the first ep was insanely incredible - yellow magic orchestra and stock/aitken/waterman as remixed by luciano (vocals by frieda and agnetha), like shiina ringo raving with the pet shop boys at watergate. their next release is for cadenza and judging by their myspace the group have reverted to a minimal house template, like jorge gonzales's 2006 collab with fellow chilean dinky, but with like these AMAZING lyrics, sung in english forunately for us non spanish speakers (though i kinda dig that i can't understand the lyrics on the first ep, and the spanish tongue sounds sublime over these hyper-smooth disco-tech tracks, it makes it impossible to sing along to!) -- ya'll probably know '4wd' from the villalobos fabric mix, the og is much more fun. gonzales's english lyrics seem to be describing various night-life-in-the-city scenarios but in a plain conversational manner so as to avoid cliche - in 'its getting late for kicks' he questions his friend's ability to take another trip without going crazy, the kind of mundane observations one makes during that period of post-high mdma cynicism and boredom over a melancholic acoustic guitar melody and a jacking bass line that would make ricardo blush.
but the first ep is so so much better (though i may well change my mind once i get a real copy of the cadenza record), beautiful and romantic and positively soaked in huge day-glo pop hooks. i hope the group aren't done with this sound as it is so addictive, and beats the shit out of 99% of recent electro-pop. i just wish i could understand the lyrics. any other fans out there?
― r1o natsume, Thursday, 13 March 2008 21:46 (5 years ago) Permalink
― r1o natsume, Thursday, 13 March 2008 21:48 (5 years ago) Permalink
scritti politti ca. cupid & psyche/provision may be another reference point in the way the first ep is just pure ear candy
― r1o natsume, Thursday, 13 March 2008 21:50 (5 years ago) Permalink
the band is jorge gonzalez and his wife lore on live projections for bonus human league points
― r1o natsume, Thursday, 13 March 2008 21:52 (5 years ago) Permalink
Am attempting to listen to stuff off their MySpace at work ...
― etc, Friday, 14 March 2008 00:19 (5 years ago) Permalink
video to 'aviador' is bizarre: http://youtube.com/watch?v=KK2zFyColFg
download my favourite song from the los updates ep here (scroll down): http://laondatropical.blogspot.com/2008/03/rock-los-updates-seor-flavio.html
― r1o natsume, Friday, 14 March 2008 13:45 (5 years ago) Permalink
This is great, but I need more (non-deadline) time listening to it ... funny that you bring up Scritti Politti - I was revisiting The Present Lover and wondering if anyone had made a C&S85+Provision/Luomo connection, heh.
― etc, Sunday, 16 March 2008 17:47 (5 years ago) Permalink
so it turns out the cadenza record is just gonna be the tobias., ricardo and dandy jack remixes. then in october a cd of los updates originals will be released. i cannot wait!
― r1o natsume, Monday, 12 May 2008 21:39 (5 years ago) Permalink
K-rad! I wrote a little feature on them for a local magazine; said that ¿Acaso Quieres Venir? reminded me a little bit of Junior Boys, Aviador of Kelley Polar (well, the strings & percussion workout), & Hambre de Gol like a live recording of Cybotron's Clear.
― etc, Wednesday, 14 May 2008 09:22 (5 years ago) Permalink
it's out, and with the best cadenza sleeve yet!
A1 Los Updates - 4 Wheel Drive
A2 Los Updates - Inviting You Here (Dandy Jack and the Superhero Remix)
B1 Los Updates - 4 Wheel Drive (Ricardo Villalobos' 4WD Remix)
volume 2 will have the luciano and tobias. remixes
i still love that first ep though. can't wait for the album!
― r1o natsume, Wednesday, 11 June 2008 19:37 (4 years ago) Permalink