Besides all the success he’s experienced as part of the genre-busting moombahton duo Sazon Booya this year alongside DJ SAV, Mr. Vega has been putting in overtime to see through a solo album of his own. Originally intended to be a four track EP, the broadly-titled New Generation spiraled into a 12-song sampler of electronic dance music’s current popular offerings. “I think what mostly holds the album together is the variety,” Vega explains to Hive. “The album is called New Generation because I feel like in 2012, you have a large amount of producers that don’t stick to one genre, and that is something that people should embrace and have an open mind about.” Jumping from dubstep to electro to moombahton to house/hip-hop fusion tracks, Mr. Vega’s project disrupts preconceived notions of what a unified album should sound like, potentially paving the way for other risk-taking producers.
“Sparks Never Fade,” in particular, was one of the last songs added to the project, but it ended up being one of Mr. Vega’s favorite tracks. It departs completely from the high-pitched Dutch-house synths and 110-beats-per-minute tempo of most Sazon Booya staples. Menacing, upbeat and serious, the song depends heavily on an elastic arpeggiator synth line that evolves with the mood of the track. “With the synths in ‘Sparks Never Fade’ I wanted to create different types of emotions, from happy to sexy to intense to straight partying when the beat drops,” Mr. Vega explains. “The intro arp makes you feel like it’s a happy track… then it changes to dark and sexy… then the chord synths and subs kick in. I just love that it takes you through all these different feelings and I think music should do that.”
New Generation will be released on Rot10 Musik Tuesday, June 4th.