- The five-track record was made with a 606 drum machine programmed in Afro-Cuban patterns.
Optimo Music is putting out a new EP from Nicola Cruz.
Fuego Nuevo is the first time the Ecuadorian producer has appeared on the Optimo family of labels. The four tracks were all made with a Roland TR-606 at the base, programmed into layered rhythms that represent different facets of the Afro-Cuban musical tradition.
"Percussion has always been my main voice, so I try to rediscover it every time, by submitting myself to different rituals when composing music," Cruz says, "such as warming up musical ideas as mantras for a while before I take any decision of recording. In a way, the drums have always represented fire for me, which was the script to follow for this EP."
The EP comes via Optimo Music's Digital Danceforce imprint. Before Fuego Nuevo, most of Cruz's output came via ZZK Records and Multi Culti.
Listen to clips of Fuego Nuevo.
01. Levanta Muertos
04. Limon Pelado
Optimo Music Digital Danceforce will release Fuego Nuevo on March 27th, 2020.