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DJ Bitman Latin Bitman

  • Words: Max Herman
  • Label: Nacional
  • XLR8R Rating: 8/10

On his second stateside release, Santiago, Chile’s DJ Bitman (of Bitman & Roban fame) ditches his sample-leaning tendencies and crafts a breezy and organic experience. While there is a decrease in loop-digging here, Bitman still scratches and delivers knocking, programmed rhythms, which are topped off with a host of live instrumentation and vocals from an able cast of Latin American artists. At times Bitman’s compositions can be stripped down to a simple, feel-good groove, like on the Caribbean-inspired “Tropilove”; elsewhere, on “El Diablo,” the producer gets markedly more daring, mixing hip-hop with touches of Latin rock, dance, and traditional South American music. But whichever route Bitman chooses, he surely won’t leave listeners bored.

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