The legacy of late Tejano music legend Selena Quintanilla has announced a new posthumous album of the artist’s work, Moonchild Mixes, coming at the end of August. The artist, who was shot dead in 1995 by her former manager and friend Yolanda Saldívar, would be 51 years old if she were alive today.
“It really feels like she went back into the studio and recorded it,” Selena’s sister, Suzette Quintanilla, shared on Good morning America. “It’s pretty incredible.”
The album’s lead single, a new version of Selena’s 1987 song “how i love you,‘ is out now. In addition to the song, Moonchild Mixes will reportedly also feature 10 previously unreleased vocal pieces that Selena recorded when she was between 13 and 16 years old. Her brother, AB Quintanella, told… GMA he digitally altered the vocals to modernize Selena’s sound.
“Everything is recorded on vinyl,” AB shared the tracks from Selena’s original vocals on “Como Te Quiero Yo A Ti.” “So we had to kind of merge the old school manners with the new school methods. Clean Selena’s vocals, get them on timing. And then we lowered her voice a hair too to make her sound a bit more mature.”
The new album is far from the first posthumous effort to approve Selena’s legacy. In addition to a slew of previous posthumous albums (another re-recorded version of “Como Te Quiero Yo A Ti” was first heard on the 2004 compilation intimate moments) her name and likeness have been licensed for a variety of non-musical endeavors. There is a MAC Cosmetics collection, a Forever 21 line, a Funko Pop figurine, and even a prepaid visa.
Critics who believe that yet another posthumous venture is taking advantage of Selena’s legacy will certainly not be persuaded otherwise by the digital alteration of her teenage voice. But Selena’s siblings strenuously claim that they are not bothered by naysayers and believe their sister would be proud of the album.
“Which critics? We don’t care about them,’ Suzette said. “As an artist and musicians and people who are in the public eye, you have to turn that off. We’re still going to do what we want with our music, with our sister, with our band. And I hope people understand that everything we do, we do it with loving care and beauty.”
“What we’re doing is honoring her memory, her legacy. That’s what it’s all about,” adds AB.
Moonchild Mixes will be out August 26 through Warner Music Latina.