Nathy Peluso has built up a huge social media following, thanks in part to the videos she posts of herself doing sexy-weird things such as twerking over a salad or salsa dancing while miming into a banana. Her 90s aesthetic is like all of the Spice Girls rolled into one, served with a side of irony. She even has a song about pizza.
But she isn’t all style over substance. The 25-year-old, who was born in Argentina and grew up in Spain, is often compared to Spanish megastar Rosalía who blends R&B and flamenco influences. Peluso’s lie more with neo-soul and hip-hop, while her 2018 EP La Sandunguera had a distinct jazz flavour. This year the singles have been steady: in February she released the plucky statement of intent Business Woman, with its tense, Dr Dre-style beat, and in April, No Se Perdona, a feathery R&B tune with another internet-famous rapper, Rels B.
Calambre, Peluso’s forthcoming debut album, owes as much to traditional Argentinian music as it does to contemporary trap and R&B. The track Buenos Aires was recorded with the backing band of rock icon Luis Alberto Spinetta, while her latest single, Sana Sana, references another Latin American legend. “Argentine like Mercedes Sosa,” raps Peluso, “You know that I’m a dangerous woman”. Bring it on…
Nathy Peluso’s debut album, Calambre, is out on 2 October on Sony Spain