Earlier this year Tanxugueiras brought Galician culture to primetime TV with their song “Terra” — a wild ear worm that topped the public vote in Spain’s Eurovision 2022 selection Benidorm Fest.
And now the trio’s song is enjoying new life courtesy of the electronic duo Galician Army, who have today dropped the first official remix of the song in conjunction with Calaverita Records.
Terra (Remix) — Galician Army
In a press release, the duo say the remix was dreamed up with clubs and festivals in mind and that the result is a “hybrid between traditional Galician music” and a “new electronic sound.”
They sought to give the song greater thrust by the time the verses arrive, “reaching the climax in the drops with convincing drums and electronic bass.”
“Terra” is a celebration of traditional music, particularly those made by women. Aida, Olaia and Sabela often refer to the pandereteiras, those women who have kept oral tradition alive, helped by their tambourines. In their minds, they are “poets who didn’t know how to read or write.” They dedicated their song to these women, and honour them through action. “You’ll sing and I’ll sing, the way our mothers did.”
At the same time, the song is a cry that celebrates the universality of music. “There are no borders,” they say in each of the languages of Spain, at the end of every chorus. “Let them hear us shout” is a reference to the representation of Spain’s co-official languages.
“Terra” is also a call to party. “There’s a party tonight, there’s a party this evening”, “I’m coming to sing with a tambourine in my hand”, “We’ll celebrate life with those who are dancing”.
The Galician Army are known for bringing avant-garde sounds to EDM, often giving it a sci-fi aura. They’ve managed to do it again, turning the volume up on the party that “Terra” was already throwing down.