control the Chilean underground for quite some time now. They founded their own label Combo Records in 1993, and were signed shortly after by EMI for international distribution. The reawakened interest in post punk even called the hipster’s go-to Tigersushi label from Paris into action. Since 2004 they released five records by the avantgarde rockers from Santiago de Chile.
(Slash, 83). This is their first album. Great folk punk with Velvet Underground stylish vocals. I haven’t heard any other record that sounds like that. It’s folk and modern at the same time.
(Rhino, 76). This features their demos, produced by Kim Fowley. Raw sound, naive punk energy. Jonathan Richman sings better then ever on this. It’s so good, so wild and so sincere it gives you the thrills!!!
(Blaco Y Negro, 85). Oh man, this record blew my mind when I first heard it. It’s surf music from hell done by two Scottish freaks on heroin. Guitars never sounded like that again in rock. It’s probably one of my favorites in terms of production. It all sounds like new wave and pre-90s rock.
(Tommy Boy, 87). That’s when we discovered hip hop could also be psychedelic. Intelligent, arty and definitely modern. I don’t like too much what they did afterwards but this one’s a major hit. We really enjoy A Tribe Called Quest too and of course Digable Planets.
(RCA, 67). It’s a weird collection of Prado’s recordings from the 40’s before he got into the lounge stuff. Mambo, Voodoo and Black magic for this big band sounding as wild as the Stooges at their «Raw Power» years. But this is not rock, this is tropical and you’ll hardly get to hear more extreme Latin music. Original, savage and dirty Mambo calling bodies to dance on death tropical beats.
An artist from Chile. This record’s from 1996 and sounds like stuff being done today. If you liked M83’s «Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts», this one is for you. White Noise and Bloody Valentine’s ambiance, low underground beats and a psyche voice on the back. It’s definitely the best record ever done in Chile.
(EMI, 2001). We saw them live before listening to their records. They sounded so weird, like if they where on Prozac or something... It was space folk. They are the kind of band that we love, a mix of folk songs and electronic. «Wonderful Life» is my favorite. It’s full of ideas in terms of production and the songs are incredibly beautiful.
(WEA, 94). These guys are from Mexico. They have plenty of records but to me this one is one of their best along with an instrumental one called «Reves». Their music sounds like traditional Mexican ranchera mixed with indie rock and sort of 80’s naive songs. On stage they play with accoustic guitars and MPC2000 drum machines. They are really raw and surprising. As many Latin bands, their sound is fresh and though. Reminds me of the best stuff from Beck and Violent Femmes but in a Latino way.
(C/Z, 96). We definitely enjoyed this 90s London underground group. Former members from Laika and PJ Harvey’s band, these guys mixed some kind of Krautrock with Jungle beats. Sounds like a cliché today but back in 96 it sounded pretty new. It’s cold wave, urban, groovy and arty at the same time.
(75 Ark, 00). It’s their debut album. It was the first time I would listen to this weird mixture of electronica and avant garde hip hop poetry. Then I saw them live and completely flashed out on their dark underground attitude and their powerful music made out of vintage analog synths and drum machines. It all seemed improvised and very chaotic. It reminded me of stuff like Autechre and Underground Resistance but in a hip hop way. To me this record sounds like No Wave Rap.
Alejandro Jodorowsky: «El Paraiso De Los Loros» / Antonin Artaud: «Heliogale» / Georges Bataille: «Histoire De l’Oeil»
Because it rocks a lot and is cool for listening under the sun.
It’s really cool psychedelic music full of percussions perfect to listen on mushrooms on the island.
I love this album; eclectic and weird electronica. Just cool for the island mood.
«Down By Law» / «The Man Who Fell On Earth» / «Twin Peaks» (the complete serial)
the movie theater arround the corner / my internet connection / my favorite Paki restaurant
Budgie (Siouxie’s drummer) / Genesis P. Orridge / Me’shell Ndegeocello. We would do acid and make percussive music.
two monkeys and one parrot.
Not really tools but things I couldn’t live with: my sunglasses (Velvet Underground style) / my surf / my solar energy laptop and sound system.