Tap into a Wilson Kentura set and you’ll get nothing but infectious bangers! Hailing from Luanda, Angola, Kentura has had an eclectic career and has used his past exploits as influences in his new material. Wilson Kentura’s afro house also incorporates kizomba and kuduro, traditional Angolan forms of dance music, in addition to sampled elements of vocal soul. Those styles clashing together bring a unique groove to Wilson’s beats and mixes that other deejays do not possess.
This cluster of influences rears its head as soon as we begin with the A-side Burn The Floor. The drums pack serious punch and grit, not to mention they come emboldened by the rich synth textures and barking vocal chops. The mix is tightly structured yet beautifully balanced, allowing for stabs and atmospheric synth leads to transition in and out of the track’s progression.
All this makes Burn The Floor an essential Afro house listen, but the B-side, Jungle Jail, is not to be outdone. An infusion of traditional drum samples as well as ambient noise and field recordings transport the listener to the wild. Distant tribal chants call out and give way to an undeniably catchy synth melody, a perfect meld of man and nature.