by Jackie Wilson, Curtis Mayfield, and The Impressions. When Durand Jones & The Indications released their sophomore LP, there was a bundle version of the album available that included a bonus 7" with Morning In America on the A-side and a true bonus B-side, Cruisin' To The Park. That B-side, an homage to lowriders everywhere, has become a theme for a whole new generation of sweet soul lovers.
The band's aesthetic steeped in the golden, strings-infused dreaminess of early ‘70s soul, but the Indications’ music is planted firmly in the present, with the urgency of this moment in time. Blending a slew of influences from years spent crate-digging, guitarist Blake Rhein says the Indications approach songs in the same way hip-hop producers do, as likely to pull inspiration from ‘70s folk-rock or classic R&B as they are Nas’ Illmatic.
The band's singer and drummer Aaron Frazer released this year his fantastic full LP debut album Introducing... via Dead Oceans / Easy Eye Sound, produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys.
Listen to Durand Jones & The Indications featuring Y La Bamba on new version of their song Cruisin' To The Park:
Y La Bamba is a Portland, Oregon-based Latin indie alternative/experimental band led by singer-songwriter and guitarist Luz Elena Mendoza. She is a first-generation Mexican American, and sings in both English and Spanish. The ensemble includes Mendoza on vocals and guitar; Ryan Oxford on vocals and guitar; Julia Mendiolea on vocals and keys; Miguel Jiménez-Cruz on drums; and Zack Terán on vocals and bass. They released five albums and two EPs.
Watch the video to Durand Jones & The Indications featuring Y La Bamba on the new version of their song Cruisin' To The Park:
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