Intaya – Guaguancó (Review)

Introducing Intaya. Consisting of two members, Venezuelan born Pao Pestana meets London’s Dom Martin to create an identifiable sound. Here with their debut single “Guaguancó”, this is an artist who’s career will blossom into a beautiful rose quickly. Sticking to her roots, there’s a refreshing London vibe to the debut track. Co produced by Oli Barton-Wood (Flamingods, Nubiyan Twist, Tom Odell), there’s an experimental feel in the tracks bones.

Highlighting a homage to Pestana’s home, the music absorbs a world music genetic to it’s arrangement. Filled with a vibrant colour scheme, the latin rhythms produced drift through Pestana’s vocals melt like warm chocolate. Combining a passion of hip hop with jazz, the latin soul effect hits close to home with an experimental and even progressive feel to the harmony. Melodically, it feels similar to Pestana’s culture. Influenced by artists such as Nubiyan Twist, Ibeyi and Hiatus Kaiyote, the chemistry of the duo is encouraging and indicates a successful future ahead. Lyrically, it tells the story of longing to go back to your roots, influenced by Pestana’s fantasy of going back to the Caribbean. The debut single is taken off their upcoming debut EP, due for release later this year. 

Score: 3.5/5


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