Of all the countries and dance communities around the world, one can’t argue that Spain has some of the most enthusiastic crowds out there – both on Ibiza and on the mainland. This energy stems from the high quality music, with the country’s artists playing an integral role in progressing dance culture. Among many Spanish artists, Cristian Varela is at the forefront, and his new album Max & Max further solidifies his position in both the Spanish and international scene.
“Max & Max is the fusion of different sounds, emotions and feelings from different periods of my life,” states Varela. “This mixture, and the combination of ways I’ve created my music over the last few years, has made in my opinion, a complete, dynamic and emotional album.”
Max & Max finds a fitting home on Carl Cox and Jon Rundell’s label, Intec Digital. After brief EP’s foreshadowing the release, the full length album now sees the light of day. The album starts with a percussive heavy workout on the track Caramba – a track embodying the traditional style of energetic tech house that Cristian Varela has become so known for. Max & Max swiftly transitions into dubby mainroom groovers such as Blanky and Penthouse before moving into serious techno affairs on tracks such as Alarm Waves, Human, or Ovnivon.
With this in mind, Varela has been road testing some tracks from the album on dance floors all across the globe, and has settled on some clear-cut winners.
The tracks on Max & Max sound great individually, which is nice from a DJ perspective, but as a complete body of work Varela accomplishes an extremely enjoyable musical journey through techno and electronic textures. These days albums are refreshing to hear from an artist, and Cristian Varela nails this release for Intec.
Max & Max is available now on Beatport