Song Of The Day: Aroop Roy “Tembandumba”
DJ Meistro and myself have been laboring behind the scenes to keep the jams flowing out of our Sol Power Sound label imprint. Sometimes that labor is thwarted by the inevitable pressing plant delays that come with releasing independent vinyl projects, but the wait is finally over for the followup to Djidjo Vide. “Tembandumba” comes from London producer Aroop Roy‘s Rising Tides EP, the fifth release on Sol Power Sound.
An introduction via the official premier on Bolting Bits:
The cut is of course a re-imagination of Afro-Colombian vocalist Totó la Momposina‘s chant-laden classic, and a fully-licensed one at that! It opens in dramatic fashion, with vocals and flourishing percussion setting the table. Once the beat comes in, Aroop’s knack for the rework becomes truly apparent. Perfectly tuned drums make the tune ride along, while a variety of layered synths blend nicely with the vocal chops of the original. “Tembandumba” is an eight minute long epic that employs a beautiful escalation of mood, perhaps functioning nicely as an opener of sorts due to the aforementioned introduction section of the track.