“El Sonido”, “Colombian Flute”, “Agarrate” and “Eres un Romantico 2.0” are the four chosen tracks finally out altogether in Contrabando, Florentino’s latest album for Mixpak Records. His identity has been quite frequently talked recently and, I would say, not for nothing: his hispano-american origins (Columbian to be precise) mixed with his UK “education” brings out one of the most engaging contaminations we get to study in music nowadays. Indeed, his name has been repeatedly associated with Kelman Duran’s, to name one.
An exotic energy powers the whole EP, maybe vanishing a little bit in the second track, where the sounds are generically less warm. The songs are definitely well constructed, following proper bass lines accurately based on continual rhythms. The typical Spanish sensual and provocative lyrics invite you to dive in the swing of the things going on, to dance el perreo with Florentino, el más romántico de los románticos. These mad trippy reggaeton vibrations, spiced up by the pitched up autotuned vocals, are not new inside the artist’s production: just as an example, 2018’s Fragmentos, always for Mixpak, features pieces of real art like “Por Ti!” (featuring Bad Gyal) or “2 Late”, definitely in sync with Contrabando.
It is evident that there’s a constantly ongoing project of experimentation plus a deep study of a genre that is worldly renowned as popular but that, when sapiently kneaded, is able to touch more fluid categories and reach different interpretations. If you’re in need of some good quality Latin vibes, here’s the album of your desires.