The second of our Xmas Day presents for you from a rising young Welsh producer who is gonna be a pretty big star one day soon.
Since his debut on Enchufada’s infamous Upper Cuts series back in October, Castro is back with his first EP ‘Who Am I’. Featuring beautiful, hand painted artwork from fellow weshman ‘Snowskull’, and a remix from London’s own ‘SPRT ANML’, BBC Radio 1 support from Branko on his first ‘In New DJs We Trust’ and Adam Walton’s Musical Mystery tour – this certainly has been a package worth waiting for. Castro’s ‘Who Am I’ EP is an exploration of global textures, harmonic complexity and hard hitting Tropical Bass music.
‘Sea Monkeys’ begins with a nod to the tuned mallet percussion sounds being utilised by Bonobo, Jamie XX, French Express or Nine Toes’ recent smash ‘Finder’. This aspect of Castro’s music is not to be over looked, as it points to a huge influence in his sound – UK Bass. This is something that he strives for in every production: an opportunity to bring the eclectic, worldly tones of the Tropical Bass movement to a UK audience.
‘Warning’ is a track that Castro started drafting many a moon ago – when the fresh up-tempo garage/house sounds of Redlight were smashing the UK charts. Castro shelved the idea back in 2011 and revisited it in the summer of 2013 whilst living in Greece. The nod to the UK Bass scene is again, very prominent in this track. This is evident in the jazzy chord stabs and the warm organ that pumps throughout the cacophony of vocal chops. Castro is bringing Tropical Bass to the UK and this EP is a great start.
Here’s something that most DJ/Producers simply cannot match, watch him in action doing live renditions of tracks from his awesome EP: