Waiting for his long expected album to be published within a couple of months, discrete yet engaging Armando Martinez, better known as Alpha 606 (Dopamine, Touchin' Bass) returns to Ectomorph's imprint with a follow up to his "Electrónica Afro-Cubano EP" released in 2008.
Over the years, the underground Miami based musician & live percussionist has shown a real knack for creating Electro gems that fire a dancefloor and this latest release on Interdimensional Transmissions is no different from his previous outings.
As its title suggests, the 12" comes with remixes starting off with Anthony "Shake" Shakir's reworked version of "808 Trax". Probably one of the most under-appreciated electronic artists worldwide, the Rush Hour Recordings signature injects in his cut some heavy beats, loud bass, hypnotic drums and a spacey atmosphere, turning the track into a weapon of mass destruction. Heading, urban and visionary at the same!
Instantly following is Armando's original "808 Trax". A combination of percussive drums, bubbling Electro grooves and claps, the jam insidiously sheds its influence on your mind to take control of your body and invite you to some body action on the dancefloor. Once again, Alpha 606 shows us all how it's done down south!
On the flipside, BMG attacks to "Armambo" and revisit the tune in a completely innovative way, fusing a cocktail of tinged Miami Electro beats to warm Afro-Cuban drums. Precise, mechanic but with a real live tonality, the cut nicely builds a bridge between Electronic and Cuban cultures. Fresh!
Last but not the least, Erika closes the release with an epic version of "We Leave Tonight". This one delivers a very classy material characterized by a hypnotic theme, cosmic synth arpeggios, and eerie voices over a groovy bassline. A production driven by emotion perfect to play in your dreams or at 4 am after a feverish set.
Deep, soulful, futuristic, the EP offers the correct balance between clinical machine funk and synapse tickling melodies. Must have!
Written by: Chris Nexus 6