Boomkat Product Review:
Nick León & Jonny From Space’s Impacto label introduce El Gusano with party-guaranteed, acidic, microtonal spins on tresillo traditions, from reggaeton to cumbia for peaktime rave - RIYL Coffintexts, Florentino, DJ Juanny
Known as Pablo Arrangoiz to pals, and Dj Fitness, Bauzer Vep, Señor Faxwater, Glue Boy, Goiz, among others, on record, El Gusano is the newest and most upfront of his monikers, and represents the leading edge of a prevailing “Latin Boom” that shows no sign of slacking right now. The blend of infectious drive and subtly experimental production on ‘Saka La Bolsita’ also epitomises the sexy psychedelia that makes music from Central and South American artists so virulent and in demand, especially by UK dancers whose muscle memories have been trained and limbered up on syncopated UKF and its offshoots over the past 15 years.
The reticulated banger ‘Donquicon’ galvanises steel tipped rhythmelodies with a microtonal tang, apparently derived from a tuning system “made by finding the overtones of air conditioners”, and which gives the rest of the EP its MD-like zing on the palate, as found in the speedy cumbia knees-up ‘Arrebatao’, and tempered to trancier, dead sexy appeal with female vox on ‘Saka La Bolsita’, and a lip-bitingly curdled acid tone that feels like V/Vm doing dembow house in ‘Alberca’. Chuck in the 111bpm “demonic dembow” of ‘Activao’, one of two featuring his mate Matt Angel, and you’re looking at a straight up winner.