Framed by cascading beats and warm synths, “No Tengas Miedo” (Don’t Be Afraid) is an intoxicating affirmation of a bond between two people, and the strength it can yield. Bastida delivers the first two verses in a sensual coo — declaring that she won’t be hurt because 1) she’s not alone, and 2) she’s strong, too — then speak-sings the last, as if to punctuate the song’s theme: “Siempre contigo siempre contigo es / Nuestro camino es nuestro camino” (Always with you, always with you / It’s our path, it’s our path).
The song was co-produced with New York-based Alex Epton, formerly known as XXXchange from Spank Rock. Bastida worked with him on the lead track from her 2016 EP, “Un Sueño” (feat. Aloe Blacc), a song that was inspired by a group of los desaparecidos from Mexico.
The song will appear on an album that will arrive in the new year — “mostly inspired,” she says, “by migration and displacement, but also love (and greed).” Bastida’s last album, “La Edad de La Violencía,” was released in 2014.
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