Growing up in the Colombian capital of Bogotá in the 90s mustn’t have been easy for the likes of Lao Ra. Known back then as the world’s most violent city, the only way to escape the danger on your doorstep was to stay inside. For Lao Ra however this transpired into ritualistic viewings of music videos on MTV, and it was here that she found the confidence to pursue a career as a transatlantic music-maker. After completing her studies at a music college in Colombia, she made the move to London backed by labels Black Butter and Sony to begin her airwave assault.
Lao Ra’s music infuses the topical with the tropical, often critiquing the strict, conservative culture of South America over colourful, carnivalesque electronic beats. Think the Latin American lovechild of MIA and Gwen Stefani. The next song to be lifted from her debut EP is ‘Daddy Issues’, which she describes as a playful portrait of the absent Latin father-figure: “Back in the day, the dad would just bring the money home, and didn’t really have a connection with their kids. As a consequence of them being distant and absent, we don’t really know how we’re supposed to be treated by men, and often end up fancying the bad boys who are as aloof as our fathers.” If you can’t wait for the full EP’s release on Friday 25th March, then you can give ‘Daddy Issues’ an exclusive spin below.