Florentino – Sientelo (Track Premiere)
Listen to Sientelo by Florentino, taken from his new release for Manchester stable Swing Ting
Beginning with a shuffle of drums and rising through an explosion of sirens, whistles and samples, Sientelo is a tastefully energetic homage to the rhythm-centric sounds of old-skool Latin house. As a DJ, his British-Colombian heritage sees him aligning reggaeton bass with a playful eclecticism and no shortage of airhorns. It's the latter that we see on display here – a track designed for sweaty dancefloors in the thick of the mix.
Sientelo is released alongside another new track, entitled Bloodline, on 2 Dec, but we've got an exclusive premiere of the track right here – take a listen in the player below.
Bloodline / Sientelo artwork: Seedy
"Music seems to run in the blood of my family," Florentino explains. "My uncle, who was a percussionist for the likes of James Brown and Incognito – even remixed by the likes of Master at Work – showed me a classic call-and-response section in a Brazilian track when I was first writing music in my early teens.
"Since then I’ve heard it sampled in various contexts and retraced its usage back throughout time – it's been sampled in a lot of old Latin house particularly. Considering my heritage and the impact that a lot of those latin house tracks have had on me rhythmically, I wanted to carry on that lineage of the sampling of that call-and-response section.
"With Sientelo, it was the basis for the rest of the ideas in the track: the core of it. Pure pounding rhythmic drums designed to make your body move. A simple primary function that speaks volumes in the right context."