GROWING BIN
artist:NICOLA CRUZ
title:

HYBRIDISM

label:MULTI CULTI (CA)

1,680ĪŖ


A1 Aima
A2 Naeku
A3 Drom Tradisie
B1 Third Eye Dub
B2 Kawe°«s Dream

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Nicola Cruz, fresh off his sophomore album, returns to Multi Culti with HYBRIDISM, an expansive EP that sees the Ecuadorian producer present a modern exotica of North African rhythms, ethereal Persian melodies, and chants from distant and imagined cultures. 'Aima°«, named after the refrain sung by Igbo girls from Nigeria, creates the illusion that you°«ve dusted off a lost LP. The aesthetic details recall expertly produced French exotica from the 70s, an overall feeling of warmth and character rarely pulled off with such panache. °∆Naeku,' in Cruz°«s words, is "a sorrowful song in minor tonalities, but with a warrior energy, strength and forward vision: a soul departs, but a new one arrives in the name of Naeku, a maasai child. Not all grief needs to be a suffering; a feeling which I can relate to the place I come from with a Quechua word: Llaquilla - triste, pero feliz (sad, but happy). As always, the 303 adds that heart touching feeling.°… If there°«s a template for Multi Culti°«s ethos, Cruz has synthesized the formula: Masai lamentation filtered through Quechua wisdom with a touch of 303 for the soul. 'Drom Tradisie' is a nostalgic vignette that captures the fantasy of a scenic horizon on a lost beach, a portrait done with the FM domain of synths that somehow associates with tropical imagery. 'Third Eye Dub°« takes things deeper, exploring the fractal realm of concentration, a point where the Oud (played by Nasiri) acts on the pineal gland. This inward journey through the cavernous depths of the subconscious sails on a smooth modular groove that transports the listener across this psychic expanse, a filigree of Persian harmonies (in Shur, to be exact) tracing outlines in the dark. Finally, 'Kawe°«s Dream°« ventures even further into the imaginary spaces of the mind. It is an aural reconstruction of the Tibetan Bardo Thodol, or °∆Book of the Dead°«, a sacred text that guides the spirit through the passage out of the body. In Nicola°«s words "To paint that depth, I had these Tibetan chants in mind, that I ended up crafting with Ableton's vocoder over a piece of Ayan°«s vocals (sung in a made-up language). A few notes, and it gave the gravity I was looking for in the song.°… Stuff that only a producer as capable as Cruz could pull off. Hybridism°«s five tracks are sonically diverse, yet all possess an ephemeral quality, a pastoral, transitory feeling that travels through the music - we listen to the sounds pass us by, we might even catch a hook or two, but the feeling is of sand running through our hands, deep, elusive, beautiful.

A1 Aima


A2 Naeku


A3 Drom Tradisie


B1 Third Eye Dub


B2 Kawe°«s Dream



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