Dominican Beat Makers Create Astro Hernandez
Aside from the fact that they wear the same glasses, have similar facial features, and apparently shop at the same awesome T shirt store, these two Dominican producers share an affinity for new school beats and all the screens, knobs, buttons and sliders that make them malleable.
The two beat manipulators are collaborating on a project called Astro Hernandez and have their first release Años Luz EP under the joint name coming out in January. Each of their solo work takes cues from glitch, trip, and maybe a couple of other variations of hop as well. Together, they balance each other out nicely. Cohoba brings the “self-aware robot” sound with warm-ish synth melodies while n6el is more on the “cyborg” side with the unabashed beeps and blips of high functioning technology. Astro Hernandez is two parts machine, and two parts Dominican dude.
If you didn’t know there were beat makers lurking around the DR with headphones and three-day beards, have a look at the Stereoptico roster. If you like what you’re hearing from Astro Hernandez, some of these guys may fit nicely into your collection.
Check out the sampler for Años Luz EP.