Before she added a couple of letters, Lao Ra’s explosive hit-in-waiting Bang Boom started life as a song about bamboo. “It’s my war cry,” reports the Colombian, London-based singer songwriter. “Bamboo might not look powerful, but it’s stronger than steel — it might bend, but it won’t break.”
The other thing about bamboo is that once it has taken root it’s pretty much unstoppable. After signing to Black Butter at the start of 2016, Lao Ra’s summer release Drum Machine hit Spotify’s viral charts and quickly sailed past 3.5m streams, and Lao Ra’s already been described by Wonderland as Colombia’s freshest export. Elsewhere her debut EP Jesus Made Me Bad prompted i-D to praise her music as “gloriously unadulterated, uplifting pop”, while DIY have advised readers to “set a date in your diary for when Lao Ra takes over the world”, and further co-signs have cascaded in from The Fader, Nylon and Noisey.