Review: Solo Moderna is a Dutch producer who hails from Tilburg, and who specialises in eclectic grooves inspired by world music, or in his words, "cumbia, Afro, ragga, electroting, lo-fi and baile". Accordingly, this album - his third - ranges from the Latin party vibes of 'La Bandolera' and 'Feliz Sintetizador' to the Afro-funk of 'Boum Boum', via doses of 1950s Jamaica ('Mento Moderna'), high-life ('Momento Disco') and more. Hammonds, hand percussion and fluttering acoustic guitars are much in evidence throughout but there are hints, too, of a more contemporary, post-house/techno production aesthetic on cuts like 'Sonido SiD Africano'.
Review: A Technicolor fusion of cumbia, ska, Balkan and exotica on this latest release from Dutch producer Bas Voorn, operating under his Solo Moderna alias for the Sonido Pouble EP. The opening title track has a rootsy slo-mo dub vibe to it, replete with playful brass and organs that remind us of Perez Prado, while "The Scatterer" is a more upbeat electro-swinger. Our favourite though has to be the ethno-jumble of "Solta Futura", which throws a plethora of sampled sounds over a tight, jazzy beat. Look out for some radical overhauls by Farrapo, Dixone and Second Sky & Thomas Blondet too.
Review: Label boss Mathias Lederer (DJ Galletas Calientes) has experienced the dark side of the palm tree and he wants to spread the word! The most effective way of doing so, he reckons, is to release this 16-track compilation that aims to provide some unexpectedly thrilling fusions of genres such as cumbia, acid jazz, merengue, moombahton, psychedelic rock and experimental electronics. The majority of acts are Colombian producers and bands, but he's also found some tropical electronic acts from Holland, France, Germany and Venezuela resulting in a sonic version of a ritual ayahuasca session with a mountain shaman!