12 Songs, 1 Hour, 4 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Chilean-born electronic musician Matias Aguayo first became known for his work with Dirk Leyers in the German-based duo known as Closer Musik. Since then, Aguayo has broken away from many of techno’s conventions: his dance music has a warm homemade feel and it’s hard to categorize. 2009’s Ay Ay Ay opens with “Menta Latte,” which immediately tunes the listener into Aguayo’s wavelength. We hear a delicious mix of vocal sounds: a human beatbox, whistling, talking, buzzing, and appealingly loose singing. On “Ritmo Tres” Aguayo once again puts together a variety of odd and catchy vocalizations, and this time they ride a delightfully funky shuffle. A choppy, tumbling rhythm animates “Ritmo Juarez” while the fierce rumbler “Me Vuelvo Loca” sports engagingly goofy voices. The title track is a charmer that evokes a minimal version of the French vocal group the Swingle Singers. Aguayo saves one of the best songs, “Juanita,” for last. Building on a folksy Latin American groove that becomes more ecstatic the longer it goes on, he’s created a track you hope lasts forever.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Chilean-born electronic musician Matias Aguayo first became known for his work with Dirk Leyers in the German-based duo known as Closer Musik. Since then, Aguayo has broken away from many of techno’s conventions: his dance music has a warm homemade feel and it’s hard to categorize. 2009’s Ay Ay Ay opens with “Menta Latte,” which immediately tunes the listener into Aguayo’s wavelength. We hear a delicious mix of vocal sounds: a human beatbox, whistling, talking, buzzing, and appealingly loose singing. On “Ritmo Tres” Aguayo once again puts together a variety of odd and catchy vocalizations, and this time they ride a delightfully funky shuffle. A choppy, tumbling rhythm animates “Ritmo Juarez” while the fierce rumbler “Me Vuelvo Loca” sports engagingly goofy voices. The title track is a charmer that evokes a minimal version of the French vocal group the Swingle Singers. Aguayo saves one of the best songs, “Juanita,” for last. Building on a folksy Latin American groove that becomes more ecstatic the longer it goes on, he’s created a track you hope lasts forever.

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About Matias Aguayo

Matias Aguayo is a left-field dance music producer, vocalist, and DJ who injected doses of playfulness and seduction into the techno scene. Initially associated with minimal techno, his later work was anything but, incorporating bizarre vocal arrangements, pop instincts, sensuality, and a sharp sense of humor.

Aguayo was born in Santiago de Chile but moved to Cologne, Germany at the dawn of the '90s. By the end of the decade, he collaborated with Kompakt co-founder Michael Mayer under the name Zimt before forming vocal-based tech-house duo Closer Musik with Dirk Leyers. They released two singles and one well-received album (2002's After Love) before splitting. Like his ex-partner, Aguayo remained closely associated with Cologne's Kompakt label and remixed tracks by Leandro Fresco and Mayer. He joined Mayer on a reinterpretation of Kylie Minogue's "Slow" just before making his proper solo debut with 2005's Are You Really Lost, an album featuring co-productions with Markus Rossknecht (Aguayo's partner in the duo Broke).

Aguayo continued releasing solo 12" singles on Soul Jazz, Kompakt, and his own Latin American-centric Cómeme, with 2008's "Minimal," a scathing jibe at the minimal techno scene, receiving a fair amount of attention. His second solo album for Kompakt, 2009's Ay Ay Ay, was predominantly composed of looped vocals, and included the catchy singles "Rollerskate" and "Menta Latte." Aguayo's third solo album, The Visitor, just as strange and alluring as his first two, was released by Cómeme in 2013. One more Kompakt EP, Legende, appeared in 2014, but four volumes of El Rudo del House EPs were issued by Cómeme in 2015. Dirty Dancing, an EP with Spoko, appeared on the label in early 2017. Aguayo formed a post-punk-influenced band called Matias Aguayo & the Desdemonas, and their debut full-length, Sofarnopolis, was released by Crammed Discs in October of 2017. ~ Andy Kellman & Paul Simpson

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