After opening 2018 with a , spent the yr quietly toiling away on new music. And he’s undoubtedly not letting you enter 2019 with out a little one thing. The singer dropped off a six-pack bundle of tracks known as EXOTIGAZ as we speak. “The EP is an appetizer due to how a lot element is being put into the album,” Alejandro Chal says on a cellphone interview whereas exiting a photograph shoot in New York City. “I needed to deal with you with one thing earlier than the yr wrapped up; that’s the place it comes from.”
You can see why he was anxious to have it in your ears by January. The EP marks an evolution for the artist who launched “LA DUEÑA” in November. He’s began to include loads of the música urbana sounds he heard whereas touring for . More than something, he was compelled by that circuit to supply one thing that will resonate within the venues he was visiting in Miami and particularly, uptown New York. “It impressed me to make one thing that I might hear in these golf equipment,” he says. EXOTIGAZ is simply the teaser — count on a full-length A.CHAL album to drop someday inside the first months of 2019.
But whereas earlier albums have strayed nearer to attractive sociopath R&B stylings, the brand new EP reveals that Chal has been learning the sounds of 2018’s Latin entice and reggaeton trade takeover. Catch EXOTIGAZ‘s “000000” (A. Chal pronounces the title “six zeros”), which Chal labored on with Marco Masís (aka seasoned reggaeton producer Tainy), a studio behemoth who acquired his begin on a minimum of Luny Tunes’ Más Flow tapes, launched on the dizzying top of the duo’s business success. With this assist — Jamaican producer Rvssian additionally collaborated on “EXOTICA” — Chal was in a position to incorporate his trademark hazy vocals and ambivalent romantic lyrics right into a chord construction that received’t sound misplaced on the radio in addition to a few of Bryant Myers’ and Ozuna’s feeling-est moments.
Critics would possibly name the partial pivot to slow-beat reggaeton romántico on the shut of 2018 handy. But it’s clear that Chal’s crew is bringing a sure GAZ sensibility to the desk with the discharge of the EP. Chal wrote all of the music himself, and is pleased with the steering that he did in each the studio and on the music video units.
EXOTIGAZ was additionally forecasted by the discharge of “DÉJALO,” a track with a doomsday entice beat that will probably be effectively acquired by followers of breakout hit “Round Whippin.’” On “DÉJALO,” lyrics inform the story of a barely unhinged outlaw — plus that of uncles who promote visas, mountains with no Wi-fi, foursomes, and sloppy cocaine utilization. The track’s video clip was filmed in Mexico and incorporates conventional imagery with the A.CHAL afterparty aesthetic. In this case, that interprets to a LED-lit horse corral populated by prancing equines, the crew ghost-riding SUVs, and a babe in a cowboy boot corset. Chal and his associates put on black and inexperienced GAZI merch (which will probably be out there on the market on-line quickly). Even as his sound reveals new connections to new trade behemoths, Chal makes it clear that his imaginative and prescient will stay firmly and unmistakably his.
A.CHAL’s EXOTIGAZ EP is out now on Epic.
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