By Nate "Igor" Smith
By Abel Folgar
By Kat Bein
By Jacob Katel
By Karli Evans
By Jose D. Duran
By Pablo Chacon Alvarez
Call It Radar
We Need Our Friends to Be Closer (self-released)
Not too long ago, Tom Gorrio hung up the towel on Call It Radar in order to take his solo work on the road. Well, he did just that, but the power of Call It Radar still came back to bite him in the seat of his pants. Thus, now we have a nice new EP boasting a new set of musical backers for Gorrio. Max Gonzalez (bass) and Deryl Spielman (drums/percussion) round out the rhythm section while Ben Scalise lends keys. The title track has — seriously — a Cameo feel to it, and we've heard "My Reggae Samba Jam" on other Gorrio recordings. The real fun here begins with the quirky "While I'm in Your World," the horn- and Spanish-driven "Never Pretend," and the assertive closer, "Keep Waiting." Knowing Gorrio's prodigious output, though, we won't be waiting for too long.
We can't really say we know much about what's going on here — this bare-bones six-tracker doesn't really tell us more than that it is some kind of sampler for Cosa Nostra and Proyecto Vega. Anyway, whatever the hell it is, you can hear some of it on their MySpace page. Expect reggaeton beats, bilingual raps of questionable grammatical integrity, some nuances of traditional Latin rhythms sampled and peppered throughout, and the occasional witty transition.
Disco for Abruzzo (Wondersound)
All the way back in 2005, DJ Induce's album of sonic manipulations, Cycle, was truly a blessing upon South Florida ears. And now, Induce, along with Danny Daze, returns with a slab of 24 tweaked, bastardized, reclaimed, and seriously worked-over tracks born from the duo's project, Midnight Moroders. Blending elements of Italo disco (whatever the fuck that is), Casiotone synths and keys, computerized robotic assistance, '80s New Wave, breaks, bass, and a microphone or two, Disco for Abruzzo is an eclectic dance party heavy on the sexy.