Brownout – Aguilas and Cobras Remixed and Regrouped

January 01, 1970

(Digital only release; Six




Remixes are tricky things.
Generally (but not exclusively), they cut one way or another: they either take
an existing track and recut it into something new but still more or less
recognizable from the original, or they deconstruct a track to the point where
any similarities to the original range from the nominal to the non-existent.
Radical remixes all but obliterate any trace of an original, and can sometimes
give one to wonder, why even start off with an original track in the first


Furthermore, a depressing number
of remixes take the most distinctive things about a song – the hook, the bass
line, the chorus, the melody line, whatever – and jettison them in favor of
something(s) more oblique and watered-down. In short, lots of remixes are LESS
memorable than the original, again leading to the question, why bother?


Fortunately, none of that
applies to the new, digital-only collection of remixes of  Brownout’s
superlative Aguilas and Cobras CD from last year. The twelve mix-masters
involved chose to stay (generally, not always) pretty close to the feel of the
originals, presumably realizing that they had such strong, hook and break heavy
material to start off with that any major reconstructive surgery was both
unwise and unneeded. The result is twelve examples of savvy mix and match
technology with a light touch that is perfectly suitable for either dancing or


Drawing from the strongest,
catchiest material on Aguilas and Cobras, we have three versions each of
“Slinky,”  “Olvidalo” and “Pole Position” plus three more. The best of
these – Tal M. Klein’s mix of “Slinky,” Second Sky and Thomas Blondet’s take on
“Con El Cuete,” the Ray Lugo Kokolo remix of  “Ayer Y Hoy” and the Grant
Phabao remix of “Pole Position”- are as vital and catchy as the originals, although
in truth they are all really solid. 


If you’re not already in the
know, Brownout are a latin funk collective from Austin that share several members with Grupo
Fantasma, including their entire rhythm section. Between the two acts and their
other collaborators and spin-off projects they are re-writing the book on
contemporary Latin funk and producing some of the most vital and addictively
listenable music currently being made. This is another stellar addition to an
already impressive body of work.


DOWNLOAD: “Slinky,”
“Pole Position,” “Con El Cuete.” CARL HANNI



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