Francisco Allendes - Aroa EP
Ibiza based Francisco Allendes makes a welcome return to Desolat for his next release, a fine EP that marks something of a new direction for the man across its four great tracks.
The Chilean producer has long been established thanks to great cuts on ViVA, Cadenza and many others, as well as playing headline gigs at Cocoon Ibiza, Ushuaia, Hyte, at Creamfields and for the Love Parade in Berlin as well as at Dice’s own Used & Abused parties. He is a real student of music and has played in numerous chamber orchestras and folk groups, all of which lends his club music an extra air of integrity and originality.
Says he about this new EP, “I made big changes in my studio in the last year, selling most of my hardware and adopting a eurorack modular system as the main sound generator. It means the creative process is completely different, and the machine delivers melodies or sequences that you would never create on a normal drum machine or synth, making a whole new sonic universe available to me.”
First up, ‘Agility Queen’ is a raw bit of jacking house with clipped vocals offered up by Dance Mania’s DJ DMC, bulky drums and classic cow bell tinkles all making for a sweaty and heavy house kicker . The rapped vocals that come in add plenty of flair to an already firing track. The brilliant ‘Groundhog Day’ is an off kilter, rave influenced tune with wordless voices, militant snare patterns and blasts of frazzled bass frequencies that cannot fail to energise any floor.
On the flip, ‘Flea Allergy’ is another anxious cut of coarse hi hats, robotic and wordless vocals and slamming dreams that works you into a frenzy, then ‘Aroa Leon’ gets even more unhinged, lumpy and ghetto fried with its sleazy drums, jittery perc and kinetic sense of energy.
This lively, arresting new EP is a fine new direction and sound for Francisco Allendes that never stays too far from the chunky Desolat blueprint we all know and love.
A1 Agility Queen feat. DJ DMC
A2 Groundhog Day
B1 Flea Allergy
B2 Aroa Leon