Lump Records

Lump Records: Chile indie label “in search of sounds of contemporary expression with identity and root”

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Lump Records is a label based in Valparaíso, Chile with a mission to find “the sounds of contemporary expression with identity and root.” The label’s latest release, Nochi’s El Baile Del Naí (Anthropological Research), could be taken as an assured electronic project, but the label’s insistence on connecting the music to a history elevates the listening experience.

From Bandcamp:

“The sound material presented in this production is a recorded directly on the ground of some indigenous communities of Talamanca, in cooperation with my research as an ethnomusicologist and anthropologist of music. Many thanks to the great contribution of Jorge Luis Acevedo Vargas from the Conservatory of Music of the University of Costa Rica for his great inspiration and work.

“Within the sound material selected in the research we compiled Cantos de Sorbón (bul), Cantos Sukias (awapa), songs of worship and some magical elements of some animals that describe characteristics and skills typical of the jungles of Talamanca such as the tapir (Naí) the gavilan (Tsai), the armadillo (Tsawaí) and the tiger (Nmú), with the aim of publicizing and promoting our varied musical and cultural manifestations of our original people, produced with much respect and admiration.”

FIM

FIM: Panama Pop-Punk and Emo a la Early Brand New

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Brand New finally released a new album this year, one that’s very dark and just feels heavy, so I’ve become nostalgic for Your Favorite Weapon-era emo pop-punk that’s upbeat and full of great riffs and passionate singing. Panama’s FIM fills that void for me. Every track on the excellent new Memorias EP is a winner, each song enjoyable on its own and filled with several singalong moments that all good catchy punk songs need. Bonus points for the shark album cover. Also, check them out via Instagram and YouTube.

Marley Muerto

Marley Muerto: Sad and Weird Songs for the Club

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I’m a little late to Ecuador’s Marley Muerto, but I’m glad I got here. A towering yellow suited man with a disco skull writes sad songs for the clubs. The music, especially “Dorado Salmón Violeta (feat. Frances Possieri),” also sounds good in the morning-after light after a night of bad or even meh decisions. My favorite release of his so far is 2012’s Pararmar; Not quite freak folk, and in 2017 this can qualify for legitimate mainstream pop music, but it’s definitely a far-out take on traditional Latin songwriting. The weirder, the better. And what a great website.

Animales

Animales: Synth-Heavy Chilean Indie-Pop

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I love the new Animales music video for latest single “Dioses” – that chorus takes me into A-ha territory in the best way. Directed by Dutch video artist Elise The, the trippy video for “Dioses” further makes the A-ha connection using clever animation to depict gods and men and how all things, even for gods, must come to an end.

The Chilean indie-pop group’s synth-heavy EP was recorded at Estudios Triana and Zen Estudios in Santiago and mastered by Tom Coyne at NYC’s Sterling Sound (Adele, Beyonce, The Weeknd). The polished sound works well for the band’s fun music – I’m excited to hear more. The new EP is out now on Spotify.

Mephistofeles

Mephistofeles: “An ode to terror, fear of the living”

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Doooooooooooommmmmmmmmmmm *gasps* Dooooooooooooommmmmm

Just in time for Halloween too, check out great sluggish doom metal via Mephistofeles.

From Facebook:

“Founded in 2010, has recorded 3 demo raw tapes (one as a one-man-band, and two others as a band). In May 2016 released the first full-lenght album called “Whore” which has been already edited in cassette (by Catarata Records, Pirámide Records, Golden Dawn Recordings) and CD format (by Black Noise Records). Soon on vinyl too via Black Farm Records. (An early 2017 production). Actually, the band finds itself mixing a second long play for mid-2017.”

Ghetto Kumbé

Ghetto Kumbé: Afro-Caribbean meets Afro House

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As New York enters October and actual, no-actually-this-is-it Fall, I’m already looking ahead at next summer. Ghetto Kumbé is partly to blame, with its upbeat grooves and its insistence to enjoy life and get up and dance. Soy Selva is out October 16th.

From Galletas Calientes Records:

“Ghetto Kumbé is a three-man Afro-Colombian band fusing the Afro-Caribbean roots of Colombia with the hypnotic power of African house beats.

“Soy Selva” (translated as “I’m Jungle”), produced with London native producer The Busy Twist, is about the ancient people of Colombia, their traditions, their relations with mother nature, universal respect and ritual dancing. With the additional featuring of Ghanaian singer Zongo Abongo on “Dagbani Dance”, things have definitely come full circle for this new EP, involving three continents in this innovative musical adventure.”

Los Amos del Universo

Los Amos del Universo: experimental neo-psychedelia from Peru

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So this is what a late ’60s dance party inside a burning rocket ship crashing into earth sounds like. Los Amos del Universo takes Krautrock and meshes it with Jimi Hendrix-like guitars into something overwhelming and chaotic and beautiful.

Peru’s Superspace Records is home to Universo and other great bands taking on neo-psychedelia and making it exciting and relevant rather than rehashing it like your older brother’s college roommate. The label is also home to techno house, glitch, acid rock, indietronica, and other genres your older brother’s college roommate ruined for you but Superspace will redeem for you.

From Bandcamp:

“The masters of the universe corresponds to a desire to pay homage to the krautrock of the 70’s, it is also the result of the reunion of its members, which presents an evolution of its members in the creative field. The masters of the universe was born and was born in the town of Belloto Norte, commune of Quilpué, Chile during the month of January 2017.”