The music of Elysia Crampton Chuquimia has always been quite maximalist and arguably chaotic as well, even dating back to the E+E days. Her work existed in the same world as artists like Chino Amobi (formerly known as Diamond Black Hearted Boy) and DJs like Total Freedom, but in addition to the abrasiveness or the sound effects typical of “deconstructed club music”, she incorporated music that was informed by her background, as a California-born trans woman of Aymara heritage who spent a large portion of her life between Bolivia, Mexico and Virginia, United States. …


jaja mirá que lindo el carpincho

I’ve been thinking about making this list for a long while (as in, a few years), since I feel like sometimes I make the mistake of focusing too much on stuff that’s going on in other countries, particularly countries like the USA or the UK, which have a significant cultural hegemony over most of the planet.

As an Argentinian person, who has the music taste that I have, what are the artists, bands, projects that I keep closest to my heart, from people who were born and raised here? Which artists hold the most meaning to me? Which albums would…


photo by Lacra

A trope that has existed for a long time in modern music is that of the “personal album” — an artist usually writing about their own lives in the most vulnerable, open way possible. There is less focus on instrumentation, which tends to be very minimal, as to put a stronger emphasis on the lyrical content. …


photo by Steven Klein

Madonna helped building pop music as we know it in 2019 more so than any other artist has. Perhaps more than the Beatles, arguably even more than Michael Jackson. Despite there being some exceptions and predecessors, the idea of a female “popstar” being as big and omnipresent as her was something unheard of, all while pushing boundaries and catching people’s attention, something that both artists and labels would look up to and attempt to replicate.

She also made really good music on top of that, too. Madonna dared to go places where very few of her contemporaries would, taking sounds…


MARINA — Love+Fear, Atlantic // 2019

For her newest album, Marina Diamandis took inspiration from Swiss-American psychologist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, and her theory that all emotions stem from “love” — all positive ones — and “fear” — all negative ones. This does not come out of nowhere — after finishing the promotional tour for her 2015 album Froot, she decided to take a break in order to rest, and in the meantime took a couple courses in psychology to get inspired for her upcoming work, for which she was no longer going to be known as “Marina and the Diamonds” but simply as MARINA.

The result is…


Some of the most exciting and innovative music releases of the 2010s came out of the American record label Hippos in Tanks. They’ve put out music that would constantly blur the lines between the avant-garde and the popular, creating their own lane in respect of sound and Internet-based aesthetics, and brought an initial platform to now-established acts like Grimes, Arca, Yung Lean, Dean Blunt, James Ferraro or Laurel Halo. Sadly, the label ceased its activities in 2015 after the tragic death of one of its founders, Barron Machat, but its influence continues to be felt today.

One of the label’s…


The idea of bringing together electronic music and folk music from South America — as well as the genres and subgenres that derive from it — is not exactly new. Legendary Bolivian folk/huayno band Los Kjarkas made an electronic album in the early 90’s, taking influences from the downtempo and new age styles that were prevalent at the time, resulting in a very unique record. Not only that, but acts like Bomba Estéreo would propel the genre of “digital cumbia” into the Latin American mainstream during the mid-00’s.

Unfortunately, this would also give place to non-South American electronic music acts…


*generic commentary on how the album format has changed over the past few years and this has been reflected on the work of many well-known artists*


*generic commentary on how the lines between “EP”, “album”, “mixtape” became extra blurred this year more than in any year* *insert mention of Kanye West, Pusha-T*


Robyn by Mark Peckmezian

This past October 26th, exactly one month ago, Swedish singer/songwriter/producer and pop music icon Robyn released her much-anticipated album ‘Honey’, her proper solo LP since 2010′s ‘Body Talk’. The album was rightfully acclaimed the instant it was out, and became her highest-charting album ever in the US.

Robyn is most popular for her singles, like “Dancing on My Own”, “Call Your Girlfriend” or her mid-90s classic “Show Me Love”. But she is perhaps less known for her excellent deep cuts — tracks that were never released as singles, unfortunately, but are just as good as her hits. …

Vulni/Tomás

? idk man lmao

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