Bufi aka Mateo González Bufi, is a name known to many across South America and beyond following releases on the likes of La Belle Records, Kitsuné, Electrique Music and his own imprint Duro over the past five years. Add to this remixes for the likes of Little Dragon and Hot Chip and you can see just why Bufi has gained the attention of many including Tensnake and Diplo, with the notable producer returning to Discotexas following his 2014 ‘Salvaje’ EP release on the imprint.
Having expertly merged an unconditional love for synthesizers and drum machines with a classical background, Bufi has gone on to develop an eclectic sound that subtly combines driving techno and slick disco with delicate jazz and classical influences, evidence of which can be found throughout the 9 productions on offer straight out of Mexico City.
The release is kicked off by ‘Apocalipstick’, a low-slung effort that builds from a series of blooming synth leads and hypnotizing vocals, whilst ‘Dan’s Return’ takes a slightly lighter dynamic with its bubbling, acid-tinged lead line met by resonant and deep chords that bring with them a groove that you can’t help but move to.
The three tracks leading up to the middle of the album really showcase the diversity within the producers arsenal, with the smooth, meandering melodies of ‘White Tambourine’ and the playful, yet dark ‘Cosmoattack’ broken up by the well placed ‘Interlude’, with its beat-less structure, subtle nuances and elegant tones resetting and refreshing the mood.
Tracks such as ‘Peaks’ and ‘Manana’ ensure the energy levels remain high, balanced by shuffling percussion, warm tones and wandering arpeggios, before the slightly more reduced ‘New Ground’ reveals a captivating vocal and driving sub bass, yet again showcasing the producers innate ability within the studio. Last up, ‘No Pare’ fuses dynamic techno elements with rich sonics, and rounds out the LP in fine style.
Captivating and absorbing throughout, this album is yet another impressive piece of studio work from one of South America’s finest talents!