Boomkat Product Review:
Siete Catorce serves swingeing tresillo syncopations and mesmerising melodies on a return to the Subreal label he runs with Amazondotcom.
Praised for his intently focussed permutations released over the past decade, Siete Catorce swivels our bones in nine deadly, stripped-down, animist workouts on ‘Cruda’. Riddled by sinewy electronic ligatures that reframe pre-Hispanic melody with modernist accents, the tracks get down to the bare tacks of club music as a continuation of ancient rites, while also reeling in a way that clearly betrays the African inspirations of contemporary Latin musics.
From any angle, ‘Cruda’ is Siete Catroce’s definitive opus. The nine tracks showcase the breadth of his percussive palette, each twisted in exacting steps between the street soundsystem scenes of ‘Cheve’ and the diving, technoid nuance of ‘Dormir’ thru lip-bitingly tight parries in the propulsive electroid stepper ‘Amor’, to itchy straight-jacket styles on ‘Ibuprofeno’ and mutant dembow dancehall on ’Sobriedad’, with a killer tussle of cyber-cumbia styles on ‘Aguachile’, and radioactive wobbles adjunct dubstep-into-UKF pressures on ‘Michelada’.
100% for the dancers and DJs.