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Pacifika Asuncion

  • Words: Derek Beres
  • Label: Six Degrees
  • XLR8R Rating: 7/10

Using flamenco sensibilities with tasteful electronics, Ascuncion, from Canada-based Pacifika, employs a rhythm of palmas and congas to hold a sweet midtempo groove on opener “Me Cai.” Vocalist Silvana Kane’s breathy whispers carry the melody for a few minutes, until a deep and dubwise bass rearranges the landscape of the song. Toby Peters handles the low-end, while Adam Popowitz completes this Latin-based trio fueled by pop sensibilities. Peruvian native Kane is strong and interesting enough on vocals to keep this debut coasting smoothly, while her backing team is diverse enough–including rumba, jazz, reggae, and synthesized Andean flutes–to create a refreshing and light electronic breakthrough.

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