Andrés IV

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Humberto Hernandez delivered Andrés, Andrés II, and Andrés III between 2003 and 2011, thereby making the 2019 arrival of his fourth self-titled Mahogani Music release -- amid assorted 7" and 12" singles -- an unexpected event for subterranean house heads. Maybe the percussionist/producer was stockpiling the whole time; the length of IV's digital edition is over four times that of Andrés III. That generosity extends to its variety and quality. For most of the duration, Hernandez sharpens his sampling and programming prowess, switching from house to hip-hop with as much creativity as fellow Detroiters Shake, Waajeed, and Mahogani boss Moodymann. Hernandez puts them together on one project like only he can, undergirding everything with that warm, bumping low end heard on every Andrés release since the 1997 debut. P-Funk is integrated with the Afro-Cuban jazz of his immediate lineage. Spiritual jazz is reconstituted with one of his hardest and most scuffed-up grooves. Daft Punk-style electro gets a beatdown, followed by a dizzying snap-and-swirl disco nugget that is some party chatter and a Vonetta McGee quote away from being mistaken for a Black Mahogani pearl. "New 4 U," Hernandez's hypnotizing disco-house stomp from 2012, appears in edited form, and there's also a fully outfitted live take -- hand percussion, bass, and electric keys, plus vocals, strings, and saxophone -- that treats it as merely a starting point and takes listeners to church. Unlike the first two volumes, the tracks are strictly unmixed, but the joyous energy never truly stops flowing until the last track fades out.

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