Ela Minus and DJ Python’s collaborative debut, the ♡ EP, is a simple fusion. Pronounced “corazón,” the brand new venture combines buoyant vocals from Minus — the Colombia-born, Brooklyn-based singer-producer born Gabriela Jimeno — with tidal synth swells from Python — the knob-twisting alias of the elusive Brian Piñeyro, a first-generation Argentinian-Ecuadorian-American raised in Miami and at present transmitting from Queens — to spirit its listeners someplace removed from shore, rocking us gently on its sound waves whereas a vaguely menacing storm gathers within the distance.
The three-track tape was already two-thirds out of the womb by the point of its official launch final Friday: Its anthemic nearer, “Pájaros En Verano,” arrived early in August with the document’s announcement. And its disorienting opener, “Kiss U,” dropped per week earlier than immediately. The bridge between these two cuts got here Friday with “Abril Lluvias Mil,” a trancelike gradual groove that takes its title from the Spanish saying “En abril, lluvias mil” (“In April, 1,000 rain storms”).
The music is structured round a easy, echoing drum loop that anchors the remainder of Python’s waterlogged instrumental to the ocean flooring in order that its vibrations rise to the floor solely warped from their authentic kind. Minus’ prime line is equally soothing and repetitive, however the quiet ripples instantly seen to the bare eye belie a threatening undercurrent. “La luz o la sombra” (“gentle or shadow”), she sing-chants, a seductive synth warbling beneath her. “Voy a cegarte con mi voz / Voy a quitarte con la luz / Las ganas de quemarte.” (“I’m gonna blind you with my voice / I’m gonna take you away with the sunshine / The need to burn you.”)
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