After releasing back-to-back EPs in 2018-19, Omar Apollo has announced his return with a slew of new singles, the latest of which is the riveting “Dos Uno Nueve.” A classical Mexican corrido that doubles as a shout-out to Apollo’s home in Indiana, the song is an intimate walk through the familiar world that Apollo grew out of. Touching on the wealth of experiences that unfolded there, and of that past pain, struggle, success, and eventual future growth. It sees Apollo switching between rapping-crooning over the song’s lush instrumentals — and the effect is a sublime combination of the corrido’s tradition as a ballad about oppression and Apollo’s own raw expression of how he’s overcome the obstacles in his life.
As part of the recent Solidarity for Sanctuary, a digital festival that celebrated Selena, Queen of Tejano music, and is meant to highlight the importance of voting communities of color, immigrant rights, and solidarity with BIPOC — Apollo performed the “Dos Uno Nueve” alongside regional Mexican collective Yellow Music Room and members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
“Dos Uno Nueve” follows previous singles “Kamikaze” and “Stayback,” two of the funkier and electronically-lush songs Apollo has put out, and his feature on the already blissful “High Hopes” from Joji takes his dreamy vocals to another level.
“’219′ is where I’m from and it will always have a place in my heart. Growing up, I dealt with a lot of obstacles that shaped my personality,” Apollo said of the song’s inspiration. “My life is constantly changing; and as I’m adjusting to this new lifestyle of traveling, meeting people, and making music for a living, I’ll always love coming home to Indiana.”