Spanish duo Los Pastores go sample-crazy on this EP for Italy's Deeperfect
Snna and Nacho Arauz joined forces as Los Pastores in 2011, and have since received praise from the likes of Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice and Ricardo Villalobos for their music. This EP is made up of four tracks which have a running theme, as they all seem to contain excerpts from news reports about various historical American political events and issues, such as the assassination of JFK.
First up is First Round itself, which starts with a kick, a conga loop and a pad sound, then builds with a bassline, synths and the aforesaid newsreel recordings. The beats are tight and swung, and the track opens the EP nicely with its ethereal feel. Next up is Appearance, which is funkier from the offset with a solid drum pattern, those vocal samples and lots of breakdowns. The bassline comes in quite late, but when it does it's a solid thud which underpins the track nicely.
The third cut is Funky Or Punky Monkey. This one kicks off with a pad, cut-up vocal samples and a near-breakbeat drum pattern, which are quickly joined by a funky bassline and swirling synths. The track uses the rhythm of the speech as part of its musical make-up to good effect, and is the most coherent of the four in my books, with the political dialogue again a prominent feature. Finally we have Avoid which is more laidback, with a soothing pad and unconventional percussion joined by a bassline and much quirkiness throughout. Again there's political dialogue in the forefront of the mix, though in this case it's hard to work out what it's actually saying!
My favourite here is Funky Or Punky Monkey. They're all good tracks, but the political vocals can get a bit tiresome when listening to all four in a row - though of course his won’t be a problem though if you only play one, and may even add a new dimension to your set.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 12 January
Review Score: 8