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Album Review

Just as producer Bill Laswell and percussion master Zakir Hussain's collaborative Tabla Beat Science project set Indian tabla music into a sprawling electronic soundscape, Batidos — the brainchild of producer Ron Trent and Groove Collective saxophonist Jay Rodriguez — fuses simmering Latin grooves with pulsing house rhythms. The effort isn't entirely successful, often sounding like over-produced synth-driven disco (indeed, where house music's origins are), but the parts that do work make the excursion worthwhile. At its best, the music relies on neither the strategies of Latin grooves nor electronica to pull it through. Rather, it works best when it finds a middle ground that doesn't sound particularly like either, such as on the translucent opening number, "Just a Dream," or the brief tribal space of "Cúmbé." Unfortunately, tracks like "Buscamé" border on smooth jazz fusion. As befits that genre, though, those songs melt innocuously into the background.


Genre: Dance

Years Active: '00s

New York-based Batidos (milkshakes in Spanish) comprised Chicago-born DJ and producer Ron Trent and acid jazz Groove Collective's talented saxophonist, flute player, and clarinetist Jay Rodríguez. The experimental duo teamed up with Grammy winning Chucho Valdés and percussionist Eddie Bobe to make their debut record, Olajope, an experimental...
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Olájopé, Batidos
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  • 8,91 €
  • Genres: Dance, Music, World
  • Released: 21 August 2001

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