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Elena Andujar’s Flamenco in Time Album Review

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The album cover for singer Elena Andujar’s dance-house-style-club record, ‘Flamenco in Time.’

Artist: Elena Andujar: vocals; Antonio Andujar: percussion and cajon; Matt Warren: electronic instruments; Pepper Gomez: background vocals; Bruce Gomez: lead guitar; Frank Schabold: bass and keyboards; Ron Haynes: trumpet

Album: ‘Flamenco in Time’

Label: Wake Up! Music

Producer: MyMy Lady G and Matt Warren

Reflecting on their traditional roots as they create their own contemporary blend of powerful and commanding music is one of the most important aspects of building a successful career for many musicians. Singer Elena Andujar’s newly released second solo album, ‘Flamenco in Time,’ stunningly showcases how after she was born in Sevilla, the birthplace of flamenco, she was raised in an atmosphere in which the genre is a way of life. The singer’s latest release naturally incorporates her conventional flamenco elements into the modern world of dance music and jamming house-style club mixes.

Andujar’s new disc introduces the powerful talent of her son, Antonio Andujar, who’s a percussionist, singer and songwriter, as a professional musician. The release also marks the debut of MyMy Lady G (vocalist, composer and poet, MadyY “Pepper” Gomez,) as a producer and director. The sensational collaboration with her son and MyMy Lady G proves that Andujar has always been a noteworthy artist who builds on her roots and continues to sing from her flamenco heart. By bringing flamenco-inspired music to modern society, she keeps traditional flamenco alive.

‘Flamenco in Time’ is a enthralling seven-track record that’s captivatingly fueled by several unique remixes that were crafted by MyMy Lady G and fellow producer, Matt Warren. The album begins with one of its best entries, ‘Una Vez Mas.’ While the song, like the rest of the disc, features Andujar singing exclusively in Spanish, her gripping vocals effortlessly highlights her passion for Flamenco, which can be understand and embraced by people who speak all languages. The jazz-inspired and up-tempo dance track impressively brings flamenco elements into the world of dance music.

The disc then delves into its other most noteworthy tune, ‘Fever (Matt’s Late Nite Ride).’ The entry builds upon the dance vocals and instrumentals that helped make Miami-inspired Latina music, in the vein of Gloria Estefan, so noteworthy in the 1980s, and mixes it with the R&B style that became popular in the 1990s, which proves that Andujar is an exciting performer. The energetic song also features lush synths and furious brass pushing that highlights Andujar’s profound feeling and strong technique.

Andujar’s latest record then features two eclectic mixes of the song, ‘El Despertador,’ with the first being the ‘Club Mix.’ The track, which features the same pulsating beat that was featured in ‘Fever,’ features up-tempo vocals from the singer, which are clearly influenced by the Masters of Flamenco, including Camaron. The sweeping synths and booming bass also provides an up-tempo and infectious beat that will surely make this version a dance club favorite. ‘El Despertador’s second mix, which is subtitiled ‘Matt’s Late-Night Workout,’ also features noteworthy and intriguing Flamenco and EDM electronic instrumentation.

The last three entries on ‘Flamenco in Time’ are different mixes of the song, ‘What It is,’ with the first being the ‘Vocal Mix.’ The track, which was written especially for Andujar, powerfully showcases her vocal range. The tune, which is dedicated to, and inspired by, the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, features soul-inspired and heartfelt vocals, percussion and electronic instrumentals. The entry then delves into the ‘What It Is (Matt & MyMy’s Discofunk Mix),’ which stunningly mixes classic and modern Latina-inpsired disco dance and club beats. Andujar’s latest release then ends with ‘What It Is (Matt’s Peak Hour Mix),’ which is the best remix on the album. The song highlights more of her vocal range, which is backed by an thriving drum and electronic beat.

Reflecting on their traditional backgrounds as they create their own contemporary blend of compelling music is one of the most significant aspects of building a captivating career for many musicians. Andujar’s newly released album, ‘Flamenco in Time,’ stunningly showcases how she was raised in an atmosphere in which the musical genre is a way of life. The singer’s latest release naturally incorporates her conventional flamenco elements into the modern world of dance music and jamming house-style club mixes. Andujar has always been a noteworthy artist who builds on her roots and continues to sing from her flamenco heart. By bringing flamenco-inspired music to modern society, she keeps traditional flamenco alive.

For more information on Andujar, visit her Bandcamp and Soundcloud pages.

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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