Vega & Romero - El Ritmo

  • Psychedelic Latin tech house.
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  • Earlier this year, we asked: "what happened to tech house?" The title was in part due to the genre's simultaneous dominance and divisiveness, especially nowadays. But every once in a while a track comes along to remind you of the potential of the form, and Louie Vega and Harry Romero deliver in a big way here. Half Latin house shaker, half minimal roller, "El Ritmo" is full of funky hand percussion to keep the hypnotic groove interesting. The sudden stop for the breakdown is the stuff that shaky YouTube videos are made from. Add the dubbed-out touches—a hint of delay here, a sudden instrument lead there—and you've got a psychedelic banger made from the fewest of elements and a churning groove.