Víctor Manuelle encompasses urban sounds and traditional salsa on his new album

Singer Víctor Manuelle presented this Monday his new album, “Lado A Lado B”, which is divided into themes of modern and urban sounds and other traditional salsa so that the public knows its “two facets in a single production”.

“Side A and Side B is a relief after so long,” said the artist at a press conference in San Juan about his new album, which will be available on digital platforms starting next Friday.

The so-called “Sonero de la Juventud” explained that “Side A” is a sauce with “more modern and youthful elements”, while “Side B” looks for “the peculiar sound of the traditional salsero”.

“It’s all in one package. The concept of Side A and Side B (is) that they know the two facets of this server in a single production,” said the winner of two Latin Grammy awards in 2018.

Please two types of public

“Side A” includes collaborations with artists of the urban genre such as Miky Woodz, in the song “Vamo’ a ver si el gas pela”; Farina, in “Besito suave”, and La India, in “Víctimas las dos”, a recent hit on Billboard.

“One of these things that I have tried to do in the last 10 or 15 years is to make music more attractive to that young audience that has another language, another ear, another influence,” he commented.

Víctor Manuelle has collaborated over the years with great exponents of the urban genre such as Bad Bunny, Farruko, Don Omar or Yandel, which he acknowledges has led him to “have criticism of what the purist public is”.

“Side B is to please that public that is a little more demanding, and the interesting thing is that it is not simply traditional music” but that the sound itself is different and of high quality, he added.

A collector’s item

That part of the album is recorded on a 2-inch tape, with a grand piano, acoustic bass and live strings, and it is, in his opinion, “a well-created balance to find the peculiar sound of the traditional salsero.”

The singer-songwriter, born in New York to Puerto Rican parents and raised on the Caribbean island, called his new album, the 20th studio album of his career, “a collector’s item.”

“It’s the most elaborate musically speaking production of my career,” he asserted during the presentation, held in a bar on the alternative Loíza street in San Juan.

Although with the division of the 17 songs on the album into two styles he appeals to two different audiences, Víctor Manuelle insisted that he never thought of “something commercial”.

“What the artist must do is what his heart dictates (…). I gave myself that freedom,” said the singer, whose first album “Justo a tiempo” was published in 1993.

The urban language of salsa

Víctor Manuelle also maintained that “the urban language of the 1970s was salsa” and that the artists of the urban genre are generally “very fanatical” of salsa.

His first collaboration was with the reggaeton duo Héctor y Tito on the song “Ay Amor” and, since then, he has earned “the respect” of the artists of the genre and it is “very easy” for him to work with them.

“Tito said in an interview ‘Victor Manuelle did not ride the wave of the genre; he has been collaborating with us since the genre had not exploded,'” the singer paraphrased.

These collaborations have also allowed him to be known among a younger audience, although he assured that he “never” wanted to abandon the salsa genre.

“I have a base public that I never intend to abandon and that has allowed me to make this movement and this hybrid (collaborations with urban artists) in recent years. They have accepted me,” he commented gratefully.