Agua De La Tierra (Nicola Cruz remix) - (4:53) 93 BPM
A La Muerte (Nicola Cruz remix) - (4:18) 90 BPM
Review: Matanza member Rodrigo Gallardo has long been interested in the "folkloric traditions" of South America, and in particular his native Chile. El Origen is his attempt to incorporate these traditional sounds, rhythms and instrumental tropes into a contemporary electronic music setting. His original productions - all fluttering flutes, gentle acoustic guitars, warm electronics and evocative vocals - are showcased on the A side, with pal and fellow Chilean Nicola Cruz providing his own interpretations on the B-side. Naturally, his revisions tend towards the more cosmic and dancefloor-friendly, but also retain enough elements from Gallardo's original tracks to not be too revolutionary. Crucially, all Cruz's versions are superb.
Review: Under the Populous pseudonym, Andria Mangia has forged a career out of confounding expectations. To date, he's flitted between IDM, ambient, glitch-hop, synth-pop and leftfield electronica, with each successive set offering a new musical perspective. With Azulejos, he's shifted the goalposts further. Inspired in part by a move to Lisbon, it draws on both South American music and the contemporary, bass-heavy "progressive Kuduro" popularized by Bureka Som Sistema. The result is a humid, sweaty and deliciously melodious set full of hybrid musical fusions that bristle with live Latin percussion, lilting synthesizer melodies, heavy analogue basslines and wonderfully evocative Portuguese instrumentation.