Check out the latest collection of Latin standards revisited by Frankie Reyes, we sure enjoyed it.
On July 29th earlier this year, Frankie Reyes released his Stones Throw Records debut album entitled Boleros Valses y Mas. Along with the record, he posted a video clip for the song “La Comparsa” with the lyrics appearing on screen with the tempo to sing along in the fashion of a karaoke machine.
Frankie Reyes, whose real name is Gabriel Reyes-Whittaker, also records under various other aliases such as The Abstract Eye, Julian Abelar, The Reflektor and Gifted & Blessed for which he may be best known to a larger public. The Los Angeles based artist and producer is known for exploring the electronic music world, for producing abstract, broken beat tracks, hypnotic analog jams and for experimenting with ambient music as well as many other forms of electronica through his various side-projects.
However, for Boleros Valses Y Mas, the artist, of Puerto Rican descent, revisits popular Latin standards that he was hearing as he was growing up. The songs on the album are originally in various music styles such as the bolero, waltz, son or even mariachi style. The particularity of the record is that, all of the tracks that you surely already overheard somewhere, whether it be on the radio, strolling through a Latin neighborhood or if you were lucky enough during a holiday in a Latin country, have been reworked by Frankie Reyes with a single Oberheim synthesizer. The muted tones, the echo surrounding them and the arrangements seem to breath a new life into these Latin classics. One might consider this work a bit simplistic, but by listening closely you will discover the vibrant work which relies mainly on the artist's deftness on the keys and the complex rhythmic interplay that does not come to light in the original versions of the songs having been recorded with different instruments.
Frankie Reyes also recorded a short 360° video for the Stones Throw Dungeon Sessions where you can see him in action presenting one of the tracks off Boleros Valses y Mas.