Akuba's first outing for SHANGO deftly showcases all that is good about the producer's hard-to-pigeonhole productions, and in particular his ability to combine elements of deep house and slow-house with more traditional styles of African and South American music. Both drowsy, jazzy opener 'El Punto' - all melancholic trumpet solos, evocative chords and tactile beats - and 'Ocaso' offer subtle nods towards Argentinian tango music, though nobody could accuse them of being anything other than laidback deep house treats. The accompanying remix package is strong, with our favourites including Noble Spirits' ultra-deep take on 'El Punto' and Rodrigo Gallardo's chunky, trumpet-heavy rework of 'Ocaso'.
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