Cruz’s albums are cogent projects. They reach far but are restrained by a focusing theme or exploration. Although heavily steeped in his research and journeys, his collections feel unified and flow naturally; they never feel forced or heavy-handed. He doesn’t ever mimic, but rather uses the tools he picks up to build his own sound. In this way, Cruz has incorporated Ecuadorian culture and storytelling to inform his unique style. As the tracks reach their percussive crescendos, his spanning reference points fade to the background context. A close listen and a bit of research reveals the elaborate soundstage of his work, but first, you should just let it wash over you.
This is easy enough at home with a good pair of headphones, but easier still on a club’s dance floor. On Friday, November 18th, Cruz will perform for his third time at Fabric in London with the company of Ela Minus, Marco Shuttle, Okouru, Jane Fitz, Enrica Falqui and Kiara Scuro. Fabric’s record label will also be releasing a mix by the artist to coincide with his performance. This is Cruz’s first album as a curator, but he tells us that he was a music selector prior to working as an artist. The first single, Contato, is already out, and more will follow shortly. If you can make it to the show, it will surely be a night to remember.
The self-described “sound explorer” has a sprawling imagination and a diverse set of research interests. Since his last conversation with us, his style has gone through many transitions. In our conversation, Cruz tells us a bit about what has informed his recent work and how he has prepared for his Fabric show. If you haven’t already, catch up on his discography and get ready for some exciting new releases.