11 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Canada’s Holy Fuck don’t ascribe to any theory about naming conventions, and it hasn’t seemed to hurt; they’ve been nominated for both a Juno Award and a Polaris Music Prize. Their third album, Latin, shows the instrumental group — trimmed down in size — on a clear path, one leading to innovative, airtight songs that are hugely danceable yet resist the “dance music” label.  Opener “1Md” is a slow-building tidal wave that moves from inaudible ambient sound to a vicious, static-filled crescendo, but it deftly segues into the irresistible funk of “Red Lights.” It’s a brilliant meeting of two sub-genres of electronic music, and much of Latin continues in this fusion vein: subtly majestic synths on “Latin America” feel descended from ‘70s prog rock while glistening with a new millennium energy, and “Silva & Grimes” owes a debt to Krautrockers like Neu!. “Sht Mtn” is a glorious welding of hard and soft bits into a deep, art-funk groove, and the tense post-punk of Chrome is evoked in the dark, stabbing synths of bonus track “Grease Fire.” Even if dancing isn’t exactly your thing, Latin will move you in surprising ways.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Canada’s Holy Fuck don’t ascribe to any theory about naming conventions, and it hasn’t seemed to hurt; they’ve been nominated for both a Juno Award and a Polaris Music Prize. Their third album, Latin, shows the instrumental group — trimmed down in size — on a clear path, one leading to innovative, airtight songs that are hugely danceable yet resist the “dance music” label.  Opener “1Md” is a slow-building tidal wave that moves from inaudible ambient sound to a vicious, static-filled crescendo, but it deftly segues into the irresistible funk of “Red Lights.” It’s a brilliant meeting of two sub-genres of electronic music, and much of Latin continues in this fusion vein: subtly majestic synths on “Latin America” feel descended from ‘70s prog rock while glistening with a new millennium energy, and “Silva & Grimes” owes a debt to Krautrockers like Neu!. “Sht Mtn” is a glorious welding of hard and soft bits into a deep, art-funk groove, and the tense post-punk of Chrome is evoked in the dark, stabbing synths of bonus track “Grease Fire.” Even if dancing isn’t exactly your thing, Latin will move you in surprising ways.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
42 Ratings
42 Ratings
Bronte's Muse ,

The albums Pretty Good but...

The albums Pretty Good but it's hard to capture Holy Fs energy present in their live shows. Live they have such flow and speed and a larger acoustic range than the album. However the pulsating beats strong with huge build up make it a great workout album. I think the highlights are Latin America and stilettos. To those who wish their where words to describe it (I agree that they're really unique) pitchfork called them an "electronic Jam-band." The more I thought about it the more it makes sense.

JDubthaigh ,

I have no idea

I have no idea what this music is.

Dbonez ,

Amazing

As a huge fan of their LP, I really liked their hyper/out of control sound. When I first listened to Latin I was a little disappointed. I continued listening for a week, then saw them live at the Magic Stick (Detroit) and this is now my favorite album from them. This album is well massaged and their polished sound is amazing.

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