Sometimes, the best way to preserve something is to expand on it. In a world that is constantly shifting, in which trends build to be more international than ever before and fall away faster than you can blink — we need to be thinking on our feet to make a splash, to hold onto what we love.
For Elena Andujar, she wants to continue the traditions of flamenco music, but strives to bring something modern to it: house music. Bringing into her sound the debut talents of Antonio Andujar and MyMy Lady G, Flamenco In Time is a release that is on the cutting edge of something big. You just need to dive in and find it for yourself.
The album begins with “Una Vez Mas”, which launches into the more traditional side of things with acoustic instrumentation flitting flirtatiously among more electronic sounds while Elena Andujar’s vocals soar. From here the album moves into more club territory. Just listen to the club mix of “El Despertador” which immediately finds a popping house beat and is set apart by the flamenco vocals which careen, then slip into a hip-hop beat.
There are three mixes of the track “Es Asi” — each finding a different mood to settle into. The “Club Mix” becomes a highlight with shakers and rising energy. Levels of sound drop and rise — feel your adrenaline pick up as the vocals all come together. The final version of “Es Asi”, which is described as “Matt’s Peak Hour Mix” is also strong, finding something more sinister in a more expansive pulse.
It would be easy to say that Flamenco In Time walks the line between genres, but this is not a record to be described in delicate terms. Big, palpitating, and unafraid, Elena Andujar explodes between classical flamenco and house music, like a fireworks show, this album will surprise you.
To hear more from Elena Andujar, you can find her through Wake Up! Music Group — a group that celebrates music in danger of extinction — on their Facebook page, Bandcamp, and SoundCloud. You can also follow the group on Twitter.