credit: Marco Torres
When considering forward thinking bass music in Texas, it’s hard to look beyond the influence
of Sines and his Freshmore imprint, a veritable Houston institution that has been pushing
diasporic bass sounds for the better part of the last four years. Recently, veteran producer
Sines has joined up with fellow producer Panchitron, the Los Angeles-born producer who
now resides in Austin, to form Santa Muerte. Focused on the intersectionality of contemporary
dance music sub-culture, the duo has turned their focus on every- thing from instrumental
grime abstractions to the wonderfully tinny direction that reggaeton has taken in the past
decade. The name puts a focus on death, more specifically an understanding of how death
is understood by the living, and the Santa Muerte sound is undeniably dark, a sweltering trip
through choral VSTs, ballroom abrasions and the memorable crunch of the dembow loop.
Santa Muerte is a project firmly focused on the dancefloor and while the attitude might be
focused more on sonic muck, their originals, edits and mixes do tend to be wildly effective in
the hip shaking department.