Boomkat Product Review:
Amsterdam's Awanto 3 shares his kinks for Latin and Afro music, coupled with classy house, on a fine debut album for Rush Hour. Much like his home city's Aardvarck or Tom Trago, Awanto 3 has established a distinctly unique style within the well-trodden quarters of house music, one defined by the sleight of his MPC chops and his instinctive feel for swinging, shuffling, infectious rhythms. And so, 'Opel Mantra' feels classically informed but fresh, from the swingeing Afrobeat bustle of 'Applecake' to the hypnotic gyrations of 'Su What?' and the slow/fast step of 'Cowbelgian', whilst fellow beat-freaker Jameszoo also contributes a highlight with the dubbed-out, cosmic slow-house remix of 'Talk Together'.