Uruguay's top producer returns with four classy techno and electro hybrids.
"Winter Nights" is the standout. I'd call it a "breakbeat bomb," even though it doesn't sample old breaks. It does have a syncopated kick and swung hats, which in turn means the elements are crystal clear. [email protected] has a knack for making simple rhythms sound great, particularly during moments like when the drums splash back in after short instrumental breaks as on "Winter Nights" and the title track. The latter has a straightforward pattern—a regular kick drum, claps on the two and four, offbeat hats and shakers—but they work together in an engrossing, driving and groovy way that can be frustratingly hard to achieve when you bang the same notes onto a MIDI grid. It takes a lot of experience to achieve such effective simplicity and a clearly executed vision.