Low Jack's Editions Gravats yield a killer debut of lean, mean reggaeton/dancehall mutations by Clara! Y Maoupa on the club-ready BZH series.
Following Low Jack's feverishly received 'Riddims du Lieu-dit' pack and the recent 3rd volume to Clara!'s cult, female MC-focussed 'Reggaetoneras' mixtapes, 'Meneo' slings three vocal cuts, plus two instrumentals and an acapella, serving to remarkably reveal Clara! as a cool and deadly vocalist and producer alongside Brussels-based Maoupa Mazzocchetti, who's best known for his EBM/industrial misshapes on Mannequin, and as member of An Ultimate DJ for PRR! PRR!
Hailing from Spain's northern coast, Clara! presents a unique spin on the imported reggaeton stylesshe grew up listening to and eventually DJing at beach parties in her home region, before moving to Paris and Brussels. Combined with the more industrial rub and tug of Maoupa Mazzocchetti on the instrumentals, they render a piquant spin on reggaeton proper in Ruge, where Clara! masterfully glydes over acidic bass and dembow drums, also handily included as instrumental and acapella.
Flipside, on 'El Ratón' they resurrect and version the seminal '90 bashment anthem 'Playground
Riddim', tilting it 20 years forward with resonant tweaks and plasmic textures infiltrated by another effortlessly slinky and on-point vocal from Clara!, before the duo really push the prism with the paso-doble vamps and raving chicanery of 'Discordia', the EP's maddest and hyper-colourful number, again featuring Clara!'s wickedly poised and playful vocal.
The result is a delectable new take on Caribbean futurism, presenting Clara! as a vocalist to be reckoned with, and rendering a whole new angle to Maoupa Mazzocchetti's production style after years of gristly, technoid beat-offs. In other words: pure heat for fans of Equiknoxx, Low Jack, LAPS, The Bug.