Boomkat Product Review:
Nick León's Future Times debut slots into the label's club library like a quarter in a pinball table. Time-distorted hard-swung grooves that stir León's customary polyrhythms into house and techno architectures that point directly at the stars.
León's been on an impressive roll in the last couple of years - check the NAAFI-released 'Aguacero' if u missed it - but this tight set of febrile bouncers transposes his variant club constructions into near-sacred locales. The first three tracks play like a continuous narrative, slapping faded percussion over environmental squeaks and synths that harmonize with recent deployments from Amazondotcom and Siete Catorce. 'Blue Data' lays rhythm over rhythm, referencing pre-Hispanic South American microtonality while sliding perpetually towards a Fourth World k-hole. It's smart, fwd-thinking dance music that sits outside of obvious genre classifications - maybe it's techno? It's sci-fi, sure, but archeologically so, hinting at the kind of cultural-historical backdrop that used to be a genre staple in the Drexciyan era.
The flipside is comparatively lighter - 'Gum Tree' sounds like a 2nd wave Detroit rework of BoC's 'Geogaddi' rage, while 'Sewer System' reduces the electro formula to pinprick rattles, setting stark percussion against a lilting reggaeton-adjacent sonic boom. A collaboration with Apron/L.I.E.S. veteran Greg Beato, it shows León's range; he sounds equally limber operating within a wide spectrum of club modes, but his signature is a reliable constant. It's an alien sound from way out, grounded in Miami dancefloor literacy and algebraic rhythmic knowhow.