“What some refer to broadly as “Latin club music”—from dembow to raptor house—is having a moment on dance floors around the world. Since making his mark at Manchester’s legendary Swing Ting parties in the 2010s, Florentino, who is of Colombian heritage, has melded high-pressure perreo, cumbia and other styles with high BPMs and fat-bottomed bass in his DJ sets and productions. The result is an ultra-kinetic, cross-cultural sound that’s influenced by UK soundsystem culture as much as the sounds of the massive, diverse scenes across Latin America.
The pan-Latin influences are a big part of Florentino’s sound palette, but they by no means define him. Interspersed with dancehall and soca are dubstep, pummelling techno, house, UK funky, grime and more. Over the years, his experimental side has also crystallized, whether it’s through the deep, sometimes trippy, reggaeton of Sangre Nueva, his collaborative project with Kelman Duran and DJ Python, his sought-after bootlegs of deconstructed guaracha, or the releases on his Club Romantico label. Most recently, he’s signed with UK giant XL Recordings, including for his latest EP, Kilometro Quinze.
His dizzying range and propensity for rhythmic contortions is on full display in his RA Podcast. This is a riotous mix with big drops, bouncy basslines and crispy textures, showcasing Florentino’s talent as a proper party-starter.”
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