Is your love for cuica drums outlasted only by your obsession with Echoplex and spiced rum? Well, then you must party regularly with sample-happy space-dub aficionado Pablo Diaz-Reixa (a.k.a. El Guincho), who is currently getting amped to release a series of limited edition, five-song EPs in conjunction with his next several LPs.
Specifically, Diaz-Reixa’s new EP series will find him rearranging classic South American standards. Each of the EPs will feature five tracks and will include a couple of collaborations with artists from all around the globe. On his first volume, Piratas de Sudamérica, Julieta Venegas lends her pipes to Miguel Matamoros’ “Mientes” and Adrián de Alfonso inundates album closer “Marimba” with his sexy croon. Piratas de Sudamérica was recorded at El Guincho’s Barcelona home in between rum swigs, “with a deep love of the original songs, but with limited frequency response.” The finished tracks were then mixed down to tape, and the tape was then soaked in spiced rum. The entire EP series will be available on limited edition 12-inch vinyl, and this first batch is due out on July 13 via the lovable Young Turks label.
Oh, but I forgot… you don’t buy music anymore. In that case, the EP can be streamed or strum or stramed or whatever-you-call-it right over here. Did I mention that El Guincho’s follow-up to Alegranza! (TMT Review), Pop Negro, is due out this fall? So, you know, I guess you’ll look for a rip of that soon, too. Sigh. More money for spiced rum.
Piratas de Sudamérica:
01. Hindou (originally by Orefiche y Valdespi)
02. Cuerpo sin Alma (traditional)
03. Mientes (originally by Miguel Matamoros)
04. Frutas del Caney (originally by Felix Benjamin Caignet)
05. Marimba (originally by Noro Morales y Miguelito Valdés)