Boomkat Product Review:
Welding together contemporary dance music and traditional Angolan kuduro isn’t easy by any stretch, but Portugese act Buraka Som Sistema actually pull it off with ‘Tira O Pe’, and do it without a hint of arrogance. The framework of ‘Tira O Pe’ is still distinctly kuduro, but the sounds – rich bass, bubblin synthesizers and choppy drums are far more recent. The set of remixers don’t have it so easy, and the fragile rhythms of the original are lost in many of the treatments, that’s not to say they don’t work; far from it, but to work on both levels at once is pretty difficult. The Roby Howler mix probably manages it best, giving the track an almost footwork-like shuffle and retaining the ghosts of the original mix while giving it an extra dancefloor push. Good stuff.