South Florida-based Afro House outfit Tribal House Crew recently unveiled three mixes of their Afro House single, “Afro Acid,” via Underground Rhythm Records.
The brainchild of Charlie Dee Diaz, Tribal House Crew combines the production of Charlie D with the vocals and songwriting of his wife, Maria Giambanco Diaz.
Originally from The Bronx, Charlie D began as a hip-hop DJ at The Bronx’s Shorehaven Beach Club skating rink, followed by hosting a radio show in New York. He remixed his first hit, “Let’s Go All the Way,” by SlyFox on Capitol Records. After that, he remixed and edited tracks, including “All & All” by Joyce Sims, “Como Tu te llama” by Sly Fox, “Hooked On You” by Sweet Sensation, and “Hungry for Your Love” by Hanson and Davis.
He’s worked on many dance classics, two No. 1 Billboard hits and had his track “Let’s Go All the Way” licensed by Sony PlayStation for 2014’s Grand Theft Auto 5 television and online campaign.
The Original Mix of “Afro Acid” opens on a throbbing beat topped by stuttering synths that take on oscillating dynamics. Syncopated percussion enters, adding delicious pulsations, followed by a resonant female voice.
The Extended Mix travels on layers of percussion teeming with Afro pulses, while the synths imbue the tune with galvanizing coloration. A fat bassline gives the harmonics subterranean depth and vibrating dimension. Sporadic swooshing mists imbue the tune with steamy washes atop the rumbling, pounding beat. A synth-filled breakdown shifts the flow and then mousses back up with thick tiers of thudding stresses.
The intro to the Charlie D mix travels on a slower rhythm, emphasizing bong-like beats. This version is the most percussive heavy of the three, giving it an unembellished, propelling feel. Sharp breaths inject gasping intensity as the pulsations persist at a visceral level.
Superbly wrought and arranged, “Afro Acid” delivers luscious aggregations of dazzling beats, glossy synths, and sensual pulsations.