Boomkat Product Review:
At last, here’s a first taste of production and vocals from Clara! following that series of killer Reggaetoneras mixtapes - the first time Clara's own material has been available for public consumption. It’s a crucial followup to Low Jack’s massively in-demand ‘Riddims du Lieu-dit’ session on the BZH series and provides pure heat for fans of Equiknoxx, Low Jack, The Bug….!!!
Following the recent 3rd volume to Clara!’s cult, female MC-focussed ‘Reggaetoneras’ mixtapes, ‘Meneo’ slings three vocal cuts, plus two instrumentals and an acapella, serving to reveal Clara! as a deadly vocalist and producer alongside Brussels-based Maoupa Mazzocchetti, who’s best known for his EBM/industrial misshapes, and as member of An Ultimate DJ for PRR! PRR!
Hailing from Spain’s northern coast, Clara! presents a unique spin on the imported reggaeton styles she grew up listening to and eventually DJing at beach parties in her home region, before moving to Paris and Brussels. Combined with the more industrial rub and tug of Maoupa on the instrumentals, they render a piquant spin on reggaeton proper in Ruge, where Clara! masterfully glydes over acidic bass and dembow drums, also handily included as instrumental and acapella.
Flipside, on ‘El Ratón’ they resurrect and version the seminal ’90 bashment anthem ‘Playground Riddim’, tilting it 20 years forward with resonant tweaks and plasmic textures infiltrated by another effortlessly slinky and on-point vocal from Clara!, before the duo really push the prism with the paso-doble vamps and raving chicanery of ‘Discordia’, the EP’s maddest and hyper-colourful number, again featuring Clara!’s wickedly poised and playful vocal.
The result is a delectable new take on Caribbean futurism, presenting Clara! as a vocalist to be reckoned with, and rendering a whole new angle to Maoupa Mazzocchetti's production style after years of gristly, technoid beat-offs.