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Los Updates First If You Please

  • Words: Dave Segal
  • Label: Cadenza
  • XLR8R Rating: 7/10

Cadenza’s rep for brainy, unconventional techno gets up-ended by First If You Please. Love-centric lyrics delivered with faux earnestness in broken English lend this Chilean duo’s tracks a Yello-ing/Señor Coconut-y veneer of hilarity. Meanwhile, the music by Los Updates’ Jorge González and Loreto Otero mirrors their verbal eccentricities. (This odd levity didn’t stop Luciano and Villalobos from putting remixed tracks from First on their Fabric mixes.) The beats often stutter and halt, forming a clubfooted funk that’s far from minimal’s precision and regularity. The textures–heavy on jet-engine roars–warp into funhouse distortion, while the processed vocals tweak funnybones. Looks like the underground dance scene finally has its own Flight of the Conchords.

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