CON ALMA 20: Alex Hentze

By | 01 February, 2021

Antigua Guatemala native Alex Hentze is an electronic musician that tilts more towards sound design than track production. Experimenting with expressionism and articulating moods, tones and colours which navigate a panoply of human emotion, Hentze is interested in how music might act as an intermediate between external life and internal consciousness. He began exploring and manipulating drum machines and midi instruments in childhood and, by 20, in 2001, had had his compositions played worldwide by renowned South American, European and U.S. DJs. With age, Hentze has penetrated ever-deeper into a sea of strange sounds, totally swaying from song-like structures and casting himself out alone as an innovator of soundscapes and minimalist sound art. Multi-layered and lush, Hentze’s Soplo De Vida, released in December, was a 2020 highlight for the Sounds & Colours team. So, it’s a joy to have its innovative producer sit in for this week’s Con Alma Mixtape.

“This mix comes from a gathering of songs that identify the seas of calm in life, waves that dance with the rise of a new moon and that feeling of a new life coming. A rebirth that, with every sacrifice you make, will bring prosperity and hope in these wild times.”

Tracklisting

Alma – Madre
Pássaro – Assum Preto
Kurup – Depois Que O Llė Passar 
Maracuyá – Cuco Cuco Picogordo de la Española Feat. Ximena Obregon
Pasaje Universo – Vuela Jacha Mallku 
Pássaro – Rio
Indus – Gautas del León Feat. El Leon Pardo
Izadorä – Sol Edad
Takina Nuna – Tabaquito
Numa Gama – Entre 1-2
Dj Raff – Que Llueva
Pasaje Universo – Cantigas Feat. Rodrigo Merkén & Felipe Schuster
Nicola Cruz – Salvador Araguaya Espaniol – Folha De Jurema Feat. Artéria
Nicola Cruz – Criançada

The Con Alma series is a mug of hot coffee served on Monday mornings, to start your week off right. An hour of musical soul food, downtempo undulations and freshly-squeezed groovers that’s good for the heart, mind and body. Although the series’ name is taken from Dizzy Gillespie’s Latin standard, don’t expect an hour of frenetic bebop – this is gentle introspection, warm sunrises, shower sing-a-longs… always with plenty of soul.


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