Longtime Stateside legends Dave Nada and Tittsworth have been rocking parties all over the world, with everything from club music to house to Nada’s own moombahton genre. With such eclectic musical influences and diverse choices on the decks, it’s only fitting that the two artists would start their own label to showcase this diversity. Named Hermanito, the new imprint completes a full-circle journey for both artists, as well, beginning with their rises to fame in Washington, D.C. and ending in Los Angeles, where they both currently reside.
Kicking off their inaugural release is a track titled “En Mis Brazos,” a smooth and soulful bit of grooving, Latin-based dance music, replete with heartfelt vocals that really bring the title home. The track is by label boss Tittsworth, with help from Dave Nada and the mighty DJ Blass. If that weren’t enough heavy-hitting names for one track, similarly minded L.A. artist Chaboi is among those on remix duty for the release.
“My approach for this track was to try something new and unexpected by mixing the sounds typically found in dembow/reggaeton and flipping them to fit a more liquid D&B aesthetic,” Chaboi tells Insomniac. “The original track offers a side of DJ Blass most people don’t expect, so my remix is a direct response to that.”
The genius of Chaboi’s remix is keeping the feel of the original while pulling an energetic tension through the whole piece. Though the original rolls in trappy 808s, this take peppers in more Latin beats and an almost reggaeton rhythm. At the same time, the tempo picks up enough to potentially match a drum & bass double beat. There’s a constantly surging energy that teases that drum & bass drop at any moment, while simultaneously keeping the half-time groove of the original. Tossing in a fitting bassline, that drop does eventually come, too—but in its own way, splitting the difference between the two worlds. What could be a risky train wreck pays off here as pure dancefloor alchemy. This low-end, crackling remix is the perfect complement to the original, only further confirming that, out of the gate, Hermanito is a label to watch.
Available March 1 via Hermanito.