Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Diego Bernal's juicy beats

The man pictured above is Diego Bernal, who, when not working as an attorney for a national civil rights organization (not even kidding), puts together some beats that are off the hook! Bernal hails from San Antonio, Texas, and is set to release his first album, For Corners, on February 24th. It includes nineteen tracks that draw upon Mexican influences spicing up primarily instrumental tracks ranging from Latin soul to trip hop to hip hop with some electronic flavor mixed in.

All of the songs are short but enticingly juicy beats that are over before you know it. They're not overly complex, with just enough ingredients to mix it up and hook you. They're also dinstincly individual enough that they don't all just flow into one beat that feels repetitive and drawn out. Or in the words of the immortal James Brown, they "hit it and quit" real tight like. In fact, listening to it makes me wish that Bernal would let some MC's lay down some rhymes on top of his work, maybe as a complementary follow-up album. I've actually been fortunate to trade a few e-mails with him and he's already looking ahead to do just that for his next release. I for one will be looking forward to it.

Below you'll find a few of his creations. The first is a remix of Bring It On Home, the first single (that is already out) from the album. The second cut here, May Day, comes from the album and features some vocal samples Diego brought in from his work as a civil rights attorney and rolls a little more mellow then some of the other beats on the album. I seriously recommend checking this album out, even if instrumentals aren't usually your thing. These go by so fast are are so catchy that you'll be at its end before you know it.

Visit his label Exponential Records and become his friend on MySpace.

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