1. Rhumba

The track ‘Rhumba’ is the second single from Viscula’s instrumental album ‘IV’ released on December 17. The recording was attended by 4 musicians who played organic parts without any overlays. Only drums, bass, guitar and keyboards. In addition to the band’s musicians, the album featured legendary Soviet bassist Alexander Titov, who recorded all of the bass parts, including the single ‘Rhumba’. He continues to play in the famous rock bands Kino and Aquarium. The mix and mastering was done by George Shilling, a first-class British sound producer who worked with bands such as Blur and Primal Scream. The artwork for the single ‘Rhumba’ was created by the wellknown British collage artist Tom Hodgkinson who also worked on artworks for bands such as Keane and Archive.

Album Reviews

For a song to be good, it doesn’t necessarily need to feature a whole 100 piece orchestra. It just needs a strong foundation strong enough to build upon, allowing the possibilities to be endless. But sometimes, less means more. Minimalism nowadays goes unnoticed due to recent trends that focus on showing everything at a grander scale. “Rhumba“, the new, groovy track by Viscula, shows the extreme potential of what one can compose with just the essentials. Viscula was founded in Ukraine in 2002. Soon they gained recognition in their home country, Poland, Russia, China, and the United Kingdom. “Rhumba” is the second single off their upcoming instrumental album IV, which is due on December 17. Instead of a grand, out-of-this-world approach, Viscula constructs their sound in this album with just the essential parts: a four-piece band without any overlays, just featuring guitar, bass, keyboards, and drums. In addition to the band’s line-up, IV features legendary bassist Alexander Titov of Kino and Aquarium fame playing all the bass parts, including those in “Rhumba”. The mix and mastering of the track was handled by George Shilling. While “Rhumba” features a minimalistic approach to its production and instrumentation, it focuses on creating an outstanding harmonic/melodic construction which allows the track to flow seamlessly. The guitar parts organically mix with the keyboards, while the bass and the drums establish a harmonic/rhythmic relationship that ties everything together. “Rhumba”‘s sound is one that mixes Latin-jazz-inspired rhythms and harmonies with trip-hop drums and vintage instruments. The result is an extremely enjoyable groovy track that invites us to hear it once again when it is over.
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