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Named after a popular East Bay Mexican food chain, Gordo Taqueria seems sure to put the Berkeley, Calif., hip-hop/electro-pop duo The Cataracs on the map. To musicians in the know, Cyrano (a.k.a. Niles Hollowell-Dhar) and Campa (a.k.a. David Benjamin Singer-Vine) are already on the map—as producers for the likes of The Pack, Dev, and The Far East Movement. They’ve even produced Snoop Dogg’s “Wet,” which was originally recorded for Prince William’s bachelor party. “Calling Me” opens The Cataracs' eight-song EP with seductive vocals cooing over club-friendly beats, with bass and synthesizer manipulation sounding like something inspired by Deadmau5. The following is more representative of The Cataracs’ love for clouded hip-hop, right down to the murky beats and hilarious rhymes. Waka Flocka Flame and Kaskade lend their respective rhyming and production skills to the standout cut “All You,” which works in some unforgettable R&B melodies. After the near-twee trip-hop of “Ooh Yeah,” the deep hip-hop pumping “Mouthful” makes for a side-splitting chaser, especially with Auto-Tuned vocals that make fun of such digital manipulation.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Named after a popular East Bay Mexican food chain, Gordo Taqueria seems sure to put the Berkeley, Calif., hip-hop/electro-pop duo The Cataracs on the map. To musicians in the know, Cyrano (a.k.a. Niles Hollowell-Dhar) and Campa (a.k.a. David Benjamin Singer-Vine) are already on the map—as producers for the likes of The Pack, Dev, and The Far East Movement. They’ve even produced Snoop Dogg’s “Wet,” which was originally recorded for Prince William’s bachelor party. “Calling Me” opens The Cataracs' eight-song EP with seductive vocals cooing over club-friendly beats, with bass and synthesizer manipulation sounding like something inspired by Deadmau5. The following is more representative of The Cataracs’ love for clouded hip-hop, right down to the murky beats and hilarious rhymes. Waka Flocka Flame and Kaskade lend their respective rhyming and production skills to the standout cut “All You,” which works in some unforgettable R&B melodies. After the near-twee trip-hop of “Ooh Yeah,” the deep hip-hop pumping “Mouthful” makes for a side-splitting chaser, especially with Auto-Tuned vocals that make fun of such digital manipulation.

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About The Cataracs

David “Campa” Benjamin Singer-Vine and Niles “Cyrano” Hollowell-Dhar combined their songwriting, vocal, and production talents in 2003, while they were attending high school in Berkeley, CA. Three years later, after taking their name -- the Cataracs -- from a line in Snoop Dogg's “What’s My Name, Pt. 2,” they released an independent album, Technohop, Vol. 1, and produced the sparse and booming track “Blueberry Afghani” for fellow Berkeley-based group the Pack. The duo released a handful of low-key albums and mixtapes and broke through with “Like a G6,” a collaboration with Far East Movement and vocalist Dev that topped the Billboard Hot 100 in late October 2010. Dev herself released a Cataracs-produced single, “Bass Down Low,” which reached the chart by the end of the year. The Cataracs maintained their hit-making streak with Snoop's “Wet” -- yet another stripped-down, bass-heavy track -- which was made for Prince William’s bachelor party and charted in early 2011. ~ Andy Kellman

  • ORIGIN
    Berkeley, CA

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