Man 030 | July 11, 2008

With Madera Limpia, Man Recordings temporarily moves from it’s Brazilian focus and looks up to the Carribean for an exciting new band – Madera Limpia. This band is the sound of young Cuba. Real, contemporary, explosive, and far away from the nostalgic cliché of Buena Vista Social Club. The six musicians from Guantánamo fuse Son and Changui with Hip Hop and Reggaeton, mixed with pulsating beats. Their music mirrors the culture and everyday life of a new generation which listens to hip hop, dancehall or reggaeton but doesn’t ignore the vast musical traditions of Cuba. Madera Limpia texts reflect real life. Instead of joining the rest of the lot recycling the worn out myth of the colourful decaying Havana, cigars and rum; they talk about the hardships of life in a burnt out Cuba on the verge of change; with only music to ease the pain.

When Man Recordings label boss Daniel Haaksman was asked by Munich based Out Here records to remix Madera Limpia’s „Loco“ he was so enthusiastic about the parts he got sent that he locked himself up in a studio to create a mix of Madera Limpia that would fit his booty bouncing DJ sets. In his hands-up in the air, 100% booty shaking mix the melodic and rhythmical power of the original track was injected with pure dynamite: A bouncing uptempo beat, a thundering bass drum and a raved-up synth hook. This is „Loco – the Daniel Haaksman Remix“ which has been destroying dancefloors everywhere ever since Haaksman sent out promo MP3s of his remix to befriended DJ mates, such as Sinden, Diplo, DJ Beware or Zombie Disco Squad.

Eventually, Haaksman dedcided to license his remix together with the original track to Man Recordings releasing it in a loud, DJ friendly volume on vinyl. The remix introduces the release of Madera Limpia’s upcoming hot new album „La corona“ on Out here records in September 2008.