Track of the Day: 'Que Bueno Baila Usted'

Past TracksMid-august: The summer sun slowly dips lower in the sky, and a cool breeze picks up almost out of nowhere. Fall is to be resisted with all of one's might, and what better than music, Caribbean music at that, to keep the proverbial party rolling? This is music that could convince the gods it's July in the middle of winter.

This track is from Cuban musician X Alfonso, and like many things from Cuba, it beautifully mixes old and new. For brevity, for the sun, for the sake of the summer that still beckons from the other side of your doors, we're just going to call it Cuban hip-hop. Havana-hop? This song is your decked out '57 Buick, chugging down el Paseo del Prado, this is el Malecón at sunset, this is you, friend, in a faded photograph from a summer you never even knew. Imagínate! It's from a tribute album to the great Cuban crooner Beny Moré --that's him echoing in the background--and a reminder that paying homage to the elders never has to be stodgy.

03 Que Bueno Baila Usted by fromwhereisit

On iTunes: X Alfonso / "Que Bueno Baila Usted

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Eli Rosenberg is a writer in Washington, D.C. whose work has appeared on Esquire.com, Salon, and The Onion's A.V. Club.

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