Stereo 77 - Ricanstructions EP
Plimsoll Records (US) PLIMSOL009
Plimsoll Records is a vinyl-only label created in 2009 as on off-shoot of the highly popular Shoes Edit imprint. Plimsoll specializes in classic tracks rebuilt for futuristically funky dance floors via disco, soul, house, dub, and Afro-Latin rhythms. Space Ranger, Onur Engin, and Kompleks are among those who have contributed to past releases, and this latest issue welcomes the addition of Florida's rising beat-slinger Stereo 77.
Stereo 77's 'Ricanstructions EP' is a five track selection based on his self-monikered 'ricanstruction' process of remixing. It's a personal collection of tracks representing Stereo 77's adoration for the Afro-Caribbean rhythms of Puerto Rican salsa and bomba that he grew up listening to, sonically laced with elements of dub, samba, mid-tempo beats, and live instrumentation. The EP's five tracks make up a building exploration of exotic beats, featuring the Afro-Cuban jazz meets Balearica of "Mi Camino," "Como Un Payaso" and its combination of Bolero Montuno with a haunting chant based on the Santeria religion, and "Alegria," which harks back to early Mo' Wax and Ninja Tune efforts with its heavy vibe, samba vocals, and mashed up elements of Latin funk and disco. Stereo 77's 'Ricanstructions EP' is indeed a stunning collection of songs destined to turn heads and move feet.