“Sr Mandril have a goal: merge electro elements with thoroughly live guitar, bass, keys and percussion. The payoff: a crossbreed of acid jazz, ambient, lounge, trip hop and house with latin rhythm and flair. This is the sound of Mexico right now.” - Festival International de Jazz de Montreal
Sr Mandril was born in 2000 when Germán González and Ramsés Ramírez decided to merge their musical ideas. The resulting sound was electronic undertones mixed with organic instruments creating a sonic image of colors, sounds and influences that go from indie-dance to acid jazz and ambient all with that Latin feel. Sr. Mandril spend a lot of time on the road playing live at various festivals and venues around South America. This release from Three Sixty Tunes, the new dance floor division of veteran San Francisco leftfield imprint Three Sixty Records, showcases a diverse set of remixes of tracks from this exciting Latin American electronic act.
Two exquisite original tunes are found in this set, both featuring the vocals of Isabelle Malchionni and the intricate multi-instrumentation of the band. The rollicking “So Simple” opens with a carnival-like organ motif and a two-step breakbeat rhythm before falling head on into a flurry of wah-wah guitar, horn stabs, latin percussion, and Isabelle’s playful vocals. “Reino De La Luna” is, as its title might hint, a dreamy, Balearic style track with a floating feel, lovely, emotive vocals, spacious guitar and saxophone riffs, and a powerful crescendo.
This track has been masterfully remixed by Three Sixty’s in-house maestro Darkhorse, who has an extensive discography on not only Three Sixty but also classic labels like Tummy Touch, Pussyfoot, and Ubiquity. His “Reino De La Luna” lovingly brings out the dubby aspects of the track, placing them on top of a groovy four-on-the-floor rhythm and adding a healthy dose of treatments and effects. This cut is Balearic bliss and is arriving just in time to close out the summer. Also in play are two remixes of the aforementioned “So Simple,” with the first courtesy of the legendary Chris Coco. In between his Melodica radio show and promoting his new Freedom Street album on Melodica Recordings, Chris found the time to assemble an expansive, cinematic downtempo re-work that throbs and glistens. Isabelle becomes a torch song chanteuse in Chris’ world, accompanied by muted trumpet and big, bold string pads. Lovely. Finally, Florida’s imprisoned wizard Q-Burns Abstract Message takes the reigns of “So Simple” for a rhythm-heavy remix that harks back to the breaky tunes from the 90’s he used to spin in the back room at the renowned Phat N’ Jazzy club night. It’s dance floor funk with a classic sound, complimenting Sr Mandril’s original with class and flair. Five eclectic, quality cuts and another brilliant package from Three Sixty … enjoy!
released September 5, 2012
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