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First If You Please
This is the debut full-length release from
, the new project from Chilean musical mastermind
. Jorge González (not to be confused with the Swedish crooner José González) is one of the country's best-known musical ambassadors. His group
defined the sound of Chilean rock in the '80s and '90s, standing in opposition to
's military dictatorship, selling out stadiums across the Americas and laying the groundwork for today's "Rock En Español" movement. In the '90s, as electronic-music culture took root in Chile, González teamed up with
) to create
, a wide-ranging experiment in Latin-tinged electro-pop. Aided and abetted by the usual suspects in Latin America's eccentric expat electronica scene (
), Gonzalo Martinez released two albums and a handful of singles in 1998 and 1999. Now based in Mexico City and working alongside the beguiling Loreto Otero, González launches the next phase of his musical career with Los Updates, a project that connects the dots between mind-bending minimal house and unabashed pop. González's vocals and obliquely narrative lyrics are doubtless the centerpiece, veering between singing and speaking, falsetto highs and baritone lows. But he backs up an unforgettable vocal performance with equally compelling production, crafting an addictive groove out of rubbery synthesizers, clattering drum machines and oddball samples galore. There's no doubt that he has top-notch studio chops, but González makes his outsider status a virtue: his beats don't sound like anyone else's. In Jorge González's inimitable, irrepressible style, the tracks swarm and squirm with bubbling congas, bouncing accordion blips and blasted strands of reverb. Full of motion and color, the songs balance the intensity of house and techno with the playful spirit of
. Riding a long, loping groove and leaning hard on a battery of psychoacoustic effects, this is Los Updates at their most focused, drilling to the heart of the dancefloor one friction-filled bar at a time.
First If You Please -- The Remix Part 1
is the latest project from Chile's
. González is one of the country's best-known musical ambassadors. His group
defined the sound of Chilean rock in the '80s and '90s. In the '90s, he teamed up with the usual suspects in Latin America's expat electronica scene. Los Updates connects the dots between mindbending minimal house and unabashed pop; this first EP in a series of remix packages features an original album cut edit backed by remixes from
Dandy Jack & The Superhero
First If You Please -- The Remix Part 2
Part 2 of a 2-part 12" remix series of
, the latest project from Chile's
proves himself a master of the hypnotic groove, and here he lays down a stark 808 drum pattern which he threads through dubby keys, analog explosions and liquid bass figures. Jorge's seductive voice escorts us through it all.
's rework is a lean, bleepy groove that marries the cool restraint of vintage DBX to Luciano's own effusive style.
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