Miami’s avant-dance duo Afrobeta have been tearing up dance floors for years, and they have made a splash yet again with the release of their latest mix tape,Wig Party. Cuci Amador and Tony “Smurphio” Laurencio formed Afrobeta in 2006 as a way to share their mutual love of songwriting and dancing till 5 a.m.
Wig Party is available to download for free on Afrobeta’s Facebook, as a “thank you” to their much-loved fans. The release features several new singles, remixes of previously released songs, mashups and a new take on Devo’s classic “Whip It!”
Afrobeta’s unique songs transcend genre classifications—Cuci’s rapid-fire delivery, combined with Smurphio’s funky synths and head-bopping bass lines are sure to keep audiences moving for all ten tracks. The duo explains, “Participating in the Identity Festival tour this past summer really influenced the making of Wig Party. We wrote the songs ‘Virtual Life’ and ‘Anthem’ while on the road. We were very fortunate to have DiscoTech remix our song ‘Love is Magic’ and we would also like to thank the Nervo twins for their informal birthday greeting intro on ‘Birthday Situation.'”
Wig Party marks Afrobeta’s first release since their 2011 LP Under the Streets. The band was ready for a change of pace after a busy tour schedule over the past couple of years, playing Glastonbury Festival, Burning Man, New York Fall Fashion Week, Ultra Brazil, Space Ibiza, Camp Bisco and Identity Festival. Afrobeta has rocked alongside artists including Trentemoller, Booka Shade, Hercules and Love Affair, The Crystal Method, Annie Mac, Holy Ghost!, Nero, Kaskade and The Bloody Beetroots. [source: planetary group]
♩ Afrobeta//Love Is Magic (DiscoTech Extended Remix)
♩ Afrobeta//Whip It (Devo cover)