County Grind is counting down the best local albums in South Florida. Monitor our progress here.
This year seemed to be the tipping point for Miami duo Afrobeta. Though the act has long been a favorite on the local party circuit, 2010 saw production mastermind Tony Smurphio and frontwoman Cuci Amador bust out to the big time. This meant a spot on a main stage at this past spring's Ultra Music Festival and a trip through Europe that included a gig in Ibiza alongside Booka Shade.
It also meant a deal with Do IT Music Group, which yielded the short but punchy EP, Do You Party? The group's earliest material often flirted with frothy freestyle. But these eight tracks (three of which are remixes of the five original songs therein) boast an added heft on the low-end, with Smurphio often beefing up his beats into electro-house territory.
The disc also sees Amador even further stretching her vocal skills. "Play House," the opener, finds her rapping, singing, and even screaming over a track that would fit right in on Germany's Get Physical
roster alongside Booka Shade and company. "Two Different Worlds," meanwhile, is a breathy ballad that swims through New Wave while threatening to bubble over into a banger.
It's the kind of musical tension in which Afrobeta excels, and which propels the disc forward with zero dull moments. If this is just a taste, the full-length, due out next year, should fully propel the band into the international dance music stratosphere.Top Track: "Two Different Worlds"
Afrobeta Two Different Worlds from Westframe on Vimeo.