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Latest from Low Jack and Jean Carval’s Gravats label, a killer Reggaeton mixtape from DJ Clara!, member of the Brussels based collective PRR! PRR!
Clara! makes a blazing debut on Low Jack’s Editions Gravats label with a killer Reggaeton mixtape made up of 100% female MCs and rhythms from the ‘90s up to the modern day.
As with the label’s superb mixtape shots from Lolita Cloarec and DJ Coquelin, who also supplies cuts and scratches here, the vibe is pure party; steeped in the imported Puerto Rican sounds and mixes of French DJs such as Kost & Goldfingers or DJ Poska that Clara grew up with during her teenage years in the beaches and discos of Galicia, Spain.
In one sense, it’s an excellent introduction to the dembow rhythms which so strongly inform current dance music, from the mega pop hits of Bieber and Drake thru to the avant output of Arca or Kamixlo. In another, it’s also an expertly curated and researched compilation of music that lies beyond the reach and knowledge of scene outsiders.
Essentially, however, it’s a perfect summer session; crammed with a rude drums and hooks levered from major dance hits, and sandwiched with skits and personal edits to form the kind of informative and hugely entertaining mixtape you can reach for over and again...