A "tropical futurist" take on house and techno.
On his first release, The Scene Over, Quiroz felt influenced by the black and brown originators of Detroit techno and house producers like Masters At Work, reinterpreted from his perspective as a Colombian immigrant in New York. Merecutek widens Quiroz's musical vision, apparent from the first chirps of metallic percussion and acid basslines of the opening track, "Se Va Se Va." The title track, a highlight, is built around a strong beat that blends elements of '90s Cabo Verdian funaná with merengue percussion and nostalgic synth melodies.
The A-side closes with mid-tempo cumbia with sluggish rebajada vocals by Hellotones. This detour hints at the breadth of influences behind Merecutek. But Prince Of Queens' music isn't as much about being rooted in Afro-diasporic dance music as it is about reimagining its traditions. "Tropical Past & Future" shares a name with a monthly party where Prince Of Queens and Names You Can Trust regulars spin a range of tropical sounds, from folkloric Colombian music to experimental techno explorations like "Tecosita," the final track. If the progression from first to second release is any indication, we can look forward to whatever comes next from Prince Of Queens.