The sound of Puerto Rican-born, NYC-based duo Buscabulla is post-chillwave, but decidedly Caribbean, with nods to salsa, reggaeton, and bachata. Berrios’ lyrics convey a longing, distant gaze that buffers out the island’s rough edges, a magical oasis that exists only in dreams. These themes permeate Buscabulla’s self-released sophomore EP, a continuation of the first, both in concept and aesthetic. “Frío” is a duet with Helado Negro’s Roberto Carlos Lange, in which the singer tries to comfort Berrios as they weather the winter’s biting cold, yearning for the warm embrace of their hometowns. The album’s standout “Tártaro” is a quirky disco track that serves as an ode to “salsa erotica” legend Frankie Ruiz that romanticizes the island’s seedier corners with a nostalgic fondness for sleaze.
It is rare to accidentally discover such an exceptional gem on here. Just when you think electronic music has become exclusively Synthwave, you find an album like this that is full of warmth and good vibes. Nounverber
Like so many others, this came like a bolt out of the blue and, even though it's well before payday, I had to have this astonishing album on vinyl to prove it exists. The feel of the tunes makes me feel like the Impressions do, Curtis Mayfield, the big spaces and instinctive horns and stuff drifting in and out. Great grooves and I can see lots of ghosts nodding along to this with big smiles on their faces. At last! Anthony Cottrell