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Iberican Sound flourishes in Chus & Ceballos album ‘Back 2 Back’
Review by BPM Smith
STAR 69 RECORDS
Chus & Ceballos,
a Madrid, Spain-based pair of DJs who introduced the "Iberican Sound"
to the global Tribal House scene, have launched the homemade genre to
an American audience with seemingly effortless remixing in their
fourth full-length album, Back 2 Back.
In disc one, DJ Chus patiently ratchets up the BPMs from a slow, almost
introspective self-produced opening to the rumbling bass lines in Cytric’s I Need You. He waits to hit
full speed until Excerpts from a
World Heartbeat, a Tribal track by D’Tone with Jeannie Hopper handling vocals, a
full 20 minutes into the set. That gradual beat ramp-up brings the
listener into a mood sometimes euphoric, sometimes trancelike.
Throughout, Chus flows on the turntables with a warmth that evokes
dreams of poolside parties and steamy Ibiza clubs. If one track
exemplifies how Chus converts a traditional House track into the
Iberican Sound, it’s Moon Shitar,
which he remixes with gorgeous acapella sitar notes from Cevin Fisher’s Love You Some More.
In his standalone set that’s tempered with remixes galore, Ceballos
opens with a straight up grinding Muzzaik
track Ain’t Right remixed by Tommyboy that he chops with Kult of Krameria’s Pure Reality.
That’s right, he remixes a remix on the decks and then quickly
transitions into another remix of Deep
Sleepless Night, a popular House anthem from the 90s.
While I appreciate Ceballos giving props to the first generation of
ravers with a solid remix of an old school track, the set begins to
soar ten minutes later beginning with spinning partner DJ Chus’ World Routes. That track marks
Ceballos’ surge into the kind of beats that will have any Tribal
fanatic impulsively nodding their heads.
Scale: 5 stars: Incredible!...
4 stars: Excellent... 3 stars: Good... 2 stars: Mediocre... 1 star:
Rating: 5 stars
The Bass Test: Every
album faces a severe test in BPM Smith’s car stereo, which regularly
wins bass wars vs. the hip hop loving homeboys of Oakland, California.
Back 2 Back is not only an ideal introduction to the Iberican Sound.
Chus & Ceballos recognize that Star 69 Records’ American audience
favors rumbling bass lines, and Back 2 Back is a good example of why
fans view Tribal beats as the sweetest in House music.
Bass Score: 10
BPM Smith is a Drum & Bass DJ,
novelist and editor of WORD'N'BASS.com. He often dumps coffee on his
best clothes while entering poker tournaments late. You can contact him
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