Last year R.E.L., vocalist and one-half of Hip-Hop outfit CHISME, released his solo effort Summer Heat (Acquired Taste Preferred) with Bryan Hamilton. Lost in the sounds of late 70s R&B and Boom Bap Hip Hop, the album shared an affinity with a cross-cultural flavoring not easily taped together with such ease.
Today R.E.L. shares the new video for the title track. The video is a representation of his journey south of the border, capturing the essence held in Mexico long ago.
Of the video, he offers:
“This is the self-directed, video debut of “Summer Heat.” This video was shot at the Pyramid Of The Sun in Teotihuacan, one hour northeast of Mexico City. I took a trip down there for my birthday / diez y seis / Mexican Independence Day weekend. On the national holiday, we took a $60 hr uber a bottle of tequila to the pyramids. It was blazing hot, and the tequila & long sleeves were terrible choices. As we were roaming the grounds I had an idea. I hadn’t planned to shoot a video, it just kinda happened. It’s nice to look back at a simpler space and time. This happened and here is the proof.”