Okraa

Vultur EP

Genre UK & EU Cat no. htgm10

£6.99

Colombia might not be the first place you'd think to find an electronic producer making psychedelic, deeply soulful future garage, but the home of magical realism is a natural source of the intoxicating rhythmic and melodic influences displayed on Okraa's sophomore EP, Vultur, named for Colombia's national symbol - the condor. With artwork by celebrated Glasgow visual artist Konx-Om-Pax (Warp Records, Rustie, Mogwai, Jamie Lidell), Okraa, aka Juan Carlos Torres Alonso, has created an EP of dizzying, euphoric intensity and hyper-real colour. The Glasgow connection doesn't end there - Torres Alonso has remixed local heroes Turtle and Machines In Heaven this year. Vultur is dropping on the label both bands call home, HotGem Tunes.Urgent Latin coastal rhythms are twisted up with complex, driving 2-step, re-pitched falsetto flourishes and a soulful hook on Vultur, while Utica sends Okraa's vocal refrain soaring over a swathe of hypercolour synths. The gentle Spanish vocals and shuffling broken beat of Aalasü are magic realism in an urban context - dreamy and organic, but dusty, shadowy, neon-lit. Closer Triane is the most dancefloor-deadly cut, with swooping, pitch-bent synths underpinning singer Amille's anthemic vocal. Note two bonus tracks are included exclusively for CD.