Miami's Best Albums of 2011: Afrobeta's Under the Streets
Under the Streets
(Do It Entertainment)
This album was five years in the making. In 2006, Tony Smurphio and Cuci Amador joined forces as Afrobeta to bring a little brightness to Miami's indie music scene.
It began with saccharine cut "Nighttime," which led to more assertive tracks like "Do You Party?" and "Play House" - all of which were given a 2011 reworking for Under the Streets.
On the album, "Nighttime" gets a little extra wobble and "Play House" heads straight for club anthem territory while new offerings like freestyle-inspired "Land of Lost Lovers" and acoustically sweet "Love Is Magic" complete the package.
The real magic of Under the Streets is that it all feels familiar -- evoking Debbie Deb, Depeche Mode, New Order, Miami Sound Machine -- without sounding even slightly derivative.
These 13 stellar tracks prove Afrobeta's first full-length was totally worth the wait.
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