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Premiere: Nick León ‘Grillo’

Miami’s Nick León steps up on NAAFI with a seven-track EP of percussive club experiments, ‘Aguacero’. Hear the incendiary hard drum of ‘Grillo’ now

Next up on Mexico City collective NAAFI’s label is Miami producer NIck León with the seven-track ‘Aguacero’ EP. 

Set for release on this Friday 5th June (when Bandcamp will be waiving its revenue fee again for 24 hours), the EP is described as “is a percussive reflection on a city in flux”. Utilising organic percussive sounds, warped with heady club electronics, ‘Aguacero’ is presented as a reflection of Miami and the threat it faces from the “very things that help make it beautiful — the ocean, the heat, and the cranes in the sky.”

The EP is yet another gem in NAAFI’s crown, and a striking experimental club record in its own right, with a feature from Uruguayan producer Lila Tirando a Violeta and a remix from NAAFI member Zutzut. 

‘Grillo’ is an EP highlight, with a hefty hard drum backbone and swerving bass underlying incendiary organic percussive trills. Check it out below. 

Pre-order ‘Aguacero’ here.

Read our feature on how NAAFI are redefining Mexican club music here.