Last Friday El Guincho released Hiperasia, his first LP since 2010’s Pop Negro, and it was supposedly inspired by Chinese bazaars in Spain. “Comix,” a low-key synthie R&B track featuring La Mala Rodriguez, was released as the first single, and it serves as a good example of Hiperasia’s overall sound.
Personally I don’t hear any Asian influence on Hipersasia; if anything, most of the record sounds like Guincho is trying his hardest to make modern American R&B (more Miguel than Whitney Houston). Depending on what you’re into, that’s neither a good or a bad thing — however, one noticeable change here is the lack of tropical sounds which made up so much of 2008’s Alegranza and, to a lesser extent, part of Pop Negro.
So what do we get in exchange for the tropics? A lot of hard autotune and vocoder-processed vocals. Yes, the “T- pain effect,” as it’s often called, is very heavy-handed here. And although it’s fun to hear Guincho fuck around with another style of music while drastically doing away with the signature sound of his previous LPs, robot and Cher voice makes Hiperasia sound a bit monotonous after a while.
Then again, I barely listed to it twice. Maybe Hiperasia will grow on me, and you: