Boomkat Product Review:
After NAAFI’s killer Debit and Taso X Siete Catorce deliveries, Japan’s Wrack chimes into their new rhythmic prisms with the shiny, melodic dembow mutations of ‘Despertar’ for the top Mexican label
The six tracks of tuff, sexy drums and glittering riffs in ‘Despertar’ characterise just how far the percussive currency of contemporary Afro-Latin rhythms has taken root globally. You’d be forgiven for thinking this was the work of a producer immersed in that world, which Wrack is, but virtually and in spirit, yet not physically.
In a similar way to Florentino’s lustrous alloys of UK grime with South American and Caribbean flavours, Wrack goes on with exceptional levels of detail to his productions, pushed into rave-ready uptempo highlights on ‘Quema’ and the and the choppy, fwd sound design of ‘Despertar’, while ‘Tres Mil’ hits a fine seam of rugged Afrobeats/drill compatibility, and he proves a dab hand at slower flexes too with the nagging harpsichord ohrwurm and crisp tug of ‘Espada’, and the devilish darkside swang of ‘Fiesta Del Diablo’.
One to watch.