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Norman H & Minoru Hirata – La Bufadora Revisited (Stripped)

Stripped revisits ‘La Bufadora’, 2012’s collaboration between label-boss Norman H and Mexican producer Minoru Hirata, with new remixes from Kastis Torrau & Arnas D and Phonic Scoupe.

The original release of ‘La Bufadora’ had 10 different versions, including standouts from ThermalBear and Smak, so any new versions would really need to be something special in order to justify a new release. Fortunately, any worries you might have on that score are quickly obliterated by Kastis Torrau & Arnas D, who turn ‘La Bufadora’ into a quality tech-houser, with bold, brassy bass stabs echoing the original’s bassline, Norman H & Minoru Hirata’s gentle rippling melodies, and the track’s distinctive synth motif featuring as a spine-tingling moment during its otherwise sparse breakdown.

Phonic Scoupe also focus on Norman H & Minoru Hirata’s rippling synths, spinning them over a chunkier bass part and propulsive percussion. The bassline really intensifies towards the middle-section of the remix, with the breakdown managing to provide only breif respite from its speaker-rattling power.

Both remixing teams bring something fresh to ‘La Bufadora’, making the return of Norman H & Minoru’s track a most welcome one. My own preference is for Kastis Torrau & Arnas D’s version, but both are great – definitely a package you don’t want to miss!

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